Our Generous Sponsors
Julia Bianchi, Venus Orbit Chair, Board of Trustees Miami Science Museum
Julia Rea Bianchi is passionately committed to helping build a stronger and healthier community for children, women and families at-risk through her volunteer work.
She serves on multiple non-profit boards in Miami and Akron, Ohio and has chaired numerous fund raising events and initiatives. She has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. as a speaker promoting the emerging power of women in philanthropy. She has a keen interest in STEM education and hopes that scientific curiosity will inspire achievement in future generations. She is the Founding Chair of the Venus Orbit initiative.
She is a Founding and Lifetime member of the American Red Cross (ARC) Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, served as National Co-chair in 2009-2011 and serves on the National Council. She is Vice Chair of ARC’s South Florida Region Board of Directors.
She is a Board Member of the Summa Health System Foundation and the Founding Chair of the Foundation's Circle of Women's Health Philanthropists. She is President of the Junior League of Miami Foundation.
Previous Board commitments include serving as a Founding Board Member of Kristi House, cofounder of the Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund and past president of the Junior League of Miami. She is President of Portage Bay Investments, Inc. and is a marketing and business development consultant.
She holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Mass Communication from Miami University of Ohio.
Swanee DiMare, Venus Orbit Honorary Chair
Swanee grew up in Coral Gables, and feels passionately about giving back to her city and the state that she loves. Today, she and her husband Paul are dedicated to a wide range of charitable organizations that have made them both key figures in the Miami-Dade philanthropic arena.
Swanee serves on the Board of Trustees of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. She served as the Gala Honorary Chair in 2004 and Philanthropic Chair in 2005, 2006, 2007 and continued as its co-chair for 2013. Swanee is also active in numerous other organizations including The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Miami Science Museum and Miami City Ballet.
In January 2001, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Swanee to the State of Florida Nature Based Heritage and Tourism Advisory Committee.
She has been an avid supporter of the American Red Cross chairing the American Red Cross Ball twice. As a result of her efforts she was awarded the Loly and Conway Hamilton Award in 2003 and 2006. In 2005, Swanee was the recipient of a prestigious Spectrum Award for Women in Philanthropy. Swanee is also a Founding and Lifetime Member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, Society of Women Leaders. Swanee’s involvement with the Red Cross continues as the Honorary Chairman of the Spectrum Awards for Women.
In 2004, Swanee was recognized by The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as one of Florida’s 10 Women of Substance and Style. She and her husband Paul have been long time sponsors of the Buoniconti Fund of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Swanee and Paul are members of the Merrick Society, a philanthropic group that supports the University of Miami. Swanee has been active with the National Alliance for Autism Research, as well as the UM Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Alpha One Foundation. In addition, she supports the American Cancer Society, Kristi House, Camillus House, Community Partnership for the Homeless, and the Baptist Health Foundation. Swanee’s support includes the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Young Patronesses of the Opera where she has served as Honorary Ball Chairman in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
She is also active in the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program and served as Honorary Chairman in 2006 and 2007. Swanee received the Messenger of Peace Award from the Spanish Embassy in May 2006 for her humanitarian work and was inducted into the ArchBishop Curley High School Hall of Fame in 2008.
In her spare time, Swanee enjoys skiing, reading, and her favorite hobby, playing golf.
Paula and Bob Brockway, Corporate Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables | Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay
Married for almost 25 years, Paula and Bob Brockway are dedicated to community service and are involved in numerous local and national charities and non-profit organizations. Paula, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, and Bob, a Miami, Florida native, maintain a residence in both Fort Worth and Coral Gables and split their time between the two. Paula and Bob have three children, Cole, 22; Madelaine, 17; and Edith, 7.
Paula and Bob are owners of Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, and Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center, Bill Ussery Motors Companies, where Bob serves as Chairman and CEO and Paula serves as Vice President. The company is also the exclusive dealer for smart cars in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Spending the majority of her time dedicated to community work, Paula serves on the board of directors for Chapman Partnership, Palmer Trinity School and the Fort Worth Science Museum. With a special dedication to the Episcopal Church and to the Episcopal education, Paula is on the advancement committee and board of trustees for All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas and is currently chairing the school’s annual fund. During her time in Miami, she was a member of the board of trustees of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School; was a former senior warden of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Vestry; and was chair of development for Palmer Trinity School.
Paula is a founding member of The Tiffany Circle, a major gifts campaign created by the Chairman of the national Board of Governors and the national campaign chair of American Red Cross. She is currently co-chairing the Tiffany Circle’s Fort Worth chapter. Additionally, she served as the 2008 Red Cross Ball chair, an event that raised significant funds for the Miami-Dade and Florida Keys chapter of the American Red Cross.
Over the years, Paula and Bob have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and resources to the Miami Science Museum. Paula has also served as a member of the board of directors and has played a significant role in the museum’s capital campaign to rebuild a new state-of-the-art facility at Museum Park.
Most recently, Paula has dedicated significant time in her role as a member of the TCU Chancellor’s Advisory Council.
In addition to his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the dealership, Bob has been an active supporter of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Vestry as well as the church endowment committee. He has served on several local charitable boards including the board of directors of Fairchild Tropical Gardens. On the professional front, Bob was named “An Achiever” by Miami Today.
In their free time, Paula and Bob enjoy traveling the country in their RV with their family. Both Paula and Bob are graduates of Texas Christian University where their son is currently a senior.
Betty Lopez-Castro, Philanthropic Chair
Betty Lopez-Castro has always known that she wanted to make a difference in her community. Her main influence was her father, who himself was a leader in the community and instilled the principle that we must always give back to our community and help others whenever we can.
Betty began her volunteer work by joining the Junior League of Miami in 2003. She has held various leadership positions for the eight years as an active in the Junior League of Miami, such as Co-Chair of Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon in 2005, Mentor to incoming members in 2006 and 2007, Nominating Chair in 2006, Co-Chair of Auction for Action in 2009 and Vice-President of Membership. She feels that the Junior League provided her with the best training for her volunteer work which has now become her passion.
Since 2007, Betty has been a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle. Betty is especially proud to be a Bonnie McElveen Hunter Tiffany Circle Silver Lifetime Member and has served as Chair of the Miami Tiffany Circle Chapter. She appreciates that the funds raised by the local chapter are used to address the specific needs in our Community.
Betty is involved and has had the privilege to works tirelessly in fundraising for organizations such as: Red Cross Ball Gala, Design for a Cure – UM Sylvester Cancer Comprehensive Center, Kristi House Touch a Heart Dinner and Community Partnership for Homeless 10th Annual Gala and most recently, joining the new formed Empowering Camillus House Women’s Together Committee. In 2009 Betty’s was honored to be the recipient of the Rebecca Herndon Bush Community Service Award. This award is presented by the Junior League of Miami annually to one member who has given her time and efforts to improve the quality of life in our community.
Betty resides in Coral Gables, FL. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and currently works at the law firm of Martinez-Esteve & Lopez-Castro in its Real Estate Department. The biggest joy and priority for Betty is the time she spends with her family, especially her nine nieces and nephews.
Betty’s commitment to giving back to her Community is as important as breathing and feels blessed every day to be able to do so.
Merrick Park, Coral Gables