IBHS Host Annual Bridge 4 Peace Charity Fundraiser


Ximena Puig

Students pose together in front of a flowery back drop.

Olivia Pelaez, Staff Writer

On March 31, the International Baccalaureate Honor Society (IBHS) hosted its annual fundraiser Bridge for Peace (B4P) at the Coral Gables Museum. Over $12,000  were raised for Flying High for Haiti, a local organization that builds classrooms and schools in the poorest areas of Haiti. Some Gables students have the organization and personally traveled to Haiti to volunteer.

“I had a really nice time and I’m glad I had the chance to have a small part in it. Everything was super cute like the mural and the photo booth. Bridge for Peace also made me aware of the existence of Flying High for Haiti and I’ve even signed up to go with them on their next trip to the island!” junior Leismary Davis said.

The night was full of exciting performances that kept the guests in awe. As people were entering, there were three graffiti artists making a mural with the words Bridge for Peace, which was completed when the event ended. As the night continued, a Haitian band played as guests were socializing and eating the delicious food provided. After everyone had finished settling down, the Gables’ Bhangra team did an amazing performance that left the crowd pumped for the main event of the night: the fashion show. Students dressed with traditional clothing from countries all around the world to provide a global experience, since the event was organized by IB students. The models were all students from Gables, ranging from sophomores to seniors and dressed as countries such as France, Cuba, Brazil, Peru and many more. During the fashion show, a DJ was playing music, who continued to get people out onto the dance floor for the rest of the night.

IBHS also provided a photo booth full of whacky props and students were excited to be able to take pictures with all of their friends. There was also a silent auction of gift cards, perfume and make up kits that raised over $500. The most memorable part of the night was the amazing food. Student volunteers organized all the food that was donated by parents and local restaurants and some were even in charge of handing it out to the guests. There was an abundance of food ranging from churrascos to lasagna to Misha’s cupcakes. The left over food at the end of the night was donated to the Coral Gables Police Department in appreciation for their hard work.

Students in the IBHS officers worked tirelessly for months to ensure that the event flows smoothly and club members didn’t hesitate. The event has been bringing positive attention to our school and Alberto Carvalho, the Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, visited the event to see the students’ hard work at firsthand.

If you would like to see a gallery of photos from the event please click here.