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“Claws For Kids”: Boys & Girls Clubs Of Miami-Dade To Host 13th Annual Fundraiser

March 28, 2024

Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach will once again host Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 13th Annual “Claws for Kids” in memory of Judy Kramer on Tuesday, May 7th. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Guests will enjoy delicious Stone Crabs and Joe’s other signature items without the wait. The fundraising lunch is one of the last chances to enjoy Stone Crabs before Stone Crab Season ends.

Mother and daughter duo, Lisa Mendelson and Lindsey Mendelson Pearson, are co-chairing this year’s event once again. Olga Guilarte is the Special Event Chair.

“Claws for Kids” is held in memory of Judy Kramer, a longtime Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board Member, who helped create the event and chaired it, since it’s inception until her passing in 2021.

Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s crucial programs and services at its six Clubs and sites combined including its educational After School Programs, Tutoring and homework assistance, STEM, recreation, dance, arts and crafts, mentoring and summer and athletic programs. These programs help children realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

“Our 13th Annual ‘Claws For Kids’ Lunch and Awards Ceremony wouldn’t be possible without the support of our long-time partner Joe’s Stone Crab, our returning Co-chairs Lisa Mendelson and Lindsey Mendelson Pearson, our Board Members, Sponsors and Donors who are committed to providing great futures for Miami-Dade area youth,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “The annual event helps us raise funds to serve the Clubs’ many positive programs, support the Capital Campaign to completely rebuild the Northwest Club into a state-of-the-art facility and expand the new sixth Club.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade supporters who cannot attend the event can still enjoy Joe’s famous Stone Crabs at home or on a date of their choice with the purchase of a gift card, just in time for Mother’s Day. To participate, guests must purchase sponsorship gift cards on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s website to benefit “Claws For Kids.”

The Claws For Kids host committee includes Lily Pardo, Rae Stein and Virginia Vich.

“Claws For Kids” sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $500 to $30,000. Individual tickets are available to purchase for $350. To purchase sponsorships, please visit:

For more information, please contact Rhia Hunter at: (305) 446-9910. Extension#: 108. Or via email at:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1946. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to six Clubs and sites combined serving thousands of boys and girls year-round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable area youth and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please call: (305) 446-9910. Or visit: And:

Joe’s Stone Crab
Joe's Stone Crab, which celebrated its 107th anniversary in 2020, was established when Joseph Weiss came to Miami for a change of climate to help his asthma. Weiss opened a lunch stand, originally offering fish and fries, on Miami Beach, which eventually evolved into today's establishment. It is located at 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139.

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