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Get to know Marisa Toccin Philanthropic & Gala Chair and Board Member Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program Co-President, Linea Luxe Over the years, you’ve supported many charities. Why is this so important to you? My mother and grandmother have been tremendous role models and taught me, through example, the importance of giving back. It’s a true privilege to be able to help oth- ers. While it can be a lot of hard work, you ultimately get so much more in return. What advice would you give to someone looking to support a charity? Choose an organization with a mission that’s close to In addition to your charitable work, you’re also the your heart. For instance, I was fortunate to attend Ran- co-president of LineaLuxe.com. How did this venture som Everglades and the University of Pennsylvania and start? had many opportunities afforded to me due to that edu- My mother (who is also my partner) and I have a pas- cation. I believe every young woman in our community sion for beautiful and unique accessories. We were al- should have the same opportunities afforded to her too. ways asked by others where we found many of our spe- A great education can open all kinds of doors and change cial items which were usually from our travels. Then one lives forever. That’s what we do at Women of Tomorrow night at dinner I said we should turn this into a business, and why I’m so passionate about the program. and we did! Linea Luxe offers unique accessories—from items for the home to jewelry and custom gifts—selected Can you tell us a little about the Women of Tomor- based on our personal taste and shipped in the most row Mentor & Scholarship Program and how you got beautiful gift packaging. We believe each purchase is a involved? present, whether you’re buying for someone else or your- The program’s mission is to inspire, motivate and em- self. power at-risk young women to live up to their full po- tential. With a network of more than 350 highly accom- Where do you travel on vacation? plished professional women, this mentorship program My favorite place to travel is Capri, Italy. My family has serves 2,500 at-risk girls annually and has awarded more vacationed there for two decades and I’m getting married than $3.2 million in scholarships for deserving young there this summer! women to pursue higher education. What is your pick for an evening out in Miami? The program was founded by Jennifer Valoppi and Don Soho House. Whether eating downstairs at Ceconni’s or Browne who are both long time supporters of women and more casually upstairs in the club, it’s always a wonderful minorities in the workplace. I personally got involved in evening. the program when I chaired the first annual gala 12 years ago and have led the fundraising ever since. To date, we have raised more than $4.5 million. On March 2, Women of Tomorrow will host their An- Which of your many accomplishments are you most nual Gala to celebrate 16 years of success. More proud of? than 500 of South Florida’s leading politicians, phi- What makes me feel proud is when I am with a Women of lanthropists and celebrities are expected to attend. Tomorrow graduate and I see a sparkle in her eyes. I feel For ticket and sponsorship information, please visit so blessed to know that I, in some part, am responsible www.womenoftomorrow.org or contact Beatrice for changing her path for the better. Knowing you can Gonzalez at 305.371.3330. make such an impact on someone’s life is truly amazing! 42 march/april 2013 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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