Mango’s Tropical Cafe South Beach Announces Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser Sunday, June 12 in Partnership with Global Empowerment Mission (GEM), City of Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Miami Beach Police Athletic League and Cartel Baggers Autotronics


CEO and Founder of Mango’s Tropical Cafe and local philanthropist, David Wallack, recently returned from a week-long trip to Warsaw, Poland to partner with Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) and Mango’s for a Fundraising for the Ukrainian crisisset for Sunday, June 12and at Mango’s South Beach. Wallack plans to raise an ongoing $1,000,000 to help refugees from the war in Ukraine as well as provide relief and supplies in Ukraine, and presented an initial contribution of $15,000 to Michael Capponi, founder and president of Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) in Warsaw, Poland. This benefit event is in conjunction with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Miami Beach Police Athletic League and Cartel Baggers Autotronics.

Wallack’s vision started a month ago when he woke up and said, “We have to do something to help now,” and called Michael Capponi and asked, “What do you need?” Capponi’s response was funds to transport the tons of supplies already donated from GEM’s (Global Empowerment Mission) Miami warehouse to GEM’s warehouse in Warsaw, Poland. GEM also extracts people from the interior of Ukraine to safe havens in Hungary and Poland. To date, GEM has moved over 25,000 refugees out of shelters to cities across Europe. Wallack added: “Having spent a week in Warsaw and seeing the work that GEM does firsthand, and visiting refugee shelters housing thousands of women and children who had lost everything, I can tell you how these funds are important for the essential work of Michael Capponi and GEM, which is to save lives.”

This important fundraising event begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12and with a grand cavalcade, sponsored by Cartel Baggers Autotronics and with a police escort, from 4176 SW 74and. Court, Miami at Mango’s Tropical Cafe at 900 Ocean Drive. (Participants are encouraged to join the race and should contact Ralph Usatorres at 786.409.7833). Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale now at for $50.00 per ticket, plus Eventbrite fees. Tickets will also be sold at the door of Mango’s on the evening of the event. The price includes a full buffet dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Music by Cuban artist DJ LAZ, local Miami star. Guests can then see firsthand in a video what GEM is doing in Poland to help provide humanitarian aid to many Ukrainian refugees. A live auction will follow, featuring incredible auction items, including David Wallack’s own candy-red 2008 Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle with just 3,500 miles, original paintings by world-renowned Haitian and Cuban artists, travel, hotel and spa stays and more. Benefit participants are invited to stay late at Mango’s and enjoy the biggest nightclub magic and Latin dance show east of Las Vegas!

This event would not have been possible without the tremendous help of the Miami Beach Police Athletic League, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Cartel Baggers Autotronics.

Please help Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) save the lives of Ukrainian refugees by providing them with food, medicine and resettlement housing. Even if you can’t attend the event, please help donate to Global Empowerment Mission at:

Here is what YOUR DONATION will help provide through the Global Empowerment Mission:

* Aid to Ukraine

* Moving assistance

* Stability housing

The Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) – to date has helped thousands of people recover from unforeseen disasters and has now proactively responded to national and international disasters such as the California wildfires, the fires in Texas, earthquakes in Haiti, the collapse of the Surfside tower and now creating the Global Relief Network to help Ukrainian refugees. Please visit the website at: for more information.

*The GEM name and trademark are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual position or policy. For more information on Global Empowerment Mission, please visit

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