14th Annual Vanessa Baez Memorial Women’s Brunch


This year marks the 14th year of the Vanessa Baez Memorial Women’s Brunch, an event created to remember the short life of Vanessa Baez, a mother, daughter, and sister who demonstrated extraordinary courage while battling sarcoidosis. Each year this brunch fosters a growing sisterhood of creative and inspiring women in Miami joined together while “Celebrating Everyday Women With Extraordinary Courage.” The brunch includes a delicious buffet and cocktails, amazing raffle prizes, and an exciting and entertaining live auction. This year’s brunch will be at the elegant BRAVA by Brad Kilgore and will feature 2017 America’s Got Talent Semi-finalist and singer-songwriter Yoli Mayor as the Guest Speaker.

When:                          Sunday, April 8, 2018 11:00am – 2:30pm

Where:                         BRAVA By Brad Kilgore 1300 Biscayne Blvd Miami FL 33137

Annual Theme:          Celebrating Everyday Women With Extraordinary Courage

Cost:                            $65 2018 Featured Artist – $75 – SOLD OUT – Waiting List avail. Please email                                                spokensoulfestival@gmail.com if you would like to be placed on waiting listing

Proceeds Benefiting:   Spoken Soul Festival & Chiera Family Foundation



Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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