In 1999 Antonio Misuraca began his career in humanitarian work as a young volunteer filling gift bags at the home of famed attorney Roy Black and his lovely wife Lea for the Blacks’ Annual Gala, a charity that helped troubled inner-city youth get back on track.
Over a twenty-year span he ascended to become an executive board member in which the group collectively raised enormous funds to benefit at-risk youth programs that have kept over ten thousand kids out of the juvenile justice system. A documentary was produced called “the fundraiser” which premiered and well-received of Caan film festival.
During his tenure at the Blacks Annual Gala he was approached by lifetime friend, Chairman emeritus Make A Wish Gala, Shareef Malnik to assist in assembling a team of individuals to create a new dynamic in the South Florida chapter’s annual gala.
In collaboration with nightlife partners Michael Capponi & Maxwell Blandford, he was tasked to create Make A wish nightclub, it was an idea that was formed due to Miami’s burgeoning nightlife scene to attract the gatekeepers of Miami Beach high society and their checkbooks.
The sold-out $1000 per plate, Make A Wish Gala has supplied over one hundred thousand wishes to children with life-threatening ailments.
Sometime during the early millennium years, Michael Capponi started Global Empowerment Mission. Because of the unwavering friendship, these two friends shared, almost every time there was a natural disaster Antonio volunteered to accompany Michael on his journeys to provide relief to people in need all throughout the Caribbean basin.
Then on a chance encounter with old friend retired Marine, Dan Corporale founder of Hire Our Heroes, Antonio was enlightened on the poor treatment of our armed services members transitioning out of the military were struggling to find employment. It was at this time yet again he came up with a plan to assist fundraising efforts for the cause. Although Antonio has never served in the US armed forces, there has always been a passion to help the people that have.
Utilizing different types of fund raising techniques he was able to help come up with ideas for the events to increase funds for veteran programs.
Realizing this was the most gratifying cause that appealed to him, he quickly started advising other notable non for profits in the sector such as American Valor Awards, One Community USA, Donovan & Bank Foundation, Spookstock and Community Police Relations Foundation.
One thing for certain, Antonio has been able to use his connections to multi-national politicians, ultra-high net worth friends and celebrities to raise money for programs. Whether it’s his famous friends donating memorabilia or just showing up to the event, this is his biggest payback.
Sponsors are also a big part of what make the events successful, over the last 25 years Antonio has worked with Under Armour, Anhueser Busch, Hublot, Dom Perignon, Louis XIII, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Carnival Cruise-lines, City National Bank, Stifel Bank, Sonic Automotive, Speedway Motorsports just to name a few.