First But Not The Last Recap

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First But Not The Last Recap

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You colored our world!

What can we say about this year’s event? We witnessed our vibrant community come together and come alive like never before! South Florida was “CELEBRATION” embodied at our third-annual First But Not The Last event, and it’s all thanks to you.

With our community’s collective efforts, YWCA South Florida raised a grand total of $240,000 to further programs and efforts that create change in our community.

Let’s hear it for our Trailblazers!

First But Not The Last would not be complete without our incredible cohort of new inductees. Please give a (virtual) round of applause for the impeccable individuals inspiring change for future generations by breaking barriers, smashing ceilings and forging paths forward:

  • Kelly-Ann Cartwright, Holland & Knight
  • Yolanda Cash Jackson, Becker & Poliakoff
  • Loreen Chant, Health Foundation of South Florida
  • Felecia Hatcher, Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition Opportunity Fund
  • Caroline O’Connor, Miami Marlins
  • Kim Ng, Miami Marlins
  • Al Dotson Jr., Bilzin Sumberg (2023 Jason Jenkins First But Not The Last Man-Kind Award Recipient)

Some very special thank yous

This night – and all it stands for – is only possible thanks to our generous and supportive sponsors, community partners, staff members and guests. 

We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to this year’s presenting sponsor, Fifth Third Bank, whose commitment to others is inspiring progress each day for all in South Florida. 

Thank you as well to our tireless event chair, Mayela Rojas Sánchez; our Mission Moment Speaker, Angela Tillman, CEO and lead designer of She Balloons, LLC; and of course, our auction donors, electric entertainment and all our incredible sponsors.

You shined from every angle in our 360 booth!

You were a star at this year’s event! Don’t believe us? See for yourself. Click below to view the video library from our 360 booth and download yours today.


The camera loved you!

Based on these photos, you had a great night! We’re reflecting on all the fun in our First But Not The Last 2023 album. Click below to view our photo gallery and view our teaser video.



Our Community Partners

We would like to extend our gratitude to our esteemed sponsors for our 2023 First But Not The Last celebration. Your invaluable support, enthusiasm and unwavering dedication played a pivotal role in making this year’s event an extraordinary success. We invite you to secure your sponsorship for the upcoming year, allowing us to continue our journey toward a more equitable future together. 

To lock in your 2024 sponsorship, reach out to

Join our Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle!

Couldn’t make this year’s event? Too distracted on the dance floor to make your donation? You can join YWCA’s Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle! As a recurring donor, you’ll be vital in providing access to the resources women need – financial literacy, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and more. Individuals who join will be invited to a special Breaking Bread Luncheon with the women enrolled in YWCA’s WE360 program. Click below to learn more!


Please contact with any questions about this year’s celebration or if you need assistance with your gift.