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Success G i v ing SOCIAL ISSUES The BrazilFoundation works to improve the social reality of Brazil with the help of offices in Rio De Janeiro and New York City, and the growing Miami Chapter. T E X T B Y SA N DY L I N D S E Y Since 2000, BrazilFoundation has raised over $30 million to aid social projects focused on education, health, human rights, culture and participatory development in Brazil. Alex Piquet of Piquet Law Firm, started as a volunteer, then joined the Gala Host Committee, then the Benefit Committee. Now he’s one of the few select members of the Miami Advisory Council. “The appointment brings me great joy, but also a sense of great responsibility,” he says. “What motivates me the most is the fact that everyone involved is very committed.” This includes Director Cristina Brulay, who just came back from visiting many local institutions supported by the cause. “It really makes me feel like I can somehow contribute and give back to those in need, especially because all projects we support are based out of Brazil.”; 68