MIAMI – On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Nico’s Promise: A Journey of Hope and Healing hosted its fourth annual fashion show titled Imagine. The event took place at the Hilton Miami Downtown where more than 525 guests raised over $240,000 to benefit the bereavement program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Nico’s Promise: A Journey of Hope and Healing, provides ongoing support to parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The services of Nico’s Promise are offered free of charge and provide the entire family the unique opportunity to celebrate the life of their lost child while also encouraging families to harness their inner strength to accept, grieve, and persevere in a healthy manner during this most vulnerable time. 

“We are beyond thankful for everybody who took time to come out to the event, volunteer and donate. The growth of this program would not be possible without the continuous contributions we receive from all members of the community,” explained Alina Hernandez, Nico’s grandmother. For the past six years, Nico’s Promise has been serving families who have suffered the loss of a child by allowing them to attend countless group sessions and annual celebrations of life.

Nico’s Promise seeks to serve as an industry-benchmarking standard for inpatient as well as outpatient bereavement services at children’s hospitals across the country. Since the inception of Nico’s Promise in 2012, they have provided over 450 individual counseling sessions, while reaching out in person, via phone and / or letter to nearly 200 eligible families.

In order to ensure that Nicklaus Children’s can continue to offer the very best support to all families, Nicklaus Children’s seeks to create an endowment to ensure that the services provided by Nico’s Promise can continue to give all families a special hand to hold during their most difficult moments.

Seeking to provide support in perpetuity for this vital service, Jorge and Alina Hernandez, in conjunction with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, plan to raise $1M in endowment support by December 31, 2018. These gifts will endow Nico’s memory forever, and bring support to families who face the loss of a child.

“Our foundation is very thankful to have the generosity of Jorge and Alina Hernandez, and all the families who support this event. It’s easy to see how special this event is for our children and their families. The financial commitment to the Nico’s Promise program allows many families to benefit from our bereavement services now, and for years to come,” said Tim Birkenstock, interim president and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation received overwhelming support from presenting sponsor, The Ortega Foundation, as well as the Hernandez family, Dula-Kobush Charitable Trust, Codina Partners, Annie and Manny Kadre, Bacardi, Notorious Pink and over 15 fashion show partners. To learn more about NCHF and offer support, visit or call 305.666.2889 (Toll free: 1.800.987.8701).

About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation:

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation (NCHF) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, NCHF, now a part of the Nicklaus Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists.