Jonathan Babicka was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Communications, Babicka moved to Florida where he began his career distributing hair products through his company BDF Master Distributors. Opening Primp Salon in May 2009 sparked his passion for working with non-profits through events and fashion shows. An active philanthropist, Babicka is involved in a variety of incredible charities in South Florida, and the Little Lighthouse Foundation has always been one of Babicka’s favorites. Now, as Executive… Director of the Little Lighthouse Foundation, Babicka is concentrating his life’s work to focus on the needs of children and their families, issues near and dear to his heart. Babicka is the creator of PhilanTropic Lifestyle, integrating high profile brands with nonprofit organizations to raise awareness through online marketing, program development, and events. Babicka has also been a member of the Educational Foundation of America’s Adjunct Committee, and a member of the Prentice Foundation since the age of 18. A Miami Beach resident for over 13 years, Babicka is happily married to his wife, Missy Babicka, and a proud dad to their daughter, Layla.
Originally born in Sandusky, Ohio, Jason Venger has been a part of the South Florida community for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2004 with a B.A. in Marketing and Sports Management. Following his passion to help those in need, Jason has produced over 500 fundraising events and has developed and managed countless programs and community initiatives. Today he sits as founder and President of V2R Group, where he and his team work endlessly to help their clients achieve their mission and goals in the community.
Priscilla Roman was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is a first-generation Cuban-American. Since graduating from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s’ Degree in Public Relations with an Area of Concentration in Event Planning, she has worked in the travel and automotive industries as a Project Coordinator. She is passionate about supporting and improving the community in which she was raised through volunteerism.
Amanda didn’t speak a word of English when she came to Miami from Cuba at age 9, but she quickly took hold of the idea that here, opportunities are limitless if you only put in the work. Raised by a single mother who instilled in her that despite their low income, she was never less than anyone else, Amanda grew to appreciate the importance of social responsibility and made it a goal of hers to seek out socially responsible companies.
Amanda chose a summer internship with the socially responsible Libra Group, interning as operations manager for a luxury boutique hotel while also learning from the company’s work with Syrian refugees.
While maintaining a Cum Laude GPA at FIU, Amanda volunteered with LLF in the Spring of 2018. This turned into an internship opportunity – Amanda helped create and market LLF’s many fundraising events, including the Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend 2018! As a volunteer, she also helped fundraise for MACtown in Little Haiti, a nonprofit that provides care for people with disabilities.
After becoming her family’s first U.S. college graduate, Amanda, 23, now uses her marketing background in her new role as LLF’s Marketing and Events Coordinator!