Kakes 4 Kids believes that every birthday should be special.Our goal is to make foster and underprivileged children understand that their birth was the start of a precious life.
The flame of the Kakes 4 Kids candle was lit in 2009 when two friends, Myriam and Keyla, signed up to take a cake decorating class. Myriam was preparing to celebrate her adopted daughter’s birthday. In conversation during one of the classes, Myriam shared how there were so many other kids living in foster care who had no one to celebrate their birthdays. With that thought in mind, she went home and discussed it with her husband, Gino, and the wheels started turning. They called Keyla to see what she thought about the idea of creating an organization to celebrate the birthdays of kids in foster care, which she thought was great. The last and most important piece came with a call to Myriam’s older sister, Paola, who has an enormous heart and always wanted to make a difference in the lives of foster kids. By the end of that phone call, Kakes 4 Kids was born.
The next week the four of them met in Myriam and Gino’s living room in the first official meeting of the organization. They then reached out to area group foster homes and in February 2010, the first Kakes 4 Kids party was held at Children’s Harbor.
The mission was simple: make foster and underprivileged children understand their birth was the start of a precious life. For that party, Keyla and Myriam made the cakes, Paola made the food and Gino brought the entertainment. Every birthday child received a personalized cake and present while the entire group home enjoyed the fun-filled celebration.
With the desire to serve more children, in 2011 the four co-founders formed a 501(c)3 and recruited a group of kind-hearted individuals, who became the board of directors. Since then, the organization has grown to include hundreds of volunteers who celebrate the birthdays of more than 400 children each year.
Through the years, some things have remained the same. The organization is still 100 percent volunteer-based and we are still committed to building the self-esteem of the children through positive interactions. One thing that has changed is that we have earned the support of generous community and local business partners who have helped us grow to serve more children. We continue to celebrate the birthdays of the kids living at Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines and now serve His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens. We also celebrate the lives of underprivileged children attending an after school program at Hope Outreach at Davie.
Meet the Team
That Brings the Party
Born in Santiago, Chile and raised in the states, Myriam is a multi-emmy award winning reporter for Telemundo 51 and NBC6. Although she has had a long and successful career, her true calling has always been helping children in need. With the help of her wonderful husband Gino, she has not only been able to give their two adopted daughters a beautiful childhood but is now helping change the lives of kids in foster care.
Born and raised in Miami to Cuban immigrants, Gino started working in the radio field in 1984 and became known as Gino Latino. After having worked at a dozen stations he was part of the launching of a new station, WMGE. Another member of that venture was a newscaster by the name of Myriam Masihy who became his co-host and later his wife. They have 2 adopted girls, Gabriela and Fahra so the issue of children in foster care is dear to their hearts. Today, Gino owns his own events company “Celebrate a Date” and is proud to help children in foster care improve their self-esteem… one birthday at a time.
Born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Miami, Paola is a successful businesswoman with a heart of gold. Volunteering everywhere, from her kid’s schools to dozens of charities and churches, Paola was the perfect candidate to complete our Kakes 4 Kids team. Aside from her business degree, Paola has a culinary degree from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu which makes her our official chef Extraordinaire. The kids love her cooking and we love her relentless struggle to make everything absolutely memorable. There is not a detail she forgets or a step she skips to make sure every child feels special on their day.
Born in Panama and raised in South Florida Keyla is a public information officer for the Broward Sheriff's Office. She has ample background with the media has been a bilingual reporter and anchor for three years at KTXS/KTES, the ABC/Telemundo affiliate in Abilene, Texas, and Bay News 9 En Español in Tampa, Florida. Her bubbling personality and her desire to help people in need were instrumental in helping start Kake 4 Kids. She not only brings her fantastic cake decorating skills to the table but her contagious joy that makes everything possible. Keyla is also credited with helping spread our message through her relentless social media work.