Hundreds of South Florida’s philanthropist spent their Valentine’s Day romantic evening at the 41st Annual “Love and Hope Ball” supporting the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). The evening, spearheaded by Ball Executive Chairman Sandra Levy, included spectacular decor, a cocktail reception, a silent auction, fabulous 5-course dinner, music & dancing by “Soul Survivors”, and live performance by special guest and two-time Grammy winner, Jon Secada. The soulful and melodic singer treated love birds at the black-tie gala to an unforgettable performance of new and old songs, including his wildly popular hits.
Secada also helped the Love and Hope Committee celebrate 41 years of raising funds for the cure-focused work of Diabetes Research Institute, located at his Alma Mater, the University of Miami. He joins musical legends like fellow Grammy Awards winner and BeeGees front-man Barry Gibb in a list of top artists who have performed at this marquee event, which is attended by some of the most philanthropic individuals from South Florida. Their support has helped raise more than $50 million for diabetes research.
The evening program was hosted by event Mistress of Ceremonies WSVN’s Deco Drive Co-Anchor Shireen Sandoval. The following honorees were recognized for their commitment to helping the DRI find a cure for diabetes: the late Shirley Harris, Barbara and Norman Shapiro, Debbie Lang and Barry Smith, The Simkins Family, and Dalia Glottmann.