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Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 2016 Gala

Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 2016 'A Passage to India' GalaFriday, October 14, 7pm – Coral Gables Country Club, 997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables

The Coral Gables Community Foundation presented the 25th edition of its annual black tie gala, “A Passage to India,” co-chaired by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young. Miami’s high society participated in a wondrous and romantic evening inspired by a place historically described as an intermix of times and civilization. The evening payed tribute to distinguished honorees: Armando Codina, Roberto Martinez, Trish and Dan Bell, Rick and Margarita Tonkinson, former Mayor Dorothy Thomson, and Nat Moore.

Traditional Indian folk musicians welcomed guests, while artists applied intricate henna, or “mehndi,” designs to the hands and palms of eager attendees. In addition to a silent auction and live entertainment, guests also enjoyed a dazzling gastronomic experience, appropriately enhanced with curries and spices, by classically trained chef Richard Hutton of the Coral Gables Country Club.

All proceeds generated from “A Passage to India” will benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation, a non-profit which fosters pivotal programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life of community members residing in “The City Beautiful” and for generations to come. Established in 1991 and led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation has long served as a philanthropic conduit within the City, connecting those individuals and corporations who are seeking to positively impact its citizens and the community’s overall growth. For 25 years, the Foundation has helped youth, elderly and disabled residents through a range of service, from providing dental care to children in-need, to sponsoring cultural activities and awarding an array of annual scholarships to deserving residents. #CGCFGALA @CGCF

Photos by: Natalia Garcia