The Coral Gables Community Foundation gala committee is looking to the pride of the City and — the landmark Biltmore Hotel — and the Cityâ€™s Spanish architectural roots as inspiration for the Gablesâ€™ most anticipated and elegant annual affair. Co-chaired for the third year by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young, the gala will transport attendees to an evening of enchantment and unparalleled elegance. Just like Coral Gables itself, the Biltmore Hotel, was designed with Spainâ€™s Andalusian region in mind, and will serve as the quintessential backdrop, dazzling guests with a magnificent array of courtyards, gardens, fountains, plazas, and ballrooms.
Within the grand ballroom, adorned in tapestries of brilliant reds and golds, guests (with flutes of Spanish Cava in-hand) will by mesmerized by the exuberant, theatrical flair of Spanish guitarists and the beauty of pirouetting flamenco dancers. Guests will take a culinary journey to the Iberian Peninsula with a delectable menu prepared by award-winning Biltmore chefs Michael Vietta, David Hackett and Olivier Rodriguez. Amidst the gowns and tuxedos, many event-goers â€“ as per the tradition of years past â€“ will opt for designs in step with the theme, donning matador-fashioned suits or flamenco-style dresses.
A number of prominent members of the community will also be honored, including Manny Medina and the Medina Family for the Willy Bermello Legacy Award presented by Greenberg Traurig; Jon & Nancy Batchelor for the Arts & Culture Award; Swanee & Paul DiMare for the Jerry Santeiro Community Award; Tom and Marie-Ilene Whitehurst for the Philanthropy Award presented by Paul & Swanee DiMare; Mike Lowell for the Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute; Dave Lawrence for the Education Award and Bacardi for the Landmark Award presented by The Biltmore.
In addition to live entertainment, guests will enjoy live and silent auctions filled with exotic worldwide travel excursions, luxury retail items, and gift certificates — all benefiting the important mission of the Foundation. Individual tickets are $500. For more info contact Mary Snow, 305-446-9670, firstname.lastname@example.org. #CGCFGALA @CGCF