Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 2021 Gala
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Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 2022 Gala

Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 2021 GalaThursday, September 13, 6-8pm – Crave, 4250 Salzedo Street, Coral Gables

The Coral Gables Community Foundation today unveiled its 2022 date and exciting theme for its signature fundraiser and traditional kick off to Miami’s social season.  “The Road to Rio, A Gala from Ipanema” will be held on Friday, October 21st at the Biltmore Hotel treating guests to Brazilian cuisine, music, dance and culture.

Brazilians and Coral Gables denizens alike are renowned for their love of dance and music. The evening will be a celebration of all things Brazilian and Carnival (actually “Carnaval” in Portuguese), a wild celebration of food, music and fun.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation, which is the cornerstone of philanthropy in the City Beautiful bringing together benefactors and beneficiaries to address our communities’ greatest needs through charitable funds.

From the cult of soccer to the festivities surrounding Carnaval, Brazilian culture will be feted as the Biltmore Hotel is transformed to one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Rio de Janeiro. Known for its Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneário beaches, Rio de Janeiro is a global melting pot of cultures much like Coral Gables.

Co-Chair Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, who has chaired the annual fundraiser for the past eight years, once again pairs with Lauren Harrison Brown for the fifth year in a row to present the city’s premier must-attend, black-tie affairs.

In addition to live music and special performances, guests will bid on silent and live auctions featuring travel experiences and luxury goods and services with all proceeds benefiting the important mission of the Community Foundation.

Patrons of “The Road to Rio” will enjoy a dazzling gastronomic experience – appropriately enhanced with rodizio meats, as well as dishes likely including feijoada and delicacies like pão de queijo and brigadeiros.

As is customary, the Foundation will recognize esteemed members of the community for their tireless efforts that directly improve the quality of life for those living in the City Beautiful. “The Road to Rio will bring Carnival to Coral Gables this fall for an unprecedented event honoring Coral Gables’ finest and celebrating the outstanding work of the Community Foundation in the City Beautiful,” said Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, event Chair and long-time Foundation Board Member.

In keeping with the exotic Brazilian theme, some of those attending “The Road to Rio” will be eschewing satin gowns and traditional tuxedos for elaborate cultural costumes with feathers and boas. Traditional Samba musicians will trumpet the arrival of guests, while dancers gently swing and sway around the event spaces.  #CGCF @coralgablescf


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