Saturday, March 23, 7pm -Â Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne,Â 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
The American Red CrossÂ celebrated its 31st Annual American Red Cross Ball on Saturday, March 23rd, at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne with more than 450 prominent and influential community leaders and philanthropists in attendance for a night of entertainment, exquisite food, elegant dÃ©cor and dancing.
Commemorating its 31st year of fundraising through the efforts of an extraordinary committee, this yearâ€™s ball raised more than $475,000 in support of the local disaster response programs and other life-saving services offered by the American Red Cross South Florida Region.
Since 1992, the Red Cross ball has been established as one of Miamiâ€™s most prestigious social fundraising events. CBS4 anchor, Shannon Hori, served as mistress of ceremonies for this yearâ€™s event, which was chaired by Marie-Ilene and Tom Whitehurst.
Guests enjoyed fine, hand-mixed drinks all night provided by Bacardi USA, dÃ©cor by Petal Productions and dancing to hits from the last 50 years played by Soul Survivors Orchestra. Â A fabulous silent auction included items such as an Azamara European Cruise, American Airlines Business Class tickets to Europe and a rare Heat Basketball signed by the entire championship team and coach.
The Grand Humanitarian sponsors of this yearâ€™s Ball were The Bachelor Foundation, Inc.; Trish and Dan Bell; and Marie-Ilene and Tom Whitehurst. Â The Humanitarian Sponsors were Bacardi USA, Bank of America, Bunny Bastian, Terry Buoniconti, Mr. and Mrs. Paul DiMare, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Ryder System, The Wilder Foundation, The Garner Foundation and Joronne Jeter.