Friends Celebrating Friends Luncheon

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Couture Sponsor Maria Lowe with Andria Ares Holtz Couture Sponsor Maria Lowe with Andria Ares Holtz

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Topping off a decade of fundraising for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), Andria Ares Holtz hosted the Friends Celebrating Friends luncheon, featuring Valentino, at La Gorce Country Club. Since her youngest son, Andrew, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes ten years ago, Andria and her husband, Javier, have dedicated themselves to helping the DRI find a cure, raising in excess of $2.5 million cumulatively. Her most recent event drew 200 guests who came from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to celebrate fashion, friends and philanthropy while enjoying a delectable lunch. Guests enjoyed shopping in a private Valentino boutique, complete with clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry from Valentino Bal Harbour. The silent auction featured an immensely popular Vintage Corner with nearly 80 designer handbags donated by Andria’s girlfriends, together with an array of fashion items, sports memorabilia and dining and hotel certificates. A gorgeous Valentino handbag, valued at $3,350, was the raffle’s grand prize, and Andria was thrilled when her mother-in-law, Fana Holtz, was deemed the winner. Giving tribute to Javier’s parents, Fana and Abel Holtz, as well as to her own parents, Diane and Aristotle Ares, Andria told her guests, “Thank you for teaching me that a very important part of the joy of living is found in the joy of giving.”

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