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Florida Heart Research Institute's Driven to Dine, Was a Delicious Experience!

Standing: Dania Rodriguez, Marilyn Cale, Chef Odel Arencibia of The Capital Grille, Jennifer Boin, Julio Lopez-Brito; Seated: Berta Guilarte, Olga Guilarte, Barclay Cale, Ileana Moleiro

Standing: Jodi & Bob Dickinson, Helen Sheehy, Gene Sevilla-Sacasa; Seated: Jim Murphy, Bunny Bastian, Vincent Sheehy, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa

Standing: Mario Fauret, Carol Pawley, Dorothy St.Jean, Mike Murray; Seated: Joyce Hinds, Carol Adams, Connie Russell, and Marguerite Hark at Oceanaire with Executive Chef Sean Bernal

Guests gathered at Bunny Bastian's fabulous Gables Estates home for a reception before being whisked away by limo for a mystery dinner.

It was like the Academy Awards. Limos everywhere as Driven to Dine got underway, providing guests with a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Florida Heart Research Institute's annual fundraiser combines, glamour, fun, great food—and mystery. The adventure began at the beautiful home of philanthropist Bunny Bastian with a reception where 150 guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres crafted by Le Cordon Bleu and cocktails courtesy of Pernod Ricard. An intimate band provided the background music, and the magical setting of Bunny's home on the water provided spectacular views and ambiance.

Before departing in limos to first-class restaurants, Jim Angleton, chairman of the event, greeted the guests and introduced Dr. Dick Elias Chairman of the Board of Florida Heart Research Institute. Guests bid on auction items that offered unusual trips, such as a 4-Star San Francisco Wine Country Escape - 3 nights at the exclusive Fairmont Hotel, Napa Valley tour, sunset cruise on San Francisco Bay and one night in Carmel at Clint Eastwood's ranch; Dinner for 8 in your own home created by Executive Chef Sean Bernal of The Oceanaire Seafood Room; 5-star Escape to Ireland - for a 7-day 6-night vacation, with castle accommodations; and Cooking School in Tuscany for 7-days and 6-nights.

Selected by the luck of the draw, guests didn't know their destination until they arrived. But they had nothing to worry about - all the options were wonderful. Restaurants participating included: Acqualina-Chef Marc Debas, Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room at the Conrad Miami-Chef Jonathan McCann, Creek 28-Chef Kira Volz, EOS at the Viceroy Miami-Chef Michael Psilakis, Escopazzo-Chef Giancarla Bodoni, Gaetano Ristorante-Chef Gaetano Ascione, Gibraltar at Grove Isle-Chef Jeff O'Neill, La Marea at the Tides-Chef Gonzalo Rivera, Jr., Oceanaire-Chef Sean Bernal, Ortanique on the Mile-Chef Cindy Hutson, The Capital Grille-Chef Odel Arencibia, The Grill at the Setai-Chef Jonathan Wright, and Timo Restaurant & Bar-Chef Tim Andriola. As favors guests received insulated ecologically friendly bags from Whole Foods filled with all kinds of goodies.

FHRI was founded more than 65 years ago as Miami Heart Research Institute, an international leader with a mission to Stop Heart Disease through cardiovascular research, education, and prevention programs. For more information regarding this and other exciting projects at Florida Heart Research Institute, please contact Sallie Byrd at 305-674-3020 Ext 5823 or visit at www.floridaheart.org.

Standing: Ghislain Gouraige, Allen Furst, Chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile, Scott & Maritza Shapiro; Seated: Marjory Gouraige, Arlene Furst, Melanie & Jared Kaplan

Standing: Fred Cuppy, Deborah Wolf Cuppy, Chef Jonathan McCann of Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room at Conrad Miami, Kathryn & Enrique Carrero; Seated: Ninfa & Larry Riley, Margarita & Dr. Frank Martell

FHRI CEO Kathleen DuCasse, Barbara Weintraub

Standing: Taryn Bulino, Lynda Gordon; Seated: Teddy Bear, Dr. Michael Gordon, Janet Khamsl

Standing: Bart Bastian, Morton Guilford, Executive Chef Jeff O’Neill of Gibraltar at Grove Isle, Henry Martinez, Patrick McEnany; Seated: Barbara Guilford, Helen Sheehy, Linda McEnany, Jeanne Martinez

Pat & Berry Berkule, Bunny Bastian, Yvonne Eldredge

Standing: Dr. James & JoAnne Symes, Anne Kruthoffer, Sue Elias, Executive Chef Tim Andriola of Timo Restaurant & Bar, Dr. Richard Elias, Ana Messiry; Standing behind Ana are Jim Messiry, Jan Kruthoffer

Lynda and Dr. Michael Gordon with purchase from the live auction

Standing: Elizabeth Whalen, JoeAnn Batcheller, Mary Jean Mella, Chef Gonzalo Rivera at La Marea at the Tides, Annabelle Adams; Seated: David Batcheller, Jean Holley, Dr. Tony Adams, Michael Whalen

Standing: Lynda Gordon, Terri Rosa & Steve Rosa, Taryn Bulino, Mary Young; Seated: Dr. Michael Gordon, Janet Khamsl, and Frank Young at Creek 28 with Chef Kira Volz

Standing: Michael Weintraub, Sue Nichols, Barbara Weintraub, Chef Marc Debas, Carol Russo; Seated: Alan Nichols, Jackie Simkin, and Henry Mangels at Aqualina Resort & Spa on The Beach

Standing: Jesus Carmenate, Jeff Smith, Andrew Jackson, Tony Calderon; Seated: Maggie Carmenate, Ceci Smith of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Dr. Ana Calderon, Sandy Calderon

Gene Sevilla-Sacasa, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Bunny Bastian, Jim Murphy

David Batcheller, Jean Holley, JoeAnn Batcheller, Elizabeth & Mike Whalen, Annabelle & Dr. Tony Adams

Bart Bastian, Jeanne & Henry Martinez

Olga Guilarte, Fanny Dascal, Rigo Lesteiro, Silvia Fortun

Ambassadors Sue & Chuck Cobb, Bunny Bastian, Bob & Jodi Dickinson

Carol Russo and Dorothy St. Jean bidding with auctioneer's assistant

Dr. Richard Elias, Chairman of the Board FHRI, Swanee DiMare, Sue Elias, Paul DiMare

Bunny Bastian receiving a thank you gift at the reception at her home from FHRI Chairman James Angleton

Marcello Marino from Sponsor LeCordonBleu receiving gift from James Angleton, Chairman

Jeff & Ceci Smith (BNY Mellon), Andrew Jackson, Dr. Ana Calderon, Sandy & Tony Robledo

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