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American Red Cross Celebrates 27th Annual Ball

Red Cross Ball Chairs and Grand Humanitarians Brenda and Robert Castellano

The American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys held its 27th Annual Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne with more than 400 prominent and influential community leaders and philanthropists in attendance for a night of elegance, exquisite food, elegant décor, music and dancing. The Red Cross Ball commemorated its 27th year of fundraising with the help of an exceptional committee of volunteers that raised more than $500,000.

Since 1982, the Red Cross Ball has been established as one of Miami’s most prestigious social fundraising events. Former NBC 6 anchor Jennifer Valoppi served as Mistress of Ceremonies of the event, which was chaired by Miami and Palm Beach philanthropists Brenda and Robert Castellano and featured singing of the national anthem by CBS 4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez.

One of the evening’s highlights was the announcement of the winner of a new 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK 350 Cabriolet. Guests also participated in drawings for a 10-14-night European cruise for two from Azamara Cruises and a $5,000 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. Guests who made a minimum donation to the Red Cross were also eligible to win his and hers diamond watches from DeBeers.

For more information on the 2009 Red Cross Ball, please visit miamiredcross.org/ball.

The American Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization, which provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys offers health and safety programs and international, disaster relief and armed forces emergency services to the residents of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit miamiredcross.org.

2009 Red Cross Ball Committee

Grand Humanitarians Paul and Swanee DiMare

Grand Humanitarians and incoming Ball Chairs Trish and Dan Bell

Grand Humanitarians Nancy and Jon Batchelor

Humanitarians Penny and Roe Stamps, winners of a DeBeers ladies diamond watch

Grand Humanitarian Robert Brockway, Norma Quintero, Mistress of Ceremonies Jennifer Valoppi, Peter Duchin, Red Cross Ball Chair Brenda Nestor Castellano, and Stephen Brunelle

Humanitarians Pamela Garrison and Kirk Landon

Humanitarians Lydia and Rudy Touzet

Jim Murphy and Humanitarian Bunny Bastian

Edgar and Nicole Lozano and Paul and Swanee DiMare

Dan and Trish Bell with Brenda Nestor Castellano and American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys CEO Sam Tidwell

Adam and Cheryl Goldstein

Julia and David Bianchi escorted by a U.S. Marine

Lou Bosse and Terry Buonicanti

Previous Red Cross Ball Chairs

Board Chairman Mona Adams, Chair-Elect Marielena Villamil and Board Trustee Phillis Oeter

CEO Sam Tidwell, Grand Humanitarian Bob Brockway, and Ball Chair and Grand Humanitarian Brenda Nestor Castellano

Tyler Marciniak, Barbara Barlick, Ana and Robert Barlick,
and Leslie and Greg Ferrero

Past Ball Chairs Shirley Guyton,
Teresa and Jorge Gross and Mary Jean Risi

Melony Simmons and Red Cross Ball Chairs and
Grand Humanitarians Brenda and Robert Castellano

Claudine and JP Miquel, Michele and Malcolm Wiseheart,
and Karen and Chuck Throckmorton

Betty Brody and Paul Frascella, Debbie Campbell, Rita and Gary Wilder

Janis Ward Wackenhut, Kristine Wenzel,
Diane Klemick and Rosamaria Klemick

Diane de Olazarra, Paul and Swanee DiMare,
Allen de Olazarra and Denise and Gino DiMare

Maria Beguiristain, Jennifer Pfleger, and Cherie Cole

Lissette Gonzalez and Ileana Bravo

Barbara and Bill Reese

Ken Sutter and his wife Patty

John and Susannah Shubin and Robert Castellano

Dancing to the music of the Peter Duchin Orchestra

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