The American Cancer Society’s 2017 Miami Annual Gala
Raising over $865,000 for cancer research
Lilliam Machado, Paul DiMare, Swanee DiMare
and Gus Machado

The American Cancer Society raised over $865,000 at the “One More Time, Dancing for a Cause” 2017 Annual Miami Gala presented by The Miami Cancer Institute/Baptist Health South Florida. The Annual Gala took place at the beautiful JW Marriott Marquis. Over 600 influential leaders within Miami’s social and corporate communities gathered for a philanthropic night filled with elegance, exquisite food and entertainment surrounded by an oriental inspired decor; all united by one common goal to raise much needed funds for cancer research.

This year’s Gala honored Miami philanthropists Paul & Swanee DiMare. Its Committee was led by: Ana Ortega and Ana Mari Ortega, event chairs; Vivian Williams and Amy Licea, co-chairs; and Pepe Freixas, honorary chair. Key supporters included: Miami Cancer Institute-Baptist Health South Florida; Gus Machado Family Foundation; Remedios and Fausto Diaz Oliver; Cantera & Associates; Lourdes and Felipe Valls; Munilla Family Foundation; Ana and Pepe Ortega; Goya Foods; John Moriarty & Associates; Christy and David Martin; Maria and Jose “Pepe” Sanchez; Pepe Freixas; The Hand Institute; Lukacs & Lukacs, P.A.; The Hernandez Family Foundation; DLA Piper; Douglas Elliman; Ryder System, Inc.; The Miami City Ballet; Northern Trust; Steel Resources, LLC.; Fred Astaire Dance Studio Coral Gables, and All American Containers.

From its beginning, the American Cancer Society has been the leading force in the fight against cancer. After over 100 years, they can envision the end of cancer as we know it – from deadly to treatable, from curable to preventable. One hundred years ago, we began the fight of a lifetime. Now it’s time to finish it!

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Ana Ortega and Ana Mari Ortega, Event Chairs with Family

James and Vivian Williams, Event Co-Chair, with Amy Licea,
Event Co-Chair, and Frank Licea

Pepe Freixas and Gisela Thomas

Remedios & Fausto Diaz-Oliver

Dance Performance by Heide Dans

Felipe & Lourdes Valls

Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez

Mercy & Rodolfo Hernandez

Trish & Dan Bell

Ronald & Raquel Kaufer and Ani & Arturo Hernandez

Event Performance

Bronwyn Miller, Elysze Held and Lesli Brown

Eugenia Legorburu, Silvia Trinidad
and Nora Bulnes

Dance performance by William Valdes

Dance Floor

Dance performance by Gloria Ordaz