Behind the Magic
The 2017-2018 Social Season kicked off in style at the 2nd Annual Behind the Magic Tablescape & Culinary Experience at SoHo Studios. The two-day event showcased tablescapes and gala environments created by leading designers and production companies and culinary presentations by South Florida's most celebrated caterers.

The first night preview, an exclusive reception honoring non-profit leaders - gala chairs and committee members - brought together community personalities, non-profit professionals and event industry leaders to share the latest in design and food to enhance upcoming gala events.

Supporters of South Florida's top charities and cultural organizations socialized amid spectacular gala displays, previewed this season's most glamorous evening gowns presented by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, and savored delectable culinary creations provided by top catering companies.

SocialMiami salutes the inspired men and women whose dedication to Miami's philanthropic community make magic happen. You'll find more about the unique events they create in the 2017-2018 Gala Guide, the 11th edition.

Asha Elias and Tina Van Der Ven, Co-Chairs of Big Brothers Big Sisters' Diamond 60th Anniversary Gala, “Little Gems, Big Glow”

Gabriel & Jennifer Montoya, Miami Children's Museum's Be A Kid Again Gala Chairs

John Agnetti & Lucy Morillo-Agnetti and Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Co-Chairs of Chapman Partnership's Illuminations Gala

Miami Children's Museum's Debbie Spiegelman and Amy Deutch of Barry University

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade's Olga Guilarte with Vicente Rodriguez

Neiman Marcus Coral Gables' PR Manager Katharine Rubino and Manager Stuart Barnes with Journalist Brett Graff

Silvia Rios Fortun and Fana Holtz, Co-Chairs of the 2018 Golden Angels Centennial Celebration Gala to benefit Jackson Health Foundation

Brittany Jarrin, Kylie Russell and Yunnely Martinez

Joy Wallace, Zoo Miami's Rita & Ron Magill, Ana VeigaMilton, Plaza Health Network Foundation's 2017 Woman of Distinction & Caring, and Jessica with A. Joy Wallace Catering, Design & Special Events

Nicky Coachman and Milan Baudinet

Diana Del Castillo and Astrid Garcia

Thierry Isambert of Thierry Isambert Culinary & Event Design

Dr. Tamara Moodie and Susan Leon with Friends of South Florida Autism

Models showing evening wear from Neiman Marcus Merrick Park at Coral Gables

Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Co-Chairs of Chapman Partnership's Illuminations Gala

Chapman Partnership's Betty Galan and Flavia Liza

Big Brothers Big Sisters' Asha Elias, Rolando Fernandez and Tina Van Der Ven

Angela Andrade and Vivian Adrian, Co-Chairs of the 19th Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon & Fashion Show hosted by Jackson Health Foundation

Myra Wexler, Queen of Wynwood

Diane Bartomeu of MAR International Catering and Behind the Magic's Producer Suzanne Pallot of Source Miami

Lucy Morillo-Agnetti and John Agnetti, Co-Chairs of Chapman Partnership's Illuminations Gala

Lucrezia Di Persia, Sonia Gibson, Ana VeigaMilton and Miriam Salazar

Susan Lewin and Artist Tina Spiro

Adrienne bon Haes and Marvin Ross Friedman

Joy Wallace and Project: New Born's Schatzi Kassal and Lynn Leight

Linda Levy Goldberg, Chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities' Twelve Good Men, Stylist Elysze Held, and Alina Isambert of Thierry Isambert Culinary & Event Design

Easter Seals' Nanette Molina, Kelley Ramer of Starr Catering and Danielle Blank of Atlas Party Rentals

MiamiArtZeen's Publisher Harvey J. Burstein with Flo Moss

Jossua Parini of Creative Glue and Tom Noel of

Evening wear presented by models from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

Elyzse Held with Co-Chairs of Ronald McDonald's Twelve Good Men, Sonia Gibson and Linda Levy Goldberg

Angela Andrade, Vivian Adrian, Silvia Rios Fortun and Fana Holtz

Therese Drakeley Smith and Charlie Smith