Camillus House’s “The Auction” Raises More Than $900,000
Benefiting the poor and homeless of Miami-Dade County
Bob & Jodi Dickinson

Maria Alonso & Alex Montague

Camillus House, one of Greater Miami’s most recognized and respected not-for-profit organizations, raised more than $900,000 at the fourth annual spring fundraising event “The Auction” held at The Coral Gables Country Club. The event proceeds benefit Camillus House’s programs serving persons who are poor and homeless in Miami-Dade County.

The Auction’s theme, “Diamonds & Denim” attracted a sold-out crowd of over 270 guests and included more than 40 exceptional live auction lots.

Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry amusingly entertained guests. The evening began with a champagne and caviar reception and was highlighted by an exquisite gourmet dinner created by renowned Miami Chef Michelle Bernstein.

The fabulously diverse live auction featured valuable and coveted items, including rare vintage wines, exotic international travel packages, and several private dinners with prominent local chefs, and other luxurious lifestyle items.

The top selling single auction lot was a 12 bottle case of flawless 100 point Robert Parker wines that sold for $16,000, and a group dinner for 12 featuring these same wines sold for $42,000. Other items included a fabulous seven-day stay at Ambassador Ronald and Eileen Weiser’s private apartment in the heart of Paris that fetched $10,000 and a spectacular seven-day Mediterranean cruise for two from London to Copenhagen aboard Seabourn’s Odyssey-class ship that sold for $10,500.

The Auction Sponsor was American Airlines while E&J Gallo Winery and Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill were the Champagne and Wine Sponsors. Founding Trustees were Ana Azcuy & Ted Gelman, Baptist Health South Florida, Bunny Bastian, Susan & Mark Bloom, Klaudia & Lewis Brown, Lisa & John Chidsey, Joan & Bob Clifford, Patricia & Tom Cornish, Jodi & Bob Dickinson, Swanee & Paul DiMare, Nelly & Mike Farra, Constance & Mike Fernandez, Beatriz & Gustavo Higuerey, Tina & Jon Kislak, Teresa & Paul Lowenthal, Luke’s House, Pauline & Marcus McEwen, Laurie & David McWilliams, Lisette & Manny Medina, Maria Alonso & Alex Montague, Sandi & Tom Moran, José Luis Nazar, Remi & Oti Roberts, TD Bank, The HighBoy, Andres Toro, Pat & Chip Vandenberg, and Vincent J. Vento. Event Sponsors were Berger Singerman and Church of the Epiphany.

Next year’s event is set for Saturday, May 9, 2015. For information about sponsorship opportunities please contact Marcy Belfi at (305) 374.1065, Ext. 331 or

Teresa & Paul Lowenthal, Nelly & Mike Farra

Lee Weintraub, Dr. Paul Ahr, Vince Vento

Ralph & Zuly Perez, Remi & Oti Roberts, Sofia & Martin Perez

Monique & Xavier Gonzalez

Wayne Eldred & Lisset Benitez

Leslie & Martha Pantin, Ramiro & Alicia Ortiz, Madeline & Pedro Munilla

Bunny Bastian, Bob & Hallie Yanno

Melody Fleckenstein, Jodi Dickinson, Lauren Fernandez

Alan Greer, Michelle Kaufman, Dave Barry, Patricia Seitz

Christopher Kraus, Andria Hanley, Ben Mollere

Chip Vandenberg, Eris Thomas, Maria Alonso Montague, Charlie Fernandez

Brian & Dawn Sepe

Lisette & Manuel Medina, Shawn Joost, John Dubois

Maurice Zarmati, Alina Gjerpen, Ted Gelman

Juan Esterripa, Isa Herrera, Rinaldo Cartaya

Alberto Lamadrid, Alicia Cervera, Lynn Westall, Carlos Migoya

José Luis Nazar and Bob Dickinson

Peter & Chrissie Taddeo

Alberto Cosio, Patricia Seitz, Bob Dickinson, Maria Beguiristain

Robert & Linda Caine, Vanessa & Aaron Patience

Jodi & Bob Dickinson, Lisette & Manny Medina

Thornton & Mary Hoelle, Mitch & Missy Lundeen

Julian & Julie Mesa

Conchi & Tony Argiz, Mary Hoelle

Natalia & Manny Garcia

Denise Kmieck & Bruce Matheson

Marianne Finizio, Colonel Robert Stewart, Suzanne Roberts, Mario Jarquin

Jose & Jennifer Valdes, Carlos Ramos, Anthony Martinez