Camillus House “Auction” Raises More Than $1 Million Dollars
Benefiting the Poor And Homeless of Miami-Dade County
Bob and Jodi Dickinson, Rod Coleman and Shari Gherman

Dr. Paul Ahr and Pat Forde Ahr, Dr. Zeiven Beitchman, Michelle Lopez and Victor Lopez

Camillus House, one of Greater Miami’s most recognized and respected not-for-profit organizations, raised more than $1 million at “The Auction,” its third annual spring fundraising event held on Saturday, May 11th at The Coral Gables Country Club. The event proceeds will 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 250 guests and made history in Camillus House’s philanthropic trajectory, auctioning off more than 40 exceptional auction lots.

Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry amusingly emceed the event. It 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 and vintage wines, exotic travel packages around the world, and several private dinners with prominent local chefs, and other luxurious lifestyle items.

The top selling auction lot was an extraordinary rare collection of 24 vintages of Château Haut Brion, one vertical, which sold for $26,000. Other items included a fabulous seven-day stay at Ambassador Ronald and Eileen Weiser’s lovely apartment in Paris, and a spectacular twelve-day cruise for two from Venice to Barcelona aboard Oceania's M/S Marina.

The Auction’s Presenting Sponsor was TD Bank while American Airlines was the Auction Sponsor. Founding Trustees were Linda & Michael Bittel, Susan & Mark Bloom, Lisa & John Chidsey, Ravneet & Anand Chowdhury, Joan & Bob Clifford, Patricia & Tom Cornish, Betsy & Bob Cotter, Jodi & Bob Dickinson, Swanee & Paul DiMare, John Dubois, Nelly & Mike Farra, Constance & Mike Fernandez, Fiduciary Trust International of South Florida and Teresa & Lee Weintraub, Ana Azcuy & Ted Gelman, Beatriz & Gustavo Higuerey, Edith & Bob Hudson, Tina & Jon Kislak, Teresa & Paul Lowenthal, Pauline & Marcus McEwen, Laurie & David McWilliams, Lisette & Manny Medina, Maria Alonso & Alex Montague, Sandi & Tom Moran, José Luis Nazar, Beverly & Bill Parker, Andres Toro, Pat & Chip Vandenberg.

Manny and Lisette Medina, Francine and Mike Tomas, Melissa Medina-Schnur and Lonny Schnur

David Launay, Peter Benjamin, Florent Blanchet and Andres Toro

Vice Mayor John Dubois, Karyn Cunningham, David Wainwright

Thomas Moorehead, Vince Vento, Estelle Pregen, Bill Parker, Christopher Zoller

Nelson Rodriguez, Carlos Migoya, Jose Valle, Carlos Migoya, Jr., Mike Farra

Raj Changlani, Cathy Alexander, Orlando and Mercy Gelpi

Tom and Sandi Moran, Bruce Nichols, Joan Clifford, David Riggs, Lee Stapleton and Bob Clifford

Michael Katz, Michelle Bernstein, Terry Zarikian

Dave Barry

Conchy & Tony Argiz

Jeanne and Henry Martinez

Loraine and Ray Kayal

Jim Feltman, Candy and Ken Albano

Nancy and Gerry Michelson, Sissy Templeton, Myriam Kowlessar

Thornton and Mary Hoelle, Dirk and Rosemary Basting

Cristina and Arturo Di Mauro, Jamie Shepard

Cindi & Dr. David Lubarsky

Lee & Christopher Zoller, Bobi & Jim Eroncig

John and Stefanie Lenahan, Jason Wigley and Stefania Marino

Armando Olivera and Martha Pantin

Ariel Solorzano (center)

Jamie Norris and Stephanie Fisher

Isabel Cespedes and Baywood Nguyen

Ana Alice and Antonio Figueroa Cisneros

Nelson and Kristine Fonseca, Barry Field

David McWilliams and Dan Carlo

Marcia and Kevin Hennessey

Troy Templeton, Aviv Tzur & Paul Singerman