42nd Annual Love and Hope’s Fantasy at the Fontainebleau Gala
Benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute
 
Love and Hope International Chairmen Linda & Barry Gibb, Ali Gibb, and Therese & Ashley Gibb


Love and Hope Executive Chairmen Sandy & Sid Levy

It was an evening of love, hope and Fantasy at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the Love and Hope committee’s 42nd annual gala – which, in combination with the Preview Party, has helped raise nearly $51 million to date for the for the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). More than 450 movers and shakers from across South Florida and beyond supported this great cause and had a fantastic time at the black-tie affair – which kicked off with a cocktail reception at the exclusive LIV Nightclub. Renowned as the quintessential nightclub of Miami Beach, LIV offered up all the eye candy and wild fun one would expect, replete with winged “fairies” sparkling from head to toe, colorful lights, heart-pumping music, and an endless spread of food and drinks.

After LIV, guests then moved to the Fontainebleau’s Sparkle Ballroom where they – upon entering – were greeted by gorgeous models adorned in exquisite luxury jewelry provided by Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour. Beautifully decorated tables with purple and silver sequined cloths and tall flower arrangements circled the dance floor while The Chase Band provided the music. Attendees also enjoyed bidding at the silent auction, which included exclusive getaways and one-of-a-kind items signed by several celebrities.

During the program, Mistress of Ceremonies WSVN News Anchor and Deco Drive Co-host Lynn Martinez recognized the following honorees for their commitment to helping the DRI find a cure for diabetes: Humanitarian Honoree Francine Lowe, Honorary Chairman Barbara Shapiro, Love Honorees Donald and Barbara Kaufman, and Hope Honoree Dalia Glottmann. She also thanked Executive Chairman Sandra Levy and the hard-working love and hope committee for organizing the spectacular affair. Recently inaugurated University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk said a few words on stage about the event’s contribution to progress at the DRI, as did Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient and Love and Hope International Chairman Barry Gibb, and noted that the DRI is his and his wife Linda’s “favorite charity.”

After the dinner and program guests enjoyed a special set by the popular New York duo Will & Anthony Nunziata – who serenaded the crowd with modern takes on classic songs. The night came to a close with guests dancing the night away and leaving with goodie bags that included gifts sponsored by Saks, and a $200 gift certificate for the new Kuro restaurant donated by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. Other generous sponsors included the Holland & Knight, Electra America, Perfect Vodka, and Tonkinson Financial.


Stephen Alger and Love and Hope National Chairman Kathy Simkins

Humanitarian Honoree Francine Lowe


Matthew Seely and Honorary Chairman Barbara Shapiro

Michael & Nikki Simkins, Love Honorees Barbara & Donald Kaufman, and Wendy & Kiva Kolstein


Dov Eidelman, Yael Hleap, Abbey Eidelman, Hope Honoree Dalia Glottmann, Benjamin Eidelman, and Rachel Eidelman

Kelley Kosow, Life Trustee Eleanor Kosow,
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation President & CEO Joshua Rednik and his wife Debbie


Diabetes Research Institute Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi, University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk, and University of Miami Miller School
of Medicine Dean Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt

Grand Trustee Barbara Herzberg


Event Emcee and WSVN TV News Anchor and Deco Drive Co-Host Lynn Martinez

Performers Will and Anthony Nunziata


Tim Nickas from event sponsor Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood

Chris Boyett from event sponsor Holland & Knight, and his wife Kristine

Executive Committee Member Marilyn Fellman and Honoree Dalia Glottmann


Joseph and Pam Lubeck from event sponsor Electra USA

Event sponsors Margarita & Rick Tonkinson


Models from event sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour

Gotmar Giron, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, and Councilman Jaime Sanz


Executive Committee Members
Nancy & Jerry Blair

Executive Committee Members
Mel and Fran Harris

Executive Committee Member
Lenore Toby-Simmons


Ad Journal Co-Chair Esther Belfer, Executive Committee Member Hildine Potashnick, and Carlos & Rosie Capo

Executive Committee Member Rhoda Stern
and Irving “Red” Heller


Young Society of Love and Hope members Michael & Jenna Gibb and Stacey & Travis Gibb

Barry Gibb, Sandra & Sid Levy, and Linda Gibb


Marco & Vanessa Selva

Ella Rubell, Kathy Simkins, Amira Simkins, and
Executive Committee Member Michelle Rubell


Barry Gibb and event emcee Lynn Martinez

Ballroom decor