Steve Sawitz, owner of Joe's Stone Crab,
with Gary Hall, Jr.

Gary Hall, Jr. with his: (l-r) sister, Maria; wife,
Elizabeth; and parents, Mary and Gary, Sr.

Sunday, December 11, 2005


Olympian Gary Hall, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth hosted a fun, casual brunch at South Beach's world famous Joe's Stone Crab restaurant. During the cocktail reception, 250 attendees sipped mimosas and perused the silent auction while The Jean Caze Trio played elegant music. Beautiful models, courtesy of modeling agent Michele Pommier, strutted through the crowd donning fashions by Emilio Pucci.

Hall inducted Andrew Holtz, 11, into the Circle of Champions for excelling as an athlete with diabetes. The Olympus Award was then presented to Michele Pommier for going the extra mile to contribute to the community.

The Halls extended special thanks to the committee which included: Marlene and Stuart Blumberg, Samantha and Joshua Bratter, Bebe Hall, Mary and Gary Hall, Sr., Jill and Robert Hertzberg, Andria and Javier Holtz, Cathleen and Emilio Lamar, Bianca Oakes, Adrienne and Steve Pardo, Michele Pommier, Carmen Casadella and Zasha Robles, Steve Sawitz, Brian Johnson, Barbara Swan, and Jeannie and Gus Vidaurreta.

The afternoon closed with recognition of Gold Medal Sponsors: BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), the Cueto-Taggert Family, Amy Greenwald, Andria and Javier Holtz, Cathleen and Emilio Lamar, Amarilis and Claudio Osorio, Michele Pommier, and Jeannie and Gus Vidaurreta.

Proceeds benefited the newly established Gary Hall Jr. Foundation for Diabetes. The focus of the organization is two-fold: to provide testing equipment for underprivileged families affected by diabetes, and to find a cure by supporting organizations such as the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, of which Hall is a regional board member.

Michele Pommier, winner of the Olympus Award,
and Gary Hall, Jr.

Committee members: Carmen Casadella, Steve
Sawitz, Bianca Oakes, Samantha Bratter,
Elizabeth Hall, Bebe Hall, Mary
Hall, and Andria Holtz

Honoree Andrew Holtz with Gary Hall, Jr.

Marc Buoniconti with models by Michele Pommier
Management wearing fashions by Emilio Pucci

DRIF President and CEO Robert A. Pearlman (second
from right) and DRIF Florida board member Madelyn
Rubin (far right) with Jerry and Jane Goodman of the
DRIF's Florida and National Boards of Directors

Gary (Sr.), Mary, Gary (Jr.), and Elizabeth Hall
enjoying stone crabs

Lisa Sanders, Bianca Oakes, and Jeannie Vidaurreta

Andria and Javier Holtz (back) with their children
(l-r) Matthew, Andrew and Nicole

Cathleen and Emilio Lamar with their three sons
(l-r): Emilio, Felipe and Miguel

DRIF Florida board member Jacci Seskin with her
husband, Dr. Floyd Seskin, and their sons

The Greenwald family with Robert A. Pearlman

Diane and Aristotle Ares with Adrian Ares
and Robert Sherman

Michele Pommier and friends with
Steve Sawitz (far right)

Andrew Holtz, the second inductee
of the Circle of Champions

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ringer

Jonathan and Lexi Greenwald with Carly
and David Klein

A model from Michele Pommier Management
with Marc Buoniconti and Steve Sawitz

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