Behind the Magic: A Grand Gathering
2016-2017 Gala Chairs Meet & Mingle
Standing: Norma Quintero, Francine Mitch-Dietsh and Nancy Cole; seated: Lauren Harrison, past Chair of Kristi House Gala, and Kara Zeder, President of Kristi House Board of Directors

Gala chairs and committee members kicked off the 2016-2017 social season and celebrated SocialMiami’s 10th Annual Gala Guide at Behind the Magic's Gala Tablescape and Culinary Art Showcase. The event, an exclusive reception for non-profit leaders, brought together community personalities, non-profit staff members and professionals representing event design firms, production companies and caterers to enjoy unique event ideas for the coming season.

Supporters of many of South Florida’s top charities mingled amid the beautifully designed gala tables and enjoyed signature menu items provided by leading caterers. They socialized, talked "shop," and enthusiastically touted their upcoming special events.

A highlight of the evening was the drawing for one non-profit to win $5,000. The winning organization was Beaux Arts, who will use the funds to invite and transport students from local schools to the 66th Annual Beaux Arts Festival taking place in January.

A Grand Gathering is part of SocialMiami's annual Gala Guide, a comprehensive preview of South Florida's signature fundraising events for 2016-2017. To find out more about the season's most popular events, check out the Gala Guide.

Check out photos of the Gala Tablescape and Culinary Art Showcase at Behind the Magic

Eugenia Legorburu, Laura Munilla and Leslie Bowe

Barbara Reese and Gail Pinon of YPO on either side of Kim Wood, Co-President of Beaux Arts

Community leaders Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez are co-chairing Miami Children's Health Foundation's Diamond Ball and Boys & Girls Clubs' Wild About Kids Gala

Chef Brian Aaron poses with Fana Holtz, Janice Lipton and Joan Bender, who were representing Jackson Health Foundation's Golden Angels Gala set for January 21

Cancer Link's Harriet Shapiro (Co-President), Bonnie Sepe, Caron Cole, Marlene Berg (Founder),
Mary Rosenberg (Co-President) and Sondra Marcus

Remedios Diaz and Lilliam Machado are great friends and hard-working supporters of American Cancer Society

Olga Guillarte and Judy Kramer represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade's Wild About Kids Gala, set for November 12, where Judy will be honored

Milton Wallace and Bunny Bastian, Co-Chairs of the Humane Society's Pawpurrazzi 2017 set for January 20

Jose Dans, Susanne Birbragher (Co-Chair MCHF's Wine Women & Shoes), Heide Dans, Susan & Jeffrey Feldman (Co-Chairs of Cleveland Orchestra Miami's Evening with Yo Yo Ma) and Linda Levy Goldberg (Co-Chair Ronald McDonald's Twelve Good Men)

Zak Mann, Norma Quintero (Co-Chair of The Main Event for Whispering Manes), Irene Korge (Co-Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miracle Makers Luncheon), Raquel Watters and Ricky Patel

Kim Wood, Miriam Salazar, Coco Palenque Torre and Norma Quintero

Heide & Jose Dans, Co-Chairs of Miami Children's Health Foundation's Diamond Ball on October 29

Rosy Cancela and Joan Bender

Project: New Born's Lynn Leight, Maria Valles and Schatzi Kassal with Deco Productions' Nicolas Zazzera

Susan Fox-Rossellini, Ginna Gonzalez, Remedios Diaz, Lilliam Machado and Mary Rosenberg

Danielle Reales and Monica Diaz, two non-profit professionals with Miami Children's Health Foundation and Baptist Health Foundation

Susan Fox-Rosellinin and Ginna Gonzalez representing the ALS Center of Excellence's Gala Cruise on October 22

Nancy Cole (Co-Chair of The Mane Event for Whispering Manes) and Francine Mitch-Dietsh

Mary Pettit, Beth Brockway Serrate and Maria McDonald from Deering Estate Foundation's Wine on Harvest Moon on October 15

Ricky Patel and Zak Mann, Co-Chairs of Miami Children's Health Foundation's Fashion Gives Back on September 29

Laura Munilla, Jon & Nancy Batchelor (Co-Chairs of Informed Families' Dinner at Joe's)

Nancy Batchelor and Leslie Bowe represent the Mane Event Gala to benefit Whispering Mane's Therapeutic Riding Center

Beaux Arts gals staying in touch with social media - Beaux Arts Gala is November 12

Alessandra Mondolfi, Eric Semet, Francine Mitch-Dietsh, Nancy Cole, Ernestro Matas and Leslie Bowe

Dr. Tamara Moodie and Susan Leon representing Friends of South Florida Autism's Ray of Hope Gala on November 19

Ann Stith de las Pozas, Nancy & Jon Batchelor and Helen Marshall discuss plans for The Love of Learning Gala on February 11 to benefit The Foundation for New Education Initiatives

Co-Chairs Jose & Heide Dans and Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez of MCHF's Diamond Ball

Ashlee Albert, Gabriel De Arias and Monica Diaz representing Baptist Health Foundation's The Grand Gala to benefit Miami Cancer Institute

Ilene Zweig, Rosy Cancela, Alice Fisher, Rhoda Stern, Mary Rosenberg and Harriet Shapiro -
Plaza Health Network Foundation and Cancer Link

Gail Pinon, Barbara Reese and Rene Beal, looking forward to Young Patronesses of the Opera's An Aria to America Gala on November 5

Susan Feldman, Miriam Salazar and Maryann Kircher

Remedios Diaz, Raquel Watters and Lilliam Machado

Jorge Luis & Marile Lopez and Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado & Juan Jose Delgado, Co-Chairs of Boys & Girls Clubs' gala

A great group of women from the Deering Estate Foundtion: Maria McDonald, Mary Pettit, Beth Brockway Serrate,
Nancy Cole, Francine Mitch-Dietsh and Alessandra Mondolfi

Joy Wallace and Elysze Held

Julia Alba and Miriam Salazar, Co-Chairs of Big Brothers Big Sisters' Lori Brener Scholarship Fund

Veronica Forte and Soraya Moya of Ronald McDonald Charities chat with Sabdy Pacheco-Williams of Joy Wallace Catering

Ann Rubino and Jim Murphy (Co-Chair of Twelve Good Men and on the committee for Vizcaya's Centennial Gala on November 19

Yami Douglas and Lizbeth Castellano

Amy Bales, Michele Reese (with Beaux Arts and YPO), Susan & Jeffrey Feldman

Susanne Birbragher, Janice Lipton and Fana Holtz

Mark Steinberg, Nancy Cole and Eric Semet

Ann Stith de las Pozas, Heide Dans and Helen Marshall

Raquel Watters, Norma Quintero and Michele Reese