Venetian Fantasy - Un Ballo in Maschera
Benefiting The Coral Gables Community Foundation
 

Biltmore Ball Honorees, Gala Co-Chairs, Award Presenters, Sponsors and Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman and Executive Director

The Biltmore Ball to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation was held at The Biltmore Hotel. Themed Venetian Fantasy, 400 of Miami's philanthropic, social, civic and business influencers embarked on a fantasy masquerade evening to Venice, courtesy of the spectacular backdrop of the historic Biltmore Hotel and its exquisitely decorated ballroom to celebrate the evening's distinguished honorees and the Foundation's accomplishments over the last 27 years.

Co-chaired by Sissy DeMaria-Koehne and Lauren Harrison, the black-tie fundraiser is a time-honored tradition for the City Beautiful which benefits the pivotal outreach efforts of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The Foundation prides itself most recently on bringing Umbrella Sky to Giralda Plaza this summer and on providing college scholarships to economically disadvantaged students from Gables High School each year. The Foundation has long served as the philanthropic conduit within the City, connecting individuals and corporations seeking to positively impact its citizens and the community's overall growth.

The evening kicked off as guests were treated to Artisan Italian Salumi by Salumeria 104 during the cocktail reception presented by Una, Oko and Missoni Baia, and a Venetian Ballroom performance to Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Mosaic Dance Project presented by Withers Worldwide. Guests bid on priceless vacations and gifts, including stays at a mountaintop villa in Costa Rica and a hacienda in Playa Barrigona courtesy of NPI; a beachfront suite in the exclusive Harbour Village Beach Club; Al Capone suite at the Biltmore Hotel as well as a week stay in the 18th century Chateau Le Pavillon in France, courtesy of Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildebrant.


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2018 Biltmore Ball to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation - Venetian Fantasy


The Kahn Family receiving the Jerry Santeiro Community Award presented by Trish & Dan Bell


Jack & Natasha Lowell and Mary Snow with Arts & Culture Award honorees Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Gene Prescott presents the Landmark Award to Chip Withers


Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital, presents the Sports and Wellness Award to Dick Anderson

Jack Lowell, Lauren Harrison, Tommy Abraham, Norma Jean Abraham,
Mary Snow and Sissy DeMaria-Koehne


The Milton Family receives the Education Award presented by MG Developer


Biltmore Ball Co-Chairs Sissy DeMaria-Koehne
and Lauren Harrison

Matthew Meehan and Lucia Concepcion


2018 Biltmore Ball to benefit the Coral Gables Comunity Foundation
- Venetian Fantasy Program


Mosaic Dance Company

Biltmore Ball Co-Chair Sissy DeMaria-Koehne &
Dr. Gunther Koehne


Daniella & Brent Reynolds

Biltmore Ball Guests dancing


Cocktail Reception at the 2018 Biltmore Ball - Venetian Fantasy


Coral Gables High School students serve as Gondolier greeters

Foundation Chairman Jack Lowell


Foundation Board Member Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz and her guests


Merrick Society members Monique & Sidney Lazard

Gala Co-Chairs Lauren Harrison and
Sissy DeMaria-Koehne


Mosaic Dance Company


Randi & Gregory Sandler and Jessi Berrin

Silent Auction at the 2018 Biltmore Ball
- Venetian Fantasy


Susan Kahn, Megan Lykes, Trish Bell and Pam Garrison

Trish & Dan Bell


Biltmore Ball Guests dancing

This year's Venetian Fantasy honorees were The Kahn Family for the Jerry Santeiro Community Award presented by Trish & Dan Bell; Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear for the Arts & Culture Award; Norma Jean Abraham and the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation for the Philanthropy Award; the Milton Family for the Education Award presented by MG Developer; Dick Anderson for the Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute and Withers Worldwide for the Landmark Award presented by The Biltmore.

Venetian Fantasy was sponsored by: Platinum Sponsors Trish & Dan Bell, Baptist Health South Florida, Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, MG Developer and PSAV; Matching Gift Sponsor Norma Jean Abraham and the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Host The Biltmore Hotel; Gold Sponsors Jose Milton Foundation, Kreps DeMaria Public Relations & Marketing and Bacardi; Valet Sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables; Live Entertainment Sponsor Withers Worldwide; Cocktail Reception Sponsor Una & Mission Baia Miami Residences of OKO Group; Venetian Sponsors Swanee & Paul DiMare, Sarah Arison, Coastal Construction and Becker; Photography Sponsor Bernardo Fort-Brescia & Laurinda Spear; Fashion Partner: Neiman Marcus Shops at Merrick Park; Media Sponsors Miami Herald, South Florida Luxury Guide and CULTURED Magazine and In-Kind Sponsors Salumeria 104, Pantry Liquors, Consulate General of Italy in Miami and Societa Dante Alighieri.