Kristi House’s Havana Nights Dinner & Auction
Event Raises $300,000 for Sexually Abused Children
Presenting Sponsor Anthony Lopez of MEL Law Firm with Dr. Nicole Martin

Presenting Sponsor Santiago Eljaiek from Marin, Eljaiek & Lopez, P.L. with wife Patricia

Three hundred guests joined Kristi House and friends at their annual gala, Havana Nights, a tropical chic celebration of our closest island neighbor. Presented by the law firm of Marin, Eljaiek & Lopez, the evening at the Four Seasons was great fun and a financial success with $300,000 raised in net proceeds for child victims of sexual abuse.

This lively evening treated guests to delicious cuisine, great wine and a luxury auction – with live music, dancing, cigars, entertainers, brandy and a festive photo booth to cap off the evening.

Guests enjoyed a scrumptious gourmet dinner specially created by Four Season’s Chef Aaron Brooks, with fine wines and spirits generously provided by Republic National Distributing Company. Specialty cocktails that you’d enjoy in tropical paradise were served including Mojitos, Cuba Libre, Hemingway Daiquiris and hand-shaken Daiquiris. The excitement was high and competition stiff in the auction of exclusive trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and select luxury items.

Host Committee sponsors included Julee & Sergio Akselrad; Danielle & Alex Almazan; Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz; Rachelle & A.J. de Moya; Teresa Garcia & Robert Scavone Jr.; Marta & Rick Hasty, MD; Maria & Al Maloof; Toni Musante & Tony Sparks; Sheri L. Orlowitz; Karen & Luis Reiter; Lizzie & Drew Schaul; Kara Zeder & Rick Rosen; and The Zeder Team

Patron de Mesa sponsors included Chris Arocha of Eller-ITO Stevedoring Co.; City National Bank; Fran & Howard Feinberg; The Gettler Family Foundation; Headquarter Toyota; Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman; Andrea Lippman Loeb & David Loeb; Loretta & Miguel Nido; Shook Hardy & Bacon; Ashley & Campbell Smith; TUUCI; and Wansley & Cliff Walters

Funds raised at Havana Nights will support services for sexually abused children and their families. Sadly, childhood sexual abuse is not limited by socio-economic status, race, religion or nationality; however most of the children and families Kristi House treats are low income and would have no other place to turn to for help. Havana Nights proceeds will help ensure that services remain free so that all child-victims get the help they need.

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Carla Martinez of MEL Law Firm and Bernardo Dippolito

Dave Cox, Deana & Josh Sparks, Toni Musante, Board Member Tony Sparks, Ruth & Frank Smith

Denise Lopez Sanabria & Dr. Lopez Sanabria with Board VP Marta Hasty

Gina Reiter, Karen Reiter, Luis Reiter, and Danielle Reiter

Evelyn Menin, Board President Kara Zeder, Jon Zeder, Judy Zeder, Matt & Allyson Papunen

Front: Founder Sheri Orlowtiz with Randa Paver; Back: Board Member Ania Rodriguez with husband Alex

Havana Nights Committee Members Lizzie Schaul, Maria Maloof, Kara Zeder, Alexandra Plasencia, Marta Hasty, Valentina Hubsch and Annie Zeder

Ryan Lamchick, Lindsey Lamchick, Cindi Avila, Mike Avila, Drew Schaul & Elizabeth Schaul

Al & Lily de Moya

Dr. Andrea Loeb, CEO Claudia Kitchens & Marta Martinez Hasty

Malcolm & Laurence Stott with Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz

Dr. Brian Ramos; Norma Lorenzo, Esq.; Nicole Ramos, Esq.; Teresa Garcia, Marie Guma; Mayret De La Torre, Esq.; Robert Scavone Jr., Esq.

John Barkett of Shook Hardy Bacon with wife Sybill

Alina & Eli Valdes of RNDC

Maria & Al Maloof

Rachelle & AJ de Moya

Chip Walter, Campbell Smith, Ashley Smith, Sandy Walter & Buddy Walter

Silvia & Chris Arocha

Tom Parker of TUUCI with wife Beatriz

Valentina Hubsch, Heather Davis and Jennifer Schuitemaker

Board VP Marta Hasty with husband Rick Hasty MD

Alex & Danielle Almazan

Lisa Chidsey and Polly Appel

Dr Julio Gallo, Michael Gongora and James Davis

Commissioner Sally Heyman

Patrick & Maria Clara Harrington

Board Secretary Andrea Loeb with husband David, back center, and guests

Howard & Fran Feinberg, Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens and husband, Rene

Dr. Star Koslow Mautner and Karen Reiter

Julee Askelrad, Patricia Lamar, Mason & Denie Harris


Lee & Solbrisa Robinson

Juan & Judy Trescastro

Dance South Florida Dancers