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At the 31st annual Love and Hope Ball, nearly 600 guests arrived on red carpet, bedazzling and bejeweled, for an evening of Hollywood Glamour. Held in late February at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL, the extraordinary affair in combination with December’s Preview Party raised more than $800,000 for the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).
After passing through the red velvet ropes and enjoying a sumptuous cocktail hour, revelers spilled into a beautiful room of glitz, glamour, silver and lights. La Mystique entertained with three dance numbers, each with a fabulous costume change, before pulling guests out onto the floor to cut a rug to the sounds of the Sol Varon Orchestra.
During the dinner program, emcee Bob Soper, CBS4’s chief meteorologist, introduced some of the evening’s true "celebrities," including the Honorary Chairmen Sheikh Tarek and Sheika Kareeman Al-Fassi, Humanitarian Honorees Deborah and Dr. William J. Rand, Love Honoree Kathryn Nicolosi, Hope Honoree Claudine Smurfit, Silver Star Florence Frank, and Preview Party Underwriter Isabel May. Before the party resumed, special thanks were offered to sponsors Saks Fifth Avenue and National Distributing Company, and then Life Chairman Sonja Zuckerman recited her time-honored phrase, "Let’s eat, drink and have a ball!"

Humanitarian Honorees Dr. William and Deborah Rand (left), Life Chairman Sonja Zuckerman, and Honorary Chairman Sheikh Tarek Al-Fassi (right) with his daughter, Dima Al-Fassi (center).
Stephen Cermak with Love Honoree Kathryn Nicolosi and Hope Honoree Claudine Smurfit with Jimmy Corpora.
Executive Chairmen Sandra and Sid Levy with Silver Star Florence Frank (seated).
Grand Founder Sherman Simon with Chairman and Life Trustee Eleanor Kosow.
Life Trustees Serena and Leon Simkins with Chairmen Michelle and Jason Rubell.
Chairmen and Grand Founders Mel and Fran Harris.
Chairman Kathryn Chesler and Founder Steven Posner with Chairmen and Grand Founders Cindy Carr and Nancy and Jerry Blair.
Chairman and Grand Founder Ruth Rosenberg with Chairmen and Benefactors Martha Mishcon and Judy and J.P. Newell.
Chairmen and Grand Founders Shelly and Barbara Singer with Chairman and Benefactor Blanche Rosenblatt and Gary Koenig.
Alan Elenson and Chairman and Grand Founder Barbara Herzberg with Chairmen Jill and Robert Rosenhaus.
Chairman Marilyn Fellman with Chairmen and Benefactors Jerry and Hildine Potashnick.
Deborah Slack and Jaime Sanz of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour, sponsor, with models displaying pieces from the Nini collection of fine jewelry.
Chairmen Lenore and Dr. Bernard Simmons with Chairman Rhoda Stern and Red Heller.

To learn more about the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation,
call 954-964-4040 or visit www.drinet.org.


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