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!"
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).
Cermak with Love Honoree Kathryn Nicolosi and Hope Honoree
Claudine Smurfit with Jimmy Corpora.