30th Anniversary Red Cross Ball
Chris Pedersen, Ball Chair Terry Buoniconti, Marc Buoniconti, Cynthia Halelamien

Humanitarians & 2013 Ball Chairs Tom & Marie-Ilene Whitehurst

The American Red Cross celebrated its 30th Anniversary American Red Cross Ball on March 24 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. More than 430 prominent and influential community leaders and philanthropists were in attendance for a night of exquisite food, elegant décor and dancing.

Commemorating its 30th year of fundraising with the help of an extraordinary committee, this year's ball raised more than $535,000 in support of the local disaster response programs and other life saving programs offered by the Red Cross in South Florida.

Since 1992, the Red Cross ball has been established as one of Miami's most prestigious social fundraising events. Chair Terry Buoniconti continued the tradition of excellence and elegance this year. Historical actress Mary Ann Jung, in her role as Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross) acted as mistress of ceremonies and brought history to life for this special anniversary ball.

Guests enjoyed specially prepared cocktails throughout the evening from the posh Bacardi Lounge, décor by Petal Productions with Flowers by Esmeralda and USA Bouquet and were able to purchase a surprise box from the Tiffany & Co. wall, which was filled with wonderful gifts.

An electronic bidding system allowed guests to bid wirelessly from individual iPods for silent auction items including an Azamarra International Cruise, artwork, wine and other fabulous prizes.

The 31st Annual Red Cross Ball promises to be an affair that simply cannot be missed. It is scheduled for March 23, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne and is being chaired by Marie-Ilene and Thomas Whitehurst. For more information contact Kenia Tedesco at 305-728-2512 or kenia.tedesco@redcross.org.

Judy Weiser, Philanthropic Sponsors Jon & Nancy Batchelor, Grand Humanitarians Trish & Dan Bell, Grand Humanitarian Penny Stamps

Barbara Hevia, Humanitaarian Paul DiMare, Humanitarian Christine Lynn

CEO Sam Tidwell, Chair Terry Buoniconti, Grand Humanitarians Gary & Rita Wilder

Alfred Bunge, Pam Gigante

Robert & Brenda Castellano, Jennifer Valoppi, Christian de Berduore

Ginger Mead, Beth Johnson, Sarah Johnson

Candido Quintana and Betty Lopez Castro

Cristina Miranda, Carlos Arriola

Décor by Petal Productions

Frances Sevilla-Sacasa and Maria Beguiristain

Humanitarian Bunny Bastian, Jim Murphy

Vivian & Ricardo de las Cuevas, Marielena Villamil

Humanitarians Swanee & Paul Dimare, Grand Humanitarian Penny Stamps

Milton & Pat Wallace, Linda & Patrick McEnany

Julia & David Bianchi, Clara Barton (as portrayed by Mary Jung)

Liz, Adolfo, Rebecca Henrique

Mayor & Mrs. Carlos Gimenez, Humanitarians Marile & Jorge Lopez

Tiffany & Co. Wall

Humanitarians Pam Garrison & Kirk Landon

Morton Aagard & Stephie Sayfie-Aagard of Humanitarian sponsor The Buoniconti Fund

Mr.& Mrs. Eugene Schaefer of Humanitarian sponsor Bank of America

Red Cross Board Members

Natasha Lowell and Alicia Cervera

Red Cross CEO Sam Tidwell, Ball Chair Terry Buoniconti

Stacy & Tom Briggle