Camillus House “Auction” Raises More Than $1 Million Dollars

Benefiting the Poor and Homeless of Miami-Dade County

Shed Boren, Bob Dickinson, Paul Lowenthal

Camillus House, one of Greater Miami’s most recognized and respected not-for-profit organizations, raised more than $1 million at “The Auction,” its fifth annual spring fundraising event held on Saturday, May 9th at The Coral Gables Country Club. The event proceeds will benefit Camillus House’s programs serving persons who are poor and homeless in Miami-Dade County.

The Auction’s theme, “Diamonds & Denim” attracted a sold-out crowd of over 300 guests and made history in Camillus House’s philanthropic trajectory, auctioning off more than 350 exceptional auction lots.

Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry amusingly emceed the event. It began with a champagne and caviar reception and was highlighted by an exquisite gourmet dinner created by renowned Miami Chef Michelle Bernstein.

The fabulously diverse live auction featured valuable and coveted items, including rare and vintage wines, exotic travel packages around the world, and several private dinners with prominent local chefs, and other luxurious lifestyle items.

The top selling auction lot was a dinner for 10 at the home of Robert Parker, the world’s foremost wine critic, which sold for $140,000. Other items included a 1947 Chateau Latour a Pomerol en Magnum, and a fabulous Crystal Cruises 7-day cruise sailing from Copenhagen with visits to Berlin, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg.

Many Thanks to Our Event Sponsors:

Auction Sponsor: American Airlines

Champagne & Wine Sponsors: Piper Heidsieck, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Southern Wine & Spirits

Brother Richard Moore, O.H.; Brother Gary Hill, O.H.; Brother Raphael Mieszala, O.H.; Ryan Thomas, Brother Mateo Fenza, O.H.; and Brother Bill Osmanski, O.H.

Founding Trustees: Jodi & Bob Dickinson, Ana Azcuy & Ted Gelman, Baptist Health South Florida, Bunny Bastian, Susan & Mark Bloom, Ravneet & Anand Chowdhury, Joan & Bob Clifford, Coastal Construction, Joe DaGrosa, Jr., Swanee & Paul DiMare, John Dubois, Nelly & Miguel Farra, Beatriz & Gustavo Higuerey, Housing Trust Group, Annie & Manny Kadre, Tina & Jon Kislak, Teresa & Paul Lowenthal, MacKnight Food Group, Lisette & Manny Medina, Maria Alonso & Alex Montague, José Luis Nazar, Lois & Dr. Dan Osman, Florence & Dr. Sidney Stern, The HighBoy, Andres Toro, Pat & Chip Vandenberg

Event Sponsors: Christine Bruce Charitable Fund, Church of the Epiphany, City Furniture, Equivoice Cruise, LLC, Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, PortMiami, Ryder System, Inc., Tuft Family Foundation

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