Camillus House “Auction” Raises Nearly $1 Million Dollars

Benefiting the Poor and Homeless of Miami-Dade County

Alan Greer, Vince Vento, John Dubois
Camillus House, one of Greater Miami’s most recognized and respected not-for-profit organizations, raised nearly $1 million at “The Auction,” its seventh annual spring fundraising event held on Saturday, May 13th, at The Coral Gables Country Club. The event proceeds will benefit Camillus 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 330 guests and featured more than 400 exceptional auction lots. The evening began with a champagne and caviar reception and was highlighted by an exquisite gourmet dinner created by renowned Miami Chef Michelle Bernstein. Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry entertained guests with his quick wit.

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 $31,000 Wine Maker Dinner with Marchesi Antinori Wines for 10 at the home of Bob Dickinson. For this special dinner, these superb wines will be carefully matched with Chef Tim Moran’s marvelous cooking. Other items included 12 Bottles of 100 Point Robert Parker Flawless Wines and a 10-Day Regent Seven Seas Cruise on the Voyager to the Mediterranean – Rome to Barcelona.

Maria Alonso and Alex Montague

Many Thanks to the Event Sponsors, Ticket Buyers and Donors:

AUCTION SPONSOR: American Airlines
AUDIO VISUAL SPONSOR: Southern Audio Visual
AUTOMOBILE SPONSOR: Williamson Automotive
CHAMPAGNE & WINE SPONSORS: Bob Dickinson, Breakthru Beverage FL, Wayne C. Eldred at Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, and Andres Toro
CORPORATE SPONSOR: ArcBuilders and Group, Inc.
FOUNDING TRUSTEES: Bunny Bastian, Susan & Mark Bloom (Greenberg Traurig), Jonathan Brown (MacKnight Food Group, Inc.), Lisa & John Chidsey, Joan & Robert Clifford, Joe DaGrosa, Jr. (General American Capital Partners, LLC), Swanee & Paul DiMare (DiMare Fresh), John Dubois, Wayne C. Eldred (Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill), Nelly & Miguel Farra (MBAF, LLP), Constance & Mike Fernandez (MBF Healthcare Partners), Teresa & Paul Lowenthal, Lisette & Manny Medina (Medina Family Foundation, Inc.), Matthew Meehan & Rod Hildebrant, Maria Alonso & Alex Montague, Tom Murphy, Jr. (Coastal Construction Group), Jose Luis Nazar, Dr. Sidney Stern (iCare Health Solutions, LLC), Andres Toro, and Pat & Chip Vandenberg
EVENT SPONSORS: Baptist Health South Florida, Blasco Construction Corp., Church of the Epiphany, Equivoice Cruise, LLC, Foreman Friedman, P.A. / Mase Tinelli, Health Management Services, LLC, HSBC Private Bank, Lockton Companies, LLC, Polga Medical Group, P.A., Rodtell Hospitality Services Corp., Ryder Charitable Foundation, and Stearns Weaver Miller

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