Camillus House & Health’s “Auction” Raises More Than $1 Million Dollars
Benefiting the Poor and Homeless of Miami-Dade County
Camillus House & Health, one of Greater Miami’s most recognized and respected not-for-profit organizations, raised more than $1 million at “The Auction,” its sixth annual spring fundraising event held on Saturday, May 14th 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 crowd of over 275 guests and featured more than 250 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 through a pre-taped video message.
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 $100,000 dinner for 10 ladies at the home of Bob & Jodi Dickinson with Tarpon Bend owner, Wayne Eldred, serving as the evening’s chef and wine pairings from the Dickinson cellar. Other items included a Seven-Night Stay at Alladale –an extraordinary, privately owned 23,000 acre wildlife reserve in the Scottish Highlands and 12 Bottles of 100 Point Robert Parker Flawless Wines.
Many Thanks to the Event Sponsors:
AUCTION SPONSOR: American Airlines
AUDIO VISUAL SPONSOR: Southern Audio Visual
MEDIA SPONSOR: The Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald
CHAMPAGNE & WINE SPONSORS: Bob Dickinson and Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill
FOUNDING TRUSTEES & GALA CHAIRS: Jodi & Bob Dickinson
FOUNDING TRUSTEES: Yvonne & Dr. Claudio Alvarez; Bunny Bastian; Susan & Mark Bloom; Jonathan Brown; Joan & Bob Clifford; Ravneet & Anand Chowdhury; Joe DaGrosa, Jr.; Swanee & Paul DiMare; John Dubois; Constance & Mike Fernandez; Annie & Manny Kadre; Teresa & Paul Lowenthal; MATI Energy; Lisette & Manny Medina; Maria Alonso & Alex Montague; Luis Requejo; Florence & Dr. Sidney Stern; Andres Toro; and Pat & Chip Vandenberg
EVENT SPONSORS: Church of the Epiphany; Coastal Construction; Corporate Creations Foundation; Equivoice Cruise, LLC; Housing Trust Group; Jon & Tina Kislak Philanthropic Fund; Mase Lara, P.A. & Foreman Friedman, P.A.; MNJ Technologies Direct, Inc.; Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Ryder System, Inc.; Stearns Weaver Miller; Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill; and The Escape Zone