Coral Gables Community Foundation’s BILTMORE BALL
For this year's theme, “The Road to Rio: A Gala from Ipanema,” 400 of Miami’s influencers donned headdresses and sequins at the tropical cultural fete.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation and eight distinguished local honorees were celebrated on a beautifully cool Friday night at the 2022 Biltmore Ball to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The Foundation’s community grant and scholarship programs will benefit from Friday’s record attendance, sponsorships and auction sales.
In the spirit of this year’s theme, “The Road to Rio: A Gala from Ipanema,” 400 of Miami’s philanthropic, social, civic and business influencers donned headdresses and sequins in a tropical cultural fete. The Biltmore Hotel served as the tropical paradise backdrop to an evening of vibrant costumes and beguiling rhythm as patrons were transported to Rio de Janeiro while celebrating the Foundation’s accomplishments over 31 years.
Honoring distinguished community leaders, the event was co-chaired by the City Beautiful’s very own Amazonian goddesses, Sissy De Maria-Koehne who has chaired the annual affair eight times, and co-chair Lauren Harrison Brown.
“This was no doubt one of the most spectacular and enjoyable galas we have ever had,” said DeMaria-Koehne. “Emerging from two years of successful in-home events, neighbors were so excited to see each other in person. We’ve been to Venice, to Shanghai, to India and to Spain, but The Road to Rio may have topped it all. We are grateful to our guests for their support and are humbled by the work of the pillars we saluted in our community that evening and for the generosity of our sponsors.”
The evening’s honorees included: Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen for the Legacy Award, the Foundation’s highest accolade; Katie & Eddy Arriola were recognized with the Community Award; UM Frost Music School Dean Shelly Berg received the Education Award presented by Trish and Dan Bell; Alonzo Mourning accepted the Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Baptist Health Orthopedic Care; FIU’s Joanne Schulte was honored with the Arts & Culture Award presented by Knight Foundation; Bobi & Jim Eroncig received the Philanthropy Award; the family of beloved Nino Pernetti accepted on his behalf the Gables Beautiful Award, presented by Ray Corral and Mosaicist; and The Plaza received the Landmark Award.
Trish & Dan Bell
Baptist Health Orthopedic Care/Doctors Hospital; Knight Foundation, Ray Corral and Mosaicist; The Clinton Family Fund and Norma Jean Abraham and The Abraham Family Foundation
Bacardi; The Plaza; Belmont Village; Wells Fargo; Compass; Bobi and Jim Eroncig; The Village by MG Developer; UHealth Miller School of Medicine; Seacoast Bank; Daniel Varela; Mneimneh Family Foundation
Bossa Nova Sponsors
719 Biltmore Way by JQ Group of Companies; Cultivate PR and Mike and Constance Fernandez.
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables.
The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables.
Coral Gables Magazine, WLRN, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald
Consulate General of Brazil and the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida
About Coral Gables Community Foundation
The Coral Gables Community Foundation works to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, learn and play in the City Beautiful. Since 1991, the Foundation has been at the forefront of Coral Gables’ evolving needs by effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.” The Foundation, through its discretionary, donor-advised and scholarships funds, provides grants to local nonprofits, scholarships to deserving students and has supported issues within the Foundation’s focus areas: education, arts & culture, historic preservation and social & health services. The Foundation is proud of awarding more than $11 million to worthy causes throughout our community. Learn more at www.GablesFoundation.org.