The Biltmore 2019 – London Calling, Windsor Wonderland

Benefiting Coral Gables Community Foundation

2019, Charity & Social Events, Gala Guide
Date Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30 pm Organization Coral Gables Community Foundation Categories 2019, Charity & Social Events, Gala Guide
Place The Biltmore Hotel Address 1200 Andalusia Avenue, Coral Gables Phone 305-446-9670 Website Contact Email

The pomp and splendour of a coronation ceremony with a nod to the dashing modern day royals, will set the stage for a British themed gala on Friday, October 11, 2019, when the Coral Gables Community Foundation presents the city’s most anticipated, lively and elegant affair of the year. The Biltmore Ball to Benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation is a time-honored tradition for the “City Beautiful.”

The black-tie fundraiser benefits the pivotal outreach efforts of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Several influential members of Coral Gables will be honored during the gala: Jim & Susan Carr for the Philanthropy Award; Gene & Frances Sevilla-Sacasa for the Arts & Culture Award presented by Trish & Dan Bell; Earl & Christy Powell for the Jerry Santeiro Community Award; Dr. Paul George for the Education Award; Andre Dawson for the Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute; and Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables for the Landmark Award presented by The Biltmore.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, London Calling, “Windsor Wonderland” — Miami’s high society ladies will be donning tiaras and satin gowns, while gentlemen will sport tails in a nod to ancient and ruling monarchs. Co-chaired for the fifth year by Sissy DeMaria Koehne and for the second year with Lauren Harrison, the gala will transport patrons through an evening of enchantment and unparalleled elegance. Just like Kensington Palace itself, the Biltmore Hotel, with its storied past and rich history of entertaining world leaders will serve as the quintessential backdrop, dazzling guests with its magnificent array of courtyards, gardens, fountains, ballrooms and utter majesty.

“For this year’s Ball, we are taking guests behind the velvet curtain, past the Queen’s Guard’s to life at Kensington Palace and gardens where Henry VIII ruled with intrigue and Princess Diana mesmerized a world of fans,” said DeMaria-Koehne. Patrons will also embark on a culinary journey to the Great Britain with a lavish meal fit for kings and queens. Prepared by award-winning Biltmore chefs, the evening’s dishes will draw inspiration from iconic delicacies. “It’s a tremendous point of pride to unveil the latest edition of our gala — most especially in tandem with the Biltmore Hotel,” said Mary Snow, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. “This year’s event will pay special tribute to Coral Gables, serving as a celebration of our City’s distinctive heritage and worldly roots.”

This year’s Sponsors to date include: Platinum Sponsors Trish & Dan Bell, Jim & Susan Carr and Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute; Host The Biltmore Hotel; Gold Sponsors Kreps DeMaria Public Relations & Marketing and Bacardi; Valet Sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables; Gem Sponsor Belmont Village Senior Living and Coastal Construction; Fashion Sponsor Neiman Marcus Coral Gables; Media Sponsors Miami Herald, South Florida Luxury Guide; Windsor Sponsor The Coral Gables Magazine; Video Sponsor Daniel Varela and In-Kind Sponsors British Consulate-General Miami, British American Business Council Miami, Pantry Liquors and Stone & Equipment. In addition to live entertainment by the Beatlemaniax, guests will enjoy a silent auction filled with exotic worldwide travel excursions, luxury retail items, and gift certificates — all benefiting the important mission of the Foundation.

Attire for The Biltmore Ball: London Calling, Windsor Wonderland is black-tie…with a British flair.

For more information on how to attend or sponsor the event — or for additional details about the Coral Gables Community Foundation — contact Mary Snow at 305.446.9670 or, or visit

About The Coral Gables Community Foundation

A nonprofit §501(c)(3) organization for almost 30 years, the Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables while effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.” Established in September 1991 by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, through its discretionary, donor-advised, and scholarship funds has helped youth, elderly, and disabled, and has provided dental care for needy children, sponsored cultural activities, awarded academic, dance, and music scholarships, and offered seminars to educate the public on important health, finance, and estate-planning issues, awarding more than $7 million to worthy causes.

Jim & Susan Carr Philanthropy Award
Gene and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa Arts and Culture Award presented by Dan & Trish Bell
Earl & Christy Powell Jerry Santeiro Community Award
Dr. Paul George Education Award
Andre Dawson Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Landmark Award presented by The Biltmore
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