Faces of Hope Luncheon & Auction

Aaron and Dorothy Podhurst chair exclusive dinner

Everyone loves to watch Miami Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein cook on her show Check Please, South Florida, but how often do you get a chance to win a behind the scenes experience to her show and get ready with her in the green room?

This Tuesday, Michelle and NPH USA, a nonprofit that supports orphaned children in Latin America and the Caribbean, will team up for the organization’s eighth annual Faces of Hope luncheon. One of the auction items on offer will be “The Michelle Bernstein experience,” which will grant one lucky admirer some real one-on-one time with the culinary queen.

The Faces of Hope luncheon features event sponsors like Eastern Air Lines, scheduled to relaunch with Miami as it’s hub, along with Fed Ex, The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Gilead Sciences and World, Peace, Love.

The Auction will include more than fifty high-end items up for grab, like a week cruise on Royal Caribbean, a weekend stay at the posh Marlin Hotel, and week vacations at private villas in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. If you’re in it for just the food, than come eat to your heart’s content, with mini tostadas with tuna ceviche and chilled corn sippers with ancho chile, and a main dish of pulled chicken with mole, guacamole and toasted pumpkin seeds. Top it off with cheese flan with churros for dessert.

The icing on the cake is certainly the cause, as all proceeds will go to feed, clothe and educate orphaned and abandoned children in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Attendees will learn about nutritional issues in Mexico from former chief, U.S. Mexico Border office, Pan American Health Organization; Maria Teresa Cerquiera and listen to an empowering personal account from one of the young women that were taken in by NPH, Aurora Zacharias.

NPH certainly went a long way to thank Michelle for her efforts… The children at NPH’s group home in Mexico named one of its dairy goats Michelle. She helps to provide milk for the home’s more than 750 residents.

Tickets to the Faces of Hope Luncheon are $75 a person and $700 for a table of 10. Reservations and more information are available at www.nphusa.org/foh.

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