Kristi House’s Havana Nights Dinner & Auction

Event Raises $300,000 for Sexually Abused Children

Presenting Sponsor Anthony Lopez of MEL Law Firm with Dr. Nicole Martin
Three hundred guests joined Kristi House and friends at their annual gala, Havana Nights, a tropical chic celebration of our closest island neighbor. Presented by the law firm of Marin, Eljaiek & Lopez, the evening at the Four Seasons was great fun and a financial success with $300,000 raised in net proceeds for child victims of sexual abuse.

This lively evening treated guests to delicious cuisine, great wine and a luxury auction – with live music, dancing, cigars, entertainers, brandy and a festive photo booth to cap off the evening.

Guests enjoyed a scrumptious gourmet dinner specially created by Four Season’s Chef Aaron Brooks, with fine wines and spirits generously provided by Republic National Distributing Company. Specialty cocktails that you’d enjoy in tropical paradise were served including Mojitos, Cuba Libre, Hemingway Daiquiris and hand-shaken Daiquiris. The excitement was high and competition stiff in the auction of exclusive trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and select luxury items.

Host Committee sponsors included Julee & Sergio Akselrad; Danielle & Alex Almazan; Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz; Rachelle & A.J. de Moya; Teresa Garcia & Robert Scavone Jr.; Marta & Rick Hasty, MD; Maria & Al Maloof; Toni Musante & Tony Sparks; Sheri L. Orlowitz; Karen & Luis Reiter; Lizzie & Drew Schaul; Kara Zeder & Rick Rosen; and The Zeder Team

Presenting Sponsor Santiago Eljaiek from Marin, Eljaiek & Lopez, P.L. with wife Patricia

Patron de Mesa sponsors included Chris Arocha of Eller-ITO Stevedoring Co.; City National Bank; Fran & Howard Feinberg; The Gettler Family Foundation; Headquarter Toyota; Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman; Andrea Lippman Loeb & David Loeb; Loretta & Miguel Nido; Shook Hardy & Bacon; Ashley & Campbell Smith; TUUCI; and Wansley & Cliff Walters

Funds raised at Havana Nights will support services for sexually abused children and their families. Sadly, childhood sexual abuse is not limited by socio-economic status, race, religion or nationality; however most of the children and families Kristi House treats are low income and would have no other place to turn to for help. Havana Nights proceeds will help ensure that services remain free so that all child-victims get the help they need.

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