Diabetes Research Institute’s LOVE & HOPE HIGH ROLLERS NIGHT

Guests Enjoyed the Vegas Vibe While Helping to Raise $435,000

It was a fabulous night of glamour, games and good times at the Love and Hope High Rollers Night, which benefited the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami. Held at the iconic Nobu Hotel Eden Roc Miami Beach over Valentine’s Day weekend, the casino-themed event raised over $435,000!

Following a lavish cocktail reception, 300 guests – dressed to the nines – were drawn to the ballroom, aglow with romantic red hues and floral arrangements. But it was the striking, red-feathered showgirls and an electric Vegas vibe that set the tone for an evening of celebration and fun.

Sean Kramer, Tova Leidesdorf, Sharon Gustafson, Annie Esformes, Dr. Camillo Ricordi
Sir Barry Gibb and Lady Linda Gibb
Barbara Shapiro and Homa Niakan

Executive Chairman Sandra Levy welcomed everyone in attendance and introduced mistress of ceremonies WPLG Local 10 News Anchor Nicole Perez. Several very special people who helped make the night a success were recognized, including Love and Hope’s International Chairmen Sir Barry Gibb and Lady Linda Gibb, National Chairman Kathryn Simkins, and top sponsors Annie Esformes, Sharon Gustafson, and Tova Leidesdorf.

Then, the revelry kicked into high gear! The energetic Soul Survivors band enticed partygoers to the dance floor, playing one hit song after another. Following a delicious dinner, decadent desserts, and cocktails by sponsor Perfect Vodka, the casino opened and players tested their luck for a chance to win an array of prizes. Guests left with goody bags provided by Dr. Brandt Skincare.

All in all, it was another extraordinary affair for the Love and Hope Committee, which has been fundraising for the Diabetes Research Institute for nearly 50 years.

Ron and Amira Simkins, Kathy Simkins and Stephen Alger
Sandra Levy and Dr. Anthony Japour
Ariel and Jeremy Milgroom
Eleanor Kosow and Barbara Singer
Dennis and Felicia Cunningham
Trish and Dan Bell
Tova Leidesdorf and Lois Pope
Jenna Gibb and Jillian Posner
Valerie and Rami Schmuely
Andria Holtz and Diane Ares
Michael Fichtel and Adriana Jimenez
Annie Esformes and guests
Sean Kramer, Nicole Perez and Dr. Camillo Ricordi
Margarita and Rick Tonkinson
Roulette (Therese, Ashley, Lucas, Ali Gibb playing Roulette)
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