Record-Breaking 33rd Annual American Red Cross Ball Raises Funds for Disaster Prevention & Preparedness Efforts

The Sold-Out Event Hosted Prominent Community Officials and Influencers

Red Cross Ball Chairs and Grand Humanitarians Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez

The 33rd Annual American Red Cross Ball, presented by FPL, was held at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. Guests were treated to a reception and silent auction, courtesy of the Bacardi lounge, and enjoyed a magical evening produced by WOW Factor Marketing featuring a monochromatic red theme. Notable event attendees included Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and numerous influential philanthropists.

Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., were this year’s 2015 Red Cross Ball Chairs and named this year’s theme: ‘In Giving, We Receive.’ The American Red Cross Ball is an elegant fundraising event focused on building awareness and raising funds to help South Florida prevent and prepare for disaster. This is one of South Florida’s most prestigious social affairs and a continuously successful event for the American Red Cross. Due to its popularity, the event was sold-out months in advance. More than 500 prominent leaders of the South Florida social and corporate communities attended.

Speakers at the Ball included Chairs, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.; Alfred Sanchez, Regional Executive for American Red Cross South Florida Region; and Ed Joyce, American Red Cross Board Chair of Greater Miami & The Keys.

Florida Power & Light (FPL) was the Ball’s presenting sponsor. Trish & Dan Bell, as well as Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., were recognized as Grand Humanitarian Sponsors. The following were also acknowledged as Humanitarian Sponsors: AT&T Florida, Bacardi USA, Baptist Health South Florida, Bunny Bastian, The Batchelor Foundation, Betty Brody, Teresa Buoniconti and Chris Pedersen, Ana and Tony Figueroa-Cisneros, Swanee and Paul DiMare, Teresita and Michael Haskett, Meg Wright/ The Garner Foundation, Betty Lopez-Castro, Miami Marlins, Northern Trust, Mayi De La Vega/ One Sotheby’s Realty, Ryder System, Robin and Susan Shelley, Teco, Christy and David Martin/ Terra Group, U.S. Trust, Rita and Gary Wilder/ The Wilder Foundation.

A group of socially prominent women volunteers started this annual Ball in 1982; their tradition continues today with a committee of steadfast leaders who work tirelessly to support and deliver the American Red Cross mission.

For more information about the 33rd Annual American Red Cross Ball presented by FPL, contact Kenia Tedesco at 305-728-2512 or

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