The American Cancer Society’s 2017 Miami Annual Gala

Raising over $865,000 for cancer research

Lilliam Machado, Paul DiMare, Swanee DiMare and Gus Machado
The American Cancer Society raised over $865,000 at the “One More Time, Dancing for a Cause” 2017 Annual Miami Gala presented by The Miami Cancer Institute/Baptist Health South Florida. The Annual Gala took place at the beautiful JW Marriott Marquis. Over 600 influential leaders within Miami’s social and corporate communities gathered for a philanthropic night filled with elegance, exquisite food and entertainment surrounded by an oriental inspired decor; all united by one common goal to raise much needed funds for cancer research.

This year’s Gala honored Miami philanthropists Paul & Swanee DiMare. Its Committee was led by: Ana Ortega and Ana Mari Ortega, event chairs; Vivian Williams and Amy Licea, co-chairs; and Pepe Freixas, honorary chair. Key supporters included: Miami Cancer Institute-Baptist Health South Florida; Gus Machado Family Foundation; Remedios and Fausto Diaz Oliver; Cantera & Associates; Lourdes and Felipe Valls; Munilla Family Foundation; Ana and Pepe Ortega; Goya Foods; John Moriarty & Associates; Christy and David Martin; Maria and Jose “Pepe” Sanchez; Pepe Freixas; The Hand Institute; Lukacs & Lukacs, P.A.; The Hernandez Family Foundation; DLA Piper; Douglas Elliman; Ryder System, Inc.; The Miami City Ballet; Northern Trust; Steel Resources, LLC.; Fred Astaire Dance Studio Coral Gables, and All American Containers.

From its beginning, the American Cancer Society has been the leading force in the fight against cancer. After over 100 years, they can envision the end of cancer as we know it – from deadly to treatable, from curable to preventable. One hundred years ago, we began the fight of a lifetime. Now it’s time to finish it!

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