The Biltmore Ball: Memories of Madrid

Benefits Coral Gables Community Foundation

Manny Medina & the Medina Family – Willy Bermello Legacy Award presented by Greenberg Traurig

Friday, October 20, 2017, at 7 p.m.
The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Inspired by the pride of the City Beautiful, the landmark Biltmore Hotel, and Coral Gable’s Spanish roots, the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Gala Committee has planned an evening of romance, rich heritage and the architectural allure of Spain at its annual gala fundraiser, themed “Memories of Madrid.”

Newly renamed The Biltmore Ball to Benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the black-tie affair is a time-honored tradition that supports the outreach efforts of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Jon & Nancy Batchelor Jon & Nancy BatchelorSwanee & Paul DiMare – Jerry Santeiro Community Award On Friday, October 20 – and in the spirit of this year’s theme, Memories of Madrid – Miami’s high society will converge on The Biltmore Hotel to pay homage to the Monarchs, Matadors, Monuments, and Museums of Spain.

Nancy & Jon Batchelor – Arts & Culture Award

Co-chaired for the third year by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young, the gala promises an evening filled with enchantment and unparalleled elegance. Just like Coral Gables itself, the Biltmore Hotel, was designed with Spain’s Andalusian region in mind, serving as the quintessential backdrop. Guests will be dazzled by its magnificent array of courtyards, gardens, fountains, plazas, and ballrooms.

Within The Biltmore’s grand ballroom, adorned in tapestries of brilliant reds and golds, gala guests (enjoying flutes of Spanish Cava) will by mesmerized by the exuberant, theatrical flair of Spanish guitarists and the beauty of flamenco dancers. Along with live entertainment, the evening offers live and silent auctions filled with exotic worldwide travel excursions, luxury retail items, gift certificates and more.

Swanee & Paul DiMare – Jerry Santeiro Community Award

Gala attendees will take a culinary journey to the Iberian Peninsula with a delectable menu prepared by award-winning Biltmore chefs Michael Vietta, David Hackett and Olivier Rodriguez. Amidst the gowns and tuxedos, guests may, as in years past, opt for designs in step with the theme, donning matador-fashioned suits or flamenco-style dresses.

A number of prominent members of the community will be honored, including Manny Medina and the Medina Family, presented by Greenberg Traurig, who will receive the Willy Bermello Legacy Award; Jon & Nancy Batchelor honored with the Arts & Culture Award; Swanee & Paul DiMare receiving the Jerry Santeiro Community Award; Tom and Marie-Ilene Whitehurst receiving the Philanthropy Award; Mike Lowell honored with the Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute; David Lawrence honored with the Education Award; and Bacardi receiving the Landmark Award presented by The Biltmore Hotel.

Marie-Ilene & Tom Whitehurst – Philanthropy Award

The Biltmore Ball: Memories of Madrid is presented by Platinum sponsors Southern Audio Visual, Codina Partners, Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, Greenberg Traurig and Trish and Dan Bell; Gold sponsors Kreps DeMaria Public Relations and Marketing, Bacardi and Coral Gables Trust; Valet Sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables; Valet Sponsor Merdedes-Benz of Coral Gables; Live Entertainment Sponsor Cosentino; Cocktail Reception presented by Mike & Bertha Lowell; Photography Sponsor: EWM; Media Sponsors South Florida Luxury Guide, CULTURED Magazine and Miami Herald; and In-Kind Sponsors Pantry Liquors, Spanish Trade Commission and Spanish Tourism Office.

For more information on how to attend or sponsor the event, or for additional details about the Coral Gables Community Foundation, contact Mary Snow, 305-446-9670, email, or visit

About the Coral Gables Community Foundation

Mike Lowell – Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

Led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit to connect individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. For almost 25 years, The Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables while effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.”

Dave Lawrence – Education Award
Bacardi – Landmark Award presented by The Biltmore
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