Vizcaya Centennial Gala
Miami’s iconic Vizcaya kicked off a year of celebration of its 100th anniversary at the Vizcaya Centennial Gala. Guests walked down the historic Cascade entrance on a 200-foot Venetian blue carpet to the sold-out black-tie event and were greeted by cocktails and vintage cars as they entered the Gilded Age estate.
The evening’s festivities included a stylish cocktail reception on the South Terrace and music throughout the Main House and gardens provided by University of Miami’s Frost School of Music including the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Frost Studio Jazz Band and the departments of Vocal and Instrumental Performance; a procession of illuminated lanterns lead guests from the reception to the dinner with catering by Le Basque; music also provided by the Valerie Tyson Band; and a sensational on-line silent auction. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez graciously presented a proclamation, naming November 19, 2016 as Vizcaya Centennial Kick-Off Day.
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Guests danced into the night and watched fireworks along Biscayne Bay. Among the guests were Trish and Dan Bell, Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz, Betty Brandt, Criselda Breene, Dan and Tina Carlo, Victoria Cummock, Swanee and Paul DiMare, Neil Flaxman, Patricia and Phillip Frost, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Carol and Marc Iacovelli, Arva Moore Parks McCabe, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, Laura and Juan Munilla, Kayla and Jeff Rynor, Senator Paul Steinberg among others.
The Vizcaya Centennial Gala co-chairs are Barbara and Jose Hevia, Cathy L. Jones and Christina and David Martin. Committee members are Leslie Ann Brown, Swanee DiMare, Roxana Garciga, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Gladys Rustan-Hernando, Daysi Johansson, Pearl Baker Katz, James W. Murphy Lydia Touzet, Nadia Valdes and Alexa Wolman. Proceeds support the protection and preservation of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.