November 2012 Second Annual Gala
The Foundation held its second annual gala on November 3, 2012 at the beautiful and historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. with wonderful guests, wonderful food, and the presentation of our second “Make a Difference Award” to Tampa lawyer C. Steven Yerrid. In addition to being at the top of his field, he is abundantly generous in reaching out to sick children, from funding research to taking them fishing. He makes a transformative difference in the lives of those around him.
Teens from the Youth Dance Company of Pierre Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms performed their high-energy, entertaining ballroom dances, specially choreographed for our gala. The dance floor was open to our guests, and anyone wanting to learn the merengue or foxtrot had lessons on the spot!
The country’s champion auctioneer, Lynne Zink, created a buzz during the live auction, letting us have fun while raising funds – a winning combination. Auction items included an Elie Saab bag, an oceanfront condo in Maryland, a signed Beatles guitar, a safari in South Africa, an extravagant trip to Dubai, professional golf clubs, a makeup party, a visit to Beirut, and bidding wars on three items – a chef’s table for 8 at Brasserie Beck, private zumba lessons, and a vacation home in WaterColor, Florida. A special video prepared on Saint George Hospital and a first-hand story of a family member being treated at Saint George led into an appeal where guests were extraordinarily generous.
All of this made for a memorable evening, one that will allow us to expand our support for pediatric care at Saint George Hospital. Our Board of Directors extends its most heartfelt thanks to all who lent their support – our gala committee, sponsors, ticket and table patrons, auction donors, other contributors, volunteers, performers, vendors. The Board extends a special thank you to Pierre Dulaine, Alee Reed, and members of the Youth Dance Company for traveling to Washington while most were still without power in post-Hurricane Sandy New York.
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