August 11, 2007 - Andy Garcia Opens RUMBAR at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
What: Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Grand Opening of their RUMBAR with celebrity guest Andy Garcia and a fundraiser for DRI
Where: Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne
When: Saturday, August 11, 2007
Time: 7:00 PM
Host(s): Michelle Payer and Marco Selva, Ritz-Carlton
Music: Grupo Nostalgia - who performs every Wed - Sat at the RUMBAR
Blacktie Photos by: Gnny Fujino, Blacktie-South Florida
Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne General Mnager Marco Selva; Special Guest Andy Garcia and Gary Kleiman, Exec. Dirctorto of Medical Development DRI
Andy Garci, joins guests at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne's opening of RUMBAR and helps raise funds for Diabetes Research Institute
Saturday, August 11, Oscar-nominated actor, director, writer, producer and musician Andy Garcia, joined Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne General Manager Marco Selva to open the resort’s new RUMBAR in a glamorous, magical night to showcase the vintage Havana/Hemingway style bar with its 52 rums, cachacas and piscos from 18 countries, live music, plush décor and VIP rum lockers.
All proceeds from The Ritz-Carlton “Community Footprints” evening benefited Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine and raised more than $23,000 through donations and a silent auction that included luxe items such as Ritz-Carlton hotel stays and conga drums, movie posters, DVDs and a Titleist golf bag autographed by Andy Garcia.
The private, invitation-only event drew more than 350 guests including Andy Garcia’s family and Miami-based friends; Karim & Gudalay Alibhai, Sherwood & Judy Weiser, Daisy Olivera & Bernard Gerson, Ana Remos, Dan & Tina Carlo, Adolfo Henriques, Norma Quintero, DRI President and CEO Robert A. Pearlman, DRI senior executives Dr. Camillo Ricordi and Gary Kleiman (executive director of medical development and close friend of Andy Garcia), who mingled with the famous actor, feasted on caviar and passed hors d’oeuvres from Ritz-Carlton waiters dressed in white tuxedo jackets to evoke a mood of old Havana, sipped Champagne and complimentary Mojitos from a sculpted ice bar and danced to Grupo Nostalgia, the resident Latin band that performs every Wednesday through Saturday night at RUMBAR.
Garcia brought down the house when he jammed with Grupo Nostalgia, playing the piano and congas to a cheering crowd, before leading them like the Pied Piper to watch The Lost City in a ballroom that was transformed to look like a vintage
Michelle Payer, The resort’s PR director, initially called Andy Garcia several months ago after seeing his movie The Lost City and seeing the connection between the movie scenes and the RUMBAR concept. In the midst of his worldwide premieres for Oceans 13, the Oscar-winner graciously accepted the invitation to open RUMBAR to benefit Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, an organization that’s close to his heart.