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October 11, 2006 - Facing It Together hosts 5th Annual Dinner & Auction

What: Facing It Together - Fundraiser at Pier 66 - Ft. Lauderdale

Where: Grille 66 Restaurant & Bar

When: Wednesday, Oct 11, 2996

Time: 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $150 pp


Libations: Open Bar, wine at dinner

Sponsors: Bank of Florida, Jo DiMaggio Children's Hospital, US Imaging Solutions, JR Dunn Jewelers, Sand Dollar Distributors, Inc., Sheridan Healthcare, Nova Southeastern University - College of Dental Medicine, BMTS - BioMedical Technology Solutions, Inc., Stryker, KLS Martin LP, Eric J. Stelnicki, M.D.,P.A., Gerlinde, James Ross Advertising; KPMG, Harbour Beach Jet, Mike Nunez, Berger Singerman, Attorneys at Law & The Carrol Group of Smith Barney

Auctioneer: Neil Saffer, Saffer Auction Company

Gala Production: Amy Miller, Facing It Together Administrator

Menu: Hors D' oeuvre - Gilled Marinated Lamb Lollipops, Phyllo Cups, Sesame Seared Tuna on a Rice Cracker, Bruschetta; APPETIZER: Seafood Sampler - Tempura stuffed shrimp & Maryland Crabcake w/mango scotch bonnet vinaigrette. SALAD: Mixed Greens, w/cherry tomatoes, pignoli nuts, feta cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette, and, ENTREES (choice of one) Prime Aged Barrel Cut Filet Mignon w/truffle mashed potatoes and bordelaise sauce; Grilled King Salmon w/wild rice orzo salad and a chipotle chili butter or "Ashley Farms" Grilled Chicken Breast w/oven roasted tomato and garlic potato al-forno, natural jus and for DESSERT: Chocolate Truffle Cake,White Chocolate Mousse w/raspberry coulis

Attendance: 250+

Attire: Tropical Chic

Board of Directors: Eric Stelnicki, M.D., Chairman of the Board; Mike Bondurant, Gibraltar Bank; Hunter Chambliss,Chambliss LTD; John Congemi, Raymond Ferrero, III, Nova Southeastern University; Sean Gueria, U.S. Imaging Solutions; Peter Higney, Nikki Style; Mike McGinn, NationsHealth, Inc.; Marty McGrogan, LaSalle Bank; Gex Richardson, Glen Wright Construction & Development, Inc.; Greg Sandefur, SandDollar Distributors, Inc.; Marc Shuster, Berger, Singerman; Shane Strum, Blue Frog Solutions; David Szick & Amy Milloer, Administration

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-South Florida

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Mary Stelnicki & Amy Miller - Facing It Together Gala
Mary Stelnicki & Amy Miller - Facing It Together Gala



On October 11, 2006, a beautiful sunset provided a dramatic background as guests attired in festive island attire gathered at Grill 66 Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale to attend the “Facing It Together” Fifth Annual Dinner & Auction.  More than $95,000 was raised during the event to help children and families in the community affected by craniofacial disorders.


 While guests enjoyed the spectacular sunset and sipped on tropical drinks, they browsed the Silent Auction Items as Black-Tie attired staff served them scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.


 Greg Sandefur of Sand Dollar Distributors, Facing It Together Board Member & Event Chairman, started the evening’s program by welcoming and thanking guests for their support and gave recognition to the many event sponsors. A superb dinner and outstanding service by Grill 66 Restaurant and Bar was enjoyed by all those in attendance.


 Sean Guerin of U.S. Imaging Solutions, Facing It Together Board Member and Marketing Chairman, introduced a special guest speaker, Lauren Miller, who spoke about the challenges she had growing up with a craniofacial disorder.  She commended the crowd for attending the event and stressed how important Facing It Together is to children and families who don’t have the financial resources to pay for surgeries and other much needed treatments. 


 Shane Strum of Blue Frog Solutions, Facing It Together Board Member, introduced a very moving “Facing It Together” video.


 A rousing Live Auction with auctioneer Neil Saffer featured items including:  a Leon Loard Oil Portrait donated by Leon Loard Oil Portraits, a three day/two night trip to Atlantis, donated by Atlantis Resorts & Spirit Airlines; Judith Ripka jewelry, donated by J.R. Dunn Jewelers; Snowmass Condo for one week, donated by Dr’s. Lisa & Joel Slingbaum; and a fabulous Sports Package, donated by Greg & Kim Sandefur; and a week at the Stelnicki’s North Carolina home, donated by Eric and Mary Stelnicki. 


 Eric Stelnicki, M.D., Facing It Together Chairman of the Board, spoke about a six-year-old boy named Freddy who was born without ears.  Freddy’s family does not have insurance and cannot afford the costly surgery to help their child.  Funds raised this evening will help Freddy get the medical attention he needs so he can look and feel normal, explained Dr. Stelnicki.   


 Event sponsors included Bank of Florida, Berger Singerman, BMTS BioMedical Technology Solutions, The Carroll Group of Smith Barney, Gerlinde Photography, Harbour Beach Jet Management, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, J.R. Dunn Jewelers, KLS Martin, KPMG, Mike Nunez, Nova Southeastern University Dental School, Premier Beverage Company of Florida, James Ross Advertising, Sand Dollar Distributors, Sheridan Healthcare Corporation, Eric J. Stelnicki, M.D., P.A., Stryker, The Media Lab,  and U.S. Imaging Solutions.


BY; Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-South Florida & Amy Miller, Facing It Together


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