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December 02, 2011 - PINION "Unwrap the Holiday"

Where: Home of Jim & Carol Stein

When: Friday, December 2, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Beneficiary: PINION

Host(s): Jim & Carol Stein

Co-Chair(s): Jackie Liszak-May & Vaness Lopez-DeLalla

Committee Members: CO-CHAIRS: Jackie Liszak-May & Vaness Lopez-DeLalla - CUISINE CHAIR: Valerie Kowanetz - COMMITTEE: Sandy Clobus, Clio Cohade, Barbara Corrao, Alice M. Harry, Ellen Kann, Patti Kearson, Debra Lieberman, Sonja Mayo, Marian McCray-DeLoach, Pam Nowatka, Sunshine Scharf, Mirtha Toledo-Hackley & Linda Spaulding White

President(s): Debra Lieberman

Catering: Chef Gregg Salman, Chef Robert Burrows & Chef Paul Citrillo - the McFatter Culinary School

Entertainment: Galaxy Productions Entertainment

Music: Tony Rao & The Topazz Band

Sponsors: CHAMPION SPONSOR: Broward Health - TITANIUM SPONSORS: The Hilton Ft Lauderdale Beach Resort & Roy F. Johns, Jr. Family Foundation - PLATINUM SPONSORS: Jane & Doug Eagon, Birgit Fillingame, FreshPoint & Galaxy Productions Entertainment - GOLD SPONSORS: Valerie & Charles Kowanetz, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Inc. & Schmidt Family Foundation - SILVER SPONSORS: Anthony Electric Services - Tony Barrow, Barbara Riggs Brown Foundation, Mrian & Bobby DeLoach, Holland Sheltair Aviation Group - Lois & John Schmatz, Koutoulas & Relis, LLC, Kreer/Becker Funeral Homes - Pam & Steve Nowatka & Tony Rao & The Topazz Band

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino,

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

"Unwrap the Holidays."   What a joyous time had by all!
On Friday December 2nd, Pinion, Inc. held their annual Holiday Event "Unwrap the Holidays".  The Chairs Vanessa Lopez-DeLalla, Jacki Liszak and Cuisine Chair Valerie Kowanetz  kicked off the season in style with this signature event!  The festive bash, held in the beautiful waterfront home of Jim and Carol Stein, treated over 230 guests to an enchanted holiday evening.  
The gala started with Galaxy Productions entertaining the guests with a 20 foot live Toy Soldier, and a crew of holiday performers.  The fabulous food was prepared by The McFatter Culinary School, served by students and donated by Alan Lieberman, FreshPoint.  The libations were flowing with bars which included a Mini Martini bar, compliments of Steve and Debbie Day of Blue Martini.  Guests danced the night away to live music provided by Tony Rao and the Topazz Band.  Jon Paul Jewelers was on hand to help fulfill the guest’s holiday wishes with beautiful baubles and gems.
The successful silent auction, that raised more than $14,000, was filled with amazing gifts, from art work to fun gift baskets, and a dinner for 12 in your private home, donated by Capital Grille Fort Lauderdale.  The evening ended with a Holiday Raffle and two lucky winners taking home an NCL Bahamas Cruise , donated by NCL Cruise Lines and $500 in Delta Airline tickets, compliments of Regency Travel.  
In the spirit of the holiday season, it is important to remember that the real winners with Pinion are the athletes of Broward County Special Olympics and residents of Victory Living Programs.  For 20 years, through successful fundraising and the support of many faithful members and friends, Pinion has raised over 2 million dollars since that’s a number that says Happy Holidays to all!

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