August 26, 2012 - PINION "Summer Masquerade" @ The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach
Where: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach
When: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Mistress of Ceremonies: Valerie Peru & Alice Harry
Co-Chair(s): Terry Witcher, Valerie Peru and Jacki Liszak-May
Committee Members: Hilton’s Blue Energy Committee, Pinion President Alice Harry & Sandy Clobus
President(s): Alice Harry
Libations: Mamertino Masquerade Bellini and Heitz Wine Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet 2006
Entertainment: : DL Turner on Harp, Mask Contest, Music and Dancing provided by “Free Spirit” Family Trio
Sponsors: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Fresh Point - More than 40 fantastic silent auction items: (including Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Doubletree Gallery One Fort Lauderdale, Timpano Chop House, Waldorf Astoria Naples, Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, Riverside Hotel, Broadway Across America and more.
Special Thanks: Hilton’s General Manager-Andreas Ioannou, Executive Chef Sean McDonald, Hilton’s Blue Energy Committee, PSAV, Sixth Star Entertainment & Broward Health
Blacktie Photos by: Ginny, Blacktie-Southflorida.com
Masked Revelers Raise Money for Pinion and Special Olympics
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, more than 100 revelers braved the elements of Tropical Storm Isaac and joined forces with Pinion, Inc., and the Summer Masquerade, to raise money for Special Olympics. Attendees danced the night away to the rocking sounds of Free Spirit, a family trio that traveled from Ft. Myers to donate their services for this masquerade-themed event. Guests also got to experience the culinary creations of Executive Chef Sean McDonald and participate in the “Best Masked” contest.
Pinion rolled out a new fundraising program during the event to “Adopt an Athlete”—that enables those who wish to even further support the efforts of Pinion and Special Olympics of Broward County. Donors choose to donate money for specific items for those athletes in need including athletic gear, uniforms, etc. “We really hope this new program will give our members and the community a closer connection to the needs of Special Olympics,” said Pinion President Alice Harry. “We were happy that we had such a tremendous outpouring of support to kick-off this new program. For those who are interested in Adopting an Athlete, they start at only $25.”
“The beautiful décor, courtesy of Sixth Star Entertainment, added a tremendous element to our event,” said co-chair Terry Witcher. “It really helped set the mood for all of our Best Masked participants.”
The Winners of the Best Masked contest were:
1st Place: Kim Nguyen
2nd Place: Cy Yonan
3rd Place: Beth Thorrez & Kirk Mitchell
The décor also spotlighted the fabulous Silent Auction that featured donations from (Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Doubletree Gallery One Fort Lauderdale, Timpano Chop House, Waldorf Astoria Naples, Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, Riverside Hotel, Broadway Across America and more).
The Resort went all out for their second year in support of this fundraiser. “We were so happy to be the host for this event,” said co-chair Valerie Peru (Business Development Manager, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort). “Our Blue Energy Team really enjoyed working with this wonderful charity and look forward to making the event even bigger next year!”
Pinion, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization (501c3) that conducts charitable drives and social events within our local community to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Broward County. Membership in this organization is only $30 per year. For more information about Pinion, Inc. visit www.pinioninc.com or call President Alice Harry at 954-394-3380.