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December 08, 2012 - Winterfest - Black Tie Ball @ Seminole Hard Rock Live

Where: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino/Hard Rock Live

When: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM - 12:00 MIDNIGHT

Mistress of Ceremonies: Shireen Sandoval - Deco Drive

Honoree(s): Lily Pardo 2012 "Belle of the Ball"

Gala Chairperson(s): Susan Renneisen & Kara Wolf

Committee Members: BALL COMMITTEE Susan Renneisen and Kara Wolf - Co Chairs - Darcy Ballew, Paula Bolender, Donae Burston, Connie Chaney, Michelle Cibine, Tobi Cochran, Kathy Deaner, Ginny Fujino, Doug Jones, Paul Kahn, Jen Klaasens, Michelle Klymko, Wendy Liebowitz, Dan Lindblade, Tammy Love, Teri Martin, Ken Ortner, Lori Perlman, Gene Robinson, Micki Scavone, Ken Schulman, Arlette Spaniak & Katie Walters

President(s): Lisa Scott-Founds

Staff: Lisa Scott-Founds President & CEO, Kathy Keleher, Marketing and Parade Director; Dawn Read, Event Director; Dolores Campbell & Angel Cheong Intern

Libations: Southern Wine & Spirits, Moet & Chandon Champagne, Absolut Vodka, Simply Naked Wines

Catering: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Entertainment: The Edge, Wicked Performance, Sugar Hill Gang

Sponsors: WIZARD: Gray Robinson, P.A., JM Lexus, Moet & Chandon, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, South Florida Ford, The Wasie Foundation & WSVN Channel 7 - OZ: Absolut Vodka, BB&T Bank, Bon's Barricades, Estancia, Ewize Marketing 4U, FPL, Galleria Mall, Greater Ft Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, JM Family Enterprises, Ken Ortner PA, Patriot National Insurance Group, Simply Naked Wines & Southern Wine & Spirits - EMERALD CITY: Chris Evert Children's Hospital, Clear Channel, Comcast Communications, Fidelity Investments, Nova Southeastern University, Perrier, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale/Go Riverwalk Magazine, SunSentinel & Universal Property & Casualty Insurance - RUBY SLIPPERS: Amerigroup, Akerman Senterfitt LLP, Fidelity Investments, Global Marine Travel, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Florida Healthcare Plus, Freedom Health, Healthcare Performance, Anesco, Helmet City, Inc., Humana, Lifestyle Magazine, Memorial Health Care, Plotkin Consulting, Positive Healthcare Partners, Publix Super Markets & Riverside Hotel

Gala Production: Sixth Star Entertainment, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Menu: "Can I be Belle of the Ball next year"

Attendance: 860+

Attire: Black Tie

Event Coordinator: Lisa Scott-Founds, Kathy Keleher & Dawn Read

Decor/Rental Company: Deco Productions

Board of Directors: EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Robert Leider - Chairman of the Board - Ken Ortner - Chair Elect / Treasurer - Lee Sheffield - Asst. Treasurer, John Haley - Boat Parade Chair, Robyn Vines - Counsel Renée K. Quinn - Secretary, Richard Barkett, Gary Correll, Nancy Daly, Heiko Dobrikow, Doug Jones, Robert Kornahrens, Dan Lindblade, Ginny Miller, Susan Renneisen - BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gary Bitner, Edie Bornstein, Lacey Brisson, Peter Brooke, Ryan Campbell, Stacy Copeland, Nicole Covar, Tim Davey, Lisa Duke, Barry Flanigan, David Greenberger, Frank Herhold, Ina Lee, Paul Kahn, Jen Klaassens, Wendy Liebowitz, Alyssa Lovitt, Jeffrey Lowe, Luke Moorman, David Murphey, Karla Nelson-Thatcher, Lily Pardo, Steve Savor, Ken Schulman, Gregg Snowden, Mark Swenson, Matt Talchik, Phil Thornburg, Larry Van Dusseldrop, Mike Weymouth, Rosalie Wheatley, Johnny Williams, Kara Wolf & Steve Ziff HONORARY BOARD: Paul T. Castronovo & Tammy Gail

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny,

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

On Saturday, December 8th, guests were “Dancing Through Life” as they donned their bow ties, ball gowns, dancing shoes then boogied down at Hard Rock Live for the most elegant and most anticipated highlight of the Fort Lauderdale social season – the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball, presented by Moët & Chandon, in association with Absolut Vodka and Estancia Wines.


Guests started their night off right by enjoying the JM Lexus Welcome Reception.  “Thank Goodness” the only ice we saw that night was the ice bar featuring a variety of Southern Wine & Spirits products, such as Absolut Vodka, Estancia Wines, Simply Naked Wines, Malibu Rum, and Avion Tequila.

Guests bid on an array of amazing silent auction items in the Fidelity Investments Silent Auction featuring more than 250 coveted items, such as sparkling jewels, travel packages, art, sports memorabilia, and so much more. Those looking for a truly unique experience made sure to participate in the Live Auction featuring fabulous items such as a 2013 JM Lexus ES350, a shopping spree at Carroll’s Jewelers, and a Winery Estates Tour Package from Southern Wine & Spirits.

Starting at 8p.m., guests were welcomed into a breath-taking, awe-inspiring ballroom that was “Defying Gravity” thanks to the vision of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino special events team. Guests were treated to a gourmet dinner and became enchanted by a spell-binding “WICKED” performance, featuring Glinda & Elphaba straight from Broadway and performance by the Sugar Hill Gang.

The 2012 Belle of the Ball – Lily Pardo, who along with Winterfest® Black Tie Ball Chairwomen Susan Renneisen and Kara Wolf, were dazzling in gowns designed by Zola Keller.

The “Wonderful” Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball was the perfect way to capture everyone’s favorite “Musical Memory” and the essence of the South Florida holiday spirit, leading up to the 2012
Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade.

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