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November 25, 2006 - VIZCAYANS GALA - A Spectacular Affair of Glitz & Glamour

What: Vizcayan Gala -

Where: The Vizcaya

When: Friday, November 17, 2006

Time: 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Co-Chair(s): Norma Quintero and James W. Murphy

Executive Director: Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Executive Director

Catering: A Joy Wallace Catering Production

Gala Production: A Joy Wallace Catering Production

Attendance: 500+

Florist: Emerald Bouquets

Board of Directors: Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Executive Director Jeffrey A. Rynor, Esq., Chair; Ms. Cathy Jones, Vice Chair; Mr. Carlton W. Cole, Treasurer; Irma Reboso Solares, Esq., Secretary Mark Bisbing, Esq., Mr. Max Blumberg, Mr. Frank Bolaños, Mr. Richard de Aguero, Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Mr. Jose K. Fuentes, Mr. Donald Kress, Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq. Mr. William Meyersohn, Mr. Alex Muñoz, Ms. Arva Moore Parks, Ms. Norma Quintero, Ms. Vivian Donnell Rodriguez, Ms. Eleanor Simpson, Mr. Reinaldo Valdes, Ms. Ana Moran Varela, Mr. George Volsky,

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Managing Director, Blacktie-South Florida

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 oel Hoffman, Executive Director the Vizcaya, Norma Quintero, Vizcayans President & Gala Co-Chair, Jeffrey Rynor & Bill Jones, The Vizcaya
oel Hoffman, Executive Director the Vizcaya, Norma Quintero, Vizcayans President & Gala Co-Chair, Jeffrey Rynor & Bill Jones, The Vizcaya


The Vizcayans hosted their 50th Annual Vizcayan Ball on Sturday, November 18, 2006

The gala, themed as "The Golden Anniversary Ball", was co-chaired by Norma Quintero and James W. Murphy.  Along with their dedicated committee of peers, the Vizcayans welcomed notable guests comprised of the movers and shakers and philanthropists from Miami and the tri-county area.  All net proceeds from the Ball will benefit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. 

A few of the notable guest in attendance included the specifically honored David L. Gamble Family hosted by Gitte Gamble, Senator Gwen Margolis, Commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Carlos Gimenez as well as local philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carlin, Mr. and Mrs Eugene Conese, Mr. and Mrs. Alan de Olazarra dn Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Mort Guldord to name a few.

"This anniversary gala is our most spectacular Ball to date celebrating the numerous accomplishments made by the Vizcayans over the last half-century on behalf of "Vizcaya Museum and Gardens" states Norma Quintero, Board President of the Vizcayans.  The enchanting setting and live, continuous musical performances of the Steve Chase Band entertained a glamorous party of more than 500 guests sipping on top-shelf aperitifs, champagne and spirits, Roberto Cavalli premium vodkas and Kendall Jackson Reserve wines.  The cocktail reception, held both inside in the Main Courtyard and outside on the South Terrace, flowed nicely with soloist musical interludes room to room commencing with a solo harpist at the first entrance of Vizcaya and violinist and flautist solos performed inside the House and on the South Terrace. 

The silent auctions rooms featured donated, high profile items from Chanel, Gucci, Harry Winston Hermes, as well as a commissioned 24K gold ring embellished with 50 diamonds, created by world renowned French jeweler Phillipe Tournaire of Paris, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vizcayans. 

A Joy Wallace Catering Production was responsible for the exwusite food and intricate details surrounding the first-class service for ehte ntire evening beginning with a champagne greeting cocktail reception and culminating in a well-orchestrated, four-course dinner masterpiece, delivered to guests seated at lavish, elegantly set, dinner tables.  Floral arrangements and table decorations were provided by Ana Moran-Varela of Emerald Bouquets.

The Vizcayans is a non-profit corporation chartered in 1957 to promote an active appreciation and patronage of the arts and of Vizcaya and to provide for the care, maintenance, support and success of Vizcaya as an art museum.

By:  Annette Diaz, Vizcaya

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Welcome to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark; we're also a museum owned by Miami-Dade County and accredited by the American Association of Museums. Vizcaya is open to the public 364 days each year, and we invite you to visit this serene and stunningly beautiful retreat in the heart of Miami.

Vizcaya was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering, who wintered on the property from 1916–1925. Today, the extraordinary European-inspired estate includes a Main House filled with art and furnishings, ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, a hardwood hammock (native forest), and an historic village that we’re restoring for public enjoyment.

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