Venetian Fantasy Un Ballo in Maschera Benefits Coral Gables Community Foundation

WHEN:  Friday, October 5, 2018, 7 p.m.

The annual Biltmore Ball to Benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation, titled Venetian Fantasy “Un Ballo in Maschera,” will be held on Friday, October 5th, at the Biltmore Hotel. Co-chaired by Sissy De Maria Koehne and Lauren Harrison, this glamorous evening will recognize esteemed members of the community for their tireless efforts that directly improve the quality of life for those living in the City Beautiful.

The recipients of these prestigious awards are: The Kahn Family who will receive the Jerry Santeiro Community Award presented by Trish & Dan Bell; Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, the Arts & Culture Award; Norma Jean Abraham and the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, the Philanthropy Award; the Milton Family, the Education Award presented by MG Developer; Dick Anderson, the Sports & Wellness Award presented by Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute; and Withers Worldwide, the Landmark Award presented by The Biltmore.

Miami’s high society has already marked their calendars, ordered their carnival masks and are making preparations to embark on a fantasy evening in Venice, courtesy of the spectacular backdrop of the historic Biltmore Hotel and its exquisitely decorated ballroom, influenced by hidden secrets of Venice, that evoke the spirit of the grand masterpiece of gothic architecture such as the Palazzo Ducale and the opulence of the Church of Gold, St. Mark’s Square.

In keeping with the exotic Venetian theme, many of those attending “Venetian Fantasy” will dawn carnival masks with their traditional evening gowns and tuxedos. Venetian gondoliers will trumpet the arrival of guests through the Biltmore’s storied halls.

In addition to silent and live auctions and live entertainment, guests of “Venetian Fantasy” will enjoy a dazzling gastronomic experience – appropriately enhanced with authentic Italian cuisine by classically trained Executive Chef David Hackett of the Biltmore Hotel.

The Biltmore Ball will also celebrate the redesign and restoration of the historic and iconic luxury hotel. The Biltmore is debuting a fresh take on the hotel’s history of old world glamour and regal elegance with the addition of royal hues, luxurious materials, and elegant furniture pieces that harmonize seamlessly with the newly refurbished main lobby.

Proceeds raised at “Venetian Fantasy” will benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation – a non-profit which fosters pivotal programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life in Coral Gables.

Venetian Fantasy is hosted by The Biltmore Hotel and sponsored by: Platinum Sponsors Trish & Dan Bell, PSAV, Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute and MG Developer; Matching Gift Sponsor Norma Jean Abraham and the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Gold Sponsors Kreps DeMaria Public Relations & Marketing and Bacardi; Valet Sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables; Live Entertainment Sponsor Withers Worldwide; Cocktail Reception Sponsor Una & Mission Baia Miami Residences of OKO Group; Venetian Sponsors Paul & Swanee DiMare, Sarah Arison and Coastal Construction and Becker; Photography Sponsor Bernardo Fort-Brescia & Laurinda Spear; Fashion Sponsor Neiman Marcus, Shops at Merrick Park; Media Sponsors South Florida Luxury Guide, CULTURED Magazine and Miami Herald; and In-Kind Sponsors Pantry Liquors, Salumeria 104 and Societa Dante Alighieri.

For more information on how to attend or sponsor the event, or for additional details about the Coral Gables Community Foundation, contact Mary Snow, 305-446-9670, email, or visit

About the Coral Gables Community Foundation

The Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit connecting individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. Now in its 27th year, the Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables while effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.” Venetian Fantasy will be a memorable event following the successes of the Memories of Madrid, A Passage to India and A Night in Old Shanghai galas in previous years.