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41st Annual Love & Hope Ball

February 14, 2015

Two-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jon Secada brought the romance to the Love and Hope Ball at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood on Valentine’s Day – which in combination with the annual Preview Party has raised more than $50 million for the for the cure-focused work of Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) to date. The soulful singer made hundreds of love birds swoon and helped the Love and Hope Committee celebrate 41 years of raising critical funds with his live, intimate performance of hit songs, including the chart-topping “Just Another Day without You.”

After performing, Secada chatted backstage with fellow Grammy Awards winner and 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, who performed last year at this marquee event and has also served as International Chairman for the Ball with his wife, Linda, for more than three decades.

Along with Secada’s set, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent auction and 5-course dinner program hosted by event Mistress of Ceremonies WSVN’s Deco Drive Co-host Shireen Sandoval, who recognized the following honorees for their commitment to helping the DRI find a cure for diabetes: the late Humanitarian Honoree Shirley Harris, Honorary Chairmen Barbara and Norman Shapiro, Love Honorees Debbie Lang and Barry Smith, Hope Honorees The Simkins Family, and Gold Star Honoree Dalia Glottmann.

During the program, Ball Executive Chairman Sandra Levy thanked all who helped make the ball a big success.

”I would like to toast all of the fabulous, hard-working volunteers and everyone here tonight, she said. “Thank you for everything you do on behalf of Love and Hope and the Diabetes Research Institute.”

The special evening came to a close with couples dancing the night away to the live band Soul Survivors, and receiving heart-shaped parting gifts courtesy of event sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour. Other Love and Hope Ball sponsors included: Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, Landmark Trust, Margarita and Rick Tonkinson and Miami Magazine.

Two-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jon Secada brought the romance to the Love and Hope Ball at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood on Valentine’s Day – which in combination with the annual Preview Party has raised more than $50 million for the for the cure-focused work of Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) to date. The soulful singer made hundreds of love birds swoon and helped the Love and Hope Committee celebrate 41 years of raising critical funds with his live, intimate performance of hit songs, including the chart-topping “Just Another Day without You.”

After performing, Secada chatted backstage with fellow Grammy Awards winner and 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, who performed last year at this marquee event and has also served as International Chairman for the Ball with his wife, Linda, for more than three decades.

Along with Secada’s set, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent auction and 5-course dinner program hosted by event Mistress of Ceremonies WSVN’s Deco Drive Co-host Shireen Sandoval, who recognized the following honorees for their commitment to helping the DRI find a cure for diabetes: the late Humanitarian Honoree Shirley Harris, Honorary Chairmen Barbara and Norman Shapiro, Love Honorees Debbie Lang and Barry Smith, Hope Honorees The Simkins Family, and Gold Star Honoree Dalia Glottmann.

During the program, Ball Executive Chairman Sandra Levy thanked all who helped make the ball a big success.

”I would like to toast all of the fabulous, hard-working volunteers and everyone here tonight, she said. “Thank you for everything you do on behalf of Love and Hope and the Diabetes Research Institute.”

The special evening came to a close with couples dancing the night away to the live band Soul Survivors, and receiving heart-shaped parting gifts courtesy of event sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour. Other Love and Hope Ball sponsors included: Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, Landmark Trust, Margarita and Rick Tonkinson and Miami Magazine.


Honorary Chairmen Barbara and Norman Shapiro


Love Honorees Debbie Land and Barry Smith


Love and Hope Sponsors Rick and Margarita Tonkinson


Jon Secada, Barry Gibb and Love and Hope Executive Chairman Sandra Levy


Hope Honorees The Simkins Family

Love and Hope Gold Star Honoree Dalia Glottmann and Mistress of Ceremonies and WSVN Deco Drive Co-Host Shireen Sandoval

Love and Hope Sponsor Joseph Lubeck and Jon Secada

Diabetes Research Institute Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi and Patrizia Verduci

Lois Pope and Humanitarian Trustee Tova Leidesdorf

International Chairmen Barry and Linda Gibb

Life Trustee Eleanor Kosow

Executive Chairmen Sandra and Sid Levy

Grand Trustee Barbara Herzberg

Stephen Alger and National Chairman Kathy Simkins

Ad Journal Co-Chair Esther and William Belfer (sitting), Jeremy Cohen, and Stacy Belfer Cohen (standing)

Grand Trustees Nancy and Jerry Blair

Grand Trustee Kathryn Chesler and Michael Fitchel

Executive Committee Member Marilyn Fellman

Young Society of Love and Hope members Ashley Gibb and his wife, Therese, with his brother Stephen Gibb and his wife, Gloria

Young Society of Love and Hope members Michael and Jenna Gibb
 
Young Society of Love and Hope members Travis and Stacey Gibb

Grand Trustees Mel and Fran Harris

Honoree Trustees Helene and Marc Kovens

Executive Committee Member Martha Mishcon and Peter Yovich

Executive Committee Members Jill and Robert Rosenhaus

Diabetes Research Institute Researcher Dr. Giacomo Lanzoni and his wife, Giada

Xiomara Mordcovich, Diabetes Research Institute Scientists Drs. Juan Dominguez-Bendala, Rafaella Poggioli, Luca Inverardi, Alice Tomei and Mr. Dario Varsi

Jon Secada performing at the 41st Annual Love and Hope Ball

Couple checks out the silent auction items

The stunning ballroom
 

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