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7th Annual Haute Tea

Spring was in full bloom in the middle of fall inside the St. Regis Bal Harbour thanks to bountiful florals and colorful hats adorning guests at the Young Society of Love and Hope’s 7th annual Haute Tea ladies luncheon emceed by CBS4’s Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter Lisa Petrillo, on Friday, October 19, 2018. Proceeds benefit the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).

This year's, sold-out, garden-themed event was held in honor of four incredibly special and well-deserving women in our community–Linda Finkelstein and her daughters Barbara Amoils, Robin Gale and Pamela Bernstein. As a family determined to find a cure, their commitment, dedication and tireless efforts supporting the DRI has spanned 40 years, ever since Bernstein was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child.

Event chairs Lauren Geduld, Lisa Pacin and Jillian Posner welcomed friends and guests during the cocktail reception. After some mingling and selfies, the main ballroom doors were swept open, revealing a room full of grass-skirted tablecloths with gorgeous flower centerpieces, a 72-person Royal Table down the center, a Rosé Bar awash in pink, an eclectic silent auction, and a fun photo station with live hedge backdrop. Guests eagerly purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win a Whirlwind Trip to NYC, which included flying to the Big Apple in a JetSmarter private jet plus a year family membership with JetSmarter, a two-night stay at the St Regis New York City, a Chef-Tasting Dinner for two at the new Brooklyn Chophouse in Manhattan, and tickets to “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

Alex and Michael Toccin, the styling duo behind Stylists to a T who have worked for brands like Ralph Lauren, Theory, and Oscar de la Renta, served as judges for the hat contest. Top prizes were awarded to Jenni Coba, Samantha Dorfman, and Ela Pruszynska.
During the program, DRI Foundation board member Andria Holtz took to the stage to talk about the purpose of the event—raising funds to find a cure for people living with type 1 diabetes, including her son, Andrew. Moved by her words and a heartfelt video that detailed how diabetes affects so many families in attendance that day, the audience responded by donating more than $32,000 in a period of four minutes (!!!)—bringing the day’s total to over $135,000!

The afternoon wrapped up with Petrillo thanking everyone who made the event a success including generous sponsors: Steven & Lauren Geduld Family Foundation, Roberta & Harvey Chaplin, Jeremy and Ariel Milgroom at the Jacob and Anita Penzer Foundation, the Gibb Family, Courey International, USA/HomeKo, Jill Viner, Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Sandra Levy, Kobi Karp Architecture Interior Design Planning, the Tonkinson Foundation, and Haute Living. Special thanks were also given to April Donelson and Kellie Torda for securing the unbelievable grand raffle prize.

Photos by Andrew Milne Photography.

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