Love and Hope High Rollers Night

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Love & Hope's High Rollers Night

It was a night of prizes, surprises and fun at the Love & Hope High Rollers Night, which benefited the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and its mission of finding a cure. Held at the iconic Nobu Hotel Eden Roc Miami Beach on Saturday, March 9, the casino-themed event raised nearly $400,000!

Approximately 300 of South Florida’s crème de la crème walked the red carpet into a lavish cocktail reception, where they mingled with celebs like Sir Barry Gibb and his lovely wife, Lady Linda Gibb, who serve as Love & Hope’s International Chairmen, and baseball great Ron Darling, who serves on the DRI Foundation’s national board. Las Vegas-style showgirls decked in red feathers and sparkling beads then beckoned the crowd to the ballroom for dinner and dancing.

Executive Chairman Sandra Levy welcomed guests, then turned it over to WPLG Local 10 morning news anchor Jacey Birch, mistress of ceremonies, who thanked the evening’s top sponsors: the Caroline and Alitza Weiss Family Foundation, National Chairman Kathy Simkins and the Simkins Family Foundation, and Barbara Shapiro. But it was Alitza Weiss who delivered the evening’s biggest surprise when she announced that they would be doubling their donation to the DRI to a total of $1 million!

A spot-on Marilyn Monroe impersonator, accompanied by “Elvis Presley,” took the stage to perform “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” It was the perfect lead-in to the evening’s auction, which boasted a signed Roberto Coin ladies’ white gold and diamond bracelet valued at $35,000, among other fabulous items. Feeling lucky (and generous!), attendees moved into the casino to play blackjack, craps, roulette, and slots—all for chances to win designer-named prizes and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Caroline & Alitza Weiss Family Foundation

Simkins Family Foundation

Barbara Shapiro

Sandra Levy

Sharon Gustafson Florescue and the Florescue Family Foundation
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Division of Development and Alumni Relations

Joseph Lubeck - American Landmark
Barry Smith

Betty Madigan Brandt
Kathryn Chesler
Marilyn Fellman
Marc & Helene Kovens
Eleanor Kosow
Lenore Toby Simmons
Town of Golden Beach
Jill Viner



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