5th Annual Haute Tea
From hats to heels guests dazzled at the garden-themed 5th annual Haute Tea luncheon presented by The Geduld Family – which was held in honor of Miami Philanthropist Jillian Posner – at The St. Regis Bal Harbour ResortThursday, September 8, 2016. Nearly 200 women gathered at this annual fun afternoon of fashion, philanthropy and tea – which was emceed by the talented WSVN-TV News Anchor and Deco Drive Co-Host Lynn Martinez – to help raise funds for the Diabetes Research Institute.
From the start guests – donning their finest and unique garden-inspired hats, fascinators and headbands –were greeted at the champagne reception by the aroma of the Haute Tea signature scent of water lily and jasmine in the room provided by Boca Raton-based scent diffuser specialists Aroma 360. They then mingled, got live sketches of their chic looks by local artist Sara Kaplan, snapped selfies, and enjoyed light bites and bubbly before heading into the ballroom for the program – which was kicked off by Event Chairs Lauren Geduld and Stacy Gibb.
During the reception and start of the program, special guest judges popular Fashion Blogger Maria Tettamanti of “The Wordy Girl” and Miami Fashion Stylist Jessica Anderson browsed the room for the best hats, headbands, and fascinators of the day for the annual hat contest. But before the winners were announced, guests enjoyed a live auction for exclusive getaways and VIP experiences, a delicious formal lunch, tea, and an exclusive Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour fashion show. Models walked on a runway strip that had a beautiful and lush green leaves print, and guests got close-up looks at all the trendy garments of some of the most sought-after luxury designers. They also heard a heartfelt speech by DRI supporter Lisa Grace (whose 7-year-old son has type 1 diabetes) and DRI Foundation Senior Vice President Lori Weintraub thanked everyone for helping move research forward and continue giving hope to parents like Grace.
After the presentation, Michelle Rubell introduced the day’s honoree with a heartwarming speech, presented her with an award on behalf of the Young Society of Love and Hope, and called up Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco – who presented Posner with a City Proclamation for all her efforts to cure diabetes.
Martinez then turned it over to the special guest judges to announce the following winners of the hat contest: Jenni Coba for Most Enchanting (best head to toe look), Asha Elias for Most Whimsy (best look that fit the theme) and Sherri Fox for Haute Couture (best custom-made headwear).
Martinez wrapped up the afternoon thanking everyone who made the event a success including all the following generous sponsors: The Geduld Family, Warren Henry, Haute Living, Roberta & Harvey Chaplin, European Wax Center, Jacci & Floyd Seskin, Maserati of Ft. Lauderdale, Tonkinson Financial, Jill Viner, Staci Rutman, Diane Walder MD, Sandra Levy, Stacy Chimento, Sherri Fox, Bochelle, Flywheel Sports and the Geduld Cougar Foundation.
Photo Cred: Andrew Milne
See photos from South Florida Guide
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