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An International Affair

March 5, 2011

More than 225 guests of An International Affair, presented by Michael and Marie Bianchini, spent the evening jet-setting around the world to help find a cure for diabetes.  Though the cause was somber, Comedian Bobby Collins set the mood for laughter and fun at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club.  Chairpersons Karen and Bob Cavanagh announced that proceeds surpassed $154,000 for the DRI, which the committee regards as the best hope for a cure for the millions of families worldwide who are affected by diabetes, including the Bianchinis.

“In 2006, at the age of 17, our son, Gianni, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and believe me… nothing could have prepared us for the new lifestyle of doctors visits, test strips, needles, and calculating insulin dosages,” Marie said.  “But with the help of the Diabetes Research Institute, we were instantly connected to a source of research, support, and educators that answered our questions and calmed our fears.”

“Having been involved with the DRI for the past five years, we have come to know and appreciate all of their explorations and pioneering efforts,” Michael added. “Events like this one allow people to enjoy a night of entertainment, a night of building relationships, and most importantly, a night of coming together to help find a cure for this destructive disease.”

Though they didn’t need a passport, revelers enjoyed sights, sounds, smells and tastes from countries near and far.  Beginning at 6:30 pm, this exciting gala offered delicacies, décor and entertainment from China, France, Italy, Mexico, Africa and more.  Silent and live auctions boasted enticing prize baskets and much more, and a Tapas dinner was served before dancing commenced.

The highlight of the affair for many was the hilarious performance by the popular Bobby Collins, who is known to bring his audience in as if they are all good friends. 

Generous sponsors included The Bianchini Family, The Rosen Group / Joe and Ashley Maguire, Karen J. Hardin, FPL / Terri and Carmine Priore III, Allstate / Karen and Bob Cavanagh, Armand Professional Services, Carousel Development & Restoration, Inc., Accudial Pharmaceutical, Inc., MAPEI Corporation, Stacey and Chris Hogan, Jess R. Santamaria, and the Center for Bone and Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches.

Photo Credit: Gabriella Bianchini

Chairpersons Karen & Bob Cavanagh
of Allstate, Valet Sponsors

Honorees and Presenting Sponsors
Marie & Michael Bianchini

MLB great and DRI Foundation national
board member Ron Darling with DRIF
president and CEO Robert A. Pearlman

Ashley & Joe Maguire of The Rosen
Group, Outback Sponsors


Karen Hardin with Terri & Carmine
Priore III of FPL, all Rainforest Sponsors


Mair & Scott Armand of Armand
Professional Services, Photo Souvenir
Sponsors, with
 Nichole & Joseph
Carosella of Carousel Development &
Restoration, Inc., Specialty Sponsors

Comedian Bobby Collins

Marie and Michael Bianchini's
daughters, Gabriella and Alessandra

Marie and Michael Bianchini's son,
Gianni, who has type 1 diabetes


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