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Biltmore Ball to Benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation


What could be more magical than reveling oneself in the art, history, romance and classic Venetian gothic architecture of the “City of Masks?" Roused by the mysteries and veiled escapades possible in Venice, the Coral Gables Community Foundation and gala co-chairs Sissy DeMaria and Lauren Harrison will present the Biltmore Ball to Benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation: Venetian Fantasy, a black tie and masquerade benefit on Friday, October 5th at the landmark Biltmore Hotel. Attendees of the Foundation’s 27th annual gala will be graced with a mystical journey along the famed Grand Canal, exploring hidden secrets of Venice, that evoke the spirit of the grand masterpiece of gothic architecture such as the Palazzo Ducale and the opulence of the Church of Gold, St. Mark’s Square. The Foundation will once again honor revered members of the community who enhance the quality of life for those living in the City Beautiful. Past recipients include: Trish and Dan Bell, Nancy and Jon Batchelor, Swanee and Paul DiMare, Armando Codina, Manny Medina & the Medina Family, Dave Lawrence, Marie-Ilene and Tom Whitehurst, Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz, Mike Lowell, Ed and Carol Williamson and Tom Murphy Jr. and the Murphy Family, among others. “We thrilled to once again partner with the iconic Biltmore Hotel and delighted to unmask this year’s theme,” said Sissy De Maria Gala Co-Chair for the fourth year in a row. “Guests are invited to celebrate the fantasy of Venice at this fabulous masquerade soiree. This year promises to be the best in Foundation history.” “The Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Biltmore Ball is a time-honored tradition for our organization. It is a tremendous point of pride to unveil our most significant fundraising event and we look forward to announcing this year’s distinguished honorees,” said Mary Snow, Executive Director of the Foundation. The Biltmore Hotel, now celebrating its 92nd year as a Coral Gables landmark and grand dame of Miami resorts, with its striking Mediterranean architecture will inspire guests with the romance of ancient Europe while serving up an unforgettable evening of unmatched glamour, and Italian gastronomic delights, accompanying the mystical journey of the Venetian Fantasy. About the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit connecting individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. Now in its 27th year, the Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables while effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.” Venetian Fantasy will be a memorable event following the successes of the Memories of Madrid, A Passage to India and A Night in Old Shanghai galas in previous years. For more information on how to attend or sponsor the event, and the Coral Gables Community Foundation, contact Executive Director, Mary Snow at 305-446-9670 or, or visit