The Florida Keys are synonymous with fundraisers, so to throw a soirée that many dubbed “the event of the year,” one can rest assured that Sunset Key’s “ThanksGIVING Back to Key West” was an event like none other.
The charitable affair benefited the Keys Learning Center and Michelle’s Foundation, which supports an array of notable causes—including Michelle’s Scholars,” “Food for Thought” and the charity’s efforts against cancer.
The night began at Sunset Key’s deluxe cottage, where champagne and hors d’ oeuvres were served in coordination with the perfect sunset. But a live performance from the children of the Bahama Village Joyful Noise Choir stole the show, before guests retreated to a private dining experience at Latitudes.
Thousands were raised through the generosity of the Walsh Foundation, community supporters and an extensive silent auction. Michelle’s Foundation was founded by local attorney and community philanthropist, Michael Halpern, and was established in honor of his late wife, Michelle Halpern. For more on this incredible foundation and how to support visit: www.michellesfoundation.com or call 305-296-5667.
From R-L: Bob Eadie, Jeanna Spelios, Michelle Maxwell, Juan Lleara and Lisette Zuelch bring the swag to the “swaggest” party in 2015.
What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force? You get Coldwell Banker Schmitt’s Brian Schmitt and Charlie Toppino & Sons, Frank “Mr. Frank” Toppino doing what that do best — supporting a community they helped shape.
Pat and Denise Preuss tend to give with big hearts and when no one else is looking, but we caught them for a photo op outside Latitudes.
Key West City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley and the man of the hour—Michael Halpern enjoy an evening of fellowship and fundraising.
Key West Fire Dept Captain Mike Davila and his wife peruse the myriad of auction items inside Latitudes.
Key West Mayor and First Lady Craig & Cheryl Cates are long-time supporters of Michelle’s Foundation.
Two big smiles with bigger hearts to match. George Fernandez and Key West City Commissioner Clayton Lopez indulge in an evening of giving.
Coldwell Banker Schmitt’s Brian Trible supports the cause with his beautiful wife Mary Jo and Florida Keys pioneer, Brian Schmitt.
Shannon Musmanno brought her favorite dates to the party. Seen here with daughter Cornelia and son, Gus.