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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: or call 305-296-5667.

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