The Enchanting Vizcaya Ball Thrills with East Meets West-Inspired Event


The Enchanting Vizcaya Ball Thrills with East Meets West-Inspired Event

The Enchanting Vizcaya Ball Thrills with East Meets West-Inspired Event

Annual Fundraiser a Success

MIAMI – Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ 62nd Annual Vizcaya Ball, “East Meets West: The Silk Road to Vizcaya,” was a resounding success, bringing the estate’s Eastern influences to the forefront of this grand event.

Presented by Chopard, the Vizcaya Ball was held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The elegant annual event raised funds to support the preservation of Vizcaya, a National Historic Landmark.

Vizcaya Ball Committee_WRE

As one of the most celebrated formal affairs in Miami, the Vizcaya Ball began with a majestic entrance through a traditional Chinese gate, with guests being greeted on a golden carpet by ladies from the Confucius Institute of Miami Dade College in elegant Chinese gowns and dancers coordinated by the South Florida Chinese Business Association and the Chinese Cultural Education Foundation entertained everyone before entering the Main House for an impressive Asian- and Eastern-inspired cocktail reception.

Pearl Baker Katz, Joel Hoffman, Silvia Trinidad_MH

Inside, Presenting Sponsor Chopard’s boutique shined with elegant watches and jewelry while models featured Fashion Sponsor NAEEM KAHN’s designs. Before the scrumptious bayfront dinner by Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design, guests were enthralled with a Lion Dance in Vizcaya’s formal gardens. NBC 6’s Roxanne Vargas together with Vizcaya’s Executive Director/CEO Joel Hoffman welcomed and thanked guests for their support. Dinner entertainment included Persian dancers from M.E.C.A.  Dance Ensemble followed by the sounds of the Danny Beck Band. The evening concluded with a spectacular fireworks display high over the historic stone Barge.

Pearl Baker Katz and Silvia Trinidad served as co-chairs of this year’s event. Vizcaya Ball Committee members were Jenni Coba, Victor Diaz, Swanee DiMare, Roxana Garciga, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Gladys Rustan Hernando, Cathy L. Jones, Marile Lopez, Nicole Lozano, Christine Martin, Ariel Penzer Milgroom, Bronwyn Miller, Jennifer Montoya, James W. Murphy, Susan Rutrough, Timothy Walker and Alexa Wolman.

The Vizcaya Ball’s Presenting Sponsor is Chopard, with NAEEM KAHN as Fashion Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Republic National Distributing Company, Braman Miami, Neiman Marcus, NBC6, M.E.C.A. Dance Ensemble, Sun & Sons, Tara Ink, Swire Hotels, #FUNKSHION, South Florida Chinese Business Association and Chinese Culture Education Foundation, and the Confucius Institute of Miami Dade College.

The Vizcaya Ball took its inspiration from design themes found at the historic estate, including the water channels in the Fountain Garden, reminiscent of Moghul garden design in Rajasthan; life-size sculpted peacocks in the Marine Garden symbolizing India; the O-bridge in the same garden inspired by similar bridges in China and Japan; and the Casba, the tiled, domed folly making playful reference to the Middle East. In the Breakfast Room, 18th century terracotta French sculptures of a man and a woman, and the mantle over the fireplace designed by Chalfin, clearly suggest China; the maritime landscape by French painter Adrien Manglard depicts a busy seaport, referencing trade between Europe and the Far East. The décor in the Cathay guest bedroom most effectively illustrate Chinoiserie, the style based on European interpretation of Chinese and Asian art and décor. Chalfin aptly named the room Cathay, the old name for China, popularized by Marco Polo.

Save the date for the 63rd Annual Vizcaya Ball to be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

About Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya  Museum  and  Gardens  is  a  National  Historic  Landmark  that  preserves  its cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future.  Built  between  1914  and  1922 as the winter home of farming manufacturer James Deering, Vizcaya is  one  of  the  most  intact  remaining  examples  from  this  era  in  United  States  history,  when  the  nation’s  most  successful  entrepreneurs  built  estates  inspired  by  the  stately  homes  of  Europe.  Vizcaya  features  a  Main  House  filled  with  a  decorative  art  collection,  10  acres  of  formal  gardens,  a  rockland  hammock  (native  forest),  mangrove  shore,  and  a  historic  village  that  is  being  restored  to  tell  Vizcaya’s  full  story  and  provide  additional  spaces  for  programs  and  community  outreach,  including  those  on  agriculture.  Vizcaya  has  been  a  community  hub  since  it  opened  to  the  public  in  1953;  it  currently  welcomes  about  320,000  visitors  annually.    Located  on  Biscayne  Bay  at  3251  South  Miami  Avenue,  Vizcaya  is  open  Wednesday  through  Monday  from  9:30  a.m. to 4:30  p.m.  Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  For  more  information,  visit  www.vizcaya.org,  connect  via  social  media,  or  call  305-250-9133.

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