It’s that time of year again for the eagerly anticipated gala extravaganza hosted by the reigning king and queen of philanthropic flair, Roy and Lea Black. There’s no charity event quite like this one, and it’s happening next Saturday at the legendary Fontainebleau in Miami Beach.
February 27 marks the 15th anniversary of the “Blacks Annual Gala” benefiting at-risk children. One hundred percent of the ticket sales and auction proceeds will go to this year’s not-for-profit recipients, including Educate Tomorrow, I Have a Dream, and Project Medishare, founded by internationally renowned physician Dr. Barth Green.
There’s something for everyone at this fund-raising bonanza. Upon arrival, celebrities will walk the red carpet while guests enjoy a delectable cocktail reception, generously provided by Grey Goose Vodka, Fantinel Italian Wines, and the gourmet styling of the resort’s chefs. There will be a live and silent auction of almost 200 items donated by national and international boutiques, retail outlets, and artisans.
During the live auction, guests will find themselves tempted by such items as a Rolls-Royce Ghost Bentley Mulsanne, a Bugatti Veyron, a 2009 Limited Production Spyker C8 Laviolette, and an extraordinary modern design package including furnishings, art, and accessories by award-winning designer Tui Pranich—hey, its all for a good cause, right?
If you’ve still got some money to donate after buying a Bentley or two, the first ever “Premiere Shop Miami” composed of 18 couture boutiques and galleries will open for late-night shopping at the gala, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting these charities.
As if that’s not enough, guests will also be treated to a keenly anticipated exhibition boxing match featuring top heavyweight boxer Fres “Fast Fres” Oquendo and mixed martial arts specialist Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski.
Those who enjoy less combative means of entertainment can expect to see performances by nine-time Grammy award-winning artist Natalie Cole, Latin pop sensation Paulina Rubio, Platinum Recording Artist Rick Ross, saxophonist Alto Reed, as well as music by well-known DJ Entice (FLO RIDA’s official DJ), DJ Irie, and DJ Tracy Young.
If this still isn’t enough ear candy for you don’t despair—Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak is also scheduled to present her hit dance single, “Tardy for the Party.” When the charitable festivities are over, the party will continue at ultra-exclusive LIV nightclub in the Fontainebleau. Being fashionably late—or tardy for the party– is usually de rigueur in our eyes, but for this event we advise not missing a minute! For tickets, contact Jason Clarke at 305.443.8980.