Inside The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s 9th Annual Hearts And Stars Weekend

Lisa & Lenny Hochstein, Lou Paolina & Kristen Gorano3
Lisa & Lenny Hochstein, Lou Paolina & Kristen Gorano

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Miami-based non-profit organization, The Little Lighthouse Foundation, hosted its 9th Annual Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend to much success with an exciting lineup of events and festivities to support the growing organization in the Miami community.

LLF Hearts & Stars Gala
LLF Hearts & Stars Gala

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The organization assists underserved children and families in South Florida with funds and support, helping out in facilities like orphanages, homeless shelters, hospitals and youth centers. The Hearts and Stars Gala weekend is one of the highest-grossing and highly-attended events of the year for the organization, bringing forth a weekend of fun and glamour for a good cause.

Rony Seikaly
Rony Seikaly

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The weekend started out with an opening reception at riverfront hot spot, Seaspice, on Thursday evening. On Friday, the group hosted an intimate and exclusive fête at a private waterfront estate, and to culminate the weekend, held the grand Hearts & Stars Gala at the gorgeous Miami Design District Jungle Plaza. The gala transformed the space into the “Temple of Ra,” maintaining an Egyptian theme throughout the space that invited 1,500 of the city’s luminaries in entertainment, philanthropy, business and more.

Laken Romine, Kyle Jay, Patrick Pizzorni, & Ginger Grace1
Laken Romine, Kyle Jay, Patrick Pizzorni, & Ginger Grace

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The gala boasted over-the-top, hieroglyphic gold columns and Celopatra-esque dancers throughout Jungle Plaza, creating an exotic and playful vibe that attracted guests like Real Housewives of Miami stars Lisa and Dr. Lenny Hochstein, UFC Champion Luke Rockhold and music producer Jermaine Dupri. Rony Seikaly kept the partygoers on their feet with beats going all night, as well as openers Patrick Pizzorni and Marcos Noel.

LLF Hearts & Stars Gala
LLF Hearts & Stars Gala

Photo Credit: World Red Eye Guests indulged in cocktails from Ketel One Vodka, Tita Italian Wines & Delicatessen, Starr Rum, Fishers Gin, Tequila Revolución, Coppertail Brewing Co. and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company in the center of the venue with food activations on either side by some of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers, such as Amour de Miami, ChillN Nitrogen Ice Cream, Pizza Dude and others.

Jonathan Babicka, Aaron Resnick, Ricky Patel, Charlie Venturi, & Robert Sena1
Jonathan Babicka, Aaron Resnick, Ricky Patel, Charlie Venturi, & Robert Sena

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Toward the end of the evening, Little Lighthouse Foundation presented the Shining Light Award to Ricky Patel, a community member who embodies the spirit of philanthropy. They also presented its Volunteer of the Year awards to those who helped launch the LLF’s “Kids 4 Kids” program in 2017: Alexandra Van Gemerden, Alicia Matho, Gigi Jeffries, Andrea Minski and Fabiana Perreira.

Charlie Venturi
Charlie Venturi

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“The Little Lighthouse Foundation is so thankful for all the support we received throughout Hearts & Stars Weekend 2018,” said Jonathan Babicka, Executive Director. “We exceeded all expectations with the highest attendance to date! This was truly the best weekend yet and we will be able to continue making an impact in our community with the funds raised.”

LLF Hearts & Stars Gala
LLF Hearts & Stars Gala

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The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s Hearts & Stars Gala weekend was made possible via: Miami Design District, ORA Nightclub, Haute Living Magazine, ELECT Lifestyle, Tara Ink., La Croix, Delta Carbon Yachts, Tita Italian Wine, Calvisius Caviar, Fiji Water, Fusion Energy Drinks, Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, Ketel One Vodka, Starr Rum, Fishers Gin, Biscayne Bay Brewing, Tequila Revolucion, Concept ID, DAS Model Management, Front Management, H2 Concepts, InList, Habitat Miami Beach, Whip Fundraising, LVH Global, MC2 Model Management, MP Management, Next Model Management, Stifel, The Bodyshop Experience, I. AM+, Caroline Gleason Model Management, VIP Embassy, Wilhelmina, World Red Eye, Chapman Partnership, Gould Vision, iAnalyst, Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A., US Trust, Live It Productions, MedCore, Pure Point Financial, Spark Integrating Marketing, Hookah All Stars, Amour de Miami, Delicious Catering, Cake Lounge Miami, Barsecco, Fresh Meal Plan, Jack’s Miami, Roberta’s Pizza, La Moderna, Xochimex Cantina Grill, Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, Coffee Hub Café, Eat Clean, Paris 6, Pizza Dude and Seaspice.

LLF Hearts & Stars Gala
LLF Hearts & Stars Gala

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LLF Hearts & Stars Gala
LLF Hearts & Stars Gala

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Yuliya Loginovskaya & Anastasia Naidenova

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LLF Hearts & Stars Gala
LLF Hearts & Stars Gala

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