‘Passage to India’ theme unveiled for Community Foundation gala

Prepare to embark on an enchanting adventure to Bombay, New Deli and Agra as the Coral Gables Community Foundation presents the 25th edition of its annual black tie gala, “A Passage to India.”

Miami’s high society will be invited to take part in a wondrous and romantic evening. Co-chaired by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young, and taking place Friday, Oct. 14, at the Coral Gables Country Club, the evening fundraiser will unfold against a vibrant backdrop influenced by centuries-old designs — from the elaborate palaces of Mughal empresses to the stately columns and archways of British colonial architecture.

All proceeds generated from “A Passage to India” will benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation, a non-profit which fosters pivotal programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life of community members residing in The City Beautiful and for generations to come.

Ladies and gentlemen attending “A Passage to India” — some trading gowns and tuxedos for saris and Nehru jackets — will be treated to the tastes, sounds and raw beauty of South Asia, including rich delicatessens, silk tapestries and a palette of glittering jewels. Traditional Indian folk musicians will trumpet the arrival of guests, while artists will apply intricate henna, or “mehndi,” designs to the hands and palms of eager attendees.

“This annual gala has become a time-honored tradition for our organization, and it’s a tremendous point of pride to unveil our latest and most significant edition…one which doubles as a commemoration of our milestone anniversary,” said Mary Snow, executive director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

“Year after year, funds raised from this important event go toward the critical support of our community, and we thank all those whose outpouring of generosity and support have made our efforts all the more possible,” added John O’Rourke III, chair of the Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Established in 1991 and led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation has long served as a philanthropic conduit within the City, connecting those individuals and corporations who are seeking to positively impact its citizens and the community’s overall growth. For 25 years, the Foundation has helped youth, elderly and disabled residents through a range of services — from providing dental care to children in-need, to sponsoring cultural activities and awarding an array of annual scholarships to deserving residents.

“A Passage to India” starts at 7 p.m. at 997 North Greenway Dr. Attire is black tie. For more information on how to attend or sponsor the event, or for additional details about the Coral Gables Community Foundation, contact Mary Snow, 305-606-6279, mary@gablesfoundation.org, or visit www.gablesfoundation.org.

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