‘A Night In Old Shanghai’ planned to benefit Community Foundation

‘A Night In Old Shanghai’ planned to benefit Community FoundationLion dances, native drummers, Chinese paper lanterns, rickshaw rides, streaming dragons, authentic costumes and exotic cuisine — what could be more enchanting than an evening in Old Shanghai?

Inspired by the Paris of the East and taking its cues from the Ming Dynasty, the Coral Gables Community Foundation and gala co-chairs Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young will present “A Night in Old Shanghai,” a black tie benefit on Saturday, Oct. 16, to be held at the Coral Gables Country Club.

A cosmopolitan mix of Coral Gables business, social and civic influencers will be in attendance at the 24th annual gala. This year’s affair will take guests on a captivating culinary and entertainment journey to Old Shanghai without needing to leave “The City Beautiful” by means of a flight or time machine.

“A Night in Old Shanghai” will be one of outstanding elegance and exciting entertainment all while supporting the monumental nonprofit, the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

During the evening, several prominent members of the community will be honored, including Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz for the Legacy Award, Ed and Carol Williamson for the Jerry Santeiro Community Award, Adam and Chanin Carlin for the Arts and Culture Award, Tom Murphy Jr. and the Murphy family for the Philanthropy Award, Hank Langston for the Education Award, and Joe Rose for the Sports Award presented by Doctors Hospital and the Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute.

Invited guests not only will enjoy vibrant sights and sounds inspired by Old Shanghai, but also will have access to a silent auction, the chance to try their hands at luck.

Classically trained chef Richard Hutton of the Coral Gables Country Club, who opened Spice Root in Toronto, will tantalize palates with a dazzling gastronomic experience with a menu straight from the Far East, serving up dishes such as Peking duck, Szechuan grilled beef, scallion nian gao and azuki jus.

The black-tie event will begin at 7 p.m. at 997 N. Greenway Dr.

“A Night in Old Shanghai” is presented by Platinum Sponsors Baptist Health South Florida, Doctors Hospital and the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute and Southern Audio Visual; Gold Sponsors The Collection Residences, Bacardi and Kreps DeMaria, and EWM Realty International as the evening’s program sponsor.

Established in 1991 and led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation provides a philanthropic conduit to connect individuals and corporations that are looking to positively impact The City Beautiful and its residents. For almost 25 years, the Foundation has helped youth, elderly and disabled residents by providing dental care for needy children, sponsoring cultural activities and awarding an array of annual scholarships.

For information on how to attend or sponsor the event and the Coral Gables Community Foundation, contact Mary Snow, by phone at 305-606-6279, by email at mary@gablesfoundation.org, or visiting www.gablesfoundation.org.

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