Kickoff Party For Vizcaya’s Annual “Hat Luncheon” Combines Fashion With Preservation

Preservation Luncheon Committee 2016
Preservation Luncheon Committee 2016
Preservation Luncheon Committee 2016


On February 9, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens held its kickoff party for the 8th Annual Preservation Luncheon, known informally as “The Hat Luncheon” to be held at Vizcaya on March 1. More than 80 guests gathered at artefacto in Coral Gables for an elegant reception, hosted by Christy and David Martin and Lais Bacchi.

Throughout the evening, guests were treated to sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres while selecting fashionable hats presented by Shapoh and jewelry presented by Lais Bacci Jewelry for the Preservation Luncheon. Guests also reserved their tables for the luncheon, the must-go event that attracts 300 guests from Miami, Palm Beach and New York for a beautiful, stylish day including a champagne lunch and informal modeling in Vizcaya’s European-style grounds.

The Preservation Luncheon raises funds to preserve and protect Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for the community and future generations to come. Founded in 2009, the luncheon is a friend-raiser and fund-raiser to support the preservation of Vizcaya. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information about the Preservation Luncheon, visit or email

Azamara Club Cruises has provided an exquisite voyage for two for auction at this year’s luncheon. The winner of the ocean-view room can choose from anywhere Azamara Club Cruises sails, with voyages ranging from three to 18 nights, and sailing to 203 ports, 68 countries and 5 continents. Azamara’s two intimate, 686-guest ships offer a boutique European hotel ambience with extraordinary services, fine cuisine and wines from around the world.

The 8th Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon’s Honorary Chair is Swanee DiMare and Co-Chairs are Eilah Campbell-Beavers, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Barbara Hevia, Daysi Johansson, Nicole Lozano, Christy Martin and Laura C. Munilla. Committee members are Lesli Ann Brown, Suzy Buckley, Ana Hernandez, Carol Iacovelli, Marile Lopez, Bronwyn Miller, Marisa Toccin, and Alexa Wolman.

This year’s Preservation Luncheon is sponsored by DiMare Fresh, Azamari Club Cruises, AAA Travel, Yvel, Neiman Marcus, Zyr Russian Vodka, Dall’Armellina Vineyards and Deering Wine.


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage our community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built lavish estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe. Vizcaya features a Main House, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, the Vizcaya Café and Shop presented by A Joy Wallace Catering, Design and Special Events, and a historic village that will be restored for additional venues for programs and community outreach. Located at 3251 South Miami Avenue, between Brickell Avenue and Coconut Grove, Vizcaya is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit If you no longer wish to receive news releases from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, click here. Connect via social media or call 305-250-9133.

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