Pinecrest Gardens to host elegant benefit evening

Miami’s famed gala season premieres on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., as Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., hosts its inaugural benefit, Masquerade in the Gardens, presented by Aloré Event Firm.

The elegant evening will commence at Lakeview Terrace, where VIPs, tastemakers and local celebrities will sip signature cocktails provided by Bacardi, dine on gourmet cuisine provided by Macy’s Catering and satisfy a sweet tooth with Lily Pâtisserie’s gourmet cookies, Sinful Sweets pastries and Filled & Frosted cupcakes.

Entertainment will include stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters provided by Fire By The Palm Production, and an exclusive performance by renowned jazz diva, Debby Orta.

The evening will proceed with dancing and music in the meadow, which will be transformed with ringside tables and dance floor. Music will be provided by the Continental Brass Band and DJ Mike Pileggi (who also will emcee the event).

As the night draws to a close, attendees will receive luxurious swag bags, complete with gifts from My Derma Face Spa, Lucky Strike Miami, Anglers Boutique Hotel, Smith & Wollensky, Brighton, Yankee Candle, BB&T Bank and many more.

Tickets for the black tie optional evening are $150 per person. For reservations, call 305-669-6990.

Pinecrest Gardens, the lush oasis of towering banyans, has been evolving for more than 50 years. On Oct. 17, 2011, the National Park Service announced the addition of Pinecrest Gardens to the National Register of Historic Places. The Gardens spans across 4.3 acres of native forested wetland, 3.3 acres of tropical hardwood hammock, an acre of native slough hammock, and remnants of the original bed of Snapper Creek. Home to more than 1,000 varieties of rare, tropical plants and freshwater turtles, Japanese koi and magnificent waterfowl, the site has long served the South Florida community as an educational resource for teachers, students and researchers, recreational features that include the Splash ‘N’ Play water park, a petting zoo and playground.

Recently the original Bird Bowl, now called the Banyan Bowl, a 500-seat outdoor theater situated underneath a geodesic dome, was renovated to welcome once again audiences of all ages in an idyllic setting for classical music and dance concerts, theatrical productions and a jazz series.

The on-site Gardens Gallery exhibits more than 10 new shows each year of local, national and international artists. In addition to weekly performances, movie nights and lectures Pinecrest Gardens hosts six major festivals each year.

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