Last week, on Friday, December 29th, Mrs. Emilia and J.Pepe Fanjul hosted their traditional annual cocktail at their oceanside Casa de Campo estate, Casa Grande, where guests were welcomed at sunset with live music and a glass of sparkling wine. This event is held in support of the Fundación MIR and the Hogar del Niño where the funds raised will be split equally between both institutions.
As in past years, the elegant occasion started at 6.30pm, at which time those who arrived promptly were treated to the most spectacular view of the sunset as the sun melted into the ocean. They were received by a group of adorable children telling them about the raffle that would be happening during the night and telling them where they could buy their tickets and once these were bought they wished them good luck! Coming into the terrace attendees were able to see on display the various items that had been donated for the event, which included a set of earrings and necklace by Oscar de la Renta, a pair of sunglasses by Carolina Herrera, a cashmere shawl by Loro Piana, an 18k gold and sterling silver bracelet with sapphires by Everett Designs, and dinner for two at five of Casa de Campo’s restaurants.
The funds raised during the cocktail have contributed greatly to the development of the programs of the Mir Foundation and the Hogar del Niño, whose mission is to help children and their families in La Romana, identifying and attending to their needs, through educational services and collaboration programs.
Guests enjoyed an endless stream of drinks, whilst they mingled outside in starlit terrace and talked about what they had done so far during the holiday season. Waiters passed by constantly making sure that nobody had their glasses empty as well as offering delicious hors d’oeuvre catered by the resort. At around 8:30 pm, J.Pepe Fanjul got up on the podium and served as the animated master of ceremony, and opened a “cash call” where several guests donated money for the charities followed by the raffle where lucky winners went home with their beautiful prizes. It was a magnificent time all in favour of two beautiful charities.
Both the Fundación MIR and the Hogar del Niño have their annual fundraising celebrations coming up soon – the Fundación MIR Magical Splendor next Saturday, January 13th at Casa Grande, sponsored by luxury American department store, Saks 5th Avenue, and will feature a fashion show with Naeem Khan, meanwhile the Hogar del Niño Weekend will take place on Friday and Saturday the 16th and 17th of February. So save the date and we hope to see you all at both celebrations!
The following collection of photos were taken by Mairobi Herrera during the Benefit Cocktail 2017, at Casa Grande, Casa de Campo:
The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Técnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).
For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website: www.mirinternational.org
To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.