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On Sunday the 29th of December, Emilia and J. Pepe Fanjul hosted the 22nd annual Cartier Benefit at Casa Grande in Casa de Campo.
The occasion, sponsored by Cartier who every year participates with the Cartier boutique, raised funds for both the Fundación MIR and Hogar del Niño charities, both causes whose goal is to provide a better future for the greater La Romana community through education.
As has become customary, the gathering opened at 6:30pm, affording the first to arrive a view of the sunset from the gorgeous oceanside terrace of Casa Grande.
During the first part of the evening, known as the “Cartier cocktail” guests sipped champagne, Ron Atlantico mojitos and other cocktails, while embracing the typically festive ambiance. In the central area, guests bid on more than 40 lots in the silent auction, a variety of items donated from local Casa de Campo stores, such as Everett’s Designs in Altos de Chavón and Villebrequin in the Marina Casa de Campo, as well as from a number of members of the greater Casa de Campo community.
The live auction, once again with auctioneer J.Pepe Fanjul, also the evening’s host, included larger ticket items, such as the Ronde Solo XS Cartier watch donated by the Cartier boutique and a cashmere throw donated by Casa de Campo villa owner and designer, Loro Piano, who sadly passed away recently.
However, the undoubted golden ticket items of the live auction were 2 luxury lifestyle travel experiences; curated by Dr. Claudio Silvestri, President and CEO of Casa de Campo.
“From Paris to Deutschland” with business class flights donated by Air France included stays at some of France’s and Germany’s most exquisite hotels; Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris, the Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch in Frankfurt, Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin and Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich, as well as dinner at the Le Jules Vernes at the Eiffel Tower and a private guided tour of the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart. in addition to .
“Ciao Italia!” with business class flights donated by American Airlines included stays at some of finest hotels; Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, the Hotel Cipriani on Guidecca Island, the villa San Michelle in Florence, the Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, as well as a special guided tour of the Viale Ciro Menotti headquarters in Modena – the home of Maserati since 1940.
These 2 very special items together raised more than US$60,000 for both causes.
Sadly in the midst of the auction, the gathering was blessed quiet liberally with a sudden downpour of rain, which continued intermittently throughout the rest of the evening. Fortunately, this surprise addition to the proceedings did not dampen the festive and philanthropic spirit of the occasion, as the evening progressed into the second part of the evening – the dinner – fortunately under the shelter of a tent.
A magnificent time was had by all.
Both the Fundación MIR and the Hogar del Niño have their annual fundraising celebrations coming up soon – the Fundación MIR Magical Splendor for Life on Saturday January 18th with fashion show by Angel Sanchez, and the Hogar del Niño Weekend on Friday and Saturday the 14th and 15th of February. So save the date and we hope to see you all at both gatherings!
The following collection of photos were taken during the Cartier Benefit 2013, 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 Tecnica 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.FundacionMIR.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.