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Last Friday the 27th of January, the Fundación MIR celebrated it’s 21st annual Magical Splendor for Life Gala and Fashion Show – enjoyed for the 1st time on Casa de Campo’s gorgeous Minitas Beach. With a fun cocktail hour, fashion show by Badgley Mischka, music, dancing and the participation of former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres and Miss Dominican Republic, Dalia Fernández – it was a night to remember!
Beginning at 8pm, guests arrived along a candle-lit pathway through the sand to the Coco Mar beach bar, where a cocktail hour was hosted – a new addition to the annual fundraising event, the cocktail hour, with the opportunity to mingle, “be seen” and relax with a drink was a welcome change.
Our friends from Scotiabank, sponsors of the event enjoy cocktail hour!
Principle fundraising attraction in the cocktail hour was the “mysterious Tiffany’s wall”, where generous gentlemen paid £300 per Tiffany’s blue box, for their lady companions – with each box containing a surprise piece of Tiffany’s jewelry. With 75 boxes donated by Tiffany’s, one of the event’s principle sponsors, this simple and fun activity helps the event raise an additional USD$22,500 for the Fundación MIR! Also taking part at the cocktail hour was Ron Atlantico rum, and Grey Goose vodka, both sponsors of the events, who were serving a selection of delicious cocktails.
Manuel, Stephanie and Guillermo help at the Tiffany’s wall
Next in this series of glamorous events was a seated dinner, catered by the Beach Club by Le Cirque, which included a really fantastic steak and some delicious chocolate mousse and was accompanied by entertainment in the form of speeches from Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, founder and president of the Fundación MIR with daughter, Lyanne Azqueta, director of the foundation, who together with the help of a group of children from the Fundación MIR schools demonstrated their appreciation for everyone’s continued support.
President and founder of the Fundación MIR, Lian Fanjul de Azqueta joined by pupils from the MIR schools
Present at the event for the 3rd time, Badgley Mischka presented a beautiful fashion show featuring their “Spring-Summer 2012” line, as well as a nice selection from their “Resort-wear” collection, with many pieces ideal for the Casa de Campo summer season. Lighting up the runway, was Miss Dominican Republic, Dalía Fernandez, who took part as a special guest model.
The Badgley Mischka Fashion Show with guest model, Miss Dominican Republic, Dalía Fernandez
Following the fashion came the music and dancing, as the runway was replaced by a dance floor and a live Dominican merengue band took to the stage – spurring the event’s several hundred guests up out of their seats to the dance floor, where they proceeded to dance the night away!
Live music and dancing at the Magical Splendor For Life Gala
A little later the party moved back to the Coco Bar area, where the welcome cocktail hour had been celebrated and here the festivities continued with more drinks, dancing and tunes by our favorite DJ from Miami – DJ Gringo!
Congratulations to the Fundación MIR for once again holding such a wonderful event!
The following photos were taking during the Fundación MIR Magical Splendor for Life Gala and Fashion Show 2012 – enjoy!
Note: Photos taken during the “after-party”, the golf tournament played at the La Romana Country Club and the VIP dinner on Saturday evening at Casa Grande will be published soon!
For an overview of the entire event weekend – click here!
The Fundación MIR Magical Splendor for Life Weekend
Held to raise money for the Fundación MIR’s schools in La Romana, the event included a variety of fundraising events and activities – click on the links below for more photos and coverage:
The Fundación MIR
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.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!