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Once again Naeem Kahn mesmerized the Casa community in the Fundación MIR Magical Splendor Gala

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On Saturday, January 13th Raysa and Alfy Fanjul hosted the 28th Annual MIR Foundation Magical Splendor Gala and Fashion Show at Casa Grande.  The evening couldn’t have been more whimsical with candles lighting up pathways and guests arriving in glamorous cocktail dresses. Upon arrival, attendees were greeted at the entryway by a group of children from Fundación MIR dressed up in traditional Dominican dresses while another group of children sang and played guitar.

During cocktail hour, a live DJ played music setting the mood while guests mingled over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The famous Mystery Boxes sold out quickly with extravagant surprises ranging from Gucci accessories to Prada handbags to Getaway trips!  A magnificent exhibit of Roberto Coin jewelry from Saks 5th Avenue was also on display for party goers to see with breathtaking rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets sparkling under the night sky.

For the third year in a row, extraordinary New York City designer Naeem Kahn put together the fashion show presenting his extravagant collection of dresses.  Renata Soñe, Miss Dominican Republic 2005, hosted the show wearing a beautiful floor-length red evening gown. The Fashion Show kicked off with a performance from Las Florecitas, an all girls dance group from Fundación MIR. The girls were dressed in traditional Dominican dresses and had such contagious energy! They definitely got the crowd excited for the fashion show and fundraising! After their performance, Alfy and Raysa Fanjul spoke about the beauty of giving back to the community and were joined by Lian Fanjul de Azqueta and Lyanne Azqueta who further spoke about the foundations fundraising efforts.

Cue the music and the Fashion Show was in full swing! Dresses varied from little black dresses to sheer, beaded overlays, to colorful princess dresses, to elegant evening gown looks. The crowd was completely mesmerized by the music, colors, and statement pieces going down the runway.  After the spectacle, Naeem Kahn got up on stage and spoke, auctioning off appointments for a custom dress designed by him.  A usual appointment with him costs upwards of $50,000 and because Fundación MIR is close to his heart he was auctioning off dress appointments for $10,000. Just like that, Naeem Kahn raised $100,000 for new classrooms for the foundation! Thank you Naeem Kahn!

A delicious dinner was served, starting with delectable roasted pumpkin ravioli, followed by filet mignon, mushroom duxelles, and yuca purée.  The meal ended with a mouth-watering dessert, Dominican chocolate cremeux with vanilla ice cream. As guests were finishing up dinner, the runway was whisked away and the dancefloor took form as a live band setup.  Seamlessly, the evening went from dinner and a show to a dance party with guests dancing all together down the center of the venue.  The celebration continued into the evening, marking the success of another Fundación MIR fundraiser!

Our congratulations to Alfy and Raysa Fanjul, Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, Lyanne Azqueta, and the entire Fundación MIR team for once again going above and beyond putting together another Gala to remember! The following gallery of pictures were taken on Saturday, January 13th at the Fundación MIR Magical Splendor Gala by Wilfredo Álvarez, pictures of the fashion show coming soon!

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