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Last Saturday the 19th of January 2013, the Fundación MIR celebrated its 22nd annual fundraising event “The Magical Splendor for Life” and as we entered through an archway in the shape of a Tiffany’s Box and were greeted with a chorus of “Buenas Noches” by the smiling and adorable faces of the children of the MIR schools – we knew it was going to be an outstanding evening.
Having been celebrated in numerous glamorous locations across Casa de Campo from La Palapa in the Marina Casa de Campo to Altos de Chavón and Minitas Beach, the elegant occasion was this year hosted by Raysa and Alfy Fanjul at Casa Grande – in a spot never before used for a gathering, a great surprise to everyone (who were I’m sure expecting a similar set-up to the Cartier Benefit) and was just perfect.
As we arrived, guests were treated to an array of options for the cocktail hour, from champagne to Ron Atlantic cocktails (my favorite) to Chivas on the rocks (Philip’s drink of choice). And so whilst we mingled, greeted and air kissed our way through the first portion of the evening, the “Mysterious Tiffany Wall”, one of the prime fundraising aspects of the event completely sold out, which at US$300 a box must have, by my humble calculations, raised in excess of US$18,000 for the cause! Bravo for pretty jewelry!
As we took our seats for a delicious dinner catered by Casa de Campo, the evening’s emcees Sofia Lachapelle, radiant in Badgley Mischka alongside Anthony Alvarez, welcomed first Alfy Fanjul, followed by Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, founder of the Fundación MIR to the stage, who gushing with emotion thanked everyone, with special mentions to Raysa and Alfy Fanjul, Henry Gonzalez, Aleco Azqueta, Central Romana, Eduardo Martinez Lima, Badgley Mischka and Manny Machado.
Alfy Fanjul with Sofia Lachappelle and Anthony Alvarez
“I feel so happy to see so many Dominicans, Italians and Americans here tonight. I thank each and every one of you. May God bless you all.”
— Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, founder of the Fundación MIR
Meanwhile Lyanne, President of the organization once again impressed everyone with her Italian and in thanking everyone herself put our contributions in perspective –with a US$300 ticket an entire class is provided for for one month, with a US$1,000 contribution one student is completely sponsored with books and everything else they need, whilst US$2,000 pays a vocation course in Tourism & Hospitality, Gastronomy, Refrigeration, Accounting or Nursing.
Then the children of the Fundación MIR presented the gorgeous Raysa, the evening’s hostess with flowers, who responded with a brief yet heartfelt “Thank you, thank you to you all” and the show got underway with a musical performance “Ojala que llueve cafe en el campo” with 3 talented singers of the Fundación MIR and a troupe of dancers – the perfect introduction to the Badgley Mischka fashion show.
Fashion show by Badgley Mischka
The fashion show featuring Miss Dominican Republic, Dulcita Lieggi Francisco, with Badgley Mischka for the 3rd consecutive year with the presentation of their Spring-Summer 2013 collection, was as we have come to expect, gorgeous. An array of beautiful yet wearable cocktail dresses and gowns which made ever woman drool with desire! (Many more photos of the fashion show to be published soon.)
This magical evening ended with a live music band and DJ Gringo from Miami, to the tune of classical salsa and merengue – the choice of the evening’s stunning hostess, Raysa, and the perfect way to celebrate and close this magical celebration.
The following collection of photos were taken on Saturday January the 19th at the Fundación MIR Magical Splendor for Life at Casa Grande in Casa de Campo:
Earlier in the day the fundraising festivities teed off at the La Romana Country Club with the golf tournament – photos and results to be published soon!
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).