The big fundraising gala cocktail reception celebrating the Village of Palmetto Bay’s 10th anniversary was deemed a success on two counts — it was a fun event for the many people attending and also raised money for area schools.
Taking place on Friday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Palm Room at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, there were 240 people attending at $50 per person. Half of the proceeds will go to public schools in Palmetto Bay, which means that some $6,000 will be divided among four village schools.
Coral Reef Elementary, Perrine Elementary and Howard Drive Elementary will use their money for their PTA programs, while Southwood will donate its share to the Magnet Booster organizations.
Private Stock Band played throughout the three hour event of dining and dancing, and popular CBS4 Sports anchor Jim Berry served as emcee of the night, filling in for village resident Gary Nelson who could not attend.
According to Mary Shie Fernandez, village program and events coordinator, the highlights of the night were some special moments in which the first village council was recognized, as well as the members of the first charter group and the steering committee who helped lead the way to incorporation — all part of the village’s history
“It was followed by a champagne toast to the 10th Anniversary of the village,” Fernandez said the in an interview the following week.
A large number of area business sponsors helped make the event a success and covered most all of the expenses. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez had expected to attend but was unable to due to a last minute emergency, so Deputy Chief of Staff Alex Ferro represented the mayor.
Parks and Recreation director Fanny Carmona-Gonzalez said that she couldn’t have been more pleased by the turnout and the event itself.
“The 10th Anniversary Celebration was a delightful event that brought together residents and friends for some great food, lively dancing, and a great charitable cause,” said Carmona-Gonzalez. “It exceeded all of our expectations, and we thank everyone who supported it and attended it.”