By Lola Thelin Posted November 16, 2011, 3:51 PM EST
Despite raising the price from $250 to $300, tickets sold out days before the event, and organizers had to turn away approximately two dozen people who inquired about attending. Organizers estimate the event raised more than $110,000 for the nonprofit.
During the reception, guests sipped on cocktails provided by Bacardi, Winn-Dixie, and Eppa Sangria, while placing bids on 84 silent auction items. In the ballroom, Gil Sosa Design created two different centerpieces for the 32 dinner tables, one with dendrobium orchid blossoms with willow branches and another with white calla lilies with a monstera leaf. As dinner began, the 10-piece Junior’s Band Orchestra provided entertainment.
The evening ended with guests having hot cocoa and desserts from Sugarsweet Dreams Cake Company as they waited for their vehicles from the valet.