A magical night at Unicorn Children’s Foundation Orient Express Gala
By Diane Feen
It was a glamour-filled night to remember. Guests arrived at the House that Trump Bought -Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach – dressed in their finest retro fashions. The women looked simply divine in swooped back dresses, elbow length gloves and tiny cocktail hats with feathers. And the men looked pretty dapper in their finest evening attire.
The reason for this glorious ball was to celebrate life, luxury and to raise money for The Unicorn Children’s Foundation. Although this glitter-filled night took place recently, it felt like a page out of history. Not just any history, but the one that filled the luxury carriages of the past.
The cocktail hour featured classic luxury cars, a fully clothed Monkey Grinder, gypsies and accordion street performers reminiscent of the Orient Express days. Everyone may have arrived by car but it sure seemed like they came by motor coach or horse and buggy.
As the train whistle blew, smoke billowed through the room signaling the departure. Guests received the royal treatment on their opulent journey with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they made their way to the ballroom.
Emmy Award winner Lucie Arnaz was the mistress of ceremonies and Lips celebrity impersonators rocked the house with classic tunes of the great Tina Turner. The opulent ballroom was awash in excitement with a live and silent auction run by Humphrey Bogart impressionist and auctioneer, Cappy Pillon.
The event was hosted by Mr. Trump himself (who was in attendance) and over 400 guests delighted in celebrating a cause near and dear to their hearts (and families). Over a half-million dollars was raised at the event to support The Unicorn Children’s Foundation (that helps children and young adults with developmental, communication and learning disorders like ADHD, autism, bipolar and dyslexia).
Gala chairs included Dr. Rafael Cabrera and Lori Cabrera, Eric Dorsky, Juliette Ezagui, Joanne Gabay, Genevieve Murphy, Valeria Rosenbloom, and Jeannette Stark presented awards to several extraordinary members of the foundation: Unicorn Grand Ambassadors Michelle & Ron Yellin, The Founders Award to Karen and Dan Swanson, and The Shining Star Award to Richard Kayne, Dr. Sasson & Renata Moulavi of Smart for Life/Underway.
Honorees Emily Damiano, Yvonne Eldredge, Madeline and Herbert Hillsberg and Patricia Riley/Clientele were recognized for their continued support and tireless efforts to the organization.
Laura Moore, Karen Swanson and Teri Wolofsky, were inducted as inaugural members of Unicorn Children’s Foundation Founders Club and presented with an exclusively designed Kaufmann de Suisse gold unicorn pin.
The generosity of the gala patrons will support Unicorn Children’s Foundation mobile clinic programs, as well as a high school for 14 to 22-year-old students with developmental and learning disorders.
To learn more, visit www.UnicornChildrensFoundation.org or call 561.620.9377