Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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2014 Designed for a Cure

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Dr. Barredo and Brandii Williams walking the runway

MIAMI – February 13, 2014 – Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine partnered with international fashion designer Oscar de la Renta for Designed for a Cure to benefit cancer research on February 13, 2014 at the Ice Palace in Miami. The highlight of the evening was a powerful fashion show that featured Sylvester patients/survivors and their physicians walking the runway in Oscar de la Renta’s designs. Oscar de la Renta spontaneously donated $100,000 to Sylvester, hoping to help raise awareness for cancer research. The evening raised a total of $1,000,000 which will directly fund cancer research at Sylvester.

With a crowd of more than 800 guests, Designed for a Cure commenced with an exclusive one-hour reception, providing VIP ticket holders first access to a silent auction and tasting tables featuring an assortment of mouthwatering dishes and cocktails from 30 of Miami’s top restaurants, such as Yardbird, Zuma, Mandolin, MC Kitchen, Pride & Joy and Khong River House. Chef Fabio Viviani of Siena Tavern Miami and Chef Hung Huynh of Catch Miami, both recognized for their appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef, were also among the featured chefs and mixologists at the benefit. Television personality Louis Aguirre and local philanthropist Sarah Arison acted as the evening’s masters of ceremonies. Former event chair for Designed for a Cure, Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, was honored with the first Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Philanthropist of the Year Award in recognition of her hard work and dedication to Sylvester. Live auction items included exclusive backstage access to one of Oscar de la Renta’s fashion shows and a four-night stay at the Oscar de la Renta-designed Tortuga Bay hotel in Punta Cana, Dominica Republic, to name a few. Following the fashion show, guests enjoyed desserts, music and dancing.

Additional notables in attendance included: CEO and Director at Oscar de la Renta, Alex Bolen, Vice President of Communications at Oscar de la Renta, Erika Bearman, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Sylvester Director Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, and Designed for a Cure Co-Chairs Jamie McKinney Rusk and Denie Freyer Harris.

Couture Sponsors

Chanin & Adam Carlin

Selene & John Devaney
Harcourt M. & Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation

Design Sponsor

The Kotel Foundation

Fashionista Exclusive Sponsors

Fashionista Sponsors

The Hector Family Foundation • Landstar Development Corporation • Macy’s •
Magic City Casino/Barbara Havenick • Miami Herald Media Company
• Indulge Magazine • Perry Ellis International • Joan & J. David Scheiner • World Fuel Services

Style Sponsors

Bloomingdale’s • JustAskBoo • MenuMen, Inc. • Anne & Thomas Prendergast •
Ashley & Campbell Smith • Southern Wine & Spirits • Christopher “Kitt” Toomey •
Vivian & Ignacio Urbieta • *One sponsor would like to remain anonymous

Runway Sponsors

Trish & Dan Bell • Coastal Building Maintenance, Inc. • Coastal Construction Group •
Ashley Cusack • Lisa Di Gasbarro • Meg Garner Wright • Sharon& Jerry Goodwin •
Kristin & Miguel Fonseca • Interiors by Steven G. • Lisa Heiden Koffler & Adam Koffler •
Sandy & Tom Levinson • Leslie & Jim McKinney • Nautica • Georgia & Stephen Nimer •
Jamie & Kevin Rusk • Judith & Michael Samuels • Maria Shojaee • Sir Galloway Cleaners • Alexandra & Paul van Romondt • Joan & Onno van Romondt • Judy & John Schulte • TUUCI • Victoria & Associates Career Services, Inc. • Rebecca Whited

Restaurant Partners

Siena Tavern Miami ft. Executive Chef Fabio Viviani •
Catch Miami ft. Executive Chef Hung Hunyh • 3030 Ocean • Area 31 •
Catering by Chef David Schwadron • Essencia • George’s Kitchen & Loft • Haven •
Khong River House • Parties by Pat • Petit Pois • Sara Sharpe Catering • Sushi Samba • Swine Southern Table & Bar • The Federal • Truly Tasteful Events •
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Dessert and Coffee

Catch Miami • ILLEGAL Bakery • Nespresso • Roc Kat IceCream • Stella’s Sweet Shoppe

Specialty Bars

American Harvest • Atlantico Rum • Leblon Cachca • Peroni Beer •
RIPE Beverage & Project Fresh • TITANIC Brewery & Restaurant

Additional Partners

7 Salon • Diamonette • Eau Spa • Gilt City • Godiva • Angela & Kent Harrison •
JW Marriott Marquis Miami • Lyon’s Salon


Co-Chairs – Jamie McKinney Rusk and Denie Freyer Harris

Amy Balestrazzi
Holly Barnhart
Maria Beguiristain
Sandy Bell
Michele Benesch
Yolanda Berkowitz
Catherine Block
Criselda Breene
Jennifer Buttrick
Martha Clarke
Linda Corey
Ashley Cusack
Lisa Di Gasbarro
Shelly Dimitrijevic
Dawn Donohue
Diane Doolan
Kristin Fonseca
Meg French
Stephanie Gaines
Austin Gaines
Mary Ann Griese
Mason Harris
Lisa Heiden Koffler
Pat Henderson
Carla Hill
Elsie Howard
Susan Kaufman
Jeanne Kushner
Marilyn March
Leslie McKinney
Mary Mills
Katie Newcomm
Georgia Nimer
Courtney Noyes
Jennifer O’Neill Fox
Effie Panagopoulos
Courtney Parmenter
Helen Picard
Trudi Pollack
Diana Riser
Kevin Rusk
Kim Sarkisian
Amy Scharlin
Joan Scheiner
Liza Schwager
Ashley Smith
Morgan Smith
Carol Soffer
Nikki Suarez
Cristina Sullivan
Morgan Theodore
Holly Troup
Alexandra Van Romondt
Alex Villoch
Catherine Wheeling
Leslie Wolfson
Kim Wood
Catie Woods
Boo Zamek

To view pictures from Designed for a Cure 2014, please visit Sylvester on Facebook

To view pictures from our Designed for a Cure 2014 Kick-Off Celebration, please visit Sylvester on Facebook

To view pictures from our Designed for a Cure 2014 Steering Committee Kick Off, please visit Sylvester on Facebook

To view Designed for a Cure 2011 Fashion Show event photos, visit Sylvester on Facebook.

To view the Designed for a Cure Fashion Show 2011 video, visit Designed for a Cure Fashion Show 2011 on YouTube

To view the Designed for a Cure Fashion Show 2009 video, visit Designed for a Cure Fashion Show 2009 on YouTube

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