Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Unveils its Priceless & Luxury Auction for the 2008 In The Garden Gala


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine announces its priceless auction and the return of the popular “Lifesaver Wishes” for their signature benefit, the biennial In the Garden Gala.

The 2008 In the Garden Gala, themed IL GIARDINO DI VENEZIA, will be the kickoff of Miami’s social season held at the Grand Ballroom of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The gala, scheduled for Saturday, November 1, is the preeminent fundraising event for Sylvester, South Florida’s only university-based cancer center.

The 2008 auction, chaired by JoAnn Hildebrandt, will be grander than ever and will include priceless experiences, luxurious trips, jewelry, services, and merchandise from some of the world’s most exclusive retailers, resorts, restaurants, hotels, cruise lines, and jewelers. Among the priceless items up for bidding at the live auction will be:

  • An incredible NBC Universal New York package including VIP tickets for a Today Show Concert, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Martha Stewart Show,*
  • Four VIP tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in the viewing stands,
  • A private cooking class and an exquisite dinner for Four with The Food Network’s own, Chef Ingrid Hoffman including an autographed cookbook,*
  • Two prime tickets to the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 15 at the newly renovated Fontainebleau Resort, as well as entrances into the exclusive after-party.*

In addition, the 2008 In The Garden Gala auction will again feature Sylvester Lifesaver Wishes. These “Lifesaver Wishes” will facilitate research conducted at Sylvester—research that most often leads to therapies that change the course of cancer. Guests will have the opportunity to underwrite essential research equipment and tools that are necessary to carry out leading-edge work in our laboratories. By underwriting a Lifesaver Wish donors have a direct impact on the science and research that is conducted at Sylvester; that science is then translated to the patient’s bedside. A Lifesaver Wish provides an opportunity to make a gift that will be used time and time again in the fight against cancer. With the generous support of numerous guests, nearly $25,000 was raised at the 2006 gala.

Saks Fifth Avenue – Bal Harbour will sponsor an exciting “Sakstini Extravaganza,” where 50 guests can purchase a $250 Limoncello Martini and have the opportunity to draw from an exclusive collection of gifts donated exclusively by Saks Bal Harbour. Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour has secured couture gowns that will be auctioned worth over $25,000.

Additional luxury auction items include numerous destinations and preferred accommodations. Items such as a four-night deluxe accommodation for two with a $600 per person spa allowance at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, a spectacular seven-day vacation at one of Interval International’s Orlando area vacation ownership resorts, a one-night stay in a Dynasty Suite plus spa certificates at the Mandarin Oriental Miami, and Walt Disney World passes.*

The auction also incorporates great gift ideas, including golf foursomes at Grand Oaks Golf Club, Woodlands Country Club and The Country Club at Boca Raton. For those who love cooking, a cooking class and lunch for six from David Schwadron Catering and a cooking class for 10 from Aliza’s Cooking School. Poker anyone? Poker lessons for ten at The Magic City Poker Room at Flagler Dog Track. A $3,000 certificate for non-surgical services at the Medici Spa and Institute in Aventura, FL. Ressler, Hirschl & Lelchuk, D.D.S. P.A., Richard M. Galitz, M.D. and Francine Williams, a certified Pilates instructor, have also donated services to be auctioned.

Guests with a taste for fine dining will enjoy valuable gift certificates from Bourbon Steak, Manny’s Steak, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Prime One Twelve, Randazzo’s Little Italy, Soyka and The Palm. Additionally, an array of beauty products and services, designer fashion merchandise and jewelry from top brands such as, Francesco Biasia, Bobby Brown, Tory Burch, Christian Dior, Chanel, Clearly Creative, Clinique, Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Judith Leiber, Adriana Castro, Stella McCartney, Judith Ripka, Spa Finder, and David Yurman are a sampling of the pampered packages available for bidding to benefit Sylvester.

The In the Garden Gala, IL GIARDINO DE VENEZIA, is expected to raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research at Sylvester. Individual tickets are priced from $500. To learn more about underwriting opportunities, sponsorships, or to purchase tables and tickets, please call Sylvester at 305-243-9088.

Black out dates and other restrictions may apply.

“In the Garden Gala” raises funds to support research at Sylvester, which opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment at UHealth — the University of Miami Health System. Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,700 surgical procedures and treats more than 3,700 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $36 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion has recently been completed. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with physicians from 12 of UM/Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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