Pirates and Princesses In Quest for a Cure in Palm Beach
February 7, 2008
It could have been a fairy tale. The Florida-Palm Beach Chapter’s sold-out Sixty-five Roses Pirates & Princesses Ball, held in the Mediterranean and Venetian ballrooms of the historic Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, was a truly magical evening of fun, fancy and gathering for a great cause. Organized by 2008 Sixty-Five Roses Chair Moira Wolofsky Fiore and her band of dedicated chapter volunteers and staff, Pirates & Princesses raised an impressive $450,000, an increase of nearly $100,000 from 2007.
2008 Sixty-Five Roses Committee Chair Moira Wolofsky Fiore and husband Jon Fiore are flanked by pirates at this year's Sixty-five Roses Pirates and Princesses Ball.
The dreamlike evening offered a return to olden times, with many of the 355 guests foregoing the traditional black-tie attire in favor of billowy period gowns and pirate costumes. In keeping with the theme, several guests were tossed into the “brig” until their generous peers could come up with “bail money.”
The rest of the night included dinner, followed by a moving Bid for a Cure by 13-year-old Amanda Fiedor, who has CF, and is the daughter of Chapter President Jack Fiedor. A bustling live auction, manned by popular local entertainer Jon Fiore and Auction Chairman Charlie Roberts, included such prizes as golf at Trump International Golf Club and tennis with nearby Miami resident Anna Kournikova.
“This year’s Sixty-Five Roses Ball Committee took the event to a whole new level,” said Chair Moira Wolofsky Fiore. “Their strong dedication and support translated into an unprecedented evening, one for the story books.”
Many thanks to Gilda and Fred Slifka, honorary chairs of the 41st CF benefit, which was established by longtime CF Foundation volunteer Mary G. Weiss, and dedicated supporters Rhoda and David Chase, Patrick M. Park, Joan and Bob Eigen, Ewa and Daniel Abraham, Jana and John Scarpa, Norma and Simon Fireman, Maryann and Walter Kann, Debora and Harris Weinstein, and the Honorable Rodney S. Eielson.
Thanks also to Mark Stevens, corporate chair, who led the campaign with a generous donation from National City Private Client Group; corporate sponsors Morgan Stanley and Lydian Bank & Trust; and co-chairs Lori Stoll and Elizabeth Belkin.