Third University of Miami “Solving the Neurological Puzzle” Gala Raises Nearly $400K
More than 350 guests enjoyed a dazzling dinner, dancing and entertainment at The Breakers on Saturday, March 8, for the third Palm Beach “Solving the Neurological Puzzle Gala,” which raised nearly $400,000 for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology.
Co-chairs of the gala, Janet Levy and Camber Ransom, orchestrated a stunning evening featuring two cocktail receptions, Michael Williams, local news Channel 5 anchor, and comedian Dana Carvey.
Williams, emcee of the event, started the evening off by introducing Donna E. Shalala, President of the University of Miami. She thanked everyone for coming and for making the event such a huge success. She also provided insight into the University’s ground-breaking achievements in research, education and clinical care.
Dana Carvey set the tone for the night the instant he appeared on stage. The room roared with laughter after Carvey took on the personas of his most famous characters, including “the church lady.” After dinner was served, Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., Chair of the Department of Neurology, spoke briefly and introduced Roy Roden, a Parkinson’s patient who has successfully overcome many of the challenges that Parkinson’s presents with the help of the UM Department of Neurology.
Michael Williams took the stage again to draw numbers to give away prizes generously donated by local merchants. Among the donors were Danielian Jewelers on South County Road, Bradford Portraits of Worth Avenue and Montica Jewelers of Coral Gables. A quick live auction featuring the jewelry of Robert Bielka, sold in Neiman Marcus and Betteridge jewelry stores, followed soon afterward.
Janet Levy, gala co-chair, spoke from her seat thanking her co-chair, Camber Ransom, Honorary Chair Herme de Wyman Miro and International Chair Lois Pope, as well as Dr. Sacco, whom she credits for helping her regain her life after suffering a major stroke 10 years ago.
The band “Hot Property” got everyone up and onto the dance floor until midnight.