Illusions Gala Dec. 5 to benefit Hibiscus Children’s Center

VERO BEACH — The creative committee of women behind the annual Hibiscus Children’s Center Winter Gala really know how to throw a great fundraiser. Last year’s James Bond themed party was a hard act to follow, but the December 5 Gala at the Moorings is sounding magical.

Committee co-chairs Carole Casey and Sue Sharpe have planned an Illusions theme, a la Cirque du Soleil.  “You’ll know there’s something special happening as soon as you start pulling up,” Casey says with excitement.  Acrobats from the Recreation Department’s Aerial Antics Circus will perform on the grass leading up to the Clubhouse and colorfully costumed performers will come to life during the cocktail hour.

In addition to live and silent auction items, a wine lottery will feature bottles valued at anywhere for $20 to $250, and a display case will contain jewelry, just waiting for five lucky winners with keys to unlock the case.  To reinforce the reason for the gala, guests may sponsor a child’s shoes, books, diapers or other necessities.  “Each sponsorship, will get you a red rose. You can collect a whole bouquet,” laughs Casey.

Entertained during the gourmet dinner features a magician and talented circus performers from Orlando.  No details have been overlooked – from the sparkling French berets worn by the staff to floating candle centerpieces set atop mirrors.

Four luxury live auction items include a gorgeous diamond necklace donated by John Michael Matthews; cocktails for 12 on a 64′ yacht followed by a gourmet dinner cooked at your home by Chef David Rodriguez; a trip to New York City with Broadway shows; and a trip to Las Vegas with tickets to Cirque du Soleil.

Tickets to the gala are $250 per person.

Information:  Call Angela Astrup at (772) 978-9313 x 313.

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