The 5th Annual South Florida Chapter Gala of Hope was a fantastic evening to raise funds and awareness of SMA. This year’s event has already raised over $224,000, and money is still being tabulated! In its five-year history, the event has raised an incredible total of over $700,000 for SMA research and family support.

The event was founded and is hosted by Fiorenna Israel and Jennifer Miller Smith, in honor of their daughters. Madison Smith and Mia Israel both have SMA type II.

The evening entailed a night of luxury featuring a deluxe open bar by Premier Beverage, cocktail hour provided by Buddha Sky Bar and Buddha Garden, hors d’oeuvres provided by The Capital Grille, a silent auction, raffle, and live entertainment by Michael Israel. VIP guests had access to an exclusive VIP area, sushi from Dapur, premium spirits, photo opportunity with Michael Israel, and more!

A special performance by Michael Israel raised over $50,000 for Cure SMA!

Our thanks to Jack Bardakjian (pictured above) for his generous support of the gala. Jack accepted an award on behalf of Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, honoring their commitment to the Gala of Hope and Cure SMA over the past five years.

Special thanks to our Diamond Sponsors Accent Tradeshow and Event Furnishings, The Capital Grille, Expo Convention Contractors, Galaxy Productions, Kanner & Pintaluga Accident Attorneys, David Maymon, and The Pontes Group.

Photo credit: Kim Ruoff Photography.