Haute Living Honor Sean Wolfington with Humanitarian Award On National Autism Day
Miami’s elite gathered at the renowned Cipriani Downtown for the exclusive charity dinner where they enjoyed 5-star Italian cuisine, welcome cocktails of Tanqueray Martinis and the spot’s signature bellini’s, beats by DJ Arkitekt that kept them on the dance floor all night long, and a special music performance by Grammy award-winning artist Siedah Garrett – famous for writing Michael Jackson’s iconic Man in the Mirror, which she performed for the audience that evening.
Before dinner started, city commissioner Michael Grieco presented two special awards to Hassan Whiteside and Sean Wolfington for their outstanding philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the city of Miami. Sean Wolfington gave a heartfelt speech giving thanks to Nadine Wright-Abubakrr, president of the organization and Nassan’s mother, and others involved in the charity for its efforts to help give children and families affected by Autism a better life.
Later in the evening, a live auction took place which raised further funds for the organization. Auction items included: A Miami Heat Experience (2 court-side tickets, a signed Jersey by Hassan Whiteside and a signed basketball) from Sean Wolfington; a beautiful painting collaborated by Romero Britto and author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, titled “Blessings”; a walk-on role to a Tyler Perry movie from Ozzie Arue; a Paul Gerben painting of Muhammed Ali; a stunning timepiece from Ulysse Nardin; a pre-paid apartment in Miami Gardens from the Lehman family; and a weekend getaway to Fisher Island in a world-class apartment from Karolina Kurkova and Archie Drury.
Silent auction items also included a beautiful clutch from Roberto Cavalli, a Turnberry âme spa experience, an original mixed media piece called “The Joy Dance” from Electrica Gallery, and a Sisley gift basket with goodies from Lancôme and Giorgio Armani. Guests also received a gift card from Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell City Centre in each of their menus.
In total, the event raised more than $69,500 which directly benefitted the foundation. Notable attendees who came out to support the cause included Alain Riguidel of Ulysse Nardin, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, Karolina Kurkova and Archie Drury, Jonathan Cheban, Gil Dezer, Tommy Kato, Ozzie Arue, Gonzalo Morales, Myles Shear, artist Paul Gerben, Haute Living CEO Kamal Hotchandani and more.
Paige Mastrandrea, Haute Scene News, April 3, 2017. Click here for full article. Photos below