Miami Beach, FL – May 11, 2012 – More than 300 of Miami’s philanthropic trendsetters celebrated the launch of The Paradise Fund’s newest branch, The Paradise Fund: Miami, at the Shelborne South Beach hotel on Friday, May 11, 2012. Due to the overwhelming response for admission to this event, Menin Hotels re-decorated Vesper American Brasserie to accommodate the guests, who sampled creative new cocktails from Atlantico Rum, such as the Atlantico Cane Harvest and light-bites from the Vesper American Brasserie’s new summer menu. DJ Clarke LaMotte moved guests to their feet who danced both poolside and inside several VIP lounges set up across the venue.  Raffle Prizes included a stay at the newly revamped Shelborne South Beach Hotel, a custom pair of Del Toro shoes, an exclusive case of Atlantico Private CaskRum and tickets to see Madama Butterfly at the Miami Lyric Opera.

A children’s-need based organization established nearly a decade ago in Palm Beach, Florida, The Paradise Fund is expanding its operations to Miami, New York City and Los Angeles this year. The launch of Paradise Fund: Miami marked the first in a series of nationwide launch parties designed to engage its guests and encourage their involvement in the Fund’s philanthropic works both locally and around the world. Second only to its mission to benefit children’s health, welfare and education, with events like Paradise Casino, held annual at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach each November, The Paradise Fund is quickly re-defining a new generation of fundraising events. “Our local Board of Trustee’s is working hard to create a special, annual fundraiser, the likes of which Miami has never seen”, said Chris DiSchino, co-founder and chairman of The Paradise Fund’s Miami Chapter. The Paradise Fund’s current projects include working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as community redevelopment in post-earthquake Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Bette Ann Schlossberg & Florina Resnik

Farah Sayegh & Sophie Konigsfeldt

Monica Loaiza, Jessica Epstein, & Amanda Marie

Dina Goldentayer & Cara Thompson

Lauren Turchin & Olivia Feldman

Alison Hill & Cornelia van der Geest

Alison Hill, Cornelia van der Geest, Chris Dischino, & Felicia Marquez

Chris Dischino & Felicia Marquez

Mark Kreisler & Molly Stubstad

Erica Fickling & Ernest Reese

Jolie Mestre, Michelle Pimienta, & Natasha Castellon

Camila Valverde, Sofia Rovirosa, & Sisi De Goytisolo

Anderson Martinez, Nicole Sanchez, & Ernesto Reyes

Loy Anderson, Felicia Marquez, & Chris Dischino

Cami Zapata & Laura Terrazas

Laura Terrazas & Alfredo Granai

Loy Anderson & Chris Dischino

Tania Sibonney, Chris Dischino, & Bette Ann Schlossberg