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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation Celebrates Local Leaders in Elegant Evening Soiree

Kelliann McDonald, Legacy Gala PR Chair & Kevin Michael, INVIZIO Managing Partner stand along side handmade award statues shipped in from Spain for 2011 Legacy Gala Honorees.

Legacy Gala knight award statues for 2011 Honorees stand guard over the silent auction

Kevin Michael, Leleith McDonald and Leroy Green pose for the paps

Jazz Musician Jon Saxx, Foundation Trustee Dr. Leonardo Green, guest Carl Failla, and 2011 Honoree Tony Lesesne

Guests applaud as the awards portion of the program begins
Kelliann McDonald, Legacy Gala PR Chair and Mayor Myron Rosner 

The Cloisters Foundation of The Ancient Spanish Monastery celebrates local leaders who have contributed their talent, expertise, and gifts at The First Annual Legacy Gala entitled “Preserving the Legacy.”

April 11, 2011 North Miami Beach, FL – First Annual Legacy Gala guests adorned in floor length gowns and crisp tuxedos were greeted at their vehicles and escorted through the lush torch-lit gardens of the Ancient Spanish Monastery into the Cloisters where the soothing sounds of live Jazz music filled the air and set the mood for a dazzling evening soiree under the stars.
A bidding frenzy ensued in the Chapter House of the Monastery which was filled with graciously donated one of kind silent auction items including a piece painted live during the event by artist Anastasia the Great. Servers from Streeters Catering offered decadent hors d’oeuvres just before gourmet dinner was served to the seated guests.

First Annual Legacy Gala host Neki Mohan of WPLG Channel 10, welcomed the distinguished audience and introduced Dr. Janie Greenleaf, Cloisters Foundation President, to start the program. The prominent biography of each of the First Annual Legacy Gala 2011 Honorees was read with care and conviction. The Honorable Myron Rosner, Mayor of the City of North Miami Beach, Mr. Michael J. Snyder, President of the Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tony Lesesne, Co-founder of Lesesne Media Group and In Focus Magazine, and Dr. Dorothy Jenkins-Fields, Founder of the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. were celebrated for their legacies of leadership in the Miami-Dade Community.

First Annual Legacy Gala chair Suzanne Ferguson presented the Honorees with handmade award statues shipped in from Spain specifically for the occasion. Photographers swooned, the crowd roared with applause, and the family and friends of the Honorees beamed with pride.

Each Honoree humbly thanked their supporters and gave the viewers a little insight into why they enthusiastically do the community building work that they do. As the award section of the program concluded The Teen Board presented an expert fashion show displaying the looks of Couture Designer Juan Carlos Piniera and Sara Bigleman Designer for Heartache / KIDS fashions.

Jazz musician Jon Saxx played to the requests of the guests as the evening settled into night and guests danced under the moonlight. A spectacular evening of celebration, dinner and dancing indeed.

With nearly $15,000 independently raised for the First Annual Legacy Gala, The Cloisters Foundation of The Ancient Spanish Monastery thanks the community for their support of the First Annual Legacy Gala which took place on the picturesque grounds of the historically designated Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach on Saturday, April 9, 2011. All funds are designated for the preservation of the Monastery.

Grand entrance to the Ancient Spanish Monastery Legacy Gala

Legacy Gala PR Chair Kelliann McDonald (right) welcomes Teen Board organizers Donna Preudhomme (left), Gail Clarke and guests

Legacy Gala guests dine on gourmet fare

Honoree Tony Lesesne, Founder of InFocus Magazine, proudly displays his Legacy Award along side Foundation President Dr. Janie Greenleaf, Gala Host Neki Mohan and Gala Chair Suzanne Ferguson 

Honoree Michael J. Snyder, President of the Greater NMB Chamber of Commerce accepts his Legacy Award

Honoree The Honorable Mayor Myron Rosner of North Miami Beach accepts his Legacy Award 

Mayor Myron Rosners thanks his supporters and the Legacy Gala committee for the honor

Honoree Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields beams with pride as she displays her Legacy Gala award
Anastasia Ferguson, Teen Board model, displays the couture designs of Juan Carlos Piniera

Jazz Musician Jon Saxx plays to a watchful guest

Find more Legacy Gala photos and coverage HERE

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