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For Immediate Release
November 15, 2006

Kristi House Supporters Touch Hearts at Dinner for Sexually Abused Children

The 7th Annual Kristi House Touch a Heart Dinner & Auction co-chaired by Julia Bianchi and Diane de Olazarra was a sold-out success netting $320,000 on November 10th at Miami’s Four Seasons Hotel. Outstanding sponsors, 300 guests and an auction of exquisite wines, unique gifts and exclusive getaways, made this a spectacular fundraising evening in support of children who have been victimized by sexual abuse.

Hundreds of votive candles, white roses and hydrangeas --  donated by Fresh Market and arranged by Layne Tidwell --  greeted guests with an ambiance of sparkling, understated elegance perfect for the five-course gourmet meal and wine pairings. National Distributing Company, which debuted its new “Pink” champagne, and Ravenswood Vineyard were the Dinner’s Wine Sponsors. Mike Bittel of Sunset Fine Wine & Spirits served as the event’s wine expert, aided by Christopher Zoller in describing the auction’s wine lots.

Diane and Allen de Olazarra and the de Olazarra Family Foundation were the Honorary Chairs for the event. The Batchelor Foundation made a generous grant for case management and therapy services. Gold dinner sponsors included Trish & Dan Bell; Nancy & Robert Hector, Jr.; Northern Trust; and Lydia & Rudy Prio Touzet. Montica Jewelry supplied guest gifts.

Silver sponsors included Emma & Sia Afra; Katie & Eddie Arriola; Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz; Julia & David Bianchi; Centerra Wine Company; Lindy & Dean Colson; Jodi & Bob Dickinson; Swanee & Paul DiMare, Sue & Doug Gallagher; Joy & Charles Intriago; Leon Medical Centers; Judy & George McCleary; National Distributing Company; Margaret Nee & Fredric Saunier; Miami Parking Authority/Timothy Haahs & Associates; Carol & Al Novak; Sheri L. Orlowitz; Royal Caribbean International; The Marion Rolleti Foundation, Inc.; Sharon & Marc Watson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP; Sunset Corners Fine Wine & Spirits; White & Case, LLP; and Judy & Jon Zeder.

Kristi House is located on the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital campus at 1265 NW 12 Ave. Its south facility is located on U.S. 1 and 152nd. Founded in 1996, Kristi House has served more than 5,200 victims of child sexual abuse and their families. Thousands more are reached every year with education and prevention outreach programs. Services include case management, therapy, referral, transportation, advocacy and emergency assistance. Visit www.kristihouse.org for more details.

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For any questions or further details about the event, please contact Development Officer Etain Connor at Kristi House, (305) 547-6802 or econnor@kristihouse.org.