Issue – December 2009

Wine WOW

The 2009 Miami International Wine Fair raking in an astounding 40% increase in reported sales this year. Nearly 7,000 attendees enjoyed offerings from more than 1,500 wines from 20 countries.


Trini did it again! This time with Formula One for the racecar extravaganza of the year at her Trini in Private studio on Brickell. Guests sipped and socialized the night away as they learned about Formula One, L’Oréal Professionnel and Trini.


Vanidades hosted the Bass Museum of Art’s first-ever fashion show with its 5th Annual “Magic de la Moda” event featuring fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue and watches from TechnoMarine during Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach. Photos by Edison & Andreina Rumbos


The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne held their 5th Annual Key Biscayne Wine, Food & Silent Auction. Proceeds benefitted Shake-A-Leg in Miami and Fundacion Manos del Sur’s educational programs in Nicaragua, called Pan y Amor.


The Key Biscayne Yacht Club celebrated yet another installment of Oktoberfest with fantastic music, food and dancing. Already a tradition in its own rite, a commemorative glass was sold in celebration of Oktoberfest on Key Biscayne.

Masquerade Ball

The American Nicaraguan Foundation held their 9th Annual Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel, with over 500 guests and more than 30 sponsors. The “Masquerade Ball” theme allowed guests the opportunity to dress up and have a great time for an amazing cause. ANF was founded 17 years ago and presided over by Alfredo & Theresita Pellas. Members support over 2,000 organizations in Nicaragua with housing, health, nutrition and education. The gala was chaired by Paco Bendana, Maria Amanda Rodriguez and Theresita Pellas.

Haute Holidays

Village of Merrick Park kicked off the joyous season with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. VMP maintained its commitment to the environment by lighting its 50-foot tree with 55,000 LED light bulbs. The Master of Ceremonies for this magical night was Lisa Petrillo of CBS-4. Unwrapped gift donations benefitted The Voices for Children Foundation.

Baby Shower!

Friends and family of Christine Galliano gathered at the home of sister-in-law Saskia Galliano-Touret for a delightful baby shower. Festivities included a delicious lunch, catered by Cafe Santa Maria, fun-filled games, plenty of adorable gifts and a surprise visit of soon to be first time father, Victor Galliano!

Christmas Bazaar

The Grand Bay Club held their annual Christmas Bazaar. The event proved to be a huge success and all those who participated left with a big smile on their face.

Glorious celebration

St. Agnes Catholic Church hosted their annual gala. The night proved to be another unforgettable evening of great music, food and dancing that united the community.

Season’s Wishlist

Make December a month to remember! Regardless of the holiday you celebrate, or where you celebrate New Year’s, there’s plenty to do before and after the bows and confetti are put away.

Nibble Nation

Across many of the nation’s most popular cities, sightseeing is taking the backseat for travelers who want to awaken the most delicious of the senses: Taste. Referred to as gastronomic tourism, the experience entails traveling to destinations where the exclusive local food establishments are the motivating factors for visiting and the biggest tourist attractions.

Better Together

You would expect Jay and Ronda Fuchs to have hidden superpowers up their sleeves. They’re like a fictional duo who are able to balance successful careers, a family and community service, before going off to save the world at night. Luckily, the are not fictional and the results of their efforts are very real.

Live a Little!

Follow our resident health and fitness guru as she guides you on her first-hand account of the life-balancing (and life-altering) multi-pronged wellness experience she had at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach.

Key Players

Meet the people who are shaping the future of the communities they live in while inspiring everyone they meet along the way. Though their stories are all different and their backgrounds, histories, hopes and dreams vary, the one thing each has in common is a passion for what they do and their ability to see past themselves for the benefit of others. In the following pages, you’ll meet this issue’s Key Players and get a brief glimpse into their lives. If you happen to run into one of them during your daily routine, take a moment to salute them. They’ve earned it.

Season to Sparkle

When it comes to giving fine jewelry this holiday, all women know you should never settle for anything but the best! Available right here on the Key, finding the perfect gem to fit every budget and friend on your list is easy with these sparkling adornments that are sure to complement any social soiree on your agenda.


This Key Biscayne home is already one of the most desirable addresses on the island. Just imagine how much better it will be once you move in to the neighborhood!


No stocking stuffers here! Get ready — and start saving! — for a wish list so extreme, you’ll be wondering what ever happened to the days of Season’s Greetings cards and Tonka trucks!

Inspired Impact

If you’re looking for the perfect way to get involved in the community, network and help others, join Impact Circle and start helping shape generations to come.


Island Hop

A glimpse into Key Biscayne’s dynamic social scene

Sweet Treats

From the Everything Cookie to PB&J, Blueberry Cheesecake and S’Mores, Chip City has a flavor for just about any taste in Miami and beyond.