Kids Hear Now Gala- Opulent Splendor

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 29 - 2010

KidsHearNowThe Villa by Barton G. was aglow in purple light on Saturday night for the Kids Hear Now Foundation’s second charity gala.  With six-foot centerpieces comprised of unique stone pots filled with roses, hydrangeas, and cherry blossoms (leave it to Barton!) atop golden brocade tablecloths- we can honestly say we’ve never seen the former Versace manse look more beautiful.  The food wasn’t too shabby either:  shrimp as big as your head, bone-in filet and a dessert bar right out of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. Among the highlights of the evening was the touching video of the foundation’s success stories, the soundtrack of which guests listened to via state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen headsets which they later got to take home (not bad for a parting gift, huh?). Lucky guests were also given an authentic, limited edition Versace plate.  Another highlight was a unique performance by a capella group, Naturally 7, which employs “vocal play,” in which instrumental sounds are made using only their voices- which sound exactly like a full band (remember the guy in the Police Academy movies?). In all, $750, 000 dollars was raised for the cochlear implant charity- which provides surgery to deaf children, enabling them to hear right away- hence the name: Kids Hear “NOW!”  This wonderful fundraising effort adds to the already generous 5 million dollar donation which the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation has committed to establishing the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center.

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