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The Gala will feature live entertainment, presentation, awards ceremony and auction, all for a serious cause



Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency is proud to announce it will be holding the 9th Annual Luminare Awards Gala on Saturday, October 8th, 2011.  Hosted by Humberto Cortina, Former State Representative and Univision WQBA Radio Host and NBC’s Roxanne Vargas, the event will take place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The gala which will commence at 7:00PM will celebrate and acknowledge the collaboration from the medical professionals, which resulted in hundreds of lives saved last year through organ donation.  Guests will enjoy live performances by Echoes of Egypt, dancing, fabulous food, full open bar, and welcome cocktails courtesy of Ron Barcelo' and Choco Noir Wine. The event will kick off with a “Moroccan” red carpet at 7:00PM.


Proceeds from the Gala will support organ donation education efforts and donor family aftercare services.  Leslie Cortina, Executive Director of Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency agrees, “More donors mean more transplants and more lives saved.  Through your collaboration with this event you will join those who share your commitment to increase organ donations and ultimately, save lives.” In addition, the Luminare Awards will recognize ten individuals who have helped shape Miami’s compassionate community.  These notable members of Miami’s community include: Dr. Karent Sierra (Celebrity Dentist and “Face” of Colgate), Gino Santos (UM Alumni, President, Premium Blend®) Patricia Flores (My Best Friend’s Closet) Isabel Amezaga (Celebrity Stylist, CEO The Glam Factor), Francis Suarez (Commissioner) Jorge Moreno (Latin Grammy Winner), Henry Santos (Vice President, Premium Blend®) Michele Addison (Associate Publisher Ocean Drive), Francisco Rosillo (CPA/ABV, CFE, CBA, CVA, BVAL), Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist Jon Secada.


“At the Luminare Awards Gala we recognize very special individuals and institutions,” says Cortina.  “Throughout the year, these honorees have gone the extra mile to assist us in making the “Miracle of Life” possible. “This Miracle,” like a very special dessert, requires very special ingredients at the exact measurement.  We need: the love and selflessness of a donor family who give life at the time their loved one is gone; we need the timely collaboration of the hospital staff, we need the dedication and personal sacrifices of our LAORA staff; and finally, we need the dedication and precise technique of the transplant Surgeons. The result – a life is renewed. Tonight, we have representatives from all these magical ingredients.”


Life Alliance at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a nonprofit federally designated recovery agency serving the six counties of South Florida and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency is uniquely responsible for recovering organs and tissue for transplantation, supporting bereaved donor families, and educating healthcare professionals and the community about transplantation and donation. For more information about our organization, visit


Tickets are still available at $125 each as well as tables which seat ten (10) for $1,250 or sponsored table for $1,500, $3,000, $5,000, or $10,000. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets email


Sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida | Bridge to Life | Broward Health| Lucile and DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery | Dra. Maribel Santa Cruz ND.NC. | Flamingo Graphics| Florida Lyons Eye Bank | Florida Power and Light | Memorial Healthcare System | Miami Transplant Institute | PrintHouse USA | My Best Friend's Closet | Caidal Events | North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus | Taylor & Mathis of Florida, LLC | University of Miami Transplant Laboratories | University of Miami Hospital | University of Miami Tissue Bank| Sobie Fabrics


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