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(MIAMI, FL) March 9, 2010---Transplant Foundation will roll out the green carpet for its 1st Emerald Nights event on Friday, April 16, 2010 at Miami’s own Sable/Palm Plaza in Jungle Island. Benefiting the local transplant communities throughout South Florida, guests in attendance will enter a high-energy, chic and sophisticated atmosphere sprinkled with sparkling emerald and white couches. More than 800 community members, transplant recipients and philanthropists are scheduled to attend the soirée all benefitting the organization.

The event’s festivities will begin with some of South Florida’s most renowned athletes, artists, models and VIPs walking a “green carpet”. Some of the famous faces will include: Touring Golf Pro/2-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Erik Compton, Latin Grammy Winner Jorge Moreno, Star of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami” Alexia Echevarria, WSVN Deco Drive’s Aubrey Aquino, MTV’s Ibis Del Mar Nieves, NBC 6’s Roxanne Vargas, Univision’s Karol Rosa, artist Carlos A. Navarro, MTV-Logo/E! Television’s Maisi Baserva, Tito Puente Jr, WFOR’s Marybel Rodriguez, Celebrity Dentist Karent Sierra, Cox radio’ s Natalia de la Cruz and many more. Guests will be transported to a fanciful space with music provided by celebrity DJ Shawn Rudnick.

Guests can sip on delicious cocktails provided by one of three open bars and an array of delectable entrees provided by some of South Florida’s finest restaurants which include: Jungle Island, Marky’s Caviar, Melting Pot, Madras Café, Mazza Mediterranean Cuisine, Yambo, and Lavazza Italian Coffee. VIP guests will enjoy this exclusive scene as they are pampered with private concierge bottle service on white lounge style couches. “This will be an out-of-this-world event that you do not want to miss,” said Melissa Chediak-Wetzel, Director of Development for the Transplant Foundation. “We wanted to bring a fresh glamorous event and we have come up with just that.”

As the evening progresses, the cocktails will be flowing, hips will sway and the party will start pumping. Attendees will be able to enjoy dessert and coffee as they visit some of Jungle Island’s special residents.

"We want to see the younger generation come out to support organ donation,” said Eli Compton, Executive Director for the Transplant Foundation. “It will be a fabulous night out under the stars celebrating the gift of life.”

With over 100,000 individuals awaiting a life saving transplant this event is sure to bring about much talk and awareness on the importance of organ donation. The Transplant Foundation assists over 500 families a year with transportation, medication, and housing. Proceeds from Emerald Nights will go to expand transplant patient services, education, and aid in funding transplant research.

The cost of attending the event is $50 per guest for pre-registration, VIP table for $1,500 and VIP couches for $5,000. For more information on the Emerald Nights event, please contact the Transplant Foundation at (305)817-5645 or visit

Major sponsors for this tournament are: City of Doral, IDI, Ivan Gomez PA, Walgreens, Perry Ellis International, Venue Magazine, South Broward Accounting, Flagler, Redevco, Erick & Tara Mendieta, Salud al Dia Magazine, Ronen Furniture Rental, Dolphin Carpet & Tile, Upscale Photo and Fast Signs.

About the Transplant Foundation:

Transplant Foundation, Inc. is a Miami-based 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to assist transplant patients in need, educate the community on the importance of organ donation and fund transplant research. For additional details contact 305.817.5645 or visit


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