In response to the article written at Michael Bay: http://michaelbay.com/2008/12/20/michael-bay-and-michael-capponi-present-a-special-evening-to-improve-lives-in-miami-dade-2/
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Dec. 19: a renowned film film-maker, Michael Bay, and a moneyed hospitality entrepreneur and real estate developer, Michael Capponi, teamed up to present the 2nd annual Toast to United Way, a cherished cocktail reception intended to benefit the community.
It’s an invitation-only event and is scheduled to take place at Bay’s Miami Beach home on Saturday December 27 at 8 pm. To secure yourself a spot, tickets are being sold at $250 per person. A VIP class of guests is welcomed to join Bay and his celebrity invitees on a secluded rooftop lounge. Tickets for the VIP spot are sold at $500 per person. After the reception, guests are welcomed to join an after-party event. All proceeds are geared toward supporting the work of United Way of Miami-Dade.
Bay said that he is honored to open his home in a bid to stretch his helping hand to those in need. He refers this moment as an amazing one, as American’s get into their pocket and contribute something to help fellow brothers and sisters. Bay further said that Miami was his new home-town and was committed to playing his part in helping the community to thrive.
Bay–the director of blockbusters like Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys, and Transformers–serves as the host for this cheerful evening. Michael Capponi takes the opportunity to chair this year’s event. The guest list includes the mayors of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade, “jetsetters” who have touched down in the town for holidays, as well as other unexpected celebrities. About 300 guests are expected to dine on fine cuisine, that’s courtesy of the Forge, and shelf drinks offered by Diageo open-heartedly. Spearheaded by Capponi, Toast to United Way is said to have begun in 2007.
Capponi said that he greatly noted how the success of last year’s Toast to United Way could make a far-fetched effort for the good of Miami-Dade’s community. He further said that he is excited to get involved in yet another event and invites others to come and help lift up the lives of the less fortunate in the community.
In this year’s festivities, Capponi and Bay give their honor and thanks to owners and the managers of the great venue for the last year’s event- Miami Beach venues. Those honored are Joe Day, Jeffrey Chodorow, Linley Edwards, Roman Jones, Dave Grutman, Mark Lehmkuhl, Eric Milon, Shareef Malnik, Louis Puig, Dimitris Harvalis, Romain Zago, Graham Wheeler, Joshua Wagner, Nicola Siervo, and Terry Zarikian.