By Coastal Breeze News Staff
The glamorous Hope Ball, an unparalleled event on Marco Island, was held on Saturday, February 25, at Greystone Manor. This one of a kind event raises money for the Greater Marco Island Unit of The American Cancer Society. Over 250 people came to the gala for a fabulous mix of fashion and fundraising.
The event was hosted by Tim Farris and Maria Coords, owners of the multi-million dollar Greystone Manor, located on three acres of land on Roberts Bay in the Estates of Marco. Guests were greeted by members of the Lely football team, who helped usher the event. Docents were on hand to answer questions regarding Greystone Manor during the cocktail and hors d’oeuvre hour.
The main event of the evening featured an outdoor fashion show by world renowned designer, Marc Bouwer. Dressing for the likes of Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey and Charlize Theron, his presence was quite the treat. Featuring his new “White Collection,” professional models strutted their stuff while Stacey Deffenbaugh of ABC-7 News emcee’d the event.
Bouwer, who is best known for his use of draping with technologically advanced fabrics, then took a moment to remind attendees of the true nature of the evening. “I am so privileged to be a part of this wonderful evening. Thank you all or coming to help support this wonderful cause. Let us all remember why we’re here. So take a moment, and let me introduce you to the ROCK girls!”
Five young cancer survivors then walked the catwalk in colorful custom-designed dresses by Marc Bouwer. “How beautiful are they!” exclaimed Bouwer. These lovely ladies have all been involved in ACS’s ROCK program. ROCK, which stands for Reaching out to Cancer Kids, provides camp opportunities, scholarships and more to young victims of the disease. These five special survivors were able to keep their gowns, courtesy of a private donor.
The gorgeous backdrop of architecture, fashion and nature coincided with a formal dinner catered by Catermasters of Naples. Bentley of Naples, 21st Century Oncology, Vitas Home Hospice, Naples Illustrated and Kiwanis of Marco Island all sponsored the special event.
Those in attendance enjoyed an evening of food, fashion and fundraising all in the name of cancer awareness and research.