2012 JLMF Wine Walk Feature by Slesnick & Jochem, 3.4.12 Miami Herald

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The enchanting Wine Walk 2012, sponsored by the Junior League of Miami Foundation, enjoyed another successful “walk” on Tuesday, Feb 28.

This signature event began in 2005 by two league leaders Cheryl Goldstein, founding president of the Junior League of Miami Foundation, and Amy Sussman, then president of the Junior League of Miami.

The idea for the event was to help publicize the newly created JLM Foundation, whose mission is to help secure funding for the Junior League of Miami an organization celebrating 85 years of service empowering women, children and families to conquer tomorrow’s challenges.

This very special event has grown through the years culminating in a sellout this year and drawing an impromptu reunion of JLM Foundation presidents since 2004 Cheryl Goldstein, Leslie Rivera, Sara Herald, Karen Cabrera, Linda Johnson and Karelia Martinez Carbonell.

The “walk” showcased four homes in the historic Italian Village. The gracious hosts whose homes were the highlight of the evening were Wendy & Norman Sanchez; Megan & Thompson Lykes; Ernie Coscia & Tom Reardon; and Columba & Jeb Bush.

Over 170 guests enjoyed a picture-perfect evening enhanced by the charm of the homes with enclosed courtyards and bougainvillea trellises, beautiful antiques, unique architectural motifs, delicious food, and a variety of wines served at each home.

The proximity of the homes, all walking distance from each other, added to the ambiance of the event — guests were able to “walk & talk,” adding to the fun of the evening. The weather gods were good, too!

Corporate sponsors this year were The Bermont Advisory Group & Everbank. The wine and champagne was again donated by Carisam-Samuel Meisel and Kobrand Wines & Spirits.

The Wine Walk committee included Karelia Martinez Carbonell, Lauren Harrison Genovese, Ashley Cusack, Michelle Ramirez-Patricios, Maria Byrd and Meg Valls.

For further information about the Junior League of Miami & the Junior League of Miami Foundation (JLMF) please visit jlmiami.org. The JLMF was established in 2004 as a not-for-profit 501c3 organization. Your donations are welcome.

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