Michael Capponi co-hosts Cuba circa1957-themed celebration at iconic Terra Veritatis estate @TheParadiseFund

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Chris DiSchino, Felicia Marquez, Kent Anderson, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Michael Capponi and Loy Anderson

The Paradise Fund, a Florida-based non-profit organization that educates the public about ongoing political, environmental, health, educational and social complications plaguing children around the world, hosted its inaugural “Paradise Social Club” fundraiser gala in Miami Beach on Friday, July 19, at Terra Veritatis, located at 4949 Pinetree Dr. The recently remodeled, 18,100-square-foot waterfront estate and private residence served as the historic backdrop for the celebration, fashioned after Havana, Cuba, circa 1957. More than 250 of Miami and Palm Beach’s philanthropic trendsetters turned out for the event. Notable attendees included Terra Veritatis owner William H. Dean and famed Palm Beach photographer Tommy Morrison.

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The Paradise Fund co-founders Loy Anderson, Chris DiSchino and Kent Anderson

The Paradise Fund co-founders Christopher DiSchino, Kent Anderson and Loy Anderson lll joined co-host Michael Capponi, chairman of Capponi Group Corp. and founder of the Haiti Empowerment Mission non-profit organization, for an evening of glamour and sophistication. Proceeds will benefit The Paradise Fund’s Children’s Relief Program with Michael Capponi’s Haiti Empowerment Mission, which helps disadvantaged children by way of providing books, homes, medicine, schools and other tools needed to create a better life.

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Tara Solomon, Loy Anderson, Chris DiSchino and Kent Anderson playing roulette

During the celebration, guests were transported to the glory days of 1950s Havana, dancing to live Cuban beats of famed local musicians Norberto y Marisela, sipping libations courtesy of Bacardi U.S.A, Inc., and toking on freshly hand-rolled cigars from Wynwood Cigar Factory. Guests also tried their hand at Blackjack, Poker and Roulette for a chance to win several prizes, including VIP tickets to Paradise Casino, The Paradise Fund’s biggest event of the year on Nov. 29, 2013, in Palm Beach.

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Models at The Paradise Fund Cuba circa1957-themed celebration at iconic Terra Veritatis estate

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Guests at The Paradise Fund Cuba circa1957-themed celebration at iconic Terra Veritatis estate

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Guests at The Paradise Fund Cuba circa1957-themed celebration at iconic Terra Veritatis estate

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Live Cuban beats by Norberto y Marisela