Sebastian Ferrero Foundation's Sixth Annual Noche de Gala Includes Top Leadership Support from Around the State of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Ted Yoho, UF President Bernie Machen and First Lady Chris Machen to Serve as Honorary Chairs, Renowned Artist Romero Britto as Ambassador, and Jon and Kelly Pritchett as Event Chairs with Six Regional Co-Chair Representatives

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sebastian Ferrero Foundation announces today that Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Ted Yoho, UF President Bernie Machen and First Lady Chris Machen will serve as honorary chairs and world-renowned artist Romero Britto serving as ambassador of the Foundation's sixth annual Noche de Gala signature event—set for October 26th. Noche de Gala 2013 will be hosted by inaugural Foundation board members and state healthcare industry leaders Silvia and Benjamin Leon Jr. at Besilu Collection in Micanopy, Florida. Jon and Kelly Pritchett will serve as this year's event chairs with the support of six regional co-chairs representing Gainesville, Ocala, Jacksonville, Tampa, South Florida and Atlanta. Noche de Gala will benefit the development of the new UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, scheduled for completion in late 2014.

"The Foundation is honored to have the continued support of Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Bill Nelson as Honorary Chairs and we are thrilled to have Congressman Ted Yoho join the 2013 Event Leadership Team, helping create increased visibility and awareness around the Foundation's efforts to improve pediatric healthcare and promote excellence in patient safety," said Horst Ferrero, Founder, Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.

The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is dedicated to making a lasting difference for children and families through its advocacy and fundraising to help complete the critical children's hospital project at the University of Florida. The support continues to expand, engaging passionate advocates and donors to be part of a journey that is making a transformational difference for kids that will last for decades to come.

The event theme for Noche de Gala 2013 is "Oasis" and will feature unique live performances, Paso Fino champion horse shows, a silent-auction and exquisite dining by Embers Wood Grill. Keith Watson Events will be in charge of all event preparations.

To date, the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation has donated over $3 million to support the advancement of the children's hospital project at the University of Florida. To learn more about the Foundation, visit: www.SebastianFerrero.org.

SOURCE Sebastian Ferrero Foundation


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