Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Pre-party at Worth Avenue's Daniella Ortiz Increases the Galas Purse

L to R) Arlette Gordon, Daniella Ortiz and Elizabeth Bowden.
(L to R) Arlette Gordon, Daniella Ortiz and Elizabeth Bowden.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla.(Dec. 18, 2013) – Food For The Poor’s Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala Co-Chairs, Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden, and members of the committee hosted a pre-event party at Daniella Ortiz, a Worth Avenue store on Dec. 13. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales that evening were donated toward the gala’s continuing education initiatives in Jamaica.

Food For The Poor’s 11th annual Palm Beach Gala, Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures, will be Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at The Mar-a-Lago Club. The annual event is chaired by distinguished Palm Beach philanthropists Donald and Melania Trump (National Honorary Chairs), Patrick Park (Grand Honorary Chair), Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden(Gala Co-Chairs), Mary Frances Turner (Vice-Chair), Herme de Wyman Miro (International Chair), and Russell Sherrill (Gentlemen’s Chair).

A Heather bag designed and donated by Daniella Ortiz, valued at $645, will be included in the gala’s silent auction. Specializing in fine leather and exotic-skinned handbags and one-of-a-kind fashion jewelry pieces, Daniella Ortiz has made a splash on the fashion scene, with boutiques on Worth Avenue and at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

The Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures gala will open with a superb wine-tasting reception. The wine is underwritten by Dreyfus Ashby & Co., Republic National Distributing Company, and Trump Winery. Exotic escapes, jewelry, and fine wines are among the varied prizes in the silent auction. The evening culminates with a four-course gourmet dinner and wine pairing.

The 2014 Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures gala, through the generosity of Palm Beach residents, will fund a school in a poor rural area of Jamaica. The school will provide adequate classroom space, a proper sanitation system, and a nutritional facility where meals for the students can be prepared. The school will create a comfortable environment that is conducive to learning. Proceeds from the gala also will provide items desperately needed to enrich the school curriculum: basic school furniture, sports and music program equipment, and a program that will offer a daily nutritious meal for the students.

Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures 2014 committee members include Arthur Benjamin, Michael Dixon, Emilio Guerra, Jan Malley, Karen Mason, Brownie McLean, Faith Morford, Carol Weltz, and Gail Worth.

Benefactors include Helen Bernstein, Helen Bernstein-Fealy, Elizabeth Bowden, Arlette Gordon, Lorrain and Malcolm Hall, Helene and Stanley Karp, The Kessler Family Charitable Fund, Charlotte Kimelman, Tova Leidesdorf, Jan and Chip Malley, Herme de Wyman Miro, Patrick Park, and Ari Rifkin. Sponsors include American Nicaraguan Foundation, Russ Reid Company, Palm Beach Society Magazine, and UBS.

For additional information regarding the Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures gala, tickets, sponsorship and benefactor levels, please call 1-888-404-4248 or email

The Palm Beach community has worked to transform Gordon’s Village in Bluefields, Jamaica, since 2007. Proceeds from the 2013 Fine Wines & Hidden Treasuresgala funded the expansion and renovation of Bluefields Health Centre. The clinic serves 25,000 residents with preventive and basic medical services, including pre- and post-natal care and pediatric care.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit

Jennifer Leigh Oates

Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054