Nov 12 Gala of Hope @Ferrari for SMA - Michael Israel

Nov 12 Gala of Hope @Ferrari for SMA


About Cure SMA

Cure SMA is dedicated to the treatment and cure of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)—a disease that takes away a person’s ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.

Since 1984, we’ve directed and invested in comprehensive research that has shaped the scientific community’s understanding of SMA. We are currently on the verge of breakthroughs in treatment that will strengthen our children’s bodies, extend life, and lead to a cure. We have deep expertise in every aspect of SMA—from the day-to-day realities to the nuances of care options—and until we have a cure, we’ll do everything we can to support children and families affected by the disease. Learn more about how you can help us reach a treatment and cure at

About Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale

Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale – part of the Experience Auto Group – is South Florida’s oldest and most respected dealer of luxury performance Italian automobiles. The state-of-the-art Fort Lauderdale showroom features some of the world’s most coveted vehicles and carries a wide array of Ferrari and Maserati parts, accessories and apparel. Located at 5750 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale is home to the only factory-authorized Ferrari and Maserati body shop, which is comprised of an award-winning restoration team. For more information, call (954) 493-5000 or visit

FOR MORE INFORMATION on The Fifth Annual Gala of Hope to Cure SMA, to schedule an interview with Fiorenna Fuentes-Isreal or Jennifer Miller-Smith, or request a media kit, please contact Kerri Byron of The Pontes Group at     or 954-960.6083 ext.3.


A night of fundraising to find a cure for the leading genetic cause of death in children under two

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – November 12, 2015 – Cure SMA announces the fifth annual Gala of Hope on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 from 7p.m. to 11p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit Cure SMA, a non-profit organization, working to fund the research that is necessary to further develop treatment and most importantly, find a cure for this debilitating disease.

Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale will be transformed into an old-fashioned Italian circus soirée with traditional performers and antique decor. The evening of luxury will feature live entertainment including music and speed painting by Michael Israel, a 360-degree open bar, delicious cuisine compliments of The Capital Grille, a VIP lounge and additional catering including live sushi provided by Dapur Asian Tapas and Lounge, a whiskey bar by Heaven Hill Distilleries and a raffle for the chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree to JR Dunn. The night wouldn’t be possible without all supporters, including top diamond sponsors: Eric Pintaluga of Kanner and Pintaluga, Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Advocate Home Care, Galaxy Production, Expo Convention Contractors, Inc., The Capital Grille and The Pontes Group.

In 2011, two moms, Fiorenna Fuentes-Israel and Jennifer Miller-Smith, with daughters recently diagnosed with SMA, joined forces to create the Gala of Hope. Since inception, the Gala of Hope has been able to raise nearly $500,000 towards research funding and raising awareness.

Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of inherited diseases that cause muscle damage and weakness, which worsen over time and eventually lead to death. The destruction of nerves that control voluntary muscle movement decreases the ability to crawl, walk, swallow, and control the head and neck. One in every 10,000 babies is born with the disease and one in every 50 people carries the gene that causes SMA. There is currently not a cure or any treatment.

Tickets are $150 per person or $300 for VIP with all proceeds benefitting Cure SMA. To purchase tickets or for event sponsorship information please CLICK HERE

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