Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball Set to Honor Community Leaders

The theme will focus on timeless elegance with a flair of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge.

The highly anticipated Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball, presented by Broward Health in Association with Republic National Distributing Company with a Moulin Rouge flair, promises romance, glamour and exhilaration. It is hosted and produced by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The enchanting event on Saturday, Dec. 9 guarantees unforgettable entertainment, exquisite dining and an ambiance reminiscent of the iconic Broadway show.

Experience the allure and mystique of turn-of-the-century Paris at the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball. The evening will kick off with a Welcome Reception sponsored by Fision Fiber Optics by Hotwire Communications, featuring an ice bar showcasing Republic National Distributing Company’s wine and spirits products like Deep Eddy Vodka, Botanist Gin, and Remy Martin. With a perfect fusion of elegance and excitement, this event promises to transport you to an enchanting world where passion, artistry, and opulence seamlessly collide. The cast of the spectacular Moulin Rouge! The Musical (special thanks to Broadway Across America) and the band Private Stock, sponsored by DEX Imaging, will provide special performances to ensure guests dance the night away. This event is the most prominent holiday gala in Fort Lauderdale and the highlight of South Florida’s social season.

The Winterfest Black Tie Ball will host an amazing silent auction presented by Robinson’s Jewelers. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on more than 250 items from the comfort of their homes. The live auction, on the other hand, will take place inside the ballroom and will feature experiences from Pink Sands Resort, Ocean Manor Beach Resort, Captain Lee onboard Savior-Faire, Explora Journeys, services from Dr. Lisa Learn, an outdoor kitchen designed and installed by US Brick & Block Systems, LLC., jewelry from Robinson’s Jewelers Las Olas, Membership at the Tower Club, and a Private Cabana at SeaGlass. Those who wish to donate an item to the auction can contact Winterfest at 954-767-0686.

Dressing up with a touch of Moulin Rouge flair is encouraged for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball, and guests are invited to indulge in the celebration of life, love, and art with a twist of risqué. The ballroom will be transformed to reflect the Parisian era, and local top fashion designer Zola Keller has created elegant gowns that range from pure sophistication to embracing the inner showgirl with feather boas, corsets, and glittering accessories, giving guests a chance to look their best.

Lisa Scott-Founds, David Boothe, Susan Renneisen and Kathryn Salerno

Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs and Special Events for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Kathryn Salerno, MBA – Director of Community Affairs for Broward Health, will chair this event. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will honor two of this area’s community leaders: 2023 Belle of the Ball – Karla Nelson-Thatcher, Hotwire Communications Senior Vice President, Marketing, Media, Public & Government Affairs. David Boothe, On Premise Division Manager representing Republic National Distributing Company, will be recognized as this year’s Commodore.

Tickets are $400 per person and tables of 10 range from $4,000 to $6,000 are on sale. Secure a spot by visiting Winterfestparade.com.

Photos by Downtown Photo

Dresses by Zola Keller

Jewelry by Robinson’s Jewelers Las Olas

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.