Event Details

Miami MBF Holiday Party 2008 - Sponsored by Old Spanish Village

2008 Old Spanish Village Video


Extraordinary Evening Highlighted by Historic Lighting of
Coral Gables’ First New Entrance Since the 1920s

The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, was recently treated to an extraordinary 2008 Holiday Party at Old Spanish Village. Located in the heart of Coral Gables and inspired by the vision of Coral Gables founder George Merrick, Old Spanish Village welcomed more than 150 of South Florida’s elite real estate agents at this remarkable event, which was chaired by Penni Chasens, Darlene Dale, and Carole Smith.

The evening was highlighted by the formal dedication and lighting of Coral Gables’ first new bridge entrance since the 1920s, located on the perimeter of the pre-constructed community. Inspired by that unique era of Miami history, the lavish affair featured antique automobiles at the entrance to Old Spanish Village, as well as costumed valet drivers. Master Brokers and other special guests enjoyed a lively and festive cocktail hour in the sales center, and were then escorted to the viewing area for the dedication. After comments from Arva Moore Parks, celebrated Miami historian, the Honorable Don Slesnick, mayor of Coral Gables; and Ralph Sanchez, developer of Old Spanish Village; the new bridge was dedicated with fanfare and distinctive lighting. Following the dedication, guests enjoyed a delicious holiday dinner, and a special tribute to Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, who concluded her spectacular four-year tenure as chair of the Miami MBF at this event.

Antique automobiles on display at the Old Spanish Village sales center

One of the many costumed valet attendants with Carole Smith and Jo-Ann Forster

Claudia Lewis, Penni Chasens, Nancy Iliffe, and Al Arostegui

Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, with Helen Jeanne Nicastri, chair of MBF, Inc.

Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, chair of the Miami MBF; with Ralph Sanchez, president of Ponce Circle Developers LLC