DATE: Saturday, October 26, 2013
TIME: 7 p.m. - Midnight
EVENT PRODUCED BY: Keith Watson Events
CUISINE: Embers Wood Grill
EMCEE: Storm Roberts of 98.5 KTK
HOSTS: Silvia and Benjamin León, Jr.
EVENT LEADERSHIP: Event Chairs Jon and Kelly Pritchett
HONORARY CHAIRS: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
GAINESVILLE CO-CHAIRS: Freddie and Daurine Wehbe
OCALA CO-CHAIRS: Richard and Pam Astrom
TAMPA CO-CHAIRS: Charles and Linda Brink
SOUTH FLORIDA CO-CHAIRS: John and Louise Glover
ATLANTA CO-CHAIRS: John and Christine Barnes
2013 Noche de Gala Venue
Besilu, located in Micanopy, FL, is a spectacular 642-acre farm, home to Besilu Collection, a dynasty of Paso Fino Champions. Besilu Stables, its Thoroughbred racing venture, boasts some of the finest stock in Florida, and at the racetrack 2012 Eclipse Champion Older Mare and two time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic – Royal Delta. The farm contains six residences and eight barns, with the ability to stall over 120 horses. It was originally built as a Thoroughbred breeding and training facility with a synthetic surface racetrack, used today by Besilu Stables to prepare its 2-year-old racing prospects. The farm’s former Yearling and Broodmare barns are home to the Besilu Collection Paso Fino stallions, broodmares, foals and show horses. An intricate computerized lighting system controls more than 1500 landscape lights, illuminating trees, gardens, ponds, statues and buildings which gives the farm a magical quality at night. Noche de Gala will be held adjacent to an extraordinary three-barn complex that once housed Thoroughbred breeding stallions and the site of Besilu sales and events.