DATE: Saturday, September 29, 2012
TIME: 7 p.m. - Midnight
EVENT PRODUCED BY: Keith Watson Productions
ENTERTAINMENT: TBD .
iLuminate, sponsored by Tioga Town Center and made famous by America's Got Talent and acclaimed Las Vegas illusionist Simon Winthrop
CUISINE: Embers Wood Grill
EMCEE: Storm Roberts of 98.5 KTK
HOSTS: Silvia and Benjamin León, Jr.
EVENT LEADERSHIP: Event Chairs University of Florida President
Bernie Machen and Chris Machen
HONORARY CHAIRS: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
GAINESVILLE CO-CHAIRS: Jon and Kelly Pritchett
OCALA CO-CHAIRS: Chester and My Weber
LAKE CITY CO-CHAIRS: Philip and Sarai Moses
JACKSONVILLE CO-CHAIRS: Chip and Ashley Greene
2012 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 Thoroughbre dracing venture, boasts some of the ﬁnest breeding stock in Florida as well as the 2011 Eclipse Champion 3 Year Old Filly, winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic – Royal Delta. The sprawling estate is entirely fenced and cross-fenced in ﬁve rail black board fencing, traditional for Ocala horse breeding farms. The farm contains ﬁve 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 large racetrack and synthetic dirt surface, 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 is the site of Besilu sales and events.