Michael Capponi & Sarah Arison Celebrate Unveiling Of $40 Million+ Historic Renovation

Michael Capponi , chairman of Capponi Construction Group, and Sarah Arison , a Board of Trustees member for the National YoungArts Foundation, hosted a black-tie birthday celebration for William H. Dean , CEO of Washington D.C.-based engineering firm M.C. Dean, at his newly renovated Miami Beach estate villa Terra Veritatis. Built in 1937, the historic, 2.5-acre estate was originally the winter home of retail magnate S.S. Kresge. More than $40 million of renovations were made to the waterfront compound, completed by Capponi Construction Group, LLC and Dale Overmyer Architects, including a spa wing, poolside cabanas, Venetian grotto, tennis and volleyball courts, and rooftop deck.
Michael Capponi invited Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn onstage to present Bill Deanwith a Historic Renovation Proclamation. "You can't build a historic property," remarked Dean "You can only buy one." Sarah Arison followed the award acceptance with a briefing of the foundation before vocalist Grace Weber serenaded Dean with a Marilyn Monroe-esque "Happy Birthday."

National YoungArts alumni violinists, cellists, ballerinas, classical guitarists, tap dancers and hip-hop dancers performed throughout the night, as well as beats by Miami HEAT's DJ Irie. Guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres by Aarons Catering. The estate's two-story cabana house was transformed into a special SET nightclub pop-up. SET owner Eric Milon gave guests an inside look into the popular nightclub's newly designed renovation which featured a glass catwalk, color-shifting onyx bar and VIP seating. Over on the grand lawn, PopUpEventsGroup unveiled an architectural glass dome, deemed the sOap bubble, as a VIP lounge. Capponi Construction Group brought in Clif Loftin , one of the creative driving forces behind Miami's annual Make-A-Wish Ball After Party, to produce the black-tie event at the historic property.

More than 3,400 guests attended the black-tie event, roaming the more than 18,100-square-foot property, including Prince Khalifa , Prince Saud, Bob Zangrillo , Lisa Hochstein , Joey Goldman , Katrina Campins , Anthony Shriver , Norma Quintero , Michele Heary , Dr. Jeff Kamlet , Martina Basabe ,Tamara Galinsky , Alison Zhuck, Ema Koja , Diane & Alan Lieberman , Oren Alexander, Lauren Fitzpatrick , Claudine Smurfit , Toyko Diiva, Aaron Resnick , Jamie Telchin , David Chung ,Michael Saylor , Marcela Novela and Vanessa Grout .

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