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Ferragamo and Philanthropy at Casa de Campo

The Dominican Republic was a beautiful backdrop for a warm weekend of wine, golf and fashion

A well-heeled crowd turned out for a whirlwind weekend to fête the renowned fashion house of Ferragamo and raise funds for children’s charities in La Romana in a trio of events at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. Festivities commenced with a wine tasting in Casa de Campo’s open-air restaurant, La Casita. Salvatore Ferragamo, the late designer’s grandson, introduced 60 guests to his family’s wine—Il Borro. He poured a white first, then a “very easy to drink” red blend. In vino veritas! 

Early the next morning, 34 teams of two participated in the scramble-style, 18-hole Salvatore Ferragamo Golf Tournament on Dye Fore, one of the world’s top courses. Ferragamo led the brigade of carts, played all 18 holes and presented an award to the winning pair, who will each experience a four-night stay for two at the Il Borro Hotel in Tuscany. Players cooled off on the course with Campari cocktails and a lunch award presentation. Every golfer went home with a fragrance prize of Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale. 

Later that night, a glamorous group of 100 sat for dinner and a runway presentation in the outdoor square in front of St. Stanislaus Church at Altos de Chavón, part of the sprawling 7,000-acre Casa de Campo property on the Chavón River. Although torrential tropical rains dampened the magical setting, the quick-thinking organizers transformed nearby Italian restaurant, La Piazetta, into an intimate runway. Every seat was a front-row seat in the rustic restaurant, where attendees enjoyed Il Borro wines, passed hors d’oeuvres (from octopus bites to chicken empanadas), and a decadent filet dinner with gracious hosts Ferragamo and his luminous wife, Christine. It was the first time the house showed its fall/winter 2015-16 men’s and women’s collections by Massimiliano Giornetti, originally presented in Milan, on a global level.