The evening started with a toast to Haute Living Magazine Publisher Kamal Hotchandani for his work with Sailing Heals. The announcement that billionaire Stewart Rahr had donated $25,000 to the charity furthered the excitement in the Bal Harbour Panerai boutique where the gathering was held. The party then continued to a private dinner at Alan and Ruth Zelcer’s spectacular nearby residence.
The receiving charity was Sailing Heals, which takes underprivileged youth and military veterans out for a healing day of sailing in classic sailboats. Hotchandani became a believer in the charity when he took a rare day off work to go out with the Sailing Heals group and saw how effective it was. “That day stayed with me and I realized the power that sailing has on these people that might not otherwise get to experience it.” Hotchandani said when receiving his honor. Since his day on the water, Hotchandani, in addition to donating his own time and money, has been instrumental at getting friends with deep pockets, like Stewart Rahr.