“Illustrious couple MERCEDES and MAURICE FERRÉ have helped put this city on the map. He is originally from Puerto Rico, where his uncle was governor, and she from Venezuela; they met at 18 and wed at 20. Through the 1970s and ’80s, Maurice was one of Miami’s most successful mayors, famously bringing Latin-American companies to town; he is currently running for the US Senate as a Democrat. In addition, their incredible former family home—a showplace on Brickell Avenue—is now the clubhouse for the Santa Maria condominium building.”







“The exquisite LAURA PREUSS-KÜHNE is the daughter of internationally known Axel and Cosima Preuss- Kühne. Educated in Switzerland and Miami, she will be studying communications at FIU this fall. She’s also a humanitarian, having worked with Best Buddies, Pennies for Peace, and the World Wildlife Fund on a panda-bear conservation project. Her trilingualism has served her well in internships with the New York Film Academy in Paris and Miami Beach’s Raleigh hotel.”

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