MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Michael Capponi, hospitality entrepreneur and real estate developer, along with his eponymously named Capponi Building Company, hosted an over-the-top 1940s “Aviator”-themed fête that was held on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Miami’s Executive Aviation Airport. The extravagant party was in honor of Capponi’s 36th birthday and a preview of the newly enhanced terminal, renovated by Capponi Group.
Almost 1,800 guests donned their most creative outfits to pay homage to the Miami’s long-standing king of the night. Ladies brought out their flirtiest feather boas, vintage fox stoles and bright red lipstick, while male guests chose aviation uniforms and double-breasted pin-striped suits with fedoras. Capponi brought it all together by wearing a pilot inspired uniform a la Charles A. Lindbergh. The atmosphere was very film noir, to say the least. The hangar was dotted with vintage DC3 and DC4 planes from the 1930s and ‘40s which were opened for touring; some of the more high-profile guests even arrived in their own private jets.
Miami’s elite honoring the birthday boy included Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge; Eric Milon, owner of The Opium Group and wife Stacy Milon; nightlife impresario Jose Ortiz; Kamal Hotchandani, publisher of Haute Living; bon vivant Michael Drieling; developer Thomas Kramer; Rick Struthers, owner of Stroh’s Beer; philanthropists/socialites Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady; Peter Loftin, owner of Casa Casuarina; Romero Britto, neo-pop artist and South Florida developer Greg Mirmelli. And of course no Miami party would be complete without a glamorous gaggle of models, courtesy of Wilhelmina models.
“Passengers” were encouraged to leave birthday gifts at home and instead dig into their pockets by making donations at giving stations set up throughout the party. Charitable organizations included United Way, American Cancer Society, Best Buddies, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American Red Cross, Miami Rescue Mission and Bay Point Schools. “I’m proud to say that I underwrote the majority of the costs for this event so that ALL donations made that night would go directly to the charities. We raised just over $25,000 for these wonderful causes,” said Capponi. With the help of sponsors including Capponi Group, Grey Goose Vodka, Miami Executive Aviation and the Opium Group, the event was a huge success and up to par with the celebrations that Capponi is known for throwing.
Since the early day of South Beach’s renaissance, circa early 1990s, Capponi has thrown the most inspired and talked-about parties, from midnight poetry readings to an elaborate “Pirates, Indians and Royalty”-themed soiree that would make Jack Sparrow, Chief Osceola and King Louis proud. He has hosted parties on private islands for 1,000 of his closest friends, as well as conceptualized major club events attended by 5,000. He currently promotes the most popular night at some of South Beach’s most exclusive venues; The Forge, Hotel Victor, Set, Mansion and coming soon Gansevoort South. “I am just happy to be surrounded by such wonderful people in my life, I thank all of my friends – new and old – for all of their support when working with such important causes. This year was a perfect example, and I look forward to topping it next year,” says Capponi.
Capponi Building Company is a full-service construction and design management company focusing on renovation projects, complete transformations and brand new construction for the end user. Sister companies under the Capponi name include Capponi Casa, Inc., Capponi Group Corp., Capponi Properties, LLC. and launching soon Capponi Interior Design, which will bring the brand full-circle in cutting-edge construction.