By Jake Gaines
Photography by Greg Harrison
The Westin La Cantera was a buzz for the first annual black tie event, The Ferrari Kid Gala this past spring. Hundreds of supporters joined the committee to celebrate in grand style, Ferraris and all. Guests enjoyed the cutting edge fashion show “Ferrari of San Antonio Fashion Week South” and participated in a successful live auction that benefited the Ferrari rides and “the kids” they serve.
The Ferrari Kid is a non-profit organization that gives kids the ride of a lifetime. These are children who are coping with cancer and dealing with their illness, and the group specializes in helping kids feel like celebrities for a day. From the moment they get picked up in a Ferrari car, the excitement begins. They then arrive at a celebrity destination of their choice and receive the full VIP experience, complete with red carpet, velvet ropes, and backdrop. The paparazzi awaits their arrival with fans seeking their autographs… it is a day the kids always can remember and allows them to just be kids again. Some of the kids are so fragile that the full experience may be too taxing and in those cases the Ferrari takes them to radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery and they are gifted with packages that provide them with healing tools.
The event chairs and major event sponsors were Roy Terracina, the Terracina Family Foundation and Dalal Kanafani. The founder of Ferrari Kid is Manuel Diotte and the first major event sponsor was Robert Ober. The first board members and monthly donors include James and Mary Boyd. The first driver was John Ramey and the host of the first The Ferrari Kid party was Jay Kanafani. The organization offers special thanks and recognition to Enver Kaba, the general manager of Ferrari of San Antonio and Marc Miller, president of the Ferrari Club of America, Alamo South Texas Chapter for their involvement and consistent support of the non-profit.