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Get to know Nancy Batchelor Luxury Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist When did you know real estate was your calling? My parents were in the real estate business so I’ve grown up around real estate professionals all my life. When I closed my first deaI and received my first check, I knew this career was for me. I knew I loved real estate because it combined my love for marketing, people and design. And I love the ability to meet people I would’ve never have imagined meeting through my work. What tips would you give to someone selling their home in today’s market? De-clutter, stage your home well, brighten up your space, make your home neutral, and paint it white! Party which takes place right after the museum’s Galaxy Which accomplishment are you most proud of? Gala and continues late into the night! Partygoers enjoy I feel that I’ve made the most impact through my involve- an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and full dessert bar along ment with the Miami Children’s Hospital Queen of Hearts with live music and entertainment. events. I’ve been able to raise funds while bringing hun- dreds of business and community leaders together in What is your favorite store in Miami? support of the hospital’s mission to ensure the health and It’s a tie between Saks and Neiman’s because both do happiness of children here and abroad. so much for charitable organizations in our community. Why do you feel it’s important to give back to your Where do you like to grab a bite in Miami? community? Milos. I go there for lunch all the time. We live in an amazing community with many great insti- tutions, wonderful people, and environmental beauties What special dish do you prepare at home? abound. I feel that I have to do my part to protect and en- Everyone who knows me knows I don’t cook. Luckily, I hance our most precious assets. The Batchelor Founda- have a wonderful husband who does! tion is focused on animals, children and the environment. My early involvement with the foundation influenced my passion for giving back throughout the last several years. Can you tell us a little about the upcoming Galaxy Gala? I can tell you one thing: it will NOT be boring! There will be no live auction or long speeches—just a celebration of the new museum. The gala’s theme this year is centered on an out-of-this-world aquatic experience, inspired by The Miami Science Museum’s 11th Anniversary the 500,000-gallon aquarium facility that will be featured Galaxy Gala will be held March 9 and will benefit the in the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science opening at Museum Park in 2015. The gala will feature opening in 2015. This 250,000 SF, $275 million wa- live fish tanks, an LED screen over the dance floor that terfront project will have a state-of-the-art aquarium will make guests feel like they’re truly under the sea, and and the world’s first gulfstream tank. For more infor- a few surprises that will blow guests out of the water! mation, tickets and sponsorship, call 305.646.4249, email rrobinson@miamisci.org or visit www.miam- For those who want to have a good time while supporting isci.org. a key Miami institution, there’s also the Big Bang After 44 march/april 2013 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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