FIU’s Department of Interior Architecture held a Kick Off party to herald their 27th annual Festival of the Trees. The event was held at Shula’s Grill 347 in Coral Gables and was attended by over 150 members of Miami’s design community. The crowd was a microcosm of what can be expected for their main Festival of the Trees fundraising event. It included alumni, current students, interior designers, architects, design industry product reps and industry craft-persons. The evening culminated in the raffling off of prizes donated by sponsors Keys Granite (A Dal Tile Company), Interface Hospitality, Design Within Reach, Shula’s Grill 347 and Gimoni Design. The majority of the night’s attendees will be participants at the opening reception on Thursday 21st November presented at the Coral Gables Museum at 285 Aragon Avenue.