‘Hot and sizzling’ Dolphin Ball gets Spanish flair

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General Hospital star Jacklyn Zeman holds up the microphone to 7-year-old Kayleigh MacGregor at the Dolphin Ball last year. The event first began as a benefit for Kayleigh. Joel Ball /TMT

The 9th annual Dolphin Ball takes place Sept. 24, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

By Laura Tate / Editor

Spain is coming to Malibu with flamenco dancers, tapas, Spanish wines, a sangria bar, paella, a delicious Spanish rice dish, and more as part of the 9th annual Dolphin Ball, taking place Sept. 24 at a private estate in Malibu.

The ball raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and KTLA charities. It was founded in the name of 8-year-old local Kayleigh MacGregor, who was born with cystic fibrosis and has gone through several surgeries as well as intensive physical therapy to combat the disease.

Malibuite Linda Hamilton will be the event’s honorary chair, as she has since its inception, and Jonathan Bank will serve as master of ceremonies.

Organizer Mary Hughes-O’Leary, who was born and raised in Seville in Southern Spain and arranged the “whole Spanish contingency” for this year’s ball, said sponsorship is up this year and includes the Streisand Foundation, Mark Burnett, Herbal Life plus more.

Among silent auction items featured are a trip to Bali, a ski package to Mammoth Mountain and 100 Clipper game tickets. While guests browse the auction during the cocktail hours 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., the John Eddie band will be performing. The flamenco professional dance troupe, LaMora will also perform.

It will be a “hot and sizzling evening,” Hughes-O’Leary said.

The Dolphin Ball takes place Sept. 24 with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased by contacting Anna Frume at 323.655.8525 or afrumes@cff.org