Knight Arts Challenge 2016 Finalists Announcement

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Knight Foundation names 68 finalists in Knight Arts Challenge Miami

MIAMI – Sept. 13, 2016 – Sixty-eight ideas were named finalists today in the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, a community-wide initiative funding the best ideas for the arts in South Florida.

Emerging from nearly 1,000 submissions, the finalists propose a range of projects to help make art general in Miami, a place where high-quality arts and cultural experiences can be found throughout the many neighborhoods. They include creating the country’s only contemporary art gallery in a national park, blending art and technology to engage transit riders, embedding artists in city planning departments and launching a Native-American film festival.

“The Miami of today is radically different from the Miami of 2008 when we first launched this challenge. Artists and cultural organizations have pushed this community to seek high levels of excellence, while continuing to experiment with new ideas. Our belief in this city, and our investment in its people, is born out every day in the performance halls, galleries and streets of Miami, and again by the 68 finalists in this year’s challenge,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

A full list of finalists is below and at knightarts.org.  Knight Foundation will announce the winning ideas, which will share $2.5 million, on Nov. 28, 2016.

This is the ninth year of the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, which offers matching funds for the best ideas for the arts. Applicants must follow only three rules: 1) The idea must be about the arts; 2) the project must take place in or benefit South Florida; 3) the grant recipient must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.

Since 2005, Knight Foundation has invested $122 million in the South Florida arts, supporting both large institutions, to help them better engage the public, and smaller, grassroots groups through the challenge. Previous Knight funding for local institutions created a new media program that includes the signature “Wallcasts” at the acclaimed New World Symphony campus, helps present Ibero-American films at the Miami International Film Festival, and is bringing every Miami-Dade third-grader to the Pérez Art Museum Miami. 

For more on Knight Foundation’s arts program, visit knightarts.org or follow Knight Foundation on Facebook, or #knightarts and @knightfdn on Twitter and Instagram.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

2016 Knight Arts Challenge Miami Finalists

III Points Festival
To provide a platform for local artists by commissioning them to create large-scale installations on the festival grounds with the prospect of moving them to other locations throughout the year

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
To introduce South Florida’s hip-hop culture to an international audience by bringing the Breakin’ Convention, a festival of dance and theater, to Miami

Ali Cultural Arts
To expand the presence of women in the audio engineering industry with a training program for young women and girls in a historic Pompano Beach building that once boarded African-American jazz musicians

Alma Dance Theater
To use contemporary dance to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and to engage people afflicted by them

Amir Baradaran
To rethink how people produce knowledge and share memories with a large-scale, participatory art project that uses augmented reality and artificial intelligence

Angel Fraser-Logan Dance Company
To inspire a love of dance by bringing Miami native and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jamar Roberts to South Florida to mentor and teach students, and to choreograph and perform new work

ArtCenter/South Florida
To bring art into public planning by embedding artists in city governments as part of a residency program that helps to develop solutions to policy concerns

Artists Within Reach Collective
To foster the next generation of artists by having well-known artists offer professional guidance to young creatives by addressing the question, “If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?”

Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRE)
To tell the story of the cultural and ecological forces that shape South Florida by opening a permanent gallery at Everglades National Park’s Ernest Coe Visitor Center, the only space in the country devoted to contemporary art within a national park

The Barnyard
To bring Coconut Grove together with an art and culinary event inspired by Judy Chicago’s famous 1979 art installation, “The Dinner Party”

Bas Fisher Invitational
To experiment with new models for presenting art through Nomadic Miami, a series of roving exhibitions, performances and programs in specific locations determined by cutting-edge artists

Nerissa Street
To train South Florida’s teen girls to become leaders in film and media by immersing them in the production of a short film from script to screening in four weeks

Alexey Taran
To explore the dark side of desire, disorders and inner struggles through an experimental theater performance incorporating artists from both sides of the Florida Straits

Boca Raton Museum of Art
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Everglades National Park by commissioning glass artist Koen Vanmechelen to meet with residents and scientists in South Florida and create an exhibition based on the environmental issues facing the region

The Bridge
To provide artistic support for musicians by building out an event space and recording room with free production and streaming services

CANVAS Art Charities
To infuse a neighborhood with art with the CANVAS Outdoor Museum, which connects five underused blocks along the West Palm Beach waterfront with installations, including one powered by solar panels that will light the area for nighttime use

Carl Juste
To explore the many layers and similarities between Cuban and Haitian cultures through
a book of photographs and essays, and an accompanying exhibition

CINTAS Foundation
To celebrate Cuban writers through new fellowships in creative writing for Cubans living on the island and in exile

City Theatre
To create a new format for musical theater with the 10-Minute Musical Initiative, a platform for short pieces by the producers of the Summer Shorts series

KROMA
To engage the community in restoring the art installations in Coconut Grove’s Elizabeth Virrick Park to reflect the original vision of architect Kenneth Treister

Combat Hippies
To encourage public conversations about the trauma of war by touring a new spoken word performance based on the stories of local veterans and refugees from the Middle East

Community Justice Project
To engage new audiences in the literary arts by bringing workshops led by poet Aja Monet to grassroots leaders involved in social justice issues

Dana De Greff
To foster a love of words at an early age with PageSlayers, a weeklong summer camp for Opa-locka fourth- and fifth-graders that exposes them to writing beyond the standard school curriculum

Dance NOW! Miami
To engage South Florida audiences with the restaging of “Ritmo Jondo,” a pioneering work of modern dance created in 1953 and set to the music of Catalan composer Carlos Surinach

Dania Beach Creative Arts Council
To enliven neighborhoods and provide employment for artists by creating murals across the city

Design and Architecture High School
To develop the skills of young animators by offering student workshops with local professionals on scriptwriting, storyboarding and more, in addition to screening student films

Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator
To connect Caribbean communities and artists by commissioning 20 artists to spend time in South Florida neighborhoods, conduct community-focused research and create public artworks that respond to people’s stories and histories

Everett Osceola
To highlight the words and works of indigenous peoples by launching the first southeastern Native American film festival

April JAMM Festival
To celebrate jazz by expanding the April jazz festival at a local club to venues around Miami and including master classes and school lectures

Florida International University
To honor Miami’s Cuban heritage by creating cultural exchanges between Havana and Miami guitar orchestras at the Miami International GuitART Festival

Florida International University
To celebrate contemporary approaches to art and design by bringing experts in Germany’s Bauhaus movement and Leonardo da Vinci’s art to present exhibits, lectures and courses in 2019

Fringe Projects
To stretch the bounds of public art by partnering with R&R Studios on BEAUTY FOR ALL!!!, an LED-activated mural in downtown Miami that counteracts the ever-present messages of consumption on signs in the city

Guitars Over Guns
To use art to oppose violence by collaborating with police to melt bullet casings and guns and recast them into musical instruments that will lead a peace rally involving local musicians and artists of all ages and backgrounds

Historic Hampton House Community Trust
To build on the legacy of the Historic Hampton House, the segregation-era motel in Brownsville once home to a popular jazz club, with a music education program for local youth

HistoryMiami
To connect South Floridians to the impact and emotion of 1992’s Hurricane Andrew with a large-scale exhibition on the 25th anniversary of the hurricane’s landfall

Hotbox Art
To create a catalyst for transforming a West Palm Beach historic district by turning the shotgun homes there into spaces for artist residencies and community engagement

IFE-ILE
To link Afro-Cuban culture in Miami and Havana by providing dancers and instructors from the island to participate in a cultural exchange project as part of the group’s annual summer dance festival

Interactive Initiative
To engage neighborhoods in art by transforming building facades with large-scale projections of interactive video and animations by local artists

Juggerknot Theatre Company
To explore Miami’s many layers by presenting immersive, real-time theater experiences in three motel rooms that tell the stories of three of Miami’s emerging neighborhoods

Karen Peterson Dancers
To promote Miami as a leader in inclusive arts by launching the first International Physically Integrated Dance Festival featuring dancers with and without disabilities performing together

Key West Literary Seminar
To instill pride in Florida’s place in American literature by providing a free, five-day summer program for Key West High School students on the literary and cultural history of the island

Sosyete Koukouy
To immerse more South Floridians in Haitian culture by recreating a Haitian village on the streets of Miami where visitors can experience the country’s culture

Locust Projects
To provide artists with the tools they need to do their work by creating a lending library of items such as power tools, a 3-D printer, video production equipment and more

Michael Graves Education Inc.
To heighten public awareness about the importance of the Everglades to Miami’s future with life-size sculptures of endangered animals made through origami

Miami Beach Cinematheque
To bring a rare collection to the community by digitizing and displaying the cinematheque’s archive of film memorabilia and ephemera.

Miami Classical Guitar Society
To elevate Miami’s classical guitar culture through concerts by internationally renowned guitarists, an international competition, educational master classes and live stream of the society’s annual festival

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
To engage the community in the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s first local performance in a decade, with activities surrounding the event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Miami Hispanic Ballet Corp.
To bring a world-class dance experience to Miami’s multicultural audiences through
the International Ballet Festival of Miami, which presents more than 20 companies from around the world in addition to workshops and classes

Miami Light Project
To explore the art of cabaret by bringing the Philadelphia-based Bearded Ladies Cabaret to Miami for workshops that culminate in a performance with local and Philly-based performers

Miami Music Club
To create a space for underground musicians and artists to come together by producing a series of concerts at traditional art spaces

Miami Music Institute
To explore race relations in American history by presenting two operas at the Miami Music Festival, “Appomattox” by Philip Glass and “Let Freedom Sing” by Bruce Adolphe, coupled with community programming

Miami New Drama
To find common ground for diverse audiences by creating bilingual adaptions of classic plays including “Our Town,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Miss Julie” at the Colony Theatre

Nathaniel Sandler
To introduce more people to the collections of museums through essays, tours and events focused on the many interesting items the institutions have but aren’t able to display year round

ProjectArt
To immerse neighborhoods in the arts by placing emerging artists in five libraries where they will have studio space in exchange for teaching arts classes in low-income communities

Children’s Hope Chest of Dreams
To bring the best in African-diaspora cinema to Overtown through a new film series at the Lyric Theater and nearby Gibson Park

Ramiro Almeida
To provoke conversations about downtown Miami today, and what it could be in the future, by building a replica of the area using Legos and having artists exhibit their work throughout it

Reading Queer
To bring more queer voices to South Florida by expanding the annual Reading Queer Literary Festival with a series of main stage performances, writers’ workshops and literary installations

Storefront for Art and Architecture
To demonstrate how South Florida can adapt and flourish in times of rising sea levels by having artists and designers propose solutions at an ideas festival

Rhythm Foundation
To create a cultural dialogue with communities hit by terrorism and war through “Axis of Love,” a concert series featuring instrumental music from conflict zones

RudduR Dance
To inspire the next generation of dancers with a mentorship program that culminates with a site-specific show at a historic landmark

Susan Karie Braun
To connect Miamians through immersive storytelling with “Metronovelas,” a weekly short-film series that “premieres” on Miami-Dade Public Transit when riders cue it using an augmented reality app

Symone Titania
To tell the stories of the barbecue vendors of South Dade’s Goulds neighborhood with a photo documentary project and community celebration

Tarell Alvin McCraney
To create the 305/One Festival, which celebrates the unique storytelling and solo performers coming out of Miami with a series of performances, film screenings and cultural activities

The M Ensemble
To promote a new home for theater in Liberty City, Sandrell Rivers Theater, where M Ensemble will be a resident company, with a yearlong engagement initiative

Torrance Carter
To foster the love and knowledge of film among students by bringing AdHoc Cinema, a traveling film and music series, to local schools

The Screening Room
To expand multimedia artistic programming in Miami through new installations at Wynwood’s The Screening Room

Wifredo Fernandez
To develop a space for creatives in the Overtown/Miami River District that provides lodging, a café, and creative work and commercial space space for artists and entrepreneurs

YoungArts
To showcase artistic talent by expanding the free, outdoor Outside the Box series featuring new and reimagined multidisciplinary mash-ups created by talented YoungArts alumni at the organization’s iconic space

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org/.

Read to Learn Books for Free Distributes Over 100,000 Books

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CHILDREN COLLECT THOUSANDS OF BOOKS FOR COMMUNITY
From the beginning of the 2015 school year to the present, Read to Learn Books for Free has distributed over 113,307 books to the children of our community.

Read to Learn Books for Free works on two community-based levels: young children are able to select books for free from 40 bookshelves found in a variety of locations around the county, such as juvenile court to community service offices, clinics, park and community centers. Because the books fly off the shelves, they are restocked weekly. To meet the demand of stocking 3,500 books per week, children’s books are always being collected.

To donate books, visit www.MiamiBookFair.com to find a Read to Learn Books for Free donation bin closest to you.

During the past year, our community has truly come together to share the love of reading by providing children from our community the opportunity to select and keep free books from the Read to Learn Books for Free bookshelves. These books have been provided by so many others in our community via book drives, special events and personal donations. Read to Learn Books for Free, a literacy initiative sponsored by Miami Book Fair and The Children’s Trust, has been diligently collecting books to insure that all kids in our community have free access to books, and to the joy and adventure of walking through windows and doors made possible by reading.

Read to Learn Books for Free would like to say thank you to the children of Temple Beth Am, Ponce de Leon Middle, Cushman, Southwest Miami High, Casa Dei Bambini Montessori, Palmetto Elementary, Gulliver Academy, Carver Middle, Palmer Trinity, Leewood K-8 Center, and Glades Middle School, who together have collected over 6,000 books during the 2015-16 school year.

Read to Learn for FREESpecial thanks to Limmud Miami who, during a one-day book drive, collected 285 children’s books; to the members of the Jack & Jill Club who collected 231 books; to Ponce de Leon Middle school student Braulio Gonzalez and Librarian Mercy Mont-Ros for collecting 1,717 books; and to Anjana Mishra, who along with her two children Shreeya and Shaunak of Palmer Trinity and Leewood K-8, have since 2014 collected 5000+ books. Hats off to Etta Gold, Librarian for Temple Beth Am for collecting over 580 books in just a couple of months, and much gratitude to Miami-Dade County Public Schools for its donation of almost 4,000 books from its warehouse.

Much appreciation goes out to the Miami Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, a women’s fraternity, who received a $1,000 grant from the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation. With that money, Read to Learn Books for Free was able to purchase 236 bilingual books in Spanish and French. Said Kirstie Bray, “Because the goal of the Foundation is to partner with alumnae chapters to support projects that support the Fraternity’s educational and philanthropic efforts, we felt that Read to Learn Books for Free would make a good service project for our alumnae chapter.”

Read to Lean Books for Free is so grateful to Publix Supermarkets and TD Bank for their donations: the staff of Publix collected over 9,000 books for their drive, and TD Bank donated over 6,000 books purchased from First Book. We are continuously thankful to a variety of organizations for hosting on-going books drives: to Miami-Dade Public Library for collecting more than 5,600 books; to the City of Coral Gables for spearheading an on-going book drive and thus far collecting over 700 books at the Coral Gables Youth Center; to the Miami-Dade Police Department for collecting 400+ books; and, to Florida Memorial University for collecting almost 400 books.

R2LB4F thanks Kappa Alpha Theta for all these books!

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Song by Zack Bush Inspired by Sandra Bland – “Fresh New Start”

Inspired by the tragedy of what happened to Sandra Bland and so many others, Zack Bush, co-owner of the wonderful Ball & Chain in Little Havana, has penned a new song called “Fresh New Start” encouraging an end to bigotry and hatred.

Listen and share. Let us spread the word of acceptance and love.

The Great Thanksgiving Banquet Outreach & Block Party to feed the homeless and needy of South Florida 11/26/15

The Great Thanksgiving Banquet Outreach & Block Party to feed the homeless and needy of South Florida
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Miami Rescue Mission (Miami): 2020 NW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33127
Broward Outreach Center (Hollywood): 2056 Scott Street Hollywood, FL 33020
Broward Outreach Center (Pompano): 1700 Blount Road Pompano Beach, FL 33069

The Great Thanksgiving Banquet Outreach & Block Party to feed the homeless and needy of South Florida on Thanksgiving Day with Jani-King the King of Clean and Scott Evans Productions Sponsors. Over 3,000 Thanksgiving meals will be served on Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers 3 Campuses. Haircuts start at 8AM on the Miami Campus

The Miami Rescue Mission | Broward Outreach Centers will provide over 3,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the homeless and hungry of Miami-Dade and Broward County at The Great Thanksgiving Banquet outdoor block parties. Over 600 volunteers will be serving in various capacities.

Miami and Hollywood will block off a street for a block party while Pompano Festivities will be held outside in their courtyard.

The Miami Rescue Mission | Broward Outreach Centers know Thanksgiving is a time for celebration, fellowship and giving thanks and is eager to provide a festive atmosphere to the homeless and hungry of South Florida. All three campuses will be holding their annual outdoor block party at The Great Thanksgiving Banquet Outreach to make the day special for those in the greatest of need. MRM | BOC expects over 100 homeless men and women to abandon the streets and enter their life-changing programs.

In addition to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, coffee has been graciously donated by the THX Co. and there will be entertainment at each location for both children and adults, including live music with a special performance by Worship Jesus Fellowship at the Miami campus, entertainment provided by Scott Evans Productions at the Hollywood campus, and a bounce house, face painting, and fun family activities at our Pompano campus. Clothing and hygienic products will also be given to individuals and families in need at all campuses, as well as haircuts and medical education and services.
Honorary guests for the Miami campus are Ron Book, Chairman of the Homeless Trust, Power 96 FM’s, DJ Ivy; Miss Haiti Petite 2016, Diana Adeee; and Miss Miami Tropic 2015, Nicole Garchitorena. Honorary guests at Pompano campus are Ms. Andrea McGee, running for representative of Congress District 22 FL and board member, John Liotta.

NEWS: Art Boca Raton to Benefit Boca Raton Museum of Art

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David and Lee Ann Lester of Next Level Fairs announce that the opening preview of Art Boca Raton Contemporary Art Fair will benefit the Boca Raton Museum of Art on March 17th, 6-10 pm. Local business and philanthropic leaders Dalia and Duane Stiller will Chair the fund raising event, which will be called “Art Boca Raton Vernissage”. A VIP Preview will begin at 6-7:30 pm followed by a Collectors’ Preview from 7:30-10 pm. The benefit will be led by a prestigious Collectors and Connoisseurs Committee. Over 400 collectors and enthusiasts will gather for the fair preview cocktail party with musical entertainment, dinner by the bite and cocktails during the inaugural fair preview.

“We are very excited that the Boca Raton Museum of Art will be hosting the preview opening night Vernissage as a benefit for the Museum and a way for us to show our hospitality in kicking off Art Boca Raton,” said Dalia Pabón Stiller, Museum Board Chair, who will serve as the Chair of the Vernissage along with her husband Duane Stiller.

Dalia and Duane Stiller are well known business and community leaders. Dalia has an active career as an architectural designer and serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Museum and on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University. Duane Stiller founded Woolbright Development, one of Florida’s largest retail real estate companies, and personally supports numerous charities: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Boca Raton Museum of Art, St. Andrews School, and Cornell School of Architecture and Engineering.

Art Boca Raton will be open to the pubic March 18-21, 2016 and will be held in the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in the heart of Boca Raton. Showcasing contemporary, modern and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations, the fair will offer a broad range of art to both beginning and seasoned collectors. Art Boca Raton will encompass 60-65 dealers carefully selected by a curatorial committee in order to assure dealer quality and exclusivity.

In conjunction with Art Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting lectures at the fair and “After Dark” evening events of art, music, performance, and wine at the Museum each evening from 6-8 pm and a special presentation on the museum’s exhibition Warhol on Vinyl: Record Covers, 1949-1987 and Warhol Prints from the Collection of Marc Bell.

“Art Boca Raton brings to our city a broader look at the world of art, bringing art dealers and collectors from all corners of the world. Our effort is to ensure that the spirit of the fair permeates the entire city,” said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches will include a 65,000 sq. ft. / 6,100 sq. meter exhibition hall, a full service restaurant, sculpture garden, and lecture hall facility. Ample parking and valet service will be available to fair attendees.

Vernissage VIP and Collector Ticket Sales
www.bocamuseum.org/vernissage
VIP Preview 6 – 7:30 pm: $250 per person
Collector’s Preview 7:30 – 10 pm: $150 per person
RSVP required by March 10, 2016
Phone: 561.392.2500, ext 213
Fax: 561.391.6410
Email: info@bocamuseum.org
Fair information and ticket sales: www.artbocaraton.com

Public Hours
March 18-21; 11 AM – 6 PM

Location
International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL

About Boca Raton Museum of Art
The Boca Raton Museum of Art is the only museum in South Florida founded by artists. Established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton, the organization has grown to encompass an Art School, Guild, and Museum with distinguished permanent collections of contemporary art, glass, non-western art, photography, and sculpture, as well as a diverse selection of special exhibitions. The Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM until 5 PM; on Thursdays from 10 AM until 8 PM; and on weekends from 12 PM until 5 PM. Admission is free during the month of August and on the first Sunday of every month; otherwise $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students with IDs and children under 12. Learn more at www.bocamuseum.org.

NEWS: Monica Burguera Foundation Partners with Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show for 6th Annual Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament

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Miami, FL, July 9, 2015 – The Monica Burguera Foundation (MBF) announced today the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® as sponsor of its upcoming 6th Annual Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament, taking place Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. The tournament draws more than 100 anglers and all funds raised will go towards free monthly boating safety classes that are held in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard as part of MBF’s mission to spread awareness for watercraft safety and boating education.

As Silver Sponsor of the Fishing Tournament, Miami Boat Show organizers will be onsite during the Captains Reception on August 6 and during the fishing tournament on August 8 to support MBF and the show’s shared mission to spread awareness for boating safety and education; the boat show will provide boating safety courses through its Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training courses and other programs during the annual event February 11-15, 2016 at its new home, Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.

Registration per boat for the Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament is $500; $50 for extra anglers on boat. The registration fee includes: Captains Reception, boat goodie bag, tournament t-shirt, day of fun for family and friends, Post-Tournament Cocktail Party, and Award Ceremony. The fee is $35.00 for adults and $25 for children who don’t wish to fish but would like to support and attend the tournament. Register today at www.mbfBoatingSafety.org

Other sponsors for MBF’s 2015 Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament include:

· Gold Anchor Sponsors: Rickenbacker Marina, Inc, Estrella Insurance, Gincho Production, SeaHunter, Joe L. Fernandez
· Silver Anchor Sponsors: ACR Electronics, Progressive Insurance International Miami Boat Show
· Bronze Anchor Sponsor: Roma
· Anchor Sponsors: B&B Manufacturing Corp, Star Casualty, Star Brite,
· Media/Marketing Sponsors: Imagen, Planeta Media
· Beverage Sponsors: Anchor Distilling Co., Islamorada Beer Company, Copa Di Vino, Marley Beverage, Sparkling Ice
· Burgee Sponsors: Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, USA Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sea Tow, Sailboards Miami, BOATPIX, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Mercy Hospital

To register, volunteer, sponsor and get more information, please contact Mari Novo at mm@monicaburguerafoundation.org or 305-398-4609 or visit: www.mbfBoatingSafety.org

About Monica Burguera Foundation
The Monica Burguera Foundation (MBF) was created in memory of Monica Burguera, a 20-year-old Florida International University student who died in a tragic boating accident during the 2006 Columbus Day weekend festivities in Miami, Florida. The Foundation is committed to saving lives and making our waters safer for all by promoting watercraft safety and boater education. Through a combination of community education, outreach and events, the Foundation works to create boating safety awareness as well as to prevent boating accidents. To learn more about the Monica Burguera Foundation, make a contribution or to sign up for free watercraft safety classes, please go to www.mbfBoatingSafety.org
With your support, we can do even more to help save lives and prevent boating accidents.

About the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show
The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. The boat show generates $600 million of economic activity each year and supports 55,000 Florida jobs. In 2016, the show will celebrate its 75th year and a new location at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nmma.org.

Nominate Your Favorite Philanthropist for the National Philanthropy Day 2015 Awards Deadline June 6, 2015

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals continues its tradition of honoring the local philanthropic community at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Each year, several hundred members of the community gather to recognize and celebrate the who’s who of Miami philanthropy.

In 1985, AFP Miami initiated the first National Philanthropy Day awards event. Now, National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is celebrated across North America and around the world.

AFP Miami’s annual NPD luncheon is Miami’s premier philanthropy event. This special day is set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy-and the people active in Miami’s philanthropic community-have made to our lives, our local community and our world. Because it’s the 30th anniversary, this won’t be your father’s (or mother’s) National Philanthropy Day celebration!

AFP Miami is proud to work with its NPD partners – The Miami Foundation, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and Partnership for Philanthropic Planning – to advance philanthropy and highlight the generosity of our community’s top donors. Each year, AFP Miami offers the local community an opportunity to acknowledge, highlight and pay tribute to philanthropic excellence. We invite nominations for extraordinary individuals, corporations and foundations in one of the following distinguished award categories:

Outstanding Philanthropist Award
James W. McLamore Outstanding Volunteer Award
Julia Tuttle Award for Community Involvement & Corporate Citizenship
Outstanding Grant Maker Award

In addition, each NPD table sponsor will be provided with the opportunity to recognize their own table honoree with a personalized engraved gift.

Click here for the Request for Nomination Package. Please share among your colleagues, nonprofits and for-profits (they support philanthropy, too!) help us say “Thank you, Philanthropic Miami.”

Nominations must be submitted by June 6 to be considered. Any forms received after this date may be considered for the following year’s awards.

National Philanthropy Day 2015 Call for Nominations

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afpmiamiThe Association of Fundraising Professionals – AFP Miami continues its tradition of honoring the local philanthropic community at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Each year, several hundred members of the community gather to recognize and celebrate the who’s who of Miami philanthropy.

In 1985, AFP Miami initiated the first National Philanthropy Day awards event. Today, National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is celebrated across North America and around the world.

AFP Miami’s annual NPD luncheon is Miami’s premier philanthropy event. This special day is set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy-and the people active in Miami’s philanthropic community-have made to our lives, our local community and our world. Because it’s the 30th anniversary, this won’t be your father’s (or mother’s) National Philanthropy Day celebration!

AFP Miami is proud to work with its NPD partners – The Miami Foundation, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and Partnership for Philanthropic Planning – to advance philanthropy and highlight the generosity of our community’s top donors. Each year, AFP Miami offers the local community an opportunity to acknowledge, highlight and pay tribute to philanthropic excellence. We invite nominations for extraordinary individuals, corporations and foundations in one of the following distinguished award categories:

* Outstanding Philanthropist Award
* James W. McLamore Outstanding Volunteer Award
* Julia Tuttle Award for Community Involvement & Corporate Citizenship
* Outstanding Grant Maker Award

In addition, each NPD table sponsor will be provided with the opportunity to recognize their own table honoree with a personalized engraved gift.

Click here for the Request for Nomination Package. Please share among your colleagues, nonprofits and for-profits (they support philanthropy, too!) help us say “Thank you, Philanthropic Miami.”

Nominations must be submitted by May 23 to be considered. Any forms received after this date may be considered for the following year’s awards.

News: The Marlins Foundation Establishes Charitable Fund With The Miami Foundation

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-Fund will continue advancement of the Marlins’ charitable mission in Greater Miami-

The Marlins Foundation, the charitable arm of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball franchise, has selected The Miami Foundation to manage its charitable fund. The Marlins Foundation leads the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mission of the team and funds programs that improve the lives of children through education, the arts and baseball. Since the approval of Marlins Park, the Marlins Foundation has invested over $5 million toward local nonprofits, school initiatives, scholarships, youth baseball programming and neighborhood organizations.

“As supporters of the Marlins Foundation’s efforts, we are intimately familiar with their community service and outreach work, making this partnership a natural evolution in our relationship,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “Now, we can apply our expertise in stewarding charitable assets and our insight into Miami’s community needs to maximize the impact of the Marlins Foundation’s philanthropy.”

Last October, The Miami Foundation released the 2014 Our Miami Report, a biennial, data-focused, quality of life research study showing Miami’s most pressing community challenges and opportunities. The Miami Foundation will use those findings to assist The Marlins Foundation in identifying programs that align with the Marlins’ charitable mission and address the needs identified by the Our Miami Report.

The Marlins Foundation has a history of working with The Miami Foundation as a charitable partner. Most recently, the Marlins participated in Give Miami Day 2014, by serving as host site for the 24-hour fundraising event and sponsoring the $25,000 prize pool for participating charities. Give Miami Day 2014 raised a record $5.2 million for 520 nonprofits in Greater Miami.

“The Miami Foundation understands our commitment to philanthropy and service,” said David Samson, chairman of the Marlins Foundation. “Having The Miami Foundation manage our fund generates a unique collaboration that allows the Marlins to continue to invest in local charities as well as work effectively alongside other philanthropists to make an impact in the lives of our Miami neighbors.”

NEWS: Victoria Rogers named Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts

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(Originally posted here)

Victoria Rogers named Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts

MIAMI – March 8, 2015 – Arts leader Victoria Rogers will join the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as its new vice president for arts on May 1. Rogers, the New World Symphony’s executive vice president, will succeed Dennis Scholl, who led the program from its 2009 launch to national prominence.
Dennis Scholl

Scholl, an entrepreneur with multiple business, philanthropic and arts interests, will continue to serve Knight Foundation as an adviser.

“Victoria is a strategic thinker and leader who played a critical role in the evolution of the New World Symphony. She’s the right leader for the next phase of the Knight arts program,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president, Knight Foundation. “We are immensely grateful to Dennis for the remarkably creative program he designed and developed.”

Knight Foundation’s national arts program takes a two-pronged approaching to fostering arts in communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The program invests in key institutions, helping them to more deeply engage the public. In addition, Knight supports grassroots groups that have fresh and innovative ideas for the arts.

Knight has supported institutions ranging from the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Akron Art Museum, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Knight arts program has also earned a reputation for seeking out innovative ways to bring art to wide audiences, from support of the O, Miami poetry festival to more than 1,200 Random Acts of Culture around the United States. Knight recently funded a collaborative symphony project in Detroit, where residents will contribute to a work that reflects the city, composed by MIT Media Lab’s Tod Machover, to be premiered in November by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The arts program also created alliances with other foundations to form ArtPlace, a project of the National Endowment for the Arts, which uses art to create a sense of community in cities across the country, and helped to craft the recent “Grand Bargain” that preserved the Detroit Institute of Arts as the community’s cultural treasure and saved municipal pensions.

In addition, the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest for the best ideas for the arts, has expanded to five cities: Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, St Paul and Akron. So far, the challenge has received more than 20,000 ideas. Today, Knight Foundation also announced $25 million to the South Florida arts, which includes support through 2018 for the South Florida Arts Challenge, which has sparked the growth of Miami’s arts scene.

“The opportunity to help create and grow the national arts program at Knight Foundation has been one of the highlights of my professional career,” Scholl said. “Under Alberto’s leadership, the program has taken great steps to make art general in Knight communities across the country. I am thrilled that Victoria has been chosen as my successor, and I know she will lead the program to the next level.”

In her nine years at New World Symphony, Rogers helped set the strategic plan for the orchestral academy that prepares graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. She orchestrated the successful $200 million capital campaign for the Frank Gehry-designed campus, one of the world’s most technologically advanced venues for concerts. Before joining New World Symphony, Rogers served as assistant vice president for central development at the University of Miami, where she was the architect of its billion-dollar capital campaign, Momentum.

“In cities both large and small, Knight Foundation has been a catalyst for change and informed risk taking. Through its programs it is helping to create more engaged communities. I don’t know any foundation that does a better job of fostering the arts, from individual artists, to grassroots organizations and large institutions,” said Rogers. “Knight is helping institutions break down the barriers to attendance and creating new audiences. Its support was instrumental to New World Symphony’s popular WALLCAST™ Concert Series. I’m thrilled to have a chance to extend and build on that work.”

At the same time, Knight Foundation announced $25 million in new funding for the arts in South Florida, bringing to $122 million the amount pledged in the past decade. University of Miami Frost School of Music, Pérez Museum of Art Miami, and Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami, are all recipients. In addition, Knight extended the successful Knight Arts Challenge for another three years in South Florida.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

Clinton Global Initiative University Day Of Action 3/8/15

Clinton Global Initiative University Day Of Action
Sunday, March 8th
Liberty City,
Miami, FL

President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will be hosting the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which will bring together more than 1,000 college students from around the world on March 6-8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

In partnership with Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City and the University of Miami, on Sunday, March 8th, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Global Initiative University Day of Action, a day of volunteering to give back to the community.

More than 700 CGIU students will work on neighborhood and school improvement projects ranging from urban agriculture to revitalizing basketball courts and painting murals. More than 30 projects are expected to be completed. MCI has designated 29 blocks in Liberty City as their “Impact Zone”. CGIU Day of Action will officially expand MCI’s Block-by-Block strategy, within the Impact Zone, from four blocks to eight. These blocks are home to Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, early learning centers, single family homes, public and low income apartments. MCI’s “cradle-to-college-to-career” strategy is focused on intentionally investing in children and their families. We are determined that the future of Liberty City’s children will not be defined by their zip code.

Clinton Global Initiative University:
The Eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brings students, innovators, thought-leaders, and civically-engaged celebrities to make a difference in CGIU’s five focus areas: education; environment and climate change; peace and human rights; poverty alleviation; and public health.

University Of Miami:
Since the first CGI U meeting, attendees have made 4,800 Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This growing community of young leaders represents over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states.

This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, more than $900,000 in funding opportunities will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

The University of Miami first hosted CGI U in 2010 and is the first school to host the event twice. Throughout the meeting, students will engage in various topic-and skill-based sessions, which will empower them to take action in their communities and around the world.

Plenary session topics at CGI U 2015 will include:
Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All, which will explore how students and universities, in partnerships with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can expand access to opportunity worldwide;
The Power of Big Data, which will examine how CGI U students can harness big data as a tool for addressing global challenges and scaling their existing commitments, as well as expanding access to big data for all; and
The Future of Energy, which will explore how young entrepreneurs can most effectively meet the rising demand for affordable renewable solutions, design the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies, and bring energy efficiency best practices to existing buildings, vehicles, and industrial processes.

CGI U Schedule:
On March 5 and 6, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Foundation Codeathon in the lead up to the CGI University meeting. The Codeathon will challenge developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action in the areas of Education, Global Health, and Environment & Climate Change. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will culminate with team presentations to a panel of expert judges working in the fields of technology and social innovation.

Featured Participants:
Featured participants at the CGI U 2015 meeting include: Karim Abouelnaga,Founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect Inc.; Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Members, Pussy Riot; Jack Andraka, Founder and CEO,Andraka Technologies; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, The Elders; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School;America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Ryan Jenson, Chief Executive Officer, HoneyComb; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; Jaime Lerner, Chairman, Arquitetos

Associados, Founder, Instituto Jaime Lerner; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer,Corporation for National and Community Service; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”; and more.

About Clinton Global Initiative University
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Since 2008, students have made more than 4,800 Commitments to Action. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, the George Washington University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Arizona State University, and have convened more than 6,500 students from over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit cgiu.org.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter@ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

About the University of Miami
University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. www.miami.edu

About Miami Children’s Initiative:
Miami Children’s Initiative is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City, one of South Florida’s most challenging and promising neighborhoods, into a more prosperous community. Like the Harlem Children’s Zone project, Miami Children’s Initiative takes a block-by-block approach to breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in the potential of every child. In partnership with Liberty City’s residents, youth, religious centers, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, Miami Children’s Initiative provides a unified continuum of support, education and care that begins before birth and continues through college and career. More information about Miami Children’s Initiative is available at www.miamichildrensinitiative.org.

Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 1/26/15 – 2/23/15

Knight Arts Challenge South Florida

14703-KF-KACM-Soul of Art_300x250Beginning Jan. 26, South Floridians can apply for the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for bringing the community together through the arts. The deadline for the challenge, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is Feb. 23. KnightArts.org

Knight Foundation will host a kickoff party at Gramps in Wynwood on Jan. 27, where applicants can meet other artists, past winners and Knight Foundation staff. In addition, as a way to recruit ideas from South Florida’s many neighborhoods, Knight Foundation will host a series of Community Q&A sessions. The events, taking place Feb. 2-5, will offer tips on creating a standout application, information on the challenge timeline and more. The schedule is below.

“Whether you are an arts organization or a small collective, a longtime South Florida artist or someone who moved to town recently, we want to hear from you,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight Foundation. “Our goal is to make art general in South Florida. We do that through the challenge, and finding the best grassroots ideas for bringing our community together through the arts.”
Anyone can apply. All it takes is 150 words to fill out the initial application, which will be available at knightarts.org and is deliberately designed to be simple to encourage nontraditional applicants.

There are only three rules for the challenge:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.

Knight has received more than 8,900 ideas from the South Florida community since launching the challenge in 2008. In total, 241 projects have received almost $25 million in funding.

Since 2006, Knight Foundation has invested more than $86 million in South Florida’s cultural community. Those funds have launched a new media program that includes the signature “Wallcasts” at the acclaimed New World Symphony campus, helped present Ibero-American films at the Miami International Film Festival, and are bringing every Miami-Dade third-grader to the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, among other projects.  The approach is two-pronged: Knight Foundation aims to open up institutions to more South Floridians with large grants, while the Arts Challenge ensures that smaller, grassroots efforts fuel and refresh the arts scene.

The Knight Arts Challenge kickoff party takes place Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Gramps More Info
Click Here for the Community Q&As schedule

For updates, follow #knightarts on Twitter, @knightfdn on Instagram and Knight Foundation on Facebook.

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Photographs of Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest by Mr Q 305

The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation hosted the 10th Annual Rotary Club Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest.
The primary beneficiaries included the ARC of South Florida and the Fundacion Manos del Sur. Founded in 1953 by a group of concerned parents, the ARC, South Florida serves the over 60,000 Miami-Dade County citizens with  developmental disabilities. Fundacion Manos del Sur is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to underprivileged children in Latin America in the areas of education, health and nutrition.
This year’s event was again themed after “New World vs. Old World. Wines from some of the top wine producing regions in the world competed to earn coveted awards for “Best Varietal”, “Best in Show-White Wine” and “Best in Show-Red Wine”. Please scroll to the last image to see the winner’s board. 

Guess also savored delicacies prepared by 14 participating restaurants from the Key Biscayne and general Miami area.
In collaboration with the ARC of South Florida a silent auction took place during the tasting. Auction lots consisted of more than 100 items, which included travel, restaurant, sports memorabilia and other goods and services, with an estimated market value of more than $40,000.

 

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Vote for the Knight Arts Challenge by November 17, 2014

South Florida decides who wins $20,0000 in Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award
Voting takes place October 20 through November 17, 2014
Voting is via text message or via the Knight Arts People’s Choice Website.

Starting Oct. 20, South Floridians can vote for one of six small and emerging arts organizations vying for $20,000 as the winner of the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award.

As a way to shine the spotlight on smaller groups, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is asking the public to vote by text for their favorite of the six nominees to determine the People’s Choice winner. To vote, the public can text the nominees individual code to 22333 in the U.S. or 747-444-3548 toll-free, through 11:59 p.m. Monday Nov. 17. The effort is part of the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds projects that bring South Florida together through the arts.

FATVillage Arts District: A contemporary art exhibition space in Fort Lauderdale, FATVillage showcases large-scale, interactive works. Right now, the space is only open for its monthly art walks. The prize would help FATVillage open more often, with more programming. (Text VOTE1 to 22333)

HICCUP: The acronym stands for Hialeah Contemporary Culture Project, and the collective works to take art out of galleries and into the streets of Northwest Dade. With funding, HICCUP wants to open-up a basis of operations in Hialeah to launch its works and make the city “a place for creative action.” (Text VOTE2 to 22333)

Ife-Ile: The Afro-Cuban dance troupe wants to expand its annual dance festival, and also to create a musical that is based on the lives and influence of Cubans who came to Miami during the Mariel Boatlift. Through its work, IFE-ILE not only provides a place for Cuban-American artists to practice their craft, but also a place to tell their own stories. (Text VOTE3 to 22333)

Key West Art and Historical Society: The group wants to take the art and history of Key West into schools. One idea, for example, is to take the works of local artist Mario Sanchez, who created scenes of the city, into classrooms as a way to understand the island’s and Monroe County’s history and culture. (Text VOTE4 to 22333)

Swampspace: This Design District gallery run by artist Oliver Sanchez wants to continue to provide an exhibition space that focuses on artistic values rather than profit. The prize would help Swampspace fund more large-scale exhibitions and allow artists to bring their big ideas to fruition (Text VOTE5 to 22333)

Mexican American Council: This long-time community group works to reduce the drop out rate and increase cultural opportunities for Mexican-Americans in South Dade. With funding, the council hopes to open a mariachi academy for students where they can both learn to play instruments and understand Mexican culture. (Text VOTE6 to 22333)

Young Patronesses of the Opera celebrated their 59th Annual Gala Cocktail Reception at The Betsy Hotel By Betty Alvarez

The Betsy Hotel, La Fenice Prosecco, Leatrice Damus, Maria-Rosa Lopez-Munoz & Barbara Reese hosted a Swanky evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the downstairs B-bar of the The Betsy on South Beach on October 5th, to celebrate the wonderful benefactors snd underwriters of the upcoming 59th Annual Young Patronesses of the Opera Gala “Hat Spats & Pearls… A Toast to the Roaring 20’s.” Guests received a favor of Satin Glow Gold dust by Prestige Cosmetics to carry the sparkle of the evening with them.

The annual YPO Gala – now in its 59th year – is considered among Miami’s oldest and most prestigious black tie affairs. This elegant soiree, organized by Lisa Wheeler, President of YPO and Gala Chairs Laurel Auerbacher, Amal Kabbani, Patty Scerpella, Lori Thomas and Lise-Marie Wertanzl, will feature a silent auction, live entertainment, dancing, and a three-course meal to raise funds for YPO’s music education programs.

The Gatsby-style party will evoke the excitement of the era and many spirited YPO members and guests will forego traditional ball gowns and black-tie for imaginative designs which reflect the era of flappers, starlets, gangsters and aristocrats. During a cocktail hour guests will enjoy an inspired silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing to the 8-piece band, Manhattan Music, and entertainment by the internationally-acclaimed singers Poperazzi.

Founded almost 60 years ago in 1955, YPO is a volunteer group of 100 dedicated women who advocate for music and opera education to children in South Florida. Proceeds raised at Hat Spats and Pearls will be used to fund 100% of YPO’s music and opera educational programs. Every year, YPO presents a workshop for more than 500 Girl Scouts, and a professional development Teacher Workshop on opera in the classroom for Miami-Dade and Broward County teachers. YPO also brings professional children’s opera performances to more than 30,000 elementary students annually. This year, YPO will expand its musical outreach program to children who are hospitalized. In addition, YPO also presents a national voice competition for aspiring young opera singers. This year it is slated for April 16-18 at the colony Theatre on Miami Beach.

For Tickets, sponsorship and underwriting information for Hats Spats and Pearls, please contact Lisa Wheeler at President@ypo-miami.org or at 305-794-1761.

Photography by Betty Alvarez

 

Photography by Betty Alvarez

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy Announces the 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows

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The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy Announces the 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy proudly announces its 2014 Class of Gulf Guardian Fellows. Five leaders submitted ideas that make progress toward restoring the humanity of marginalized communities in the Gulf South while honoring the work that strengthens the broader Gulf South ecology.

The Gulf Guardian Fellowship is a 12 month program that aims to strengthen social and ecological equity in the Gulf South. Fellowship awards are meant honor and support community members working to address root-causes, immediate consequences or long-term impacts of inequality or climate change in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) is a non-profit, public interest law firm and justice center with a mission to build, serve and advocate for structural shifts that promote equity in law, society and community. GCCLP’s long-term work addresses intersecting visions of Climate Justice, Migrant Rights, Land Sovereignty and Economic Opportunity for Gulf Coast communities on the frontlines of climate change. Through human rights-based legal services, community leadership development and advocacy, GCCLP promotes structural equity in the laws, policies and practices that impact Gulf South communities on the frontlines of climate change.

As part of GCCLP’s community leadership development initiative the Gulf Guardian fellowship aims to support various approaches to building social and ecological equity by honoring community leaders working to address the long-term impacts of inequality and climate change. Support for the 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows is made possible by a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Leaders from the five Gulf South states made up the regional Selection Committee that met in Louisiana in early September to select five fellows from nearly 300 applications submitted. To be selected, applicants had to be 18 years of age or older and residing in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida. Selection priority was given to Individuals working on climate, environment, economic justice, or social justice issues for at least two years and to those who showed a history of collaborative work. Selected fellows receive a $40,000 stipend and attend training and retreats designed for collective learning, cross-sector networking, collaborative strategy and leadership development.

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy is pleased to announce the following 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows:
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Pandwe Althea Gibson
EcoTech Visions
Miami, Florida
In order to create jobs and impact climate change, EcoTech Visions will serve as an incubator for green manufacturing start-ups. EcoTech Visions creates and offers innovative programs and services that address both climate change and systemic poverty and ultimately further economic development in the regions it serves—low-income, blue collar, underdeveloped areas. Leveraging the growing market and funding for green products, servicing and manufacturing processes, as well as the growing pot of resources designed to address income inequality, EcoTech Visions’ programs develop and support local green businesses and jobs. Successful implementation of this project will reduce landfill plastics by 20%, reduce unemployment rates in Liberty City, Florida by 50%, and create new advocates for green businesses.

Gibson is making going green cool, practical and profitable. After founding a network of schools and proving herself an effective educator, Gibson dove into the business world where she started, led and scaled three successful companies. Her experience and passion for lifting up the underserved, combined with green industry are what drive her forward.

Joel Lewis
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

In association with the University of South Alabama, native Mobile resident Joel Lewis uses her documentary, Mobile in Black and White, as a teaching tool to educate audiences in Mobile, Alabama and beyond about race and inequalities. The documentary is a project that addresses racialized disparities and outcomes in Mobile, Alabama and examines how race remains a fundamental issue in American life, but also how it can be addressed without assignments of guilt or blame. Lewis will use the fellowship to further the educational outreach of this film by interviewing and sharing the stories of people who are included in the statistical disparities seen in diversity data. From the interviews, Lewis will create relevant videos to be used for training, education, and community awareness. Discussion fostered by the film will be used to design an online learning module that will be available on the Mobile in Black and White website.

Because Lewis is a part of this community, her relationships and experiences have helped her recognize that there is a collective responsibility of stakeholders, community leaders, and citizens to examine root causes, understand levels of engagement, and identify community-developed success indicators. This project will be used as a tool to educate, empower, and move toward equity.

Ya-Sin Shabazz
Hijira House
Biloxi , Mississippi
Working with Hijira House, whose mission is to cultivate, advocate, and facilitate faith-based solutions to distinct, economic and social challenges of low to moderate income citizens and low to moderate income areas, Shabazz’s project will educate, organize, and mobilize low-income, minority members of utility cooperatives. First, Shabazz will generate broad, grassroots civic engagement amongst traditionally disengaged minority and low-income cooperative member-owners at Coast Electric Power Association in Hancock County, Mississippi and Singer River Electric Power Association in Jackson County Mississippi. Finally, he will address and advance a grassroots developed and led climate justice initiative regarding energy distribution, pricing, and production policies as well as Coastal Restoration priorities and activities associated with the BP Oil disaster.

Raised along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Shabazz has long had an interest in both economic development and community development in and for small town, rural, and economically distressed areas. Furthermore, having previously been an unengaged member/household of an energy cooperative, Shabazz would now like to increase participation and engagement in these entities that have unused potential to transform many of the unwanted, economic realities across the United States.

Bette Billiot
United Houma Nation Tribe
Houma, Louisiana
Bette Billiot’s project focuses on inequality in the Gulf South. Her plan is to construct and organize a task force consisting of a small number of dedicated indigenous community members from the Houma region affected by inequalities, such as poor representation from others in understanding the importance of their daily lives and culture. The community taskforce members would be instrumental for making sure the unheard voices of their otherwise unheard community are heard as well as received. The members would share responsibility of attending meetings, trainings and workshops hosted throughout the Gulf South that explore changes and future projects that would directly affect their communities. They would be responsible for collecting information to bring back to a committee in order to collectively discuss plans of action, responses, and/or strategy.

As a member of the United Houma Nation herself, Billiot is dedicated and fervent about this work. She knows how important it is that indigenous people of the Houma area speak for themselves. This project not only makes the community members responsible for their own knowledge and representation, it also allows them to travel to different areas in the region to see first-hand how inequality is affecting them.

Jorge Lugo
Artist/Activist
Houston, Texas
Jorge Lugo uses art to raise awareness of and motivate involvement in issues of climate change and inequality in the Gulf South. His project focuses on environmental justice issues in the Manchester community of Houston, where Lugo has lived most of his life, and will create a space that encourages education on local issues by working on alternative solutions for the community, providing services (or giving back to the community), hosting communal events, skill shares, teach-ins, and work-shops. The use of art will serve as a form of creative, direct action public presentations to raise awareness of environmental and inequality issues. Visual and performing arts will unify diverse, multicultural communities and encourage youth communities to take on the challenge of raising awareness.

Lugo was driven to this project and the arts due to not having an opportunity to a creative space to share with other environmentally affected community members. His mother has suffered medically due to environmental pollution, disasters, and injustices and this fellowship grant and opportunity will help establish a creative communal space for all to address these issues.

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy Announces the 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows

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The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy Announces the 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy proudly announces its 2014 Class of Gulf Guardian Fellows. Five leaders submitted ideas that make progress toward restoring the humanity of marginalized communities in the Gulf South while honoring the work that strengthens the broader Gulf South ecology.

The Gulf Guardian Fellowship is a 12 month program that aims to strengthen social and ecological equity in the Gulf South. Fellowship awards are meant honor and support community members working to address root-causes, immediate consequences or long-term impacts of inequality or climate change in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) is a non-profit, public interest law firm and justice center with a mission to build, serve and advocate for structural shifts that promote equity in law, society and community. GCCLP’s long-term work addresses intersecting visions of Climate Justice, Migrant Rights, Land Sovereignty and Economic Opportunity for Gulf Coast communities on the frontlines of climate change. Through human rights-based legal services, community leadership development and advocacy, GCCLP promotes structural equity in the laws, policies and practices that impact Gulf South communities on the frontlines of climate change.

As part of GCCLP’s community leadership development initiative the Gulf Guardian fellowship aims to support various approaches to building social and ecological equity by honoring community leaders working to address the long-term impacts of inequality and climate change. Support for the 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows is made possible by a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Leaders from the five Gulf South states made up the regional Selection Committee that met in Louisiana in early September to select five fellows from nearly 300 applications submitted. To be selected, applicants had to be 18 years of age or older and residing in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida. Selection priority was given to Individuals working on climate, environment, economic justice, or social justice issues for at least two years and to those who showed a history of collaborative work. Selected fellows receive a $40,000 stipend and attend training and retreats designed for collective learning, cross-sector networking, collaborative strategy and leadership development.

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy is pleased to announce the following 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows:
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Pandwe Althea Gibson
EcoTech Visions
Miami, Florida
In order to create jobs and impact climate change, EcoTech Visions will serve as an incubator for green manufacturing start-ups. EcoTech Visions creates and offers innovative programs and services that address both climate change and systemic poverty and ultimately further economic development in the regions it serves—low-income, blue collar, underdeveloped areas. Leveraging the growing market and funding for green products, servicing and manufacturing processes, as well as the growing pot of resources designed to address income inequality, EcoTech Visions’ programs develop and support local green businesses and jobs. Successful implementation of this project will reduce landfill plastics by 20%, reduce unemployment rates in Liberty City, Florida by 50%, and create new advocates for green businesses.

Gibson is making going green cool, practical and profitable. After founding a network of schools and proving herself an effective educator, Gibson dove into the business world where she started, led and scaled three successful companies. Her experience and passion for lifting up the underserved, combined with green industry are what drive her forward.

Joel Lewis
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

In association with the University of South Alabama, native Mobile resident Joel Lewis uses her documentary, Mobile in Black and White, as a teaching tool to educate audiences in Mobile, Alabama and beyond about race and inequalities. The documentary is a project that addresses racialized disparities and outcomes in Mobile, Alabama and examines how race remains a fundamental issue in American life, but also how it can be addressed without assignments of guilt or blame. Lewis will use the fellowship to further the educational outreach of this film by interviewing and sharing the stories of people who are included in the statistical disparities seen in diversity data. From the interviews, Lewis will create relevant videos to be used for training, education, and community awareness. Discussion fostered by the film will be used to design an online learning module that will be available on the Mobile in Black and White website.

Because Lewis is a part of this community, her relationships and experiences have helped her recognize that there is a collective responsibility of stakeholders, community leaders, and citizens to examine root causes, understand levels of engagement, and identify community-developed success indicators. This project will be used as a tool to educate, empower, and move toward equity.

Ya-Sin Shabazz
Hijira House
Biloxi , Mississippi
Working with Hijira House, whose mission is to cultivate, advocate, and facilitate faith-based solutions to distinct, economic and social challenges of low to moderate income citizens and low to moderate income areas, Shabazz’s project will educate, organize, and mobilize low-income, minority members of utility cooperatives. First, Shabazz will generate broad, grassroots civic engagement amongst traditionally disengaged minority and low-income cooperative member-owners at Coast Electric Power Association in Hancock County, Mississippi and Singer River Electric Power Association in Jackson County Mississippi. Finally, he will address and advance a grassroots developed and led climate justice initiative regarding energy distribution, pricing, and production policies as well as Coastal Restoration priorities and activities associated with the BP Oil disaster.

Raised along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Shabazz has long had an interest in both economic development and community development in and for small town, rural, and economically distressed areas. Furthermore, having previously been an unengaged member/household of an energy cooperative, Shabazz would now like to increase participation and engagement in these entities that have unused potential to transform many of the unwanted, economic realities across the United States.

Bette Billiot
United Houma Nation Tribe
Houma, Louisiana
Bette Billiot’s project focuses on inequality in the Gulf South. Her plan is to construct and organize a task force consisting of a small number of dedicated indigenous community members from the Houma region affected by inequalities, such as poor representation from others in understanding the importance of their daily lives and culture. The community taskforce members would be instrumental for making sure the unheard voices of their otherwise unheard community are heard as well as received. The members would share responsibility of attending meetings, trainings and workshops hosted throughout the Gulf South that explore changes and future projects that would directly affect their communities. They would be responsible for collecting information to bring back to a committee in order to collectively discuss plans of action, responses, and/or strategy.

As a member of the United Houma Nation herself, Billiot is dedicated and fervent about this work. She knows how important it is that indigenous people of the Houma area speak for themselves. This project not only makes the community members responsible for their own knowledge and representation, it also allows them to travel to different areas in the region to see first-hand how inequality is affecting them.

Jorge Lugo
Artist/Activist
Houston, Texas
Jorge Lugo uses art to raise awareness of and motivate involvement in issues of climate change and inequality in the Gulf South. His project focuses on environmental justice issues in the Manchester community of Houston, where Lugo has lived most of his life, and will create a space that encourages education on local issues by working on alternative solutions for the community, providing services (or giving back to the community), hosting communal events, skill shares, teach-ins, and work-shops. The use of art will serve as a form of creative, direct action public presentations to raise awareness of environmental and inequality issues. Visual and performing arts will unify diverse, multicultural communities and encourage youth communities to take on the challenge of raising awareness.

Lugo was driven to this project and the arts due to not having an opportunity to a creative space to share with other environmentally affected community members. His mother has suffered medically due to environmental pollution, disasters, and injustices and this fellowship grant and opportunity will help establish a creative communal space for all to address these issues.

Philanthropy: New $5 Million Knight Cities Challenge Opens October 1, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

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Knight Cities Challenge offers $5 million for innovations that make cities more successful
Ideas should benefit one or more of 26 Knight communities

MIAMI — Sept. 16, 2014 — The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced the Knight Cities Challenge, seeking new ideas that make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. The challenge is offering $5 million for innovative projects that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

It will launch on Oct. 1, with applications being accepted until Nov. 14. The challenge is open to innovators of all types: architects, activists, artists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, city officials, as well as governments and organizations. The initial application, which will be available starting Oct. 1 at knightcities.org consists of just two questions and is designed to be simple to encourage a diversity of applications.

The Knight Cities Challenge is a new initiative, complementing the Knight News Challenge and Knight Arts Challenge. There are only two rules for the challenge:

1) A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of 26 Knight communities.

2) The idea should focus on one or all of three key drivers of city success: attracting and retaining talent, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

“We are looking for ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities,” said Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation vice president for community and national initiatives. “To succeed cities need talented people who can contribute to their growth, new opportunities that are open to all, and ways to engage people to spur connections and civic action.”

We are looking to discover new civic innovations and to be surprised by ideas not prescribe them, but we’re encouraging ideas that support key drivers of city success:
Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the best and brightest
Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides
Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement

As a way to encourage ideas, Knight Foundation will host Community Q&A sessions in each of the 26 Knight communities. The events, starting in October, will offer tips on preparing applications, information on the challenge, and a chance to talk to Knight staff on how to craft a great submission. Check our blog and follow us on Twitter @knightfdn #knightcities for scheduling updates.

Virtual office hours for those who want to learn more are also being held from 3 to 4 p.m. ET Oct. 1. Participants can access the meeting online (https://bluejeans.com/448711858/browser using ID 448 711 858), or participate via phone at 1-888-240-2560. More dates for virtual office hours will be announced soon.

The 26 Knight cities include eight communities that have a resident program director: Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Macon, Ga.; Miami; Philadelphia; St. Paul, Minn.; and San Jose, Calif. In 18 cities community foundations guide: Aberdeen, S.D.; Biloxi, Miss.; Boulder, Colo.; Bradenton, Fla.; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Duluth, Minn.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Gary, Ind.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Lexington, Ky.; Long Beach, Calif.; Milledgeville, Ga.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Palm Beach County, Fla.; State College, Penn.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Wichita, Kan.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. www.knightfoundation.org

National Philanthropy Day®: Who’s Your Philanthropic Idol?

Information courtesy AFP

Want to raise awareness of your cause, all of philanthropy and maybe even a little money for your organization? Then participate in AFP’s Who is Your Philanthropic Idol? contest in celebration of National Philanthropy Day®.

We’re asking everyone to submit short (one-minute) videos of themselves to our NPD website (npdlove.com), talking about their philanthropic idol and how their idol inspires them to get involved.

The top five most popular videos (as determined by public vote) earn the submitters $500 each for their favorite charity.

Submissions are already underway, and the deadline is October 7. Then on October 10, we will display all of the videos we’ve received and open up the voting. On National Philanthropy Day®, we’ll announce the top five videos that received the most votes!

It’s easy to get involved:
Submit a video of yourself
Ask your donors, volunteers and staff to submit videos of themselves
Talk about NPD on Facebook: facebook.com/nationalphilanthropyday
Tweet using #npdidol (about your videos) and #npdlove (for National Philanthropy Day in general).
You can even use the contest to help promote your own organization as well, creating a series of videos from supporters about what inspires them to give.

Check out the NPD website today (npdlove.com)—you’ll also see our 16 finalists for AFP’s National Philanthropy Day® awards. We’ll soon be announcing our final honorees who will be recognized at our November 15 international awards event in Washington, D.C.

We look forward to seeing your videos soon—remember, the deadline for submission is October 7! AFP will update everyone when the public voting begins.

Local Hero: Andrés Ponce

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Bio:

Andrés Ponce is currently the producer of the Elastic Bond Band.

Who has been your most influential mentor?

My parents and two good professors I had: Francisco Domingo and Roy Pritts.

How did you get to where you are today?

By doing what I love, working hard and persevering at it and having a bit of luck too ;)

How did you get to be a community leader?

By working hard on the Miami music scene with Elastic Bond and other musical collaborations. Now we get to promote and represent our local Miami community whenever we travel. I am proud to be also a leader as a stepfather and doing musical workshops with kids whenever there’s an opportunity.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself somewhere nice with proximity to nature, loving my family, making music and enjoying life the best that I can.

What about this city inspires you?

All the immigrants that came here pursuing their dreams and leaving past lives behind.

What is your favorite thing about Miami?

Its winter, the beach and the different cultures that coexist here.

Miami should be…  a great place to live

Miami could be… more unified

Miami wants to be… real and find its own identity, but it’s challenging when corporations want to keep building casinos and Walmarts here.

Miami needs…  more arts and music programs for its people, better public transportation

 

 

 

Christmas in July for Homeless and Needy 7/25/14

Christmas in July for Homeless and Needy
Friday, July 25th with festivities 10:00 AM – 1 PM.
Miami Rescue Mission
On Street at NW 1st Avenue between NW 20 & 21 Street
2020 NW 1st Avenue – Miami 33127

Hollywood Campus – Broward Outreach Center
On Street at 2056 Scott St. Hollywood, Fl 33020

Pompano Campus – Broward Outreach Center
In outside, inner courtyard at:
1700 Blount Rd. Pompano Beach, Fl 33069

The Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers will hold their annual
“Christmas in July” outreach at their three campuses in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano. The streets will be closed down for the block style outreach in Miami and Hollywood and Pompano campus will hold theirs outside in large courtyard.

The street/outdoor outreach will include showers, free haircuts and clothing give always to all adults. Brand new sneakers will be given to over 600 needy children. A great barbeque style meal will be served and live entertainment including local bands and the Regeneration Singers, residents of the Miami Rescue Mission will be provided. A Children’s Corner is also provided with entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.

Local Hero: Sofy Encanto

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Bio

Sofy Encanto is the lead singer and songwriter for the Miami Based band Elastic Bond.

Who has been your most influential mentor?

My mom

How did you get to where you are today?

It starts with knowing what makes you happy and following the path of your heart, then a lot of hard work, trial and error with determination, and definitely a little help from my friends…. and family. Also knowing that this is a continuous cycle.

How did you get to be a community leader?

I was never intended to be a community leader, but I do like to stand up for what I believe in, regardless of what society is trying to mold you to believe, and when you live by that principle it seems you end up living a lifestyle with substance and some people might admire that because it either takes a lot of courage or a lot of cluelessness.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see my self in a happy place where I have made significant moral and musical contributions to my community and perhaps the world.

What about this city inspires you?

The beach, the sun and the passion of the people.

What is your favorite thing about Miami?

The Ocean and being close to my family.

Finish these sentences:

Miami should be… open 24 hours

Miami could be… open 24 hours

Miami wants to be… open 24 hours

Miami needs… more farms and recreational programs in public schools.

 

Local Heroes: Liza Santana

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Bio:

Born in New York and raised in Miami since that age of 4, Miami is home to me. I went to college for Fashion Design/Marketing & Merchandising and ended up getting into marketing and media. It’s been a great ride for just shy of two decades. Having gone through the gamut of  print, TV, radio, and the agency world, I am blessed to have a wonderful job where I get to do what I enjoy, meet new people, connect and create. My agency is growing and for that I am truly grateful. We’ve been around for nearly 14 years and I couldn’t be happier with what we have built.

When I am not working, I love to cook, travel and spend time with my family and friends. Downtime for me is kicking back and enjoying some great music and a glass of wine. I am all about simple pleasures. Life is way too short to forget them. I smile at strangers, emit and evoke positivity and try to help anyone whenever I can. I think when you act and live with intention, you can make a difference and that makes life great.

Who has been your most influential mentor? 

That’s a tough one. I have been very fortunate to meet and work with some amazing people whom I have learned a lot from and others who’ve inspired me along my career. Naming a few, my two first bosses Clara Eshkenazi and Loreyne Alicea. I am friends with them to this day. Both are amazingly accomplished, talented, dynamic and passionate (aside from being AMAZING strategists in marketing and media). They taught me two decades ago to build relationships and the importance of integrity. I am grateful for those lessons and much more I took from them!

How did you get to where you are today? 

I would say it was a few things. College was very important to me and a wonderful experience where I learned a lot. But also, I credit the ambition that my family helped to instill in me, that desire to “want more.” I always wanted to achieve, so that paired with opportunities and doors opened because of my relationships would be what truly helped to get me here. Although I am grateful for where I am, I’m not nearly finished!

How did you get to be a community leader? 

I am humbled to be referenced as such. I just see myself as someone who cares. I find it hard to accept people walking around thinking that their (or our) purpose is just to work, pay bills, buy things… I don’t get into belief systems, religion or politics. BUT I do feel we have to make our mark somehow. No matter how hard one may have it, there is always an opportunity to help, to support, to inspire. I think people see those who “do something” as a leader. I am just one person who loves sharing and collaborating. I built my company with a methodology that we would always work with charitable organizations and try to make a difference. It’s been great working and meeting so many great people who I feel are real leaders here in our community. I see how dedicated they are and it moves me. So as far as leadership, I am appreciate for the reference.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I see myself doing what I do now, just in a different fashion. I hope to continue to grow my company and take on more of a consultative role to afford me more time to spend with my family and to dedicate to my writing.

What about this city inspires you? 

So much! We live in paradise! I live where people come to vacation. I never stop enjoying or take Miami for granted. The beaches, the people. We have so much diversity here. I love seeing new business opening and places being built. It just means we are growing as a city.

What is your favorite thing about Miami? 

I love that I can sit in front of the ocean on our beautiful beaches. I love I can go in any direction and eat the most delicious food. My favorite thing?  That special “sazón” we have here that so many from the outside credit as our dose of “Latin flair.” In every article or news segment about Miami, they reference how “Caliente” the people, the food and nightlife are. Not a bad reference as they think if you are from Miami you’re hot!

Miami should be… seen as special for all the unique things we possess as a city.

Miami could be… even more amazing if more people truly wanted to make a difference.

Miami wants to be… known for our flagship teams, beautiful beaches, nightlife, and annual events. But there is STILL so much more for everyone to know us for.

Miami needs… some more great publicity! I feel we are known as one of the entertainment capitols, but need to showcase more of how AWESOME our city and people are instead of drama!

Talk About it Tuesday: MIAMI SOUP

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MIAMI SOUP is a grassroots model for funding small to medium-sized projects that enhance the quality of community life in Miami. MIAMI SOUP uses a simple method that brings together the community by serving them supper, soup, salad, bread and a beverage. These meals generate profits that will go directly back into the community.

The purchase of a meal gives the community member an opportunity to cast a vote for what they would like to see improved in the community. The money made from these meals goes directly towards the neighborhood issue that received the most votes. MIAMI SOUP brings people together and gives them chance to be directly involved in improving their communities.

MIAMI SOUP was created to make change easier and less complicated in communities. MIAMI SOUP allows for people to not only donate money, but to have their voices be heard about what they want to see change. MIAMI SOUP sparks dialogue between community members who may have normally not gotten together. MIAMI SOUP is also not affected by the restrictions laid out by private and governmental grants. This allows them to take on projects and make changes more efficiently.

Haven’t heard of MIAMI SOUP? Check them out here: MIAMI SOUP

And check out their next event, Thursday, July 10, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Grand Central, 697 North Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

What do you think about MIAMI SOUP? Tweet us at @Loop305 with the hash tag #TalkAboutitTuesday

 

-Samantha Wagner

News: The Youth Fair Helps Raise More than 5,000 lbs. of Food to Help Miami Rescue Mission

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Helps Raise More than 5,000 lbs. of Food to Help Replenish Miami Rescue Mission’s Communal Pantry and Feed the Homeless Through ‘Your Deal Their Meal’ Canned Food Drive

Youth Fair and Juicy’s Outlaw Grill also donate $1,000 each to further
support Miami Rescue Mission

This year the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition came together with Miami Rescue Mission in an effort to provide food for disadvantaged residents of South Florida. The ‘Your Deal Their Meal’ canned food drive offered Youth Fair guests an opportunity to support this exceptional cause as well as receive a special discount on admission.

The food drive kickoff took place on Friday, March 14th and ran all the way through the final day of The Youth Fair, Sunday, March 30th. Guests were invited to bring two cans of food per person in order to receive a $4 discount on admission. Several collection boxes were made available at the fairgrounds. 10,000 cans, equivalent to approximately 5,000 lbs. of canned food, were donated. Displaying the gathered cans in the collection bins allowed fairgoers to see the impact their donations were making in support of the Miami Rescue Mission.

In addition to the canned food drive efforts, the Miami Rescue Mission received a donation of $1,000 from the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition. The Miami Rescue Mission also received a $1,000 donation from this year’s top Youth Fair food concessionaire, Brett Enright, owner of Juicy’s Outlaw Grill. Mr. Enright’s donation was in addition to the dollars raised from the sale of the samples of his Guinness world record-setting hot dog.

This can food drive will provide some much-needed assistance to the Miami Rescue Mission, which supplies 950,000 nutritious meals annually and helps over 10,000 under-resourced and homeless individuals with food, furniture, clothing and other essential needs.

“It was an honor for us to have partnered with Miami Rescue Mission in hopes of raising awareness to end hunger right in our own backyard,” said Bob Hohenstein, President and CEO of The Youth Fair. “More than ever, South Florida residents are stepping up to serve their community and are realizing hunger is a reality everywhere. The entire Miami-Dade County Youth Fair family is very proud of this joint effort.”

“This food drive was a fantastic way to enjoy The Youth Fair and also help those who are in great need. The funds raised during ‘Your Deal Their Meal’ campaign will be used to feed the hungry, as well as finance life-changing programs which will lead to transformed lives,” said Rev. Ronald Brummitt, President of Miami Rescue Mission- Broward Outreach Centers.

About the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition
The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition, known for generations as The Youth Fair, is a state of Florida chartered, private, not-for- profit organization that has donated well over $10 million in scholarships, awards and cash premiums to Miami-Dade County students and is dedicated to supporting education, showcasing youth achievement and promoting South Florida agriculture. The 2015 Youth Fair Opens March 19, 2015! For more information, please visit www.fairexpo.com or call (305) 223-7060.

About Miami Rescue Mission
Miami Rescue Mission, Inc. (MRM), a Florida not-for-profit corporation, is a charitable faith-based agency providing spiritual, physical, and social services to the poor and needy; including homeless men, women, and children. Its purposes are fulfilled through several centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Our Mission: Transform lives of homeless men, women and children through comprehensive residential programs to effect lasting change and empower them to be productive members of society. We provide food, shelter, substance abuse treatment, education, computer literacy, job placement, healthcare, spiritual development and housing with Christian love, compassion and encouragement.

Want to Help Miami Thrive? Nominate a Young Leader for Public Allies!

Want to Help Miami Thrive? Nominate a Young Leader for Public Allies!

Public Allies are the young adults who help nonprofits make Miami a thriving city.
Interested?
About Public Allies Miami
Through our signature AmeriCorps program, Public Allies identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and prepares them for careers working for communities and social change.

Public Allies: Creating Opportunities for Meaningful Education & Career Growth
Become An Ally
You have a passion to make a difference. You have unique skills, experiences, and a sincere commitment to helping people while improving your community. Above all, you have a desire to lead. Public Allies is here for you. Our 10-month fulltime
AmeriCorps apprenticeship program can help get you on a pathway to further your education and career, while giving you skills to expand your influence and leadership skills.

Who We Select
Public Allies believes all young people, regardless of their background, where they live, or the barriers they face, have talent and can be assets. We believe everyone leads, and each year we choose people of widely diverse backgrounds to join our signature AmeriCorps program. On average, Allies are two-thirds people of color, 60% are female, 50% are college graduates, and 15% are LGBT. You must also be committed to making a difference.

Benefits
In addition, you’re eligible to receive:
– a monthly stipend of $1,500
– health care
– child care
– student loan deferment
– an education award of $5,550 after completing the program to pay back student – – loans or pay for future education
Requirements
To participate in the Public Allies program, you must:
– Be 17 years old and Up
– Have a high school diploma or GED
– Be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident
To Apply
– Visit apply.publicallies.org to apply to the program.
– Application Deadline: May 24, 2014
– Program Start Date: Sept 1, 2014

MTV Staying Alive Team Fundraising Performance and Fashion Show to benefit AIDS Walk Miami 2014 4/24/14

Fundraising Event to benefit AIDS Walk Miami 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00PM – 10:00 PM
HaVen Gastro-Lounge
1237 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach
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The MTV Staying Alive Foundation invites Miamians to a special performance by Freestyle duet Basside and a swimwear fashion show by La Belle Rebelle swimwear on Thursday April 24, 2014 @Haven Lounge South Beach

To mark AIDS Walk Miami’s 26th anniversary, The MTV Staying Alive Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser event on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at HaVen Gastro Lounge South Beach to raise awareness and funds to support the fight against HIV/AIDS in our community. MTV has supported numerous AIDS Walks across the country, and has raised over $450K since 2005 for the Miami’s AIDS Walk.

Event attendees will be able to enjoy a special performance by freestyle rap duet Basside, music by DJ Mauricio Parra, a swimwear fashion show and exclusive prizes provided by the girls of La Belle Rebelle. The fundraiser promises a night filled with cool prizes, fabulous entertainment and delicious drinks. Guests who contribute a charitable donation of $20 will receive one complementary drink, sponsored by Gulf Liquors and an entry for the raffle. Event-goers will also be encouraged to participate and register in the walk.

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation mission is clear – to stop HIV before it begins. To date, the foundation has supported 417 projects in 63 countries globally including a successful participation with AID Walks across the nation.

Support us as we participate in AIDS WALK MIAMI taking place on April 27th benefiting Care Resource, South Florida’s largest and oldest HIV/AIDS organization for a 3.1 miles (5K) course starting and ending outside the Miami Beach Convention Center promptly at 9am. Take the opportunity to make a difference. To register online visit: www.aidswalkmiami.org/mtv

Thanksgivng on Good Friday Celebration for the Homeless 4/18/14

Thanksgivng on Good Friday Celebration for the Homeless
Good Friday, April 18, 2014. 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Meals served from 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM.
Miami Rescue Mission – 2020 NW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33127 (on the street)
Broward Outreach Center Hollywood – 2056 Scott Street Hollywood, FL 33020 (on the street)
Broward Outreach Center Pompano – 1700 Blount Road Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (located in “inner courtyard”)

On Good Friday, April 18, the Miami Rescue Mission | Broward Outreach Centers will hold their annual “Thanksgiving on Good Friday” Block Party for the homeless and hungry families of South Florida. The Theme is “HEALING”. Along with a sit down Thanksgiving meal there is an emphasis on Foot Care. Volunteers with wash the feet of the homeless and needy and Barry Podiatry Students will give foot care.

Over 500 volunteers will provide over 2,500 Thanksgiving meals. Those in attendance will be treated to haircuts and showers along with the foot care. Also live entertainment including a Passion Play will be enacted by residents of the Mission. Mission Hope purple bags filled with hygiene products will be distributed to all guests. Over 500 Easter Baskets will be distributed between the 3 campuses to children at-risk in our centers and those in attendance. There is a special emphasis also just for children. Adults and children alike will feel important and feel the love of God.

Rev. Ronald Brummitt, President of the Miami Rescue Mission/ Broward Outreach Centers said of the upcoming outreach, “It is a privilege and a blessing during the Easter/Passover Season to be able to help provide meals and to help those in our community who need it the most. We want our homeless and needy families to know that they are not forgotten and that we love them, as well as,[we] thank all of our donors and volunteers who help us make this wonderful day an awesome celebration for those that otherwise would have nothing, or very little for the Easter/Passover Season.”

Photographs of Philanthrofest at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus on 4/12/14

Philanthrofest at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

“PhilanthroFest is a volunteer based organization that connects people, passion and philanthropy in South Florida. The PhilanthroFest team celebrates the South Florida arts community, philanthropic organizations and community resources in a yearly, large scale community event.”

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Hearts & Stars Gala Brings out Miami’s Sexiest

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Miami’s finest, sexiest and most charitable flocked to Billy Dean’s Villa this past Saturday night March 15 for the 5th annual Hearts and Stars Gala 2014. This popular gala is thrown to benefit The Little lighthouse Foundation, a benevolent charity that assists children and their families in South Florida who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. This support is derived from recruiting and educating passionate, caring, socially conscious South Floridians, and then deploying them to beneficiary charities.

This year’s gala had a Macau (Asia’s Vegas) theme and there were charity gambling tables strewn across the party to raise funds. The food was Asian style and the drinks as usual at Billy’s Villa were top shelf. Men’s eyes and necks were working diligently to keep up with all the gorgeous models and Miami socialites parading by in their tightest and sexiest attire. It was a an amazing party that raised money and awareness for a superb organization

 

Photo Credit: Veronica Nika

 

 

Third Annual PhilanthroFest 4/12/14

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Third Annual PhilanthroFest
philanthrofestSaturday, April 12, 2013, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
www.PhilanthroFest.com

Third Annual PhilanthroFest to Take Place April 12, Connecting Thousands of South Floridians to Over a Hundred Local Nonprofit Organizations and Community Agencies in a Family Friendly Festival

Free outdoor event promises day of family-friendly fun while raising nonprofit awareness, promoting civic engagement and connecting the community to nonprofit resources at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus

PhilanthroFest, the nation’s largest festival of its kind, is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Fulfilling the mission of its namesake organization, this year’s PhilanthroFest helps bridge the gap between local nonprofit organizations and members of the community – making it easier to get the help you need or give the help you can provide.

For Miami residents who are interested in donating time or money to help those in need, PhilanthroFest provides the opportunity to learn more about local nonprofits and meet the people behind them face to face. PhilanthroFest also serves as a nonprofit marketplace, raising awareness of the services and benefits that nonprofits and community agencies are able to provide.

Now in its third year, PhilanthroFest proves that community engagement can be fun. The outdoor festival is free and open to the public, and intended to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Festival attendees can enjoy a full day of art exhibits, musical performances, demonstrations, health screenings, a green market, food trucks, and an assortment of other activities that everyone in the family can appreciate, courtesy of PhilanthroFest’s community partners.

While taking part in the many activities, South Florida residents can learn about all kinds of nonprofit organizations representing all sorts of causes, including business and economic development; education; animal welfare; arts and cultural development; environmental issues; food, agriculture, and nutrition; civic engagement; health and disease prevention; youth activities, sports and recreation; and community improvement. For South Florida residents who have been looking for a chance to pay it forward, there is no opportunity like PhilanthroFest to find the nonprofit that’s right for you. Members of the community have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer or make a donation right on the spot.

And for those who may be in need of such services, nonprofits and community agencies are on hand to explain who they serve, what they do and how one can qualify for such services. It has never been easier to find out the wide array of services that South Florida community agencies and local nonprofits have to offer. PhilanthroFest is the largest nonprofit festival in the nation and the largest gathering of its kind.

Stolen Rum gives away 50 Sofas in South Miami 3/26/14

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Stolen Rum gives away 50 Sofas in Coral Gables
DIGITAL_stolen-sofaWednesday 3/26/2014 from 2PM- 5PM
Murray Park
5800 Southwest 66th Street
South Miami, FL 33143
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Stolen is giving away 150 sofas across 3 countries, no strings attached.

Jamie Duff, Stolen founder, went to Otago University in Dunedin, NZ. While studying, having a good sofa was always of paramount importance to a good, homely flat; whether it was entertaining a party, having a ‘friend’ to stay the night, a lazy afternoon sharing a quiet drink with friends, watching sports – or, in those days, perhaps actually loading up your sofa and taking it to a sports game for viewing comfort. With these fond memories in mind, he decided Stolen would give back starting with the Stolen sofas giveaway making this year the year of spreading the love and keeping the memory alive across 3 countries: Sydney in Australia, Dunedin in New Zealand and Miami in the US.

Details: If you can take it, it’s yours! Stolen will drop off 501375755_10151920537249583_943557685_n sofas on a first come, first serve pick up. Stolen does not deliver.

In Attendance: 50 sofas, yours for the stealing

Guest Article: Outsmart ATM Fees and Give a Cool Toy to a Kid

Guest Article by Erin Mia

Outsmart ATM Fees and Give a Cool Toy to a Kid

A friend of mine recently shared an idea with me on how to outsmart ATM banking fees and get a cool toy at the same time. I thought it was so brilliant that I should share it, but I added my own twist and attached a little ‘Mitzvah Project’ onto it.

Most of us find ourselves in need of a little pocket cash every now & again so stopping at an ATM is what we all naturally do. Well, chances are, if you need cash NOW, your own bank’s ATM is miles away so you’re going to be charged a $3. fee to use another bank’s services. That’s a drag. Have you any idea how much profit banks make on convenience fees?

Here’s the constructive solution: Stop in to any local Walgreens or CVS (they’re on every corner) and purchase a Matchbox Car for about the same price as the out-of-network ATM fee and use your ATM card to purchase it. When the machine asks you if you’d like cash back, hit YES and get your $20. or $40. bucks that you need. Now you have your cash, ‘Big Banking’ doesn’t get their $3. fee and you have a cool miniature of one of your favorite cars.

NOW… let’s turn this project into a MITZVAH (a good deed).

Donate those Matchbox cars to Kids In Distress or any children’s charity, so that children who could REALLY enjoy a new toy that helps them explore their imagination, will also benefit.

EASY – WIN-WIN-WIN.
Spread a little sunshine and share this with your friends :)

With Love,
Erin Mia Milchman
Erin Mia Milchman, Inc.

Photographs of VeritageMiami’s Crush for a Cause

Miami Power Players Crush Grapes to Promote VeritageMiami to Benefit United Way

The happy VIC's posing with the winner.

Five of Miami’s top business leaders went foot-to-foot crushing grapes to raise awareness for the 19th annual VERITAGEMIAMI, the annual wine, spirits and craft beer festival taking place April 9-12, 2014, benefitting the United Way of Miami. Richard D. Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises and Chair of VERITAGEMIAMI, went toe-to-toe with Jorge Perez, founder of The Related Group, Philip Levine, City of Miami Beach Mayor, Hilarie Bass, shareholder and co-president of Greenberg Traurig and Allen Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Morris Company – all longtime United Way supporters and volunteers – on a grape crushathon. Jorge crushed the competition to secure the crown (pictured below).

In celebration of this year’s VERITAGEMIAMI, these Miami business magnates emulated Ancient Romans by crushing grapes in wooden barrels. Passersby witnessed Miami VIC’s (Very Important Crushers) getting their feet dirty in this friendly competition. Spectators also earned a chance to enter to win tickets to VERITAGEMIAMI.

VERITAGEMIAMI is where Miami’s wine and food scene comes together for a world-class experience. Through a series of year-round events, culminating in a four-day gathering, wine, spirits, beer and food lovers join with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries to eat, drink and unite all for a greater purpose. Celebrating 19 years, VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving education, financial stability and health – the building blocks for a good life.

For more information, visit www.veritagemiami.com or www.facebook.com/VeritageMiami or follow us on Twitter @VeritageMiami #VeritageCrush

News: The Miami Foundation and Health Foundation of South Florida 2014 Public Space Ideas Contest Deadline 4/8/14

The Miami Foundation will accept idea submissions March 3rd through April 8th for the 2014 Public Space Challenge. The county-wide challenge will again seek to uncover the best ideas for creating and improving local public spaces. Ideas may be submitted at ourmiami.org/challenge by anyone, including individuals, groups, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Community experts and professional placemakers will identify the top ideas; The Miami Foundation and Health Foundation of South Florida will invest $100,000 and $30,000, respectively, to make the ideas become reality. The program is part of The Miami Foundation’s Our Miami initiative, which fosters community by building attachment to the city, developing public spaces and retaining young talent in Miami.

“Vibrant public spaces are essential to social engagement in our neighborhoods and Miami’s civic life,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “During the inaugural 2013 challenge, this community generated incredible energy and awareness benefitting Miami’s public spaces. By allowing every resident a voice through our idea submission platform, we hope Miamians will take personal interest in creating a more appealing and connected city.” Last year, more than 250 ideas were submitted.
Public spaces are defined as parks, libraries, public buildings, markets, plazas, playgrounds or any place where people can convene and link up. Health Foundation of South Florida will again invest an additional $30,000 in the challenge to fund ideas promoting healthy, physical exercise activities and access to fresh food through gardens and farmer’s markets.

Shelly Baer, Brickell resident and 2013 challenge winner, had the idea to install benches along the Brickell Bay Drive walkway. Soon, local residents will be able to sit and chat with scenic Biscayne Bay as a backdrop. “I was overwhelmed with the community support for my idea,” said Baer. “It was such a simple way to improve the neighborhood and I’m glad the challenge empowered me to make it happen.”

Representatives from The Miami Foundation along with winners from last year’s Public Space Challenge will host training and information seminars throughout the submission period. Community experts and placemakers will evaluate all submissions and select finalists. These finalists will have professional support to develop full proposals, from which winners will be selected and announced in early summer.

The Public Space Challenge is part of The Miami Foundation’s Our Miami initiative, which aims to attract and retain young talent in Miami-Dade by fostering a greater sense of community and by building attachment to the city. “Public spaces shape the way we interact with our environment. These are the places we meet, relax, and connect with each other,” said Stuart Kennedy, senior programs officer for The Miami Foundation. “Everyone has the power to build a better Miami, and the Public Space Challenge allows us to invest in those ready to do so.”

The submission period runs through April 4th. For more information, help with developing ideas, or information about last year’s winners, visit ourmiami.org/challenge.

Miami Foundation will be hosting a series of Community Meetings for those interested in learning more.

Feeding South Florida Hosts Club FSF Appreciation Event for Volunteers, Sponsors and Supporters 2/21/14

Feeding South Florida™ Hosts “Club FSF” Appreciation Event for Volunteers, Sponsors & Supporters
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 7–10 p.m.
Feeding South Florida Headquarters
2501 SW 32nd Terrace
Pembroke Park, FL 33009

Feeding South Florida, the largest Feeding America® food bank in the state, will give back to its volunteers, sponsors and supporters by hosting “Club FSF,” a night of festivities highlighting the organization’s past successes and kicking off another year of continued progress in ending hunger in South Florida.

Following an hour of sorting donated products in Feeding South Florida’s warehouse, guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music and dancing, including a performance and video broadcast of the new Feeding South Florida anthem “Come to Me.” Presented by entertainment producer and educator Mike Sipe, the song will be performed by local talent and the song’s co-creators DJ Andre Xavier, Jessie Malie, Alexander Star and Daniel Valencia. Guests must be age 21 or older to attend “Club FSF.”

For more than 25 years, Sipe, president of Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events & Productions, has been a premier South Florida entertainment producer and main man behind the scenes for some of the region’s largest events. His many talents include creating and producing original music in collaboration with acclaimed local musicians and performers. In 2012, Sipe received the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award from NACE (National Association of Catering Executives).

Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank Seeks Solutions to Community Needs, Winning Proposal to Receive $5000 – Submission Deadline 3/3/14

Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank Seeks Solutions to Community Needs, Winning Proposal to Receive $5000
Submission Deadline: 3 p.m. Monday, March 3.
More Information.
Email submissions to elau@chasemiami.com
Download Application Form PDF

Ever drive down a Miami street and wonder “why don’t they …”?

Leave A Legacy of Miami Dade on Tuesday launched the Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank, a community competition that offers the opportunity to be the change we seek. Instead of a business challenge, this shark tank seeks ideas to fulfill a community need through partnerships developed between nonprofits, businesses and/or individuals.

“Anyone or any organization or business can submit their ideas. But they can’t go it alone,” said Teresa Weintraub, co-chair of Leave A Legacy©. “Our goal is to encourage creative thinking and the creation of new collaborations and approaches to move our community forward. In other words, people have to work together.”

The process is simple: each team must submit a 500-word description about their idea by 3 p.m. Monday, March 3. A panel of pre-sharks (local business and nonprofit leaders) will select the top 10 ideas. Attendees at the Philanthropy Miami Conference on Strategic Thinking on Friday, March 21 at Jungle Island will select the top five.

The five with the most votes will move on to the final round at Philanthropy Miami Conference Day of Dynamic Ideas on Friday, March 21 at Jungle Island. The finalists will present their ideas to the Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank, a panel of five business and nonprofit executives.

The winning team and their proposal will be announced that day and be awarded $5000 to set their idea in motion.

“In the past, we focused our efforts solely on the nonprofit community. But we’ve seen wonderful collaborations between non-profits and for-profits. It really doesn’t matter who teams up, because in the end the community profits,” Weintraub said.

Philanthropy Miami is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Bank of America; Wells Fargo; Baptist Health South Florida Foundation; Florida International University; Peacock Foundation, Inc.; and SunTrust

Shark Tank Specifics
What: Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank, a competitive showcase of new ideas to solve community needs. Individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses are invited to submit a 500-word description of the synergy that will result from a new strategic partnership and idea to help solve a specific need in our community.

Submission Tips
Please demonstrate through your idea:
A new collaborative partnership
Demonstrate an approach to solving problems
How the partnership will benefit the community
The project will be evaluated by the following criteria:
Unique connection of the partners
Compelling and creative project
Community impact
How will you measure success?

Finalist Selection: A panel of Pre-Sharks will review the entries and select 8-10 finalists, which will be voted on by attendees at Philanthropy Miami, Day 1 conference on Friday, March 21. The top five move on to the final round.

Final Round/Winner Selection: The Shark Tank panel will hear from the five finalists and select a winner at Philanthropy Miami, Day 2 on April 16 at Jungle Island.

Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank
Joelle Allen, Executive Director, Peacock Foundation, Inc.
Fernand Amandi, Managing Partner, Bendixen & Amandi International
Gretchen Beesing, President and CEO, Catalyst Miami
Jodi Engelberg, Founding Member, The Value Web
Miguel Milanes, Regional Vice President, Miami-Dade, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Miami Habitat Blitz Build 2/7/14-2/23/14

Miami Habitat Blitz Build
February 7 – February 23, 2013 (See daily build schedule attached)
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20400 SW 119th Avenue
South Miami Heights, FL 33177

The launch of the Blitz Build Campaign, a yearly accelerated construction event where ten new homes will be built in two weeks.

Friday, February 7, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami launches its yearly accelerated construction project Blitz Build 2014 presented by Baptist Health South Florida. Between February 7th and the 22nd, more than 1500 volunteers will work alongside Habitat partner families and sponsors in completing ten new Habitat homes.

The ten new homes are the second phase of Habitat’s newest South Miami-Dade community, Habitat Landings, a 45 home community slated to be completed by the end of 2015.

“Blitz brings sponsors, volunteers and our partner families in a wonderful way,” states Mario Artecona, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. “To see so many people from so many walks of life working in tandem to help a family is very inspiring. It is our favorite project of the year. The energy is palpable. ”

Blitz Build is made possible through the generous support of corporate and institutional donors who sponsor individual homes. This year’s sponsors include: Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Assurant, Baptist Hospital South Florida, EverBank, Faith House, The Ortega Foundation, Publix Supermarket Charities and WSVN Channel 7 as well as Co-Sponsors Bank of America, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Perry Ellis and Presbyterian Churches of America.

Blitz Build 2013 will conclude on February 22nd with a dedication ceremony celebrating the partner families who will be purchasing and residing in the recently completed homes.

Volunteer opportunities are always available with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. No construction experience needed, just a willingness to help families in need of a decent, affordable place to live. Volunteers will be served breakfast and lunch and will be given t-shirts and mementoes of their participation.

Knight Arts Challenge Grants Open for Applications 1/27/14-2/24/14

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Knight Arts Challenge, seeking best ideas for the South Florida arts, opens for applications, January 27 – February 24, 2014.

Application Link

Beginning Jan. 27, South Floridians can apply for the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts. The deadline for the contest, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is Feb. 24.

The challenge is open to everyone: artists and artist collectives of all types, businesses, established arts institutions, and any individual who has a great idea for the arts. The initial application, which will be available at KnightArts.org consists of just two questions and is deliberately designed to be simple to encourage nontraditional applicants.

There are only three rules for the challenge:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment (within a year).

“This contest is about ideas—big ideas, innovative ideas, authentically Miami ideas,” Scholl said. Knight has received more than 7,500 ideas from the South Florida community since launching the challenge in 2008. In total, 193 projects have received almost $22.1 million in funding.

Since 2006, Knight Foundation has invested $86 million in South Florida’s cultural community. Those funds have launched a new media program that includes the signature “Wallcasts” at the acclaimed New World Symphony campus, helped present Ibero-American films at the Miami International Film Festival, and will bring every Miami-Dade third grader to the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, among other projects.  The approach is two-pronged: Knight Foundation aims to help open up institutions to more South Floridians with large grants, while the Arts Challenge ensures that smaller, grassroots efforts fuel and refresh the arts scene.

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Unite 4: Good Day of Unity Miami featuring Flo Rida 1/20/14

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Unite 4: Good Day of Unity Miami featuring Flo Rida
U4G_DECK_11-201302Monday, January 20, 2014
Volunteer Time: All Day
Across Miami, FL

Evening celebration: 6:30pm-10:30pm
Ice Palace Film Studios
59 NW 14th St
Miami, FL 33136
Entrance to the evening party is complimentary for volunteers and tickets are also available for purchase starting at $50, with all proceeds dedicated to furthering the unite4:good mission.
Volunteers are asked to participate and sign up here.
Tickets Available Online

Unite 4: Good ‘Day Of Unity’ Launches In Miami
To Foster Acts Of Kindness, Public Service & Positive Community Action

Citywide Volunteer Activities are Scheduled for January 20th, 2014 and an Evening Celebration will Feature a Musical Performance by Award Winning Recording Artist Flo Rida

Unite 4: Good — The global movement for humanity announces the unite4:good Day of Unity nationwide tour kickoff in Miami, FL, with community volunteer activities taking place all across “The Magic City” on Martin Luther King Day, January 20th, 2014. Closing the day’s activities–a celebration featuring Flo Rida will serve not only to thank all those that participated, but to encourage others to join the movement.

In an effort to bring the community together and help create a shift of social consciousness from negative to positive, various Miami organizations are committing to take action in a lineup of events which will take place at several locations throughout the city. All activities are focused on enabling people to inspire, empower and share.

With thousands of volunteers expected to come out and participate at multiple locations, the coalition of businesses and organizations who are supporting the unite4:good Day of Unity is growing quickly. Coalition partners include organizations such as the Haiti Cultural Center, Florida International University, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Voices for Children, Belly Motions, Special Olympics Florida, Miami-Dade College and more.

“Unity is a powerful force that can bring about change, both immediately and for the future,” said unite4:good Founder and global philanthropist, Anthony Melikhov. “In this Day of Unity, Miami is coming together and showing the world is that its residents inherently want to do good things, be kind to others and live in a community filled with positivity and the spirit of giving. It is an inspirational model that sets the bar high for many other cities across the country who will participate later in the year.”

Please join the conversation online at Facebook & Twitter using hashtags #U4GDayofUnity and #unite4good.

Unite 4: Good is a revolutionary global movement that will establish a new standard whereby acts of kindness and service become so idolized that everyone chooses to make them a part of their daily life. Through empowering action, creating new programs, and uniting both individuals and organizations in innovative ways–we will provoke positive and lasting change on a global scale. Unite 4: Good will encourage everyone to inspire, empower, share and love.

Holiday Party Toy Drive with Gerry Kelly, Dj Vertigo Angel Sanchez and JD Geno 12/19/13

Holiday Party Toy Drive with Gerry Kelly, Dj Vertigo Angel Sanchez and JD Geno
toydriveThursday, Dec 9, 9:00pm
Midloft
3404 N. Miami Ave
Miami, Florida 33127
No Cover

Celebrate the holidays with our “Ugly Sweater Party”
Please bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation

Superstar DJ Vertigo
Welcome drink at 9pm..

Flash Mob Of Kindness 12/19/13

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Flash Mob Of Kindness
Thursday, Dec 19, 6:00pm until 9:30pm
Miami International Airport
parkmobAuditorium
AA Concourse C
4th Floor

We have to PARK Fast or 200+ Foster Kids won’t get toys this Christmas! Yes, it’s that serious!

Miami Dade County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association’s Holiday Party is This Thursday and they just Lost Their Sponsor!

Leave your mark … PARK (Perform Acts of Random Kindness) for this Project any way you are inspired to.

1) Volunteer and gift toys, kindness and Christmas cheer for 200+ foster kids in Miami-Dade County.

Volunteer this Thursday 12/19 – Click Here to Sign Up

2) Donate and help us FUNdraise for 200+ toys for children ages 2-12 years old and kindness cards for adoptive parents too! Every Dollar Helps.

Click Link To Donate