Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) Legends Honors and Leaders, Legends and Lovelies Ball 9/11/15

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Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) Legends Honors and Leaders, Legends and legendsballLovelies Ball
Friday, September 11, 7pm -11pm
Hotel Victor
1144 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets $50 advance at www.unitycoalition.org or $80 at door.

For the 5th year our Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) Legends Honors and Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball celebrates the good, positive & outstanding within our LGBTQ & ally community. Through the annual recognition we bring the community together to focus on the similarities rather than the differences we all share, and how we can inspire others to do good, excel, be proud of who they are & just be better people.

This year, our Legends Ball – the one fundraising event of its kind we host each year – will be on Friday, September 11th, 7-11pm at the historic Victor Hotel on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, and will honor Jonathan Plutzik, Caridad Moro-Gonlier & Milan Rodriguez.

Bacardi Open Bar, Hors D’ouevres, Silent Auction. Performances by Envee, Jei & More

Our work is 100% funded by events & private donations, and we are 100% staffed & managed by volunteers. Everything that comes in, goes right back out for programming, leading & assisting our community to fairness & equality.

Pawpurrazzi 1/22/16

Pawpurrazzi
Friday, 01/22/2016 – 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Pawpurrazzi is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s most extravagant event of the year, driven by the love, devotion and direction of the wonderful Pawpurrazzi Chairmen, Pat and Milton Wallace and Bunny Bastian. On January 22, 2016, more than 500 of Miami’s most influential and esteemed pet loving philanthropists will come together to Jungle Island from 7:00PM to 11:00PM for an absolutely exuberant evening. Divine delicacies, great music, an exciting silent auction and a runway for our two-legged and four-legged friends make Pawparrazzi a one-of-a-kind event. This year’s theme will add an ornate touch of sparkle and vibrancy to this sophisticated and modish affair. Visit www.pawpurrazzi.com and enjoy previews from past years Pawpurrazzi successes!

A Night in Old Shanghai Gala to benefit Coral Gables Community Foundation 10/16/15

“A Night in Old Shanghai” Gala to benefit Coral Gables Community Foundation
Friday, 10/16/2015 – 07:00 pm –
imageCoral Gables Country Club
997 N. Greenway Drive,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Website
Cost: single tickets $500 table for ten $5,000

The Coral Gables Community Foundation will be hosting its annual black-tie gala on October 16 with lion dances, streaming dragons and exotic cuisine for an enchanting Night in Old Shanghai. Guests will be taken on a captivating culinary and entertainment journey with dishes such as Peking duck and live Chinese dancing.

BACCF 2015 Independence Gala 9/12/15

BACCF 2015 Independence Gala
Saturday, 09/12/2015 – 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
BACCF-gala-2015Four Season Hotel Miami
1435 Brickell Ave. 6th Floor,
Miami,, Florida 33131
RSVP Link
Cost: BACCF Members: $200.00 Non-members: $250.00

This traditional black-tie evening celebrates Brazil’s Independence and is the landmark event as the largest annual social gathering of the Brazilian community in Florida. This very special celebration will be held on Saturday, September 12th. The event, a black-tie dinner-dance, takes place at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel, especially decorated for the occasion.

YMCA of South Florida 100th Anniversary Celebration Gala 11/21/15

YMCA of South Florida 100th Anniversary Celebration Gala
Saturday, 11/21/2015 – 11/21/2015 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Screen-Shot-2015-07-27-at-12.51.55-PMTurnberry Isle Miami Resort
19999 W Country Club Dr. Grand Ballroom,
Aventura, Florida 33180
Webpage Link
Cost: Tickets start at $1000, Tables $10,000

On Saturday, November 21, hundreds of the region’s top business and community leaders will come together to launch a celebration of 100 years of serving children, families, seniors and adults in South Florida. The YMCA of South Florida 100th Anniversary Celebration Gala will be held at the iconic Turnberry Isle Miami Resort. Leading the festivities as Gala Co-Chairs are philanthropists Robert J. “Robin” Shelley, III and his wife, Susan; former NFL player Dwight Stephenson and his wife Dinah, co-business owners and philanthropists; CPA Joaquin Urquiola and his wife, attorney and business owner Joanne; and attorney Kurt Zimmerman and his wife Patty Hooley Zimmerman, automotive business owner.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the event will be directed toward financial assistance for underserved children, youth and families, and other important initiatives such as drowning and chronic disease prevention. Annually, the YMCA serves more than 250,000 people through programs that nurture the potential of youth, improve the community’s health and well- being, and giving back to neighbors in need.

Cleveland Orchestra Miami 10th Anniversary Gala Evening 1/23/16

Cleveland Orchestra Miami 10th Anniversary Gala Evening
Saturday, 01/23/2016 – 01/23/2016 06:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cleveland-Orchestra-GalaAdrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33132
More Info Link
Cost: $1000

The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates 10 years in Miami on Saturday, Jan. 23 with a special performance featuring acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming and conductor Frank Welser-Möst at the Adrienne Arsht Center Knight Concert Hall followed by a gala dinner at the Hotel InterContinental.

The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank 5/28/15

The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank
Thursday, 05/28/2015 – 05/28/2015 06:00 pm – 09:15 pm
Invite-cover-imageDouglas Entrance
806 S. Douglas Road, South Tower Penthouse,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: $125 per ticket, sponsorships available

The Education Fund to auction 180 pieces of original student, teacher art at the annual For the Love of Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration

6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at Douglas Entrance South Tower Penthouse in Coral Gables

WHAT: The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank, will showcase more than 180 original pieces of artwork created by Miami-Dade County public school students and teachers. This Children’s Trust sponsored event showcases artwork crafted from materials found at The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, a warehouse with donated supplies where teachers can pick up free materials for classroom projects and for their students.

For the Love of Art features the Sapoznik Insurance Public School Alumni Achievement Awards, which honors 30 extraordinary community leaders who graduated from public schools.

In addition, the auction will feature more 120 luxury items, performances by the New World School of the Arts Alumni Jazz Combo, special drinks by Bacardi, and catering by the 2015 Teacher of the Year Chef Myrna Betancourt and her students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

EVENT TITLE: The Education Fund For the Love of Art Annual Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration

BENEFITTING: Miami Dade County public school art programs and The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center

WHEN: Thursday, May 28
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Douglas Entrance, South Tower Penthouse
806 S. Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Valet and self-parking available

WHY: The annual charity event supports and raises funds for The Education Fund, which has acted on the belief that the quality of public schools must be the top priority for our community. Working with the private sector for 26 years, The Education Fund has raised more than $50 million to support and improve public schools with an emphasis on designing and implementing innovative initiatives. The goal is to ensure that every child learns, graduates and succeeds.

Tickets are $125 per person. Available at EducationFund.org and at the event.
Call 305-558-4544, ext. 107

CONNECT: The Education Fund Website: www.educationfund.org
Like The Education Fund on Facebook at www.facebook.com/educationfundmiami.
Follow us on Twitter @EducationFund. The event hashtag is #edfundart

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Event Sponsors: Ocean Bank, Sapoznik Insurance, The Children’s Trust, Douglas Entrance Bacardi, CBS4

Marlins Foundation Invites You to Fish ‘N Chips! 5/21/15

Marlins Foundation Invites You to Fish ‘N Chips!
Thursday, 05/21/2015 – 06:30 pm –
2015_FNC_SaveTheDate_Email-01Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way,
Miami, Florida 33125
Webpage Link
Cost: Couple $175 Single $100

Please join the Marlins Foundation for an evening of fun and stakes with your favorite Marlins players, coaches and alumni. Enjoy a night filled with lavish hors d’oeuvres, open bars, live music and dancing as you revel in breathtaking views of downtown Miami.

Charity Gala for victims of crime 6/5/15

Charity Gala for victims of crime
Friday, 06/05/2015 – 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
gala_complete-kVilla Woodbine Coconut Grove
2167 S Bayshore Dr,
Miami, Florida 33133
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $180

5th Annual BLUE Cocktail 5/9/15

5th Annual BLUE Cocktail
Saturday, 05/09/2015 – 05/09/2015 07:30 pm – 12:00 am
10985816_10152726054965267_2455978783915930989_nFIU GC Ballrooms
11200 SW 8th Street,
Miami, Florida 33199
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $50

To commemorate another successful year of dedication to end the water and sanitation crisis, BLUE Missions is hosting its 5th Annual Cocktail fundraiser on May 9 at Florida International University. For over five years, BLUE Missions has served the Miami community in educating young adults of the overwhelming need for clean water and sanitation in poverty-stricken communities abroad through authentic immersion experiences in the Dominican Republic.
The evening features an open bar stocked with premium-brand liquor provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, hors d’oeuvres and dinner catered by Cole Catering, live music by Afro-Latin funk band Suénalo and professional singer/songwriter, Keba, along with beats by DJ Mandy.
The 5th Annual BLUE Cocktail is an opportunity for all to join BLUE Missions in celebrating five years’ worth of accomplishments, memories, and togetherness in the unstoppable quest of water-giving. Join BLUE Missions on Saturday, May 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in FIU’s Ernest R. Graham Center Ballroom, located at 11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida. Tickets are $50 until May 8, $75 at the door. For ticket purchases, please visit www.bluemissions.org/2015bluecocktail/. To join multinational corporations like Visa, Trip Advisor Foundation, and Caricap as Platinum Sponsors, please contact Daniel Rodriguez at [email protected] or call 305.542.9519. For more information on BLUE Missions, please visit www.bluemissions.org.

Diversity Honors 5/9/15

Diversity Honors
Saturday, 05/09/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Diversity-Honors-PhotoSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1 Seminole Way,
Hollywood, Florida 33314
Webpage Link
Cost: Tickets are $150 per person and corporate tables of 10 are $1,500

The inaugural Diversity Honors, co-presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park, will recognize national honorees Judy and Dennis Shepard, co-founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, plus several South Florida leaders who have made a significant impact on improving the quality of life for the LGBT community.

Emceed by WSVN-TV’s Craig Stevens, the gala will celebrate South Florida forces for change including international recording artist Deborah Cox, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Rand Hoch, nationally recognized teen activist and honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation Jazz Jennings, celebrity entertainer Elaine Lancaster (James Davis), CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Florida Lillian Tamayo, 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida Miami Judge William Thomas and Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis.

In addition to a cocktail reception, seated three-course dinner and musical entertainment, Diversity Honors will offer a front and center opportunity to hear a compelling speech about the need for more education, greater acceptance and advocacy for equal rights from Stuart Milk, co-founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation.

uAspire Miami Cap & Gown Gala 5/2/15

uAspire Miami Cap & Gown Gala
Saturday, 05/02/2015 – 06:30 pm – 11:00 pm
uAspire-Invite-4.2.15Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street,
miami, Florida 33135
Webpage Link
Cost: $175

uAspire Miami hosts its 2nd annual Cap & Gown Gala on May 2nd, 2015 at the Miami Dade College Koubek Center. The event will feature The First One Awards, honoring individuals who, against great odds, rose above their circumstances to become a first-generation college graduate and is, today, a leader or rising star in their field or the local community. This year we proudly honor Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Ambassador Simon Ferro and U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The evening will gather Miami Area business and community leaders to celebrate uAspire Miami and its mission to ensure that college is affordable and accessible for all young people. Throughout the night, guests will sip on cocktails courtesy of Bacardi, beer from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company and enjoy delicious tapas and paella while dining al fresco. Unlike other galas, this one promises to be refreshing, as guests sit in lounge furniture and dance away to a live band under the night sky.

The Cap & Gown Gala featuring The First One Awards will ultimately highlight the transformative power of higher education to propel individuals and families toward lives of opportunity.

For information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact uAspire Miami’s Executive Director, Jerry Henry, [email protected]

Communities In Schools Of Miami Celebrates 26th Anniversary With Charity Gala 5/2/15

Communities In Schools Of Miami Celebrates 26th Anniversary With Charity Gala
Saturday, 05/02/2015 – 05/02/2015 06:00 pm – 11:00 pm
2014-WhereDreamsComeTrue_flyer1Intercontinental Miami, Chopin Ballroom
100 Chopin Plaza,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: $200

Every nine seconds of each school day, a young person drops out of high school in the U.S., and nearly one-third fail to graduate on time. For the past 26 years, Communities In Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami) has been a driving force in collaborating with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to improve educational outcomes for Miami students.

CIS of Miami’s largest fundraiser is its annual gala, and this year’s event on Saturday, May 2nd, will commemorate CIS of Miami’s 26 years of service. The theme of the 2015 gala is “Over The Rainbow: Where Dreams Come True,” which pays tribute to the successful journeys more than 20,000 students have taken toward their future.

The event takes place in the Chopin Ballroom at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel overlooking downtown Miami’s skyline and Biscayne Bay. The evening starts with a sunset cocktail hour where supporters can bid on luxury, silent auction items including vacation packages, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, spa treatments and more.

A three-course dinner will follow accompanied by live music and entertainment by CIS of Miami students.

Tickets for the annual philanthropic event are $200 each, and all proceeds directly benefit CIS of Miami. In 2014, CIS’ gala raised more than $100,000 to fund dropout prevention programs including tutoring, mentoring and financial literacy to children in grades k-12.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cismiami.org or by calling 305-252-5444.

About Communities In Schools of Miami
Communities In Schools of Miami surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school. Through a school-based coordinator, CIS connects students and their families to needed community resources, and provides comprehensive wrap-around services including mentoring, tutoring, life skills development, case management, counseling, job readiness and more. CIS of Miami serves more than 20,000 students each year and is an affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, whose model has been proven to both increase on-time graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. For more information visit www.cismiami.org.

Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts Of Miami-Dade County Announces 9th Anniversary Gala 4/24/15

Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts Of Miami-Dade County Announces 9th Anniversary Gala
Friday, 04/24/2015 – 04/24/2015 06:30 pm –
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: $2500 per individual ticket

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will host its 9th anniversary gala on April 24, 2015. The Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House will be transformed into an intimate dining and performance space for this special evening.

The 9th anniversary gala will once again be chaired by two of South Florida’s most esteemed members of the philanthropic community, Swanee and Paul DiMare. Adrienne Arsht, the Center’s name benefactor, will serve as honorary chair. Margaret and Mike Eidson will serve as Gala co-chairs. Gala proceeds will support the Center’s mission-driven arts education and community outreach programs.

“Every Gala is an opportunity for us to see how the support and funding provided by the philanthropic community has helped the Arsht Center in achieving its mission of making the performing arts accessible to all, as all the money raised through this event goes directly back to education programming,” said Swanee DiMare, chair of the Gala for the third year in a row.

Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning international superstar Barry Manilow will wow guests with a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-with a special tribute to Frank Sinatra in honor of Frank’s 100th birthday. For the Arsht Center’s annual celebration, the Center will transform the Ziff Ballet Opera House into an intimate “supper club” with cocktails, dinner, and dancing directly on the Lynn Wolfson Stage. The 9th anniversary gala will once again be chaired by two of South Florida’s most esteemed members of the philanthropic community, Swanee and Paul DiMare. Adrienne Arsht, the Center’s name benefactor, will serve as honorary chair. Margaret and Mike Eidson will serve as Gala co-chairs.

The attire is black tie. Limited table and sponsorship opportunities are available for $50,000 and $25,000, and individual tickets are available for $2,500. For more information about corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities or to RSVP for the event, please call (786) 468-2020 or email [email protected]

The 1st Annual Junior Orange Bowl Denim and Diamonds Gala 2/28/15

The 1st Annual Junior Orange Bowl Denim and Diamonds Gala
Saturday, 02/28/2015 – 06:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Front-Cover-RevisedThe Westin Coral Gables Colonnade Hotel
180 Aragon Ave,
Miami, Florida 33134
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: 125.00

The Junior Orange Bowl is launching their 1st Annual Gala, February 28, 2015 at The Westin Coral Gables Colonnade Hotel. The gala themed Denim And Diamonds chaired by Michelle Benitez-Bermudez, is set to draw awareness to the organizations milestones and its mission to serve the South Florida community. The non-for-profit organization hosts athletic, academic, and cultural competitions that draw over 7,500 youth from Miami, the State of Florida, across the United States, and over 76 countries worldwide to compete.

The 2015 Denim & Diamonds Honorees
Narendra Kini, MD
CEO, Miami Children’s Hospital

William H. Kerdyk
Vice Mayor, City of Coral Gables

Charles DeLucca Jr & Charles DeLucca III
Founders, The First Tee of Miami

The 2015 Mistress of Ceremony
Sandra Pebbles

Guest attending the coveted event will enjoy live music by The Horizons, a fine dinning experience paired with wine provided by Ojala Wines, drinks by Bacardi, complimentary valet by Mercedes Benz Coral Gables & a silent auction with a hotel stay from Vintro South Beach, sports memorabilia & special curated packages to name a few. As the event comes to a close guest will indulge in cafesito by Vicky Bakery with a special appreciation gift bag in hand.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Miami To Celebrate New Home, Recognize Supporters at 2015 Big Event Dream Gala 2/28/15

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Miami To Celebrate New Home, Recognize Supporters At 2015 Big Event ‘Dream’ Gala
Sunday, 02/28/2015 – 07:30 pm – 01:30 am
dreamgalaJW Marriott Marquis Miami
1109 1109 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: $750+

COST: Individual tickets for the Gala are $750. Sponsorships for tables of 10 guests that offer other benefits are available for corporations, organizations, and individuals on several levels: Dream Maker ($50,000), Dream Builder ($25,000), Daydreamer ($15,000), and Dream Team ($10,000). Table sponsorship are also available.

The Gator Club of Miami Presents
2015 Casino Royale Gator Gala Fundraiser 3/21/15

The Gator Club of Miami Presents
2015 Casino Royale Gator Gala Fundraiser
Saturday, 03/21/2015 – 08:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Casino-Royale-SquareChopin Ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel Miami
100 Chopin Plaza,
Miami, Florida 33131
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $100/Individual, $180/Couple

The University of Florida Gator Club of Miami invites you to try their luck at the most highly anticipated event of the year. The Casino Royale Gator Gala Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami. Enjoy shaken or stirred cocktails, casino games, music worthy of a Bond film soundtrack, a seductive silent auction, and maybe even a little espionage with a spy who loves you.

Last year, the success of the Gator Gala allowed the Gator Club of Miami to increase the total number of local scholarships awarded by 40 percent. The Gator Club of Miami is a 501(c)3 organization that is aimed at fostering and enhancing the relationships between the University of Florida and its alumni, students, and friends in Miami-Dade County and surrounding areas, and to support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service.

WHAT: Casino Royale Gator Gala Fundraiser

WHY: Proceeds will benefit the Gator Club of Miami Scholarship Fund in its mission to award scholarships to University of Florida freshman from Miami-Dade County based on both merit and financial need.

WHEN: Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 8:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M

WHERE: Chopin Ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami FL 33131

Dress Code (optional): Dress to Impress Bond Style (gowns for women and tuxes for men)

For Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gator-gala-2015-casino-royale-tickets-15121031412

SAVE NOW with special coupon code at purchase:
COUPLEROYALE – $20 off couples ticket
SINGLEROYALE – $10 off single ticket

Bridge to the Stars 3/14/15

Bridge to the Stars
Saturday, 03/14/2015 – 03/14/2015 07:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Temple House
1415 Euclid Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $175

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.- Miami-Dade’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected, and abandoned youth – invites you to attend its signature fundraiser, the Bridge to the Stars ‘Arabian Nights’ gala. The enchanted evening at Miami Beach’s Temple House will be filled with exotic flavors, vibrant colors, belly dancing and a silent auction, as well as other exciting surprises. Proceeds from the event will benefit Miami Bridge, which – for nearly 30 years – has served as a vital resource of help, refuge and counseling for the community’s youth in need. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://miamibridge.org/miami-bridge-gala/

The Big Event -Big Brothers Big Sisters gala 2/28/15

The Big Event -Big Brothers Big Sisters gala
Saturday, 02/28/2015 – 07:00 pm – 01:00 am
bbbs-logoJW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: 750.00+

The Big Event -Big Brothers Big Sisters annual agency gala, held in February, has been the talk of South Florida for over 10 years. This is not a boring black-tie function, but a festive, interactive party featuring an auction village, dinner, dancing, live entertainment and gourmet cuisine in some of Miami’s top venues. The Big Event is attended by Miami’s corporate and philanthropic elite.

Photographs of Unity Coaliction’s New Years Eve Gala at The Betsy Hotel Rooftop on 12/31/14

Unity Coaliction’s New Years Eve Gala hosted by Jack Mackenroth at The Betsy Hotel Rooftop on December 31, 2104.

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Convivencia Miami Kick-Off 1/20/15

Convivencia Miami Kick-Off
Tuesday, 01/20/2015 – 07:00 pm –
eblast-orange-300Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $30/ticket OR $125/Five tickets

Join us on Tuesday, January 20th at 7pm at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for an evening of performances, food, and drink – all with the flavor and flair of Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East!
Hosted & curated by hanan, featuring the Habibi Orchestra Remix, there will be a concert of Ladino, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Afro Cuban, Spanish, Haitian,
African & Caribbean music and dance, plus live poetry and performance art.

Convivencia Miami 2015 is a four-month arts and culture project modeled on the historical period, “La Convivencia.” It brings together artists, performers and scholars to discuss and celebrate the interwoven influences of the arts, language, science and religion during a time of peace between Jewish, Muslim, and Christian populations on the Iberian peninsula. Arts at St. Johns believes that this period is a model for intercultural understanding, cross-fertilization and tolerance in South Florida.

Cuban American Bar Association Annual Benefit Gala and Board Installation Dinner 1/31/15

Cuban American Bar Association Annual Benefit Gala and Board Installation Dinner
Saturday, 01/31/2015 – 07:00 pm –
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Webpage Link
Cost: $200.00–$2,750.00

The Cuban American Bar Association will serve as host to its annual gala and installation of officers at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fla. The gala raises money for the Cuban American Bar Foundation’s CABA Scholarship Fund, which in the past several years has raised more than $150,000 toward scholarships for law students and other scholars with interests that will promote excellence in the legal profession and legal services community.

2015 “Be A Voice, Feel The Passion” Gala 1/17/15

2015 “Be A Voice, Feel The Passion” Gala
Saturday, 12/17/2014 – 07:00 pm –
VFC-logoMandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Tables start at $10,000 and individual tickets are $500

Voices For Children Foundation to host the 2015 Be A Voice Gala, Feel the Passion Gala, presented by Harry Winston, along with Honorary Co-Chairs Brittany and Christian Slater and Gala Co-Chairs Blain and Jill Heckaman, to show support and raise funds for the foster care children of Miami-Dade County. This event will welcome approximately 500 of Miami’s most philanthropic and influential community leaders and dedicated business professionals. Guests will arrive to an elegant cocktail reception featuring a silent auction with goods and services donated from national and local luxury brands.

The exclusive auction customarily features an array of exciting pieces and unique experiences. Emceed by Paul Castronovo, host of Big 105.9’s “Paul & Young Ron Show,” this year’s Gala will recognize Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz with the 2015 Humanitarian Award and guests will experience a special performance by Charles “Lil Buck” Riley. The evening culminates with dinner and a meaningful testimonial demonstrating the work of Voices For Children and the Guardian ad Litem Program. New York’s DJ Kucha will provide festive tunes into the late night while continued cocktails round out the unforgettable evening and remind guests of their fortunate opportunity to Be A Voice for foster children in our community.

Miami-Dade Chamber marks 40-Year Legacy of Advocating For Black, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Florida 12/6/14

Miami-Dade Chamber marks 40-Year Legacy of Advocating For Black, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Florida
Sunday, 12/06/2014 – 12/06/2014 06:00 pm – 11:00 pm
InviteJungle Island Tree Top Ballroom
1111 Parrott Jungle Trial,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: $200

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC) will host an elegant black-tie gala to celebrate its 40th Anniversary and you are invited to attend. The Ruby inspired Gala will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Jungle Island Tree Top Ballroom, 1111 Parrott Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132. The gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm. The gala always attracts an esteemed group of notable civic, business and community influencers. This year’s gala chairman is Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Music will be provided by legendary Doug E. Fresh.

The M-DCC has been at the forefront the past forty-years advocating for Black, Minority and Women-Owned businesses providing a blueprint to create awareness of the economic impact minority-owned businesses have in the Miami Dade and South Florida area. The M-DCC carries the leadership torch of its past Presidents who include; Inaugural President David Fincher (1974-1984); Dorothy Baker (1984-2004) Bill Diggs (2005-2013) and newly elected President G. Eric Knowles has already begun to make an indelible mark through advocacy and membership engagement.

“It is important to understand the relevancy and celebrate the successes of the past forty years, as we build a platform for our future. While creating a level playing field for our current membership, it is important that we create a tide that will raise the entrepreneurial spirit of our young business professionals here in Miami- Dade County and throughout South Florida”
G. Eric Knowles, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce

Gala Sponsors include: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Carnival Cruise Lines, FPL, Baptist Health South Florida, W South Beach, Port of Miami, FIU and Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The M-DCC gala is one of the most sought out invitations in South Florida during the holiday season. The 2014 Miami-Dade Chamber Gala Honorees to receive prestigious honors include: Garth Reeves Sr. Publisher Emeritus-Miami Times, will receive the H.T. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference NAACP will be presented the Distinguished Service Award. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss is being recognized with the Citizen Of The Year Award.

Individual Tickets are $200 per person and $2,250 for a table of 10. Sponsorships offer tremendous added value including extensive media exposure and the opportunity to promote your company to South Florida’s noted business executives, elected officials, professionals and community influencers.
For more information and to reserve your space, please contact the Chamber at 305-751-8648 or register online today at www.m-dcc.org.

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Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala 12/6/14

Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala
Saturday, 12/06/2014 – 08:00 pm –
100evite2Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: Individual Ticket – $125; Reserved Table (10 Guests) – $1,500; VIP Lounge (10 Guests) – $2,500

The Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation is set to host its 38th Annual Christmas Gala, with support from BMW, Bacardi and Coca-Cola. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit various Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation projects, including “A Toy for Every Child” and “Adopt-a-Family” holiday initiatives.

“For more than three decades, our Annual Christmas Gala has afforded the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana the opportunity to touch the lives of those less fortunate by distributing thousands of cherished gifts and warm meals during the holidays,” said Henry Jimenez, chairman of the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. “With the help of our corporate and community partners, as well as numerous volunteers, we can continue to further our mission to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of thousands of South Florida children and their families.”

Beginning at 8 p.m., guests will dance to the rhythm of live performances by internationally renowned artists Grupo Niche, Hansel Y Raul, and Lime. Attendees will also enjoy an open bar and buffet stations featuring local cuisine. Formal attire will be strictly enforced.

Additional benefiting foundation projects include the annual Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Christmas Fair, Future Leaders through Education Scholarship Fund, and many more community goodwill youth initiatives.

Urban MATERs: Art. Music. Mix in Support of In-Need Kids 11/14/14

Urban MATERs: Art. Music. Mix in Support of In-Need Kids
Friday, November 14, 8:00pm
UrbanMATERsMAPS Backlot
342 NW 24 St
Miami, FL 33127
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Contrasting traditional fundraisers, the Centro Mater Foundation is kicking off Miami’s art season with a casual community celebration of urban art, music and entertainment in support of local underprivileged youths.

Designed as an urban art fair, Urban MATERs will offer food trucks, sweets, spirits, and craft beer-all included in the ticket price. Entertainment will include live music and a creative variety of artistic expressions, including opportunities for guests to create their own masterpieces. Local artist “GG” will present an exhibition and live art display. Guests will also be able to peruse memorabilia at a Romero Britto Pop-Up Shop.

The Centro Mater Foundation is a South Florida institution that supports the efforts of Centro Mater Child Care Services Inc., a non-profit organization that provides quality care and education to economically disadvantaged youths. The funds raised through the event will largely support Centro Mater’s noted summer program, which annually serves 800 at-risk children.

Event sponsors include: Sazon Goya, Coastal Wine and Spirits, FirstBank Florida, Mercantil Commercebank, Cantera & Associates, Catholic Health Services, Diario las Americas, Merrill Lynch, Palmetto57, Femwell Group Health, HLB Gravier, KPMG LLP, Permal Group, Verdeja & De Armas, LLP, Atelier Monnier, and Panagra.

28th Annual Festival of the Trees 11/20/14

Thursday, 11/20/2014, 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
FOT-2014_Save-the-Date1Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive
Miami, Florida 33134
Website
Entry: $72; Ten People: $550

The exhibition gala will be attended by some of Miami’s most well-known figures in the real estate, arts, architecture and design communities, as well as representatives from the media, Miami-Dade government, FIU students, faculty, and alumni. The Interior Architecture Advisory Board coordinates the exhibition and accompanying gala reception. As in past years, net proceeds from the Festival of the Trees will be used to support FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and help talented students pursue a quality education at FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts. This annual holiday extravaganza has raised over $150,000!

“Design GPS: Global Prismatic Spectrums” is the theme of this year’s exhibition that showcases the amazing creativity of the community by engaging top local, national and international designers in the design of spectacular holiday trees made from every imaginable material. All who attend the gala reception on November 20th can bid on these extraordinary tree creations, and the winning bidder can display them as holiday decorations in their homes or offices, for years to come.

Single tickets are $72 and a $550 ten-person group rate is currently available for purchase at www.festivalofthetrees.net.

Leadership Learning Center Annual Gala 11/7/14

Leadership Learning Center Annual Gala
Friday, 11/07/2014 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
unnamed-2Coral Gables Country Club
997 N. Greenway Drive,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: $400

The Leadership Learning Center at St. John Bosco Catholic Church will host its gala on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Coral Gables Country Club. The gala will kick-off a capital campaign, which will fund the new facility being constructed on the Center’s campus. Once the building is complete, the Center will be able to double the amount of students it serves annually.

The event’s theme will celebrate the program’s golden anniversary and officially mark the beginning of the next chapter of the Leadership Learning Center’s work in the community. Gala chairs Yuri Rossi and Dr. Ada Armas will join leaders from the business and civic community, including alumni of the program.

Univision anchors Eileen Cardet and Jorge Hernandez will serve as the Masters of Ceremonies, and Willy Chirino will perform live for attendees. The event include cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and dancing.

Gala sponsors include Humana; MCCI Medical Group; Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc.; Quantum Technology Partners; Artisan Media; Bacardi U.S.A.; Healthcare Image Centers Radiology VIP; Astor; Ocean Bank; and Jaxi Builders, Inc.

Neat Stuff 4th Annual Casino Night Event 10/17/14

Neat Stuff 4th Annual Casino Night Event
neatstuff4October 17, 2014, 7:30PM
Coral Gables Country Club
997 N Greenway Dr
Miami, FL 33134
Pre paid tickets to the Neat Stuff Casino Night: $125. $150 at the door.
For more information on tickets please email: [email protected]
Website

The non for profit organization Neat Stuff, Inc. is ready to host its fourth Casino Night fundraising event. Hosted by Miami Housewife star, Chef, and Author Ana Quincoces, the Casino Night fundraising event is planned to be a fabulous night filled with “Las Vegas” style fun intended to help raise funds for a an amazing organization that aids our South Florida youth. The program will include a presentation by Commissioner for District 8, Mrs. Daniella Levine Cava.

Neat Stuff, Inc. was founded in 1995 with the missionto provide free new clothing and school uniforms to abused, neglected, abandoned and other at-risk children. Neat Stuff was created by local community child advocate Phyllis Krug, who identified a critical need for children involved in the social services system. Today, the organization is proud to be the only agency of its kind in South Florida proudly serving an average of 4,000 at-risk children and distributing over $ 1.2 million worth of new clothes, school uniforms and accessories annually. The major story is not just what they do but how they do it.

Neat Stuff for Kids which has been dubbed “the little engine that could” raises its funds from the private sector with no Government help which presents its challenges. Neat Stuff works hard to create strong relationships within community while running a very lean and efficient operation. The Casino Night fundraising event is an opportunity for others to jump on “little engine that could” while having a great time.

The Neat Stuff Casino Night is planned to be a spectacular affair. Fittingly the upscale, newly renovated Coral Gables Country Club was chosen for this event. Guests will experience a red carpet welcome complete with Las Vegas-style show girls which are sure to set the mood for a “Sin City” inspired event. After ticketing, guests will receive their “play money” and enter the Coral Grand Ballroom and be transported to Las Vegas for one night.

Those present will be treated to an open bar to get those pesky pre-gambling jitters out of the way. Experience the sights and sounds of a real casino as players roar with every roll of the dice at the craps table. Try your hand at out hustling the blackjack dealer while sipping on vodka martinis. The roulette table is sure to be popular as participants decide what to bet only moments before the dealer flicks the ball into the spinning wheel. If the tables aren’t the fancy or just taking a break between bets guests are encouraged to take part in the fabulous silent and live auction. Music will fill the air as guests move to the rhythm with cocktails in hand. Palates will be pleased as guests savor delicious hors d’ouerves throughout the evening and enjoy an exquisite buffet. The Neat Stuff Casino Night is sure to be a spectacular event but more importantly it is an event to bring people together for the sake and welfare of less fortunate children in our community

The Neat Stuff Casino Night will be another milestone of what has been an amazing journey for this agency. What began as a humble operation in 1995 has turned into an inspiring tale of how a group of caring people can help others who are not as fortunate. The “little engine that could” is ready to turn into a furious locomotive.

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 [email protected] or at 305-794-1761.

Photography by Betty Alvarez

 

Photography by Betty Alvarez

Care Resource 30th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee VIP White Party at Perez Art Museum Miami 11/29/14

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Care Resource 30th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee VIP White Party
Saturday, November 29th from 7pm to 12am
New PAMM adPerez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33130

Admission to the White Party is $215. It is $250 the day of event.
Tickets

Come Celebrate the White Party™ in true VIP fashion at the all-new Perez Art Museum Miami. Witness the rebirth of “The White Party” as Care Resource celebrates their 30th Anniversary “Diamond Jubilee” in true VIP fashion at the all new Perez Art Museum Miami. One will enjoy the nighttime views of Miami Beach and the Port of Miami as never seen before in high fashion all while enjoying complimentary cocktails and music all night long and SO much more…

The evening be a fantastic night of fabulous fashonistas in white, emblazoned with diamonds and pearls. If you arrive before 9pm, you are even welcome to fully explore the museum while being entertained by an array of musical quartets, ensembles and very colorful characters.

While outside, you will be treated to delectable hors d’oeuvres prepared fresh from the kitchen of Stephen Starr Events. In addition, you can take your chances to win fabulous prizes at the outdoor Casino and enjoy amazing complimentary cocktails all night long. Later in the evening, DJ David Knapp and the White Party Symphony will perform a very special one hour tribute to 30 years of music, as composed and conducted by Sam Hyken, as never heard before.

According to Hyken, “I am taking music and adding a whole new layer with strings, bass, horns, piano and percussion. It is a whole new level of sophistication and excitement. Together, with DJ David Knapp, we are going to take guests through 30 years of music – songs that were popular from White Party’s past. It will be epic.”
According to Jonathan Welsh, Care Resource’s Marketing and Development Manager, “Miami is a magical, growing and dynamic city. This White Party, that historically was at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, will be an event that all of us that live here can be proud of. Attendees will enjoy not only the musical journey but the careful thought and planning that is going into every detail.”

Through the White Party, for over 30 years, Care Resource has been able to raise millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS research, prevention, care and treatment services to individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Today, they are a full-fledged federally qualified community health center (FQHC) – a medical home for all those in need.

“We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson

Round Trip shuttle service is available from the National Hotel on Miami Beach. Valet Parking will also be available for $25 at the event. Self-parking will be available for $15 at the Hyatt Regency, with complimentary shuttles to the museum throughout the night.

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Cheers To B 11/1/14

Cheers To B
Saturday, 11/01/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cheers-to-B-logoDauer Museum of Classic Cars
10801 NW 50th Street,
Sunrise, Florida 33351
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Cost: 125.00

Enjoy an evening of live music, flowing Whispering Angel and Chateau D’Esclans, a sweet and savory feast from Catering the Event, specialty cocktails featuring Fifty Pounds Gin and Purity Vodka, live and silent auctions and more! The second annual Cheers to B! event takes place at the unique private facility Dauer Museum of Classic Cars, allowing guests a rare peek at more than 60 expertly restored vintage automobiles from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s. Sip, savor and swagger down memory lane, as vehicles are perfectly placed like pieces of art set against backdrops corresponding to their era.

This is the second annual Cheer to B! event, brought to you by the registered not-for-profit organization B THE DIFFERENCE. All proceeds from this event help support patients and organizations dedicated to researching treatment and finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis (NF).

The EDGE Charitable Foundation Presents the 2nd Annual Casino Night 10/18/14

The EDGE Charitable Foundation Presents the 2nd Annual Casino Night
Saturday, 10/18/2014 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
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6700 Crandon Blvd.,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: $75 pre-sale, $100 at the door

The Early Development of Global Education (EDGE) Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, invites the South Florida community to their second annual Casino Night. The Hispanic Police Officers Association of Miami-Dade (HPOA) is the presenting sponsor of “A Night in Casablanca.” The themed event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at The Fairways on the Key – Crandon Park Golf Course (located at 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL. 33149).

As of today, The EDGE Charitable Foundation has helped more than 12,000 children in the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. The organization raises funds to benefit children who are homeless, unaccompanied, and victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or victimized in any other way. Last year’s event raised money to fund various projects locally and globally. Ninety percent of funds raised impacted children on a local level.

“The EDGE set a goal during last year’s Casino Night to double the number of children to be impacted by the 2013 Casino Night event, and they not only achieved their aggressive goal, they surpassed it,” said Mercy Hernandez, founder and president of the EDGE Charitable Foundation.

The Casino Night’s lounge-style setting promises to become the EDGE Charitable Foundation’s humanitarian event of the year. CBS4 Miami reporter, MaryAnn Martinez, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala which attracts a vibrant group of local business executives, community leaders and local celebrities. The evening will also feature two special celebrity guest hosts, Marysol Patton, President of The Patton Group Public Relations and star of Bravo Network’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Miami,” and Alexia Echevarria, Executive Editor of Venue Magazine and television personality on Bravo Networks’s “Real Housewives of Miami.” During the evening, guests will enjoy classic cars, gaming tables, a VIP champagne bar, a Funclick photo booth, food provided by Sal’s Italian Restaurant, a dessert station courtesy of Azucar Ice Cream and Bindi Italian Desserts, a coffee station courtesy of Starbucks, cigars and cocktails. Attire for the event will be black and white chic.

If purchased in advance, tickets for the second annual Casino Night start at $75 per person and include an open bar, food, cocktails and $30 in chips. Tickets will cost $100 at the door and are limited to the first 500 players (must be 21 years of age). Winnings have no actual cash value but guests will receive prizes and raffle items. To purchase tickets for the event online, visit www.EventBrite.com and search “The EDGE Casino Night.” For more information on the EDGE Charitable Foundation, visit www.TheEdgeEducation.com. For sponsorship opportunities, email Mercy Hernandez at [email protected] or call 305-298-1763.

Beaux Arts Hosts 62nd Annual Beaux Arts Ball 11/8/14

Beaux Arts Hosts 62nd Annual Beaux Arts Ball
November 8, 2014; 7 p.m.
Alfred I. DuPont Building
169 E. Flagler Street #5, Miami 33131
Tickets: $275 per person
Purchase Tickets
www.BeauxArtsMiami.org

Join Beaux Arts to celebrate Miami’s oldest costume ball and the organization’s ongoing support for the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum. Hosted at the Alfred I. DuPont Building, this year’s event will carry the much anticipated theme of “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil”.

Evening events will include a large silent auction, featuring over 200 items valued at over $150,000 and a first-ever Storied Wine Pull; a sit-down dinner and dancing; a costume and skit competition; and an exciting raffle with the top prize a $2,500 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus.

62nd Annual Beaux Arts Ball title sponsors include City National Bank, and Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. Additional sponsors include the Medina Family Foundation, UHealth, Ashley Cusack Realty, LNR Properties, Lowell International Realty, Neiman Marcus, SABMiller, Thierry’s Catering, Grey Goose Vodka, and Allie Munroe.

Funds raised at the event will be used for exhibitions, improvements and acquisitions to the Lowe’s permanent collection, as well as to finance the organization’s flagship program, Hands On!, which exposes underserved children from Miami-Dade to the visual arts.

Beaux Arts Ball Chairs: Meredith Kallaher and Anne Beaumont Neithardt

7th annual It’s All About the Kids event 10/4/14

7th annual “It’s All About the Kids” event
Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
JW Marriott Marquis
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
Individual tickets are $175 for members and $200 for non-members
purchase online
To follow the event conversation online, use the official hashtag: #FriendOfStJudeMiami.

Friends of St. Jude (FOSJ) Miami, the young professionals group dedicated to raising awareness and funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, and chaired by Jeb Bush Jr., invites the South Florida community to the seventh annual International Dermatology “It’s All About the Kids” event, presented by the Andrés Asion Foundation.

“We are excited to host another successful event, to ensure children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases can receive the treatment and care they need,” said Jeb Bush Jr., chair of FOSJ. “Thanks to our partners and South Florida’s ongoing support, Friends of St. Jude has raised more than $600,000 to help ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for their treatment, travel, housing or food.”

The event will feature a tasting menu and cocktails, as well as music performances by The Culture Band and DJ Troubles. This year’s hosts include award-winning journalist and anchor of Univision Network’s news-magazine show Primer Impacto Pamela Silva Conde and recording artist Jencarlos Canela.

“I’ve had the pleasure to witness first-hand, the great work that St. Jude does for their patients and their families,” said Silvia Trinidad, from International Dermatology Research. “I am wholeheartedly committed to St. Jude and their tireless work in the advancements of cancer research and treatment for the children.”

“In many cases, St. Jude is the last hope for children suffering from cancer, who have previously not responded well to standard treatments, because St. Jude is where doctors send their toughest cases as the hospital has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers”, said Andres Asion. “They are at the forefront of developing new treatment options that are then shared freely with hospitals around the world.”

International Dermatology will serve as the event’s title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year. Other sponsors include: Andres Asion Foundation, Stephan Gutierrez, Walmart, The Honorable & Mrs. Carlos Gutierrez and Family, Rana Furniture, LAAD, Richmond Global, Erik Fresen, Academica, Comcast, Cesar & Pamela Conde, La Carreta, Garrido Foundation, The Averhoff Family, Henry Parra, Braman Honda, Wolfington Companies, NCR – Local Florida, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Sazon, Promotional Party Sticks, Champion Companies, iBody, Google, Nuage Designs, Liquid Sky Laser, Lourdes Milian Productions, Bambini Soiree, Casa Diris, Randy Borges, Julien Diaz, Selecta Magazine, SocialMiami.com, Radio Mambi, Mix 98.3, Amor 107.5 and Univision America.

Intercontinental Hotel Make-A-Wish After Party 11/1/14

Intercontinental Hotel Make-A-Wish After Party
Saturday, 11/01/2014 – 10:30 pm – 03:00 am
logo1Intercontinental Hotel
100 Chopin Plaza,
Miami, Florida 33131
More Info Link
Cost: $100

Please join me for the next generation of contributors and Miami’s premier buzz creators in the fashion, arts, music and nightlife industries to the 7th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Join Gabrielle Anwar, Shareef Malnik, Robert Hill, Michael Capponi, Tara Solomon, Antonio Misuraca, Maxwell Blandford and Clif Loftin for a night of fantasy. The InterContinental® Miami will be turned into a hip after-hours venue with an OZ Reimagined theme of culture and décor. Progressive DJ beats by Michelle Leshem (EMM) and Producer Sean Drake. Fashion show by our smashing local community partner, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour.

EVENT INFORMATION

InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, Florida

Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:30 p.m. till 3:00 a.m.

Elegant Evening Attire
Complimentary Open Bar

Tickets- $100 per person (100% of proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.)

Please make your donation on my page to secure your spot at the After Party. You will not receive a paper ticket. Once you submit your $100 payment, you will receive an automatic email response and your name will appear on our registration the night of the event.

To purchase tickets and for more info please go to: http://friends.wish.org/017-000/page/David-Roth/-InterContinental-Miami-Make-A-Wish-After-Party.htm

Dress for Success Miami Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration 10/11/14

Dress for Success Miami Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
dressforsuccessThe Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Purchase tickets online

Dress for Success Miami will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with an over-the-top gala, “Gangstas, Gals and Glam.” Dress for Success Miami has helped 50,000 clients re-enter the workforce and, through the gala, will ensure continued support to the residents in Miami- Dade County.

Dress for Success Miami is excited to welcome Honorary Chairs Maritere and Jon Secada, as well as Honorary Chairwoman Star Jones. Emceeing the evening will be Local 10 news anchors Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes. Our “Honorary Gals” for the evening include CBS 4 entertainment reporter Lisa Petrillo; NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson; actress, TV host and entrepreneur Adriana Cataño; and lifestyle director for Antena305.com, journalist and correspondent for CNN Español Paula Lamas.

Guests will be welcomed by a red carpet, followed by a cocktail reception with exquisite passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as wine and spirits, including signature Dress for Success Miami cocktails provided by Diageo. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on extraordinary items in the silent auction, including “staycations” from Miami’s most luxurious hotels; experiences from the best restaurants in South Florida including a 3-course pasta making class by renowned Miami Chef Nunzio of Bocce Bar; 2015 Grammy Award tickets; rock n’ roll memorabilia; exclusive jewelry and many more exciting items.

Miami based fashion designer Julian Chang has joined Dress for Success Miami in support of its gala. This talented and creative designer is providing a custom, one-of-a-kind gown for the silent auction, as well as designing evenings looks for very special guests: two Dress for Success Miami clients.

Following the cocktail hour, the festivities will officially commence! Attendees will enter the ballroom for a gourmet dinner and dancing. Throughout the ballroom Diageo will be providing a selection of its signature brands. The evening’s entertainment will be extraordinary, and features internationally renowned music group Tártara; maestro singer, pianist and entertainer Bill Campbell; and Alto Reed, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, founding and current member of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band and recipient of a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After dinner, guests can play their luck at the casino. From blackjack to poker, from slots to roulette, guests will have the opportunity to win magnificent prizes. While at the casino, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a cigar by one of Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 brands, Oliva.

Tickets are $500 per person and sponsorship opportunities begin at $7,500. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://dfsmiami20.eventbrite.com.

The evening would not have been possible without our generous sponsors and supporters: Presenting Sponsor: Royal Caribbean International. Platinum Sponsor: Judith & Norman Fields Family Fund. Gold Sponsor: Diageo. Silver Sponsor: Hilton Bentley Miami Beach. Baptist Health South Florida, Walmart, Perry Ellis International, Kimpton Hotels, Suntrust Foundation, Julian Chang, Fantasy Farms, A Blonde Tulip, Oliva Cigars, Showroom by Phillips Frankel, The Crest Team and Comcast.

Wine On Harvest Moon – It’s Wunderbar 10/11/14

Wine On Harvest Moon – It’s Wunderbar
Saturday, 10/11/2014 – 10/11/2014 07:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Moon-image-Brian-Call-LRDeering Estate at Cutler
16701 SW 72 Avenue,
Miami Shores, Florida 33157
Webpage Link
Cost: $150pp

Experience the Best of Bavaria at the Deering Estate Foundation’s 13th Wine On Harvest Moon presented by South BMW, and celebrate the fine wines, unique cuisine and vibrant culture of Germany. It’s Wunderbar, as the historic Estate is transformed into a castle in the Alps with the music of Beethoven and Handel filling the ballroom, wine tastings, a romantic Biergarten, delectable dishes created by Miami’s top chefs and a village bake shop filled with luscious desserts. Throughout the evening theatrical vignettes are performed, and an art exhibit featuring works by contemporary artists of German heritage is on display in the Stone House and Richmond Cottage. An exciting high-end auction with wine, art and travel experiences completes the evening.

5th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Holiday Gourmet Showcase Launch Party 11/16/14

5th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Holiday Gourmet Showcase Launch Party
Sunday, 11/16/2014 – 11/16/2014 01:00 pm – 08:00 pm
NEWHoliday-Showcase-Flyer-3Four Ambassadors La Scala
905 Brickell Bay Drive,
905 Brickell Day Drive, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost:

The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival Presents its 5th Annual Holiday kick-off event with a special Holiday Gourmet Showcase and Brunch series. The festivities will be held at the two ball rooms of, La Scala & The Flamingo Theatre Bar within the Four Ambassadors. The event starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 8:00pm with the Brunch having two sessions between 1:00pm and 4:30pm.

This event is a very special occasion because 16 year old Lexi Alberts, daughter of Barry Alberts will be hosting the event in memory of her father who died last April in a tragic car accident. He was the Owner of Berries to Wine, Inc. He was the wine expert for Taste of Brickell and also a beloved wine aficionado, educator and hosted wine tasting events in our community to educate others.

Attendees will be able to sip wine from many wineries from across the globe and also sample gourmet food from some of world’s finest suppliers and chefs. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for a delicious brunch which will have 2 sessions.

Attendees will have an opportunity to sample, and purchase, from over 200 different food and spirits labels. Food pairings will include gourmet items of an extensive nature, chocolates, pastries and other assorted desserts for after hours. We will also have a cheese showcase with cheeses from around the world.

There will be an opportunity to shop and take your products to our Gift Basket Area where you can create and design your own Holiday gift basket to give to your clients, family and friends for the Holidays.
After the showcase shuts down we will have great entertainment and a dance floor where you can enjoy the rest of your experience at La Scala. The Expo will feature new chefs in the area, wine tastings, featuring several reserve wines that will only be available that night.

Please make sure you bid on the Silent auction which will held in La Scala there will be lots of great prizes, trips, dinners etc, great for holiday gifts.

This Holiday event is the kick off to The 5th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival to be held March 14th 2015. For more information and participation contact 786-355-4800 or [email protected] or go to our website at www.tasteofbrickell.com.

Fact Sheet:
What: Holiday Wine and Gourmet Food Showcase Presented by Taste of Brickell – Kick off party
Where: La Scala at the Four Ambassadors.
When: Sunday, November 16th, 2014 –
Time: 1:00 early entrance –1pm to 8 pm
Brunch Series – 2 Sessions (Early / Late)
8pm to 12 midnight follows live entertainment and Dancing and Cocktails
Tickets and Participations can be found our website.
Information: Go to: www.tasteofbrickell.com – Direct 786-355-4800.

About the Charity
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only academic-based cancer center in the South Florida region, where cancer research is conducted alongside our clinical care. Patient care at Sylvester is multidisciplinary, highly specialized, and “advance of the art” At Sylvester we believe that research is the key to producing the best results for cancer patients and their families. Today there are more than 280 physicians and scientists working together. Sylvester is a non-profit 501 © 3 organization. Whose mission is to reduce the human burden from cancer and other serious illnesses through research, education, prevention, and the delivery of the highest possible quality patient care.

Family Resource Center’s 4th Annual Children’s Hero Awards Gala 10/24/14

Family Resource Center’s 4th Annual Children’s Hero Awards Gala
Friday, 10/24/2014 – 06:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Conrad Miami Hotel
1395 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: $150

You’re cordially invited…dinner, music, and an amazing live & silent auction! Established in 2009, the Children’s Hero Awards honor community members who have shown incredible foresight and leadership in providing services and support to those youth who have suffered child abuse and neglect in Miami-Dade. This year, Family Resource Center will present three awards to prestigious leaders who have made a difference in the lives of foster children.

Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County’s Superintendent of Schools, will be this year’s recipient of the Children’s Hero Award in recognition of his provision of critical educational resources and services to children in the foster care system, including the establishment of a data sharing project between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the local Foster Care Agencies.

In acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution as a Family Resource Center board member, as well as his ongoing commitment to the agency, Mr. Mario Trueba, CEO and President of Sabadell United Bank, N.A., will receive this year’s Children’s Sustainer Award.

And for the first time, Family Resource Center is pleased to present the Child Welfare Legacy Award. It will be bestowed upon Mr. Lawrence S. Hurwit, accomplished real estate developer and composer, for his lifetime body of work supporting children who have suffered child abuse and neglect. Notably, Mr. Hurwit created the Hurwit Children’s Emergency Shelter for those most vulnerable and in need of a safe haven.

From 6:30-7:30 you can sip on a signature Children’s Hero Cocktail while you check out a one-of-a-kind silent auction called Trips, Travel & Leisure. This auction will feature an amazing assortment of getaways here and abroad as well as sports tickets, spa pampering and fine dining. Make sure to snag something fabulous. From there, enjoy an elegant three course dinner and a chance to win something big during the live auction.

All proceeds generated from the evening will go towards providing hundreds of newborns, toddlers, adolescents and teens with the shelter, food, medical and mental health care that they need due to experiencing abuse, neglect and abandonment by their parents.

Guitars Over Guns to Hold First Annual Choose Your Sound Benefit Concert 8/23/14

Guitars Over Guns to Hold First Annual Choose Your Sound Benefit Concert
Saturday, 08/23/2014 – 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
CYS-elec-flyer-FINALGleason Room backstage at the Fillmore in Miami Beach
1700 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: $100

Guitars Over Guns, a Miami-based nonprofit that provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music education and performance, announced today that it will hold its first annual Choose Your Sound benefit concert on Saturday, August 23rd from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the Gleason Room backstage at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave). Tickets are available for $100 at http://bit.ly/GOGOGala.

Guitars Over Guns (GOGO) president and co-founder Chad Bernstein launched the organization in 2008 to formalize the ad-hoc mentoring that he and other members of the Miami band Suénalo were providing to local middle-schoolers. In partnership with Communities in Schools, the country’s largest dropout prevention organization, GOGO delivers a results-based, scalable model for bringing the joy and discipline of music-making to young people facing adversity in high-risk environments. Through its weekly programs, professional musicians forge positive relationships with students through one-on-one mentoring and instruction in music theory and performance.

“In addition to developing musicianship skills and strong relationships with local mentors, students who participate in Guitars Over Guns programs do better in school: 96 percent of GOGO students have improved their grades in math and reading,” said Bernstein. “The Choose Your Sound benefit concert will raise money to support our programs so that we can bring the transformative power of music to more students and schools in South Florida and beyond. We are thrilled to have a great lineup of bands and some of our community’s most prominent artists lending their support to our mission and joining us for what promises to be a fantastic evening of entertainment.”

Sponsored by Matusalem, Tito’s Vodka and Bombay Sapphire, the Choose Your Sound benefit concert will feature performances from local bands Suénalo, the Spam Allstars and Tomas Diaz as well as student musicians from the GOGO program. Roxanne Vargas of NBC’s 6 in the Mix will host the event, and singer and actor Jencarlos Canela will make a special appearance. There will also be a fine art exhibition featuring work from internationally renowned artist LEBO (who will create a one-of-a-kind painting to be auctioned that evening), Krave, Bhakti Baxter, Alvin Hernandez and Eva Ruiz, and a silent auction of unique gift packages and donated prizes.

“If I weren’t in GOGO I’d probably be susceptible to gang violence, street fights and drug abuse,” said Amelio Joseph, former student of the Guitars Over Guns Program. It’s just a way for me to express myself, to just get my feelings out there. Life without music is not life at all.”

For more information on Choose Your Sound and to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/GOGOGala. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the event, please contact Chad Bernstein at [email protected] or at 847.420.6327. Follow GOGO on Twitter @guitarsoverguns and join the conversation by using #chooseyoursound.

ABOUT GUITARS OVER GUNS

Guitars Over Guns is a Florida-based non-profit organization that was launched in 2008 by musician Dr. Chad Bernstein to formalize the ad-hoc mentoring he and other members of the Miami band Suénalo were providing to local at-risk middle-schoolers. Our mission is to help young people living in negative and dangerous environments to discover the life-changing power of music through a structured program of music instruction and strong mentoring relationships with professional musicians.

For more information, visit www.guitarsoverguns.org and follow @guitarsoverguns.

11th Annual Fairy Tale Ball: Mary Poppins 11/8/14

11th Annual Fairy Tale Ball: Mary Poppins
Saturday, 11/08/2014 – 07:00 pm –
JDCH-Diamond-Angels-Lo-Res-LogoThe Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 South Ocean Drive,
Hollywood, Florida 33019
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Cost: $250 per person

The annual Fairy Tale Ball is a popular fundraising event hosted by the Diamond Angels of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The 11th Annual Fairy Tale Ball, themed “Mary Poppins,” features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and spectacular silent auction. There will also be a musical performance by ‘90s pop/rock giants Gin Blossoms. Gin Blossoms is best known for their debut album, “New Miserable Experience.” The Title Sponsor is The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

The Diamond Angels of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation is a volunteer organization that advocates for the hospital and its pediatric programs www.diamondangels.org. Event proceeds benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Since 2004, the Diamond Angels have raised more than $3.2 million for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation www.jdchfoundation.org. Established in 1994, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds to assist patients and their families and to underwrite the cost of programs, facilities, and equipment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the leading children’s hospital in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

For Fairy Tale Ball tickets and sponsorship information, contact Kate Rodriguez at (954) 265-3454 or email [email protected]

7th Annual Charity Twilight Golf Invitational and Party 11/7/14

7th Annual Charity Twilight Golf Invitational and Party
Friday, 11/07/2014 – 11/07/2014 03:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Ft Lauderdale Country Club
Ft Lauderdale Country Club,
415 East Country Club Circle, Florida Plantation
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Cost: 50

Alternative Education Foundation (AEF) is excited to begin preparations for the Seventh Annual Charity Twilight Invitational Golf Tournament and Party, (formerly Glow in the Dark Charity Golf Tournament). This event benefits children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and related disorders. This wonderful event, to be held at the Ft. Lauderdale Country Club on November 7, 2014, will include a 9-hole scramble, silent auction, dinner, dancing, and prize ceremony.

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood 17th Annual Cuisine for Art 5/29/14

17th Annual Cuisine for Art
cuisineforartThursday, May 29, 2014, 6 – 10 pm
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Grand Ballroom
One Seminole Way
Hollywood, Florida
Tickets $125
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The Center’s Cuisine for Art fundraiser features elected government officials and community leaders serving as Celebrity Waiters for an exciting and entertaining evening.

The evening begins at 6 pm with a cocktail reception, in which wine, vodka, and beer are served while ticket buyers bid on fabulous silent auction items such as incredible vacation packages, beautiful gift baskets, and more.
Dinner begins at 7 pm for more than 300 people with the “March of Celebrity Waiters,” followed by a three-course meal, musical entertainment, a live auction, and the presentation of this year’s honoree, WLRN radio host Ed Bell.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the presenting sponsor for Cuisine for Art. This year’s Cuisine for Art features special musical performances by 13-year-old singing sensation Julia Dale – the Miami Heat’s “good luck charm” – and classically trained electric violinist Randi Fishenfeld. Fantastic experiences, such as being “Sheriff for the Day,” a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, and a VIP California Wine Tour, will be auctioned in the exciting live auction.
Seminole Paradise and the Galleria Mall Fort Lauderdale will award gift certificates and other prizes to guests at the two tables who raise the most gratuities in honor of their Celebrity Waiter. An after-party for ticket buyers occurs at a Seminole Paradise hot spot for those who want to keep the party going following this fun-filled fundraiser.

This Year’s Honoree: Ed Bell
Now in his 43rd year as a radio producer and host on the South Florida airwaves, WLRN’s Ed Bell has devoted his broadcasting career to exposing and elevating the arts for South Florida radio listeners. Getting his start on WVUM while attending the University of Miami in the early seventies, he regularly presented the recordings of local musicians on WBUS andWTMI, as well. He joined WLRN in 1977. For his dedication to America’s music Bell was honored as Best Local Jazz Advocate by New Times in their June 1995 Best of South Florida issue. Other production credits include co-founding and co-producing The Hollywood Jazz Festival (1983 – 1986) and co-founding The Sunshine Jazz Organization, a Jazz support not-for-profit. He was honored with a Visionary Award from The Miami Beach Arts Trust (2009) and an Arts Hero Award from The Arts and Business Council (2010). His work on his radio show South Florida Arts Beat was honored in 2009 with a Society of Professional Journalists Award. His mission continues every Friday at 1:00pm on WLRN’s South Florida Arts Beat.

Celebrity Waiters
State Senator Eleanor Sobel
State Rep. Joe Gibbons
State Rep. Shevrin “Shev” Jones
State Rep. Elaine Schwartz
Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger
City of Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober
Hollywood Vice Mayor Patty Asseff
Hollywood Commissioner Kevin Biederman
Hollywood Commissioner Dick Blattner
Hollywood Commissioner Traci Callari
Hollywood Commissioner Peter Hernandez
Hollywood Commissioner Linda Sherwood
John Benz, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer, Memorial Healthcare System
Michael Goodman, Partner, Bitner Goodman
Victor Green, President, Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Alan Koslow, Partner, Becker & Poliakoff
Kristi Krueger, WPLG Anchor and Medical Specialist
Armando Leighton, CEO, CRS Jet Spares
Mike Long, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach
Melissa Milroy, Senior Marketing Manager, The Galleria Mall
Kimberley Russell, Administrator, America’s Quality Care Services
Lisa Scott Founds, President/CEO, Winterfest

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Sapphire Celebration 11/1/14

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Sapphire Celebration
Sunday, 11/01/2014 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
galaaaTrump National Doral Miami
4400 NW 87th Ave,
Doral, Florida 33178
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Cost: $400.00

This black-tie event will celebrate the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s innovative medical school mission. It will feature a luxury live auction, dinner, musical entertainment and dancing. The event will also include the presentations of the Dr. Herbert Wertheim Global Medical Leadership Award, Ambassador Steven & Dorothea Green Community Leadership Award and Benjamin Leon Founding Dean’s Award in recognition of individuals who have made remarkable contributions and been instrumental to the College’s growth and success in the medical field.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, providing medical student scholarships and much needed support for 21st century medical education and training.

Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce To Honor Community Leaders at The Emerald Gala 6/21/14

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce To Honor Community Leaders at “The Emerald Gala”
Saturday, 06/21/2014 – 06:00 pm – 11:00 pm
GalaHeaderHilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $200 per ticket

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at its 13th Annual Gala and Awards Presentation, “The Emerald Gala.” The honorees were selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall quality of life in South Florida. This year’s gala will once again be presented by Wells Fargo.

“Our annual gala is the networking event of the year,” said Steve Adkins, MDGLCC president. “Six hundred people just get to have a lot of fun in the process. As the voice of the LGBT business community in Miami-Dade, the Chamber is especially proud to have such an accomplished and extraordinary group to recognize this year.”

The 2014 Honorees:

Regions Bank “Business of the Year”
Office Depot Foundation
Mary Wong, president, accepting

Morgan Stanley “Business Person of the Year”
Craig Smith, Source Events
Craig Smith, president & founder, accepting

AT&T “Non-Profit Organization of the Year”
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Russell Roybal, deputy executive director, accepting

The 13th Annual Gala and Awards Presentation, “The Emerald Gala,” presented by Wells Fargo,” starts at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction which will be followed by dinner, the awards presentation and an after party dance. Performing at the nightclub-themed after party will be the winner of the LGBT Visitor Center’s Pink Flamingo Awards “Favorite Drag Queen” Tiffany Fantasia.

All tickets to “The Emerald Gala” are VIP this year, Adkins said. Tickets are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 for individual tickets and include reserved seating, grand buffet dinner, an open bar featuring Bacardi Brands’ GREY GOOSE® vodka among others, a VIP gift bag, complimentary parking and participation in the grand raffle for a trip for two and four nights hotel stay in the beautiful island of Curaçao, courtesy of the Curaçao Tourist Board. Reservations are available online at www.gaybizgala.com, or by calling (305) 673-4440.

Tracy Mourning’s Hats Off Luncheon 5/6/14

Tracy Mourning’s Hats Off Luncheon
192-HoneyShine-11thHatsOffTuesday, May 6; 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Parrot Jungle Treetop Ballroom
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, FL

Tickets to the luncheon are just $150 and a table of 10 is $2000.
RSVP is required by April 21, 2014 to Jessica Geter at [email protected] or 305-854-2444.

All proceeds from the “Hats Off” luncheon will go to the Honey Shine Mentoring Program.

The Honey Shine Mentoring Program will light up the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island once again on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 for the program’s signature fundraising event, the 12th Annual “Hats Off” Luncheon. Each year, Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, its Lady Bug members, and friends, sport their favorite hats at this highly anticipated luncheon held to raise the funds necessary to continue empowering young girls enrolled in the Honey Shine program. This year’s luncheon will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Attendees are highly encouraged to wear their favorite hat and Miami chic in order to become walking demonstrations to help young girls imagine, create, and achieve their dreams.

More than 650 are expected to enjoy this year’s décor, reminiscent of Miami’s unique style of chic and this year’s theme “Architects of Our Future: Imagine. Create. Achieve.” Start your engines at 10:30AM and enjoy a welcome champagne reception and silent auction chock with designer and vintage handbags, vacation stays, unique experiences, jewelry and more! Then stroll into the Treetop ballroom where guests will enjoy a noon luncheon, followed by the “Honey Bug” Showcase, the highlight of the event, a spectacular fashion show that illuminates how Honey Shine taps into the spirits of the young women in their care with a bit of love, focus and self-confidence. Sponsored by Coca Cola, the Honey Bugs will be styled by the Melticuleaux Consulting Group and strut clothes provided by Aventura Mall, Bloomingdales, Gap, Gap Kids, MIA Shoes, and Peace Love World.

“What is so exciting about this year, and every year, is that we get to showcase our Honey Bugs,” says Mourning. “I have been to many luncheons in Miami and our Hats Off Luncheon for Honey Shine truly is all about our Honey Bugs. They are the ‘Architects of Our Future,’ so our theme is ‘Imagine. Create. Achieve.’ This is what we want them to do.”

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami 4/30/14

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
lighthouseMiami Lighthouse for the Blind
601 SW 8th Ave.
Miami, FL
Donation: $75 per ticket • $140 per pair
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Dine under the stars with fabulous food from restaurants that include Whisk, City Hall The Restaurant, OTC, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, El Carajo and many more. Enjoy delicious beverages provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Rex Goliath Wine, plus participate in a super silent auction featuring getaways, spa packages, sports memorabilia, gift certificates for fine dining and much more.

Relax to special musical performances by the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ with a guest appearance by Latin Grammy winner Paul Hoyle. An outstanding multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Paul Hoyle has written music for movies and TV shows and has worked with top artists such as Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Jon Secada and Albita.

Since its inception in 1992 by the Miami Dade Optometric Physicians Association, the Heiken Children’s Vision Program at Miami Lighthouse has provided free comprehensive eye care to over 80,000 low-income school children who had no other source for vision care.

Locust ProjectsAnnual Spring Fling Fundraiser: La Dolce Vita 4/26/14

Locust ProjectsAnnual Spring Fling Fundraiser: La Dolce Vita
Spring Fling 2013Saturday, April 26, 7-10pm
1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, 7th floor
Miami Beach, FL, 33139
Cost: Ticket (per person) $150/ $125Locust Projects Members
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In Miami, we know how to enjoy the good life—great weather, gorgeous beaches, and wonderful friends. Locust Projects will celebratethe good life at its 2014 Spring Fling: La Dolce Vita, on April 26 at the critically acclaimed Herzog & De Meuron designed 1111 Building on Lincoln Road.Locust Projects’ Spring Fling has become a highlight of the Miami social calendar, bringing art lovers together for a unique evening featuring art, delicious food, drinks, music –and LocustProjects’ first-ever silent auction of fine wines, led by Eric Larkee, Wine Director of the Genuine Hospitality Group.

A host committee including power-house names like Debra &Dennis Scholl, The Related Group, Art Basel Miami Beach, Leni Sender, Craig Robins, John Speers, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Holland &Knight LLP teamed up for the planning of this signature event, which consistently attracts a diverse and enthusiastic group of South Florida’s top collectors, enthusiasts, artists, and hipsters.

In signature Locust Projects fashion, Spring Flingattendees will have all of their senses tickled as they are treated to delectable treats from Michael Schwartz’sDesign District brainchild, Harry’s Pizzeria, Miami Beach’s Shake Shack, Baires Gril, Machialina, MC Kitchen, The Federal, and Misha’s Cupcakesto name a few. The Silent Luxury Auction will include a Neiman Marcus shopping spree; gift certificates to restaurants; handbags by Tod’s and Ralph Lauren; experiences at the Miami City Ballet and the Perez Art Museum Miami,and much more! Guests can also dance to musicfrom DJ Le Spamand marvel at the views.

But the highlight of the evening is Locust Projects’ blockbuster Silent Art Auction featuring hand-picked and internationallyrenowned artists such as Daniel Arsham, Justin Beal, Evan Nesbit, Judith Eisler, Ruby Sky Stiler, Sean Duffy, and Anthony Pearson among others.

As a hallmark that makes Locust Projects stand out from other art venues, Locust Projects embraces cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative installations. “We are celebrating more than 15 yearsof providing local, national and internationally based contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas and methods without the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Community support has always been vital to Locust Projects’ success and the Spring Fling is one of Locust Projects’ most important sources of revenue for the year” says Locust Projects Executive Director, Chana Sheldon. The proceeds from this event provide essential funding for exhibitions and programming.

Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public. www.locustprojects.org

Communities in Schools of Miami Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Charity Gala to Benefit Youth 4/26/14

Communities in Schools of Miami Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Charity Gala to Benefit Youth
Saturday, 04/26/2014 – 06:30 pm –
2014-Gala_thEpic Hotel-Metropolis Ballroom
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: $200

CIS of Miami’s largest fundraiser is their annual gala, and this year’s event slated for Saturday, April 26th will be a black-tie affair to remember, commemorating CIS of Miami’s silver anniversary and 25 years of service in Miami-Dade. The theme of the gala is “an evening among the stars”, which pays tribute to the CIS of Miami students (stars) who have successfully graduated high school since the organization’s inception. Features live music, student performances, dinner, and silent auction.

Full: Every nine seconds of each school day, a young person drops out of high school in the U.S., and nearly one-third fail to graduate on time. For the past 25 years, Communities In Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami) has been a driving force in collaborating with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to improve educational outcomes by providing free programs and tools to keep students in class and on track toward graduation.

CIS of Miami’s largest fundraiser is their annual gala, and this year’s event slated for Saturday, April 26th will be a black-tie affair to remember, commemorating CIS of Miami’s silver anniversary and 25 years of service in Miami-Dade. The theme of the gala is “an evening among the stars”, which pays tribute to the CIS of Miami students (stars) who have successfully graduated high school since the organization’s inception.

The event takes place in a ballroom at the Epic Hotel overlooking downtown Miami’s skyline and Biscayne Bay. The evening starts with a sunset cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. where guests can bid on luxury, silent auction items including all-inclusive vacation packages; bowling and lunch for 10 with Al Golden, University of Miami’s head football coach; jewelry; dinners; spa treatments and more. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner followed by live music and entertainment by CIS of Miami “stars”.

Local CBS TV evening anchor and producer Cynthia Demos will preside as the master of ceremonies alongside a CIS of Miami junior MC. They will welcome CIS national founder, Bill Milliken, a recipient of the Visionary Ambassador’s Award from Usher’s “New Look Foundation” and the National Jefferson Award for Public Service, which is widely regarded as the Nobel Prize for outstanding community and public service.

Tickets for the annual philanthropic event are $200 each, and all proceeds directly benefit CIS of Miami. In 2013, CIS’ gala raised more than $100,000 to fund dropout prevention programs for local students including after school programs, tutoring, mentoring and other programs. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cismiami.org or by calling 305-252-5444.

Event sponsors include Bacardi, Carnival Corporation, Florida Power & Light, Greenberg Traurig, Lehman Auto World.

About Communities in Schools of Miami
Communities in Schools of Miami surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school. Through a school-based coordinator, CIS connects students and their families to needed community resources, and provides comprehensive wrap-around services including mentoring, tutoring, life skills development, case management, counseling, job readiness and more. CIS of Miami serves more than 20,000 students each year and is an affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, whose model has been proven to both increase on-time graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. For more information visit www.cismiami.org.