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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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.