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
GalaFlyer_2014Conrad 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 four 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.

Judge Michael A. Hanzman, 11th Judicial Circuit – Juvenile Division, will be honored with the 2014 Children’s Advocate Award. This award reflects his outstanding contribution as a thoughtful and compassionate advocate on behalf of children who are left in perilous and sometimes heart wrenching situations.

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

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 To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the event, please contact Chad Bernstein at or at 847.420.6327. Follow GOGO on Twitter @guitarsoverguns and join the conversation by using #chooseyoursound.


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 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 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 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

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, or by calling (305) 673-4440.


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