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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.