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

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

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

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

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

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

Photographs of Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on 4/13/14

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary two-day event that features a Beach Party and a Festival & Parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.”

Miami Beach Gay Pride Mission: “Miami Beach Gay Pride brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community. Established by former Miami Beach Mayor, Matti Bower, as an initiative of the Miami Beach Gay Business Development Council, Miami Beach Gay Pride is a not-for-profit organization that produces free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, and that include the Parade, Festival, Expo, and adjunct, officially sanctioned Miami Beach Gay Pride events.”

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Benetton Beach Bash 4/17/14

Benetton Beach Bash
Thursday, 04/17/2014 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
BeachBash_COCKTAIL_APR17Benetton Sout Beach
670 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33154
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Discover Benetton’s summer collection at the Benetton Beach Bash with cocktails, mini Benetton bites and VIP shopping discount all night, with music from DJ DZA. Parking between 6th and 7th garage.

the pARTy the official raffle drawings for winningART 4/19/14

the pARTy the official raffle drawings for winningART
partySaturday, April 19, 2014 | 7-11pm
ArtCenter/South Florida
800-810 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

This year’s winningART culminates with ArtCenter’s the pARTy, hosted by Karen Brown and Eric Rodríguez. the pARTy will feature DJ Mauricio Parra, courtesy of MTV and Tr3s, and performances by VELASQUEZ, Matthew Taylor and more! The evening includes a silent auction full of travel getaways, artwork from alumni, cooking classes and more surprises. winningART is ArtCenter’s annual fundraiser featuring artworks generously donated by resident artists. You can preview the artworks here. The works will be on view at The Richard Shack Gallery through the night of the pARTY, April 19th.

7-9pm | pARTy Reception | Last chance to purchase winningART tickets
7-10pm | Silent Auction
9:30pm | Raffle Drawings begin

the pARTy admission: Purchase admission tickets online by clicking below or by calling 305-674-8278.
Admission $30 per person
VIP Access $100 (includes admission for two plus 5 raffle tickets)

Parking: Municipal parking available at Pennsylvania Avenue Garage (17th Street), City Hall Garage (18th and Meridian) and 17th Street Garage (17th and Convention Center Drive).

Host Committee: Carlos Alves | Deborah Briggs | Liza Gallardo Walton | Lilia García | Gail Gitin | Kalyn James | Kathy Kissik | Karelle Levy | Mary Luft | George Neary | Eric Rodríguez | Beatricia Sagar | Russell Sharon | Kristen Thiele | Merle Weiss

Event Sponsors: MTV | Tr3s | Société Perrier | Mahou | Miami Club Rum | MG Events | Stella’s Sweet Shoppe | The Café at Books & Books | SFM Security Services | Simply Sharon’s | Tío Gazpacho

Melanoma Research Fundraiser in Honor of Maria Marin at HaVen Gastro-Lounge 4/15/14

Melanoma Research Fundraiser in Honor of Maria Marin at HaVen Gastro-Lounge
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7-10 p.m.
1237 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach

Popular Gastro-Lounge To Host Fundraiser In Honor Of Longtime Friend
Celebration of Maria Marin’s life to raise awareness of melanoma and dollars for a cure

Maria Marin was a longtime South Beach resident, a local socialite as known for her wide circle of friends as her effervescent personality. Sadly, Marin recently passed after a year-long battle with melanoma and on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, HaVen Gastro-Lounge – one of Marin’s favorite spots –
will host a charity cocktail party in honor.

Hosted by longtime friend Dirk DeSouza, HaVen’s Mike Boles, Gary James, Stefano Santoro and Marin’s family, the event – taking place from 7-10 p.m. – will feature hors d’oeuvres by executive chef Todd Erickson, two complimentary cocktails for each attendee and music by DJ’s Joe Dert and Umber. A minimum $20 donation at the door is requested. 100% of dollars raised will go to melanoma research. In addition, a silent auction has been launched and can accessed via

“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Maria’s passing,” says Boles, a close friend of Marina’s. “We were honored to call her a friend and considered her a member of the HaVen family. We’re happy to open our doors and help raise awareness of and money for the battle against the disease that took her from those that loved her. In addition to the evening’s proceeds, HaVen will be making a private donation to the cause and we challenge everyone to join us in the fight.”

Photographs of Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball on 4/9/14

Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball at Jackie Gleason Rehearsal Hall on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. What an amazing event!!!!!!!

Mission Statements: “Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida is a Florida 501c3 non-profit corporation – The first & only organization for the So. Fla. Latino|Hispanic|LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Community – advancing Equality since 2002.”

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A Stinking Rose Celebration for $4.19: Cafe Prima Pasta Celebrates National Garlic Day 4/19/14

A Stinking Rose Celebration for $4.19: Cafe Prima Pasta Celebrates National Garlic Day
Saturday, 04/19/2014 – 05:00 pm – 12:00 am
cafe-prima-pastaCafe Prima Pasta
414 71st Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
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Café Prima Pasta is celebrating their love for garlic with $4.19 specials on Saturday, April 19th in conjunction with National Garlic Day. The three “breath-taking,” garlic-infused appetizers including the Bruschetta, flaky Italian bread topped with chopped vine ripened tomatoes, sweet basil and garlic (org. $9.95); Calamaretti Fritti, fresh calamari fried in a mixture of authentic Italian bread crumbs and robust roasted garlic (orig. $12.95) and Spinach Sautee, tender baby spinach sautéed in zesty garlic served over hearty cannellini beans (orig. $9.95). 
If the permeating smell of the restaurant isn’t enough to keep patrons safe, repellent vampire cocktails are available, which include the Baby Prima Martini, Dracula Red Bloody Mary, Vampire Vodka Surprise, and Chef Arturo’s favorite Pinot Noir all priced at $4.19 a glass.
Whether people love it or hate it, the health benefits of eating garlic are now universally hailed. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes such as lowering blood cholesterol levels and reducing the buildup of plaque in arteries. It has a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.


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