Andrea Bocelli at BB&T On Valentine’s Day 2014 2/14/14

Andrea Bocelli at BB&T On Valentine’s Day 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014, 8 p.m.
BB& T Center
1 Panther Pkwy
Sunrise, FL 33323
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World renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will give a new and exclusive Valentine’s Day performance at the BB&T Center (@theBBTCenter) on Friday, February 14. The concert will mark the singer’s fifth consecutive year performing in South Florida at the BB&T Center and his third show that lands on Valentine’s Day (2011, 2012 and 2014). The performance will feature songs from his brand new album “Love In Portofino” in addition to a captivating mix of arias, famed love songs, and Bocelli classics.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Andrea Bocelli back to his favorite South Florida venue for the fifth consecutive season,” said Sunrise Sports & Entertainment President Michael R. Yormark. “After sold out shows over the past years, the demand for a return performance has been overwhelming.”

Bocelli, who is currently touring to Europe, Asia Central America, and Mexico, has recently planted roots in South Florida. In 2013, the famed singer held a surprise performance during Christmas mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach since he now spends time in Miami at his new home in South Florida. Bocelli’s Valentine’s Day performance this year will certainly be one close to home.

4th annual Broward AWARE! Protecting Our Children awareness campaign press conference 1/9/14

4th annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children awareness campaign press conference
Thursday, 01/09/2014 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am
JulieHeadshotARC Broward
10250, NW 53rd Street,
Sunrise, Florida 33351
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Author Looks To Provide Voice Regarding Childhood Sexual Abuse

Miami-FL-Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted. Author, childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivor and activist Julie Marie Mansfield is set to kick-off her Catalyst Series that will help engender meaningful dialogue and healing to those impacted by CSA. Mansfield will speak at the 4th annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children awareness campaign press conference on January 9, 2014, at 10am at (ARC Broward-10250, NW 53rd Street, Sunrise, FL 33351). Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children’s awareness campaign ensures Broward County families, educators, media, law enforcement and all stakeholders use and share resources that make it possible for children to safely realize their full potential, hopes and dreams.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18, and only 20% of these cases are reported to the police. Ninety-three percent of children know and trust their abusers.

To help reignite the dialogue about the pervasiveness of CSA, Mansfield recently released her book Maybe God Was Busy (Amazon.com). The book traces her journey growing up behind the tourist veil of Jamaica, one of the most beloved islands in the world. It is a raw, unaltered look at an idyllic childhood interrupted by constant sexual abuse. From molestation, to incest, to sex with the “church brother,” to sex with the voodoo practitioner charged with saving a dying brother, to a pregnancy and abortion—sans anesthesia—at age 15, everything is revealed. Maybe God Was Busy is truly raw and authentic—a memoir saturated with abuse, survival, forgiveness, triumph and redemption—and yes laughter.

Mansfield’s Catalyst Series will include talks and book readings throughout the United States, the UK and the Caribbean, and will to inspire communities to mobilize to educate, empower and become agents of change to protect and prevent all children from CSA.

“The more we remain silent, the more predators attack. Silence is a breeding ground, telling people who prey on kids that we are all complicit in their crimes,” Mansfield says. “By openly and honestly discussing the ravages of CSA, we can and will bring change to how victims heal, how they shake the shame and guilt so often associated with CSA.”

Maybe God Was Busy is being hailed by critics as a major work in exposing childhood sexual abuse, constant sexual abuse and incest. Amazingly the book also finds ways of expressing humor as Mansfield does in her workshops, even while battling these horrific manifestations.

Since she wrote the book many persons; men and women; have come out of the shadows of shame and hurt and thanked her for giving them inspiration. For more information about Julie Mansfield and Give me Dignity, visit www.givemedignity.org.
Media inquiries: Harris Public Relations at 786.897.8854 or yvette@harrispublicrelations.com

About Children’s Service Council of Broward
The CSC’s focus is Broward’s children. We are a special government created by the voters of Broward County in September 2000 to provide leadership, coordination and funding for services for and on behalf of children.
For information call Andrew Leone at 954.377.1119 or visit www.211-broward.org and www.cscbroward.org.

The partners for the 4th annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children awareness campaign include Children’s Services Council, Department of Children and Families, ChildNet, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Healthy Families, Broward County Public Schools, Broward County Nancy J. Cotterman Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Broward County Human Trafficking Coalition, HandsOn Broward, Children’s Home Society, Legal Aid of Broward County, Guardian Ad Litem, Children’s Diagnostics and Treatment Center, 2-1-1 Broward, ARC Broward and more.
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The Colonnade Outlets At Sawgrass Mills Tour De Fashion Shopping Event With Guest Host George Kotsiopoulos 10/25/13

The Colonnade Outlets At Sawgrass Mills Tour De Fashion Shopping Event With Guest Host George Kotsiopoulos
George KotsiopoulosFriday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills
12801 W Sunrise Blvd
Sunrise, FL 33323
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The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion: An Indulgence in Shopping, Mojitos and More will celebrate the property’s most recent luxury expansion by combining exclusive designer brands with incredible shopping incentives, dining and live entertainment. Celebrity stylist and television personality George Kotsiopoulos will make a fashion statement as the guest host of this premier event.

As the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States, Sawgrass Mills is already home to some of the most coveted brands in the world. The latest expansion of The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills has attracted an impressive collection of exclusive additions, including outlet locations from Armani, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Ippolita, Prada, Robert Graham, Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Wolford. Sawgrass Mills will direct 100% of all ticket proceeds from this first-time event to support more than 25 local charitable organizations.*

George Kotsiopoulos, co-host of Fashion Police for E! Entertainment, is renowned for his fluency in fashion. As a consultant and stylist, Kotsiopoulos has worked with some of the hottest celebrities, socialites and CEOs, including Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Courtney Cox Arquette, Eva Mendez and Zooey Deschanel. He currently serves as Style Director for C magazine and formerly as a Market Editor and Producer at The New York Times Magazine, where he produced photo shoots all over the world. Kotsiopoulos has also made special appearances on E! News Daily, Style Star, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. In addition, WSVN Evening News Anchor Belky Nerey will add her local celebrity to The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion as the event co-chair and special guest.

“Tour de Fashion is the perfect platform for us to showcase our unique brand of shopping with an impressive mix of luxury brands, including many that are only found at Sawgrass Mills in this market,” said Joellyn Fellmeth, regional director of marketing at Sawgrass Mills. “We are thrilled to have George as our special guest at this premier event, which only magnifies the prestige of our growing collection of exclusive designer stores.”

Tickets go on sale beginning on Tuesday, August 20 and will be priced at $30 for “Designer Level” and $75 for the “Couture” VIP experience. All guests at this stylish soiree will enjoy street-lined runway shows, refreshment stations, style trunk shows, as well as receive value-added shopping incentives, complimentary swag bags and more.

Couture VIP level guests will also be granted exclusive access to join George Kotsiopoulos for a special meet and greet and lunch reception. During this experience, George Kotsiopoulos will host a special presentation to recognize a select group of “Role Models” – leading South Florida men and women who support important causes to help build a stronger community.

Sponsors of The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion include Ocean Drive Magazine, City & Shore Magazine and WSVN 7.

To purchase tickets for The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion, visit www.ColonnadeOutletsTourdeFashion.com.

*Tour de Fashion Charity Participants: Angel’s Pediatric Heart House; Kappa Delta FTL / WPB; ARC Broward; Marine Industry Cares Foundation ; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood; Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation; Broward Healthy Start Coalition; National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation; Broward Public Library Foundation; Neighbors 4 Neighbors; Children’s Opportunity Group; Overtown Youth Center; Covenant House; Poverello; Deliver the Dream; Pride Center; Early Learning Coalition of Broward County; Rebuilding Together; Encore Connect at Impact Broward; Tomorrow’s Rainbow; The Girl Choir of South Florida; Unicorn Children’s Foundation; HANDY; Urban League of Broward County; Henderson Behavioral Health; Velocity Boca Raton Inc.; Jack & Jill Children’s Center Auxiliary; Women’s International Film & Arts Festival; JL Charity for Exceptional Youth

2013 Crush Games South Florida Hosted By The IAM Crossfit Family 8/23/13-8/25/13

2013 Crush Games South Florida Hosted By The IAM Crossfit Family
August 23th through the 25th from 8:15 am to 6pm
BB&T Center
2555 NW 136th Ave
Sunrise, FL 33323
Admission is $25 for the weekend pass (3 days) and $15 Sunday/one-day pass. Children 12 years of age and under have free admission.
Competing Athletes: A- individual athletes pay $135, Teams of 3 (same gender) pay $315.

World-class Athletes go Head-to-Head in the Most Intense Fitness Competition in Town

The Crush Games (formerly Summer Crush Games) the south east region’s largest fitness competition, returns to South Florida for a three day long event. The BB&T Center is the preeminent sports and entertainment venue in Florida, and among the best in the world, with more than two million customers entering its doors each year. Host to more than 200 events annually including Florida Panthers hockey, the BB&T Center annually ranks among the top 10 venues in the United States.

This year’s Crush Games will gather over 1,020 of the nation’s top athletes in a three-day-long battle, testing their physical and mental toughness. A growing phenomenon, CrossFit has seen an enormous increase throughout the world, but specifically in South Florida, with athletes who are anxious and ready to take their strength and endurance to the next level. CrossFit enthusiasts travel across the nation stemming from the West Coast of California to Texas & Georgia, to compete against elite athletes.

“This year’s Crush Games is primed to be the biggest event to hit South Florida’s fitness community. Now in its third year, the Crush Games have tripled in size, bringing our athletes a diverse competition, with challenging events meant to test their mental and physical capabilities,” said Mike Osuna, Crush Games founder, and owner of the I am Crossfit Family, which includes five CrossFit locations throughout South Florida including I Am Crossit in Doral, CrossFit South Miami, Coconut Grove CrossFit, CrossFit Vida Brickell and CrossFit Gables.

Renowned CrossFit competitors such as Brandon Phillips, Irving Hernandez, Kenneth Leverich, Noah Olsen, Cheryl Nasso and Lauren Brooks, and Andrea Ager are among the well-known CrossFit “elite” that will be participating in this year’s Crush Games.

Spectators can expect three full days of non-stop action. The tournament portion of the competition will have 12 athletes per heat, competing in over 5 events for a chance to qualify into the Bracket. The Bracket is a 32 seed, single elimination format placing athletes head to head. Spectators will have the pleasure of watching these athletes battle it out to stay alive and run the table for a chance to win cash prizes.

Participants and spectators alike will also enjoy shopping for the latest in fitness equipment & apparel at the vendor row, featuring some of the hottest names in Crossfit & Olympic products from over forty vendors. The following is a list of activities:
· Family Fun Zone, where kids can enjoy activities such as bounce houses and carnival rides provided by the Florida Panthers and the US Army
· Over 40 vendors with everything imaginable from the fitness and health industries, and more!
· Raffles and prizes for fans, which will also have a chance to participate in interactive spectator challenges and games.

Crush Games consist of 4 divisions. Athletes will be competing in over 10 events throughout the weekend. The events will be fast, grueling and exciting. The goal is to cater to our athletes, provide a fun, exciting experience for spectators and demonstrate the spirit of competition. Two major differences in this year’s competition are programming and our new and unique Bracket format. We are the only fitness competition of our kind to run a head to head, win or go home competition format.

The competition breakdown will work like this:
 Amateur divisions consist of 96 males and 96 females.
 Pro divisions consists of 144 males and 96 females.
 Masters division (40 and over) consists of 36 males and 12 females.
 Teams will have two divisions this year, Male Division and Female Division.
 Male Division consists of 96 teams. A male team will consist of three males.
 Female Division consists of 96 teams. A female team will consist of three females.
 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive an award

Athletes will score goodie bags filled with the latest products from Crush Games sponsors which include: Formulx, Rogue Fitness, Sports Authority, Trunx, Redbelt Digital, U Rawk Energy Bars, 3-2-1 Apparel, AMRAP.com, Fashletics, Rigor Gear, Keep Me Posted, Rok Fit, Top Secret, Specialized Fitness Resources, Nutriforce Sport Nutrition, Progenex, PRwraps.com, Florida Panthers, Wod God, Lola Training, Live Healthy Stay Strong, Dynamax, Unbroken, 321 Apparel, Emergems, Café of Life, Blue Whale App, Against The Grain, RX Apparel, Saquito, NuLife, Mendez Fuel, Shell Lumber & Hardware.

The Hot Dog Fest in Plantation 7/28/13

The Hot Dog Fest in Plantation
Sunday, 07/28/2013 – 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
x-defaultPlantation Heritage Park
1100 S Fig Tree Lane,
Plantation, Florida 33317
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Cost: FREE

The Hot Dog Fest comes to Plantation at Plantation Heritage Park. Come out and celebrate National Hot Dog Month by eating from the over 25 vendors selling varieties from Deep Fried Dogs to Sausages. And you don’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest! Admission is FREE but prices for food vary per vendor.

Cirque Du Soleil to Present Quidam in Sunrise 7/31/13-8/4/13

Cirque Du Soleil to Present Quidam in Sunrise
July 31 – August 4, 2013, 07:30 pm - 
Quidam-Banquine2-photo-credit-Matt-BeardBB&T Center
1 Panther Parkway,
Sunrise, Florida 33323
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Cost:

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that the critically-acclaimed production Quidam will be presented in Sunrise from July 31 – August 4 2013 at BB&T Center for nine performances only. Tickets for the general public are available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since then, the production has toured on five continents and been experienced by millions of people. In December 2010, Quidam embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.

Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world—the world of Quidam—where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.

Neon Splash Dash 2/9/13

Neon Splash Dash
Saturday, 02/09/2013, 05:30 pm –
neonBB&T Center
1 Panther Pkwy,
sunrie, Florida 33323
Webpage Link

The Neon Splash Dash is a night time 5k run complete with performers, DJs, and a huge afterglow party. At the starting line, runners are under high powered ultra-violet black lights and then they are off to run through four different glow zones. Each zone will spray the runners with a different color of super intense U.V. glow water and finally at the finish line it will all come together again under U.V. black lights, where runners will be ready to party covered in different colored glow water.

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