The Edit, by Brett Graff

A Snapshot of the City’s Social Scene


BRICKELL UNDERLINE The Brickell Underline project, which just last week was awarded $14 million from Miami-Dade County commissioners, is honoring former Miami Herald publisher and Knight Foundation president, Alberto Ibarguen. The Secret Garden kickoff event at the SLS LUX Brickell next week is invitation only, but the work of this organization is slated to benefit one and all. The Underline is an effort to turn 10-miles of land under the Metrorail into an urban trail lined with bike paths and filled with space for activities such as wellness programs, yoga classes and movies. The commissioners as of date have funded the first half-mile, reports the Miami Herald’s Douglas Hanks, while the entire trail will run some $120 million.

Supporting the BRICKELL UNDERLINE Maribay Herrera, Jen Matos, Soleil Mershon, Daniel Balmori, Christina Mas, Avra Jain, & Amy RosenbergSupporting the BRICKELL UNDERLINE Maribay Herrera, Jen Matos, Soleil Mershon, Daniel Balmori, Christina Mas, Avra Jain, & Amy Rosenberg
Elizabeth Schwartz and Lydia MartinElizabeth Schwartz and Lydia Martin

Alina Hernandez, Parkland survior David Hogg and Tony HernandezAlina Hernandez, David Hogg and Tony Hernandez
THE FLAVOR OF JUSTICE Congratulations to the 2018 Miami Taste of Justice hosts Elizabeth Schwartz and Alison Burgos on an event boiling over with culinary superstars. Held at the Sacred Space, guests were treated to tastes from the likes of Yardbird Group’s Hedy Goldsmith, Glam executive chef and “Beat Bobby Flay” winner Todd Erickson, a CHOPPED winner Robyn Almodovar and Bravo Top Chef competitor Josie Smith-Malave. The funds raised were to benefit NCLR’s mission of defending LGBTQ equality in Florida and across the nation.

PARKLAND BOUND Latin Broadcast Company CEO Tony Hernandez and his wife Marla Hernandez, along with their daughter Alina, were among the Miamians who went to support the Parkland student and parent inaugural fundraising event, Actions for Change Food and Music Festival. Celebrity activist Alyssa Milano hosted while a new album for change, “Wake Up America,” was written by the students and spearheaded by activist musicians Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Manny Oliver, father of slain student Joaquin Oliver, created a "live" art wall on stage while a crowd of over 3,000 people looked on in stunned silence. “It was an enormously powerful piece,” said Tony Hernandez. “It was a magical evening in the heart of one of our hardest hit communities. I was honored to be there.”


Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com's editor-in-chief. A journalist covering money, people and power, Graff contributes to magazines including Maxim, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar. Once a correspondent for Reuters, her nationally syndicated column ran first in the Miami Herald and then in newspapers across the country including the Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star and The State. A former U.S. government economist, Graff's book "Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids" was featured in outlets such as USA Today, US News & World Report, The Today Show, BravoTV.com, and Forbes.com. Graff, a regular on Washington DC's most popular morning show, GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, is a frequent guest major network television affiliates across the country including CBS, NBC, CW, and ABC.

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