The Edit, Edition 2

A snapshot of the city's social scene


Barry Jenkins

Magazine Mentions

Congratulations to Liberty City’s Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award-winning Moonlight and the upcoming film If Beale Street Could Talk, for making Ebony magazine’s list of 100 Power Honorees. Forbes magazine, meanwhile, put out its definitive ranking of wealthy Americans and the Miamians included on those prestigious pages include condo developer and museum philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, auto dealer Norman Braman and airline magnate Rakesh Gangwai.

Sipping Toast and Saving Animals

Guests at the Sip Shop and Save the Animals Event to benefit the Humane SocietyStacie Chavin, Angela Birdman, Lora Drasner, Leslie Munsell, Dana Rhoden, Romina Alcantara
Advocates made time to Sip, Shop & Save the Animals, an event to benefit The Humane Society of Greater Miami. Held at The National Hotel, philanthropist Angela Birdman hosted and Toast Vodka sponsored the event where guests sipped on cocktails while shopping for luxury handbags from Yara Bashoor, candles from ScentsAbility, designer jewelry and the latest color cosmetics from Beauty for Real.

Keith Porter and Theodora LongKeith Porter and Theodora Long

Natural Talent

When the Biscayne Nature Center planted three Lignum Vitae trees in its newly landscaped ceremonial circle, the environmentalists there were treated to more natural sounds than they planned. That’s because Grammy nominated Keith Porter happened to be in attendance and sang three songs for guests, says executive director Theodora Long, including “I Did it My Way,” “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and “Danny Boy” but changing the words to Bobby Boy, as the trees were planted to honor the life of Bob Byrne, a BNC donor and supporter who had himself dug soil for over 5000 roots over the years. The ceremony followed by a cocktail reception at no name harbor.

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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