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BACARDÍ and Major Lazer kicked-off summer with a private Sound of Rum experience on the shores of BACARDÍ Bay. BACARDÍ harnessed its Caribbean roots and brought together a diverse mix of reggae, dancehall, soca, hip-hop and electronic music alongside four island-inspired pop-up restaurants from across the globe. Serving up authentic island fare, rum cocktails and new music, the event culminated with a live sound system performance by Major Lazer as they premiered their latest summer tracks and debuted their Limited Edition Rum.
In honor of Paramahamsa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic "Autobiography of a Yogi," a public talk was held at Florida International University's Graham Center. Seven hundred enthusiasts enjoyed the talk, themed Yoga, Health and Well-Being – A Dialog for Uniting Body, Mind and Spirit. Prominent spiritual and health leaders Yogashree N. V. Raghuram (Founder of Yoga Bharati), Dr. Akhilesh Sharma (Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine), and Paramahamsa Prajnanananda (world-revered master of Kriya Yoga) came from India and talked about holistic approaches to well-being through meditation, hatha yoga, ayurvedic medicine and diet. The speakers were erudite and shared in profound ideas and life experiences. Pictured: Dr. Akhilesh Sharma, Roy Eugene Davis, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda and Sri N.V. Raghuram.
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce honored 6 Pillars of the Business Community at its 95th Annual “Magical Affair” Gala with over 900 guests in attendance at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The Gala, presented by City National Bank, was co-hosted by Chamber Chairman of Board, Wayne Pathman and NBC 6’s Kelly Blanco. Pictured: Wayne Pathman, Eric Pfeil (Breakthru Beverage), Bob Goodman (Art Basel), Tibor Hollo (Florida East Coast Realty), Commissioner Joy Malakoff (City of Miami Beach), Tara Solomon (Tara, Ink.), Scott Hersh (Breakthru Beverage), Howard Lorber (Douglas Elliman), Jessica Fuentes (Gala Chair). Eddie Dominguez (City National Bank) and Jerry Libbin (Chamber President).
Havanawood Fest is a celebration of all that is Cuban with the eclectic sounds of homegrown Miami musicians, a variety of drinks crafted by the top Mixologist in town, an array of eats from Miami’s best gourmet food trucks, and an art “bodega” where visual and emerging artists showcase their talents in an interactive, organic art experience. All that and dominoes and cigars too!
"Once Upon a Night" was the theme for Bagatelle's two-year anniversary party, complete with story book facade entrance, an oversized teacup that spouted bubbles and cupcake carousels. guests were treated to endless champagne parades, tracks spun by resident DJ Vincent Daubas, live music performances by Keba, and a curated menu of French-Mediterranean favorites from Chef Mattheiu Godard.
The Related Group’s Jorge Perez was honored at the 17th Annual Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Tribute event. The gathering took place at the picturesque Riverside Hotel and celebrated Related’s commitment to building better cities. Pictured: Walter Duke, Patrick Campbell, Jorge Perez, Matt Allen and City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.
Two notable equine charities, Give a Buck for Special Equestrians and The Rider’s Closet, benefited during the $380,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival Gala. Hosted by elite equestrians Georgina Bloomberg and Jimmy Torano, the evening featured a thrilling evening of Grand Prix Show Jumping, a silent auction with vacation packages from around the world, music and entertainment. Pictured:
Scott Durkin, Don Langdon, Gus Rubio, Victoria Rubio, Jay Phillip Parker, Damary Rubio, Dottie Herman, Camille Branca, and David Creps.
Internationally renowned singer-songwriter, Juanes, hosted a private waterfront preview of his first visual album, ‘Mis Planes Son Amarte,’ at the Pérez Art Museum Miami as a formal kick-off to Hispanicize, the largest annual gathering of Latino trendsetters, journalists, entertainers, creatives and techies in the US. Hispanicize was sponsored in part by Miami-based The Related Group, which is owned and led by philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez.
Susan D. Kronick was presented with the 2017 South Florida Woman of Vision Award. Held at the New World Center on Miami Beach and co-chaired by Arnstein & Lehr partners Mary Hoelle and Susan Trench, the South Florida Woman of Vision Award Luncheon annually recognizes a groundbreaking inspirational woman who has made a difference in the South Florida community as a whole. Kronick, the present Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miami City Ballet, was formerly Vice Chairman of Macy's, Inc., responsible for overseeing 850 stores. She serves on several corporate boards, is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and has been involved in numerous philanthropic and charitable causes. Pictured: Susan Kronick with Susan Trench.
Fisher Island Club proudly unveiled Court 17’s new name – the Gardnar Mulloy Court – in honor of the late tennis champion who passed away in November. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was on hand with a proclamation naming Gardnar Mulloy Day as the Club's Tennis Director Scott Moore unveiled the plaque courtside. Festivities continued with remarks by famed tennis coach Nick Bolletieri, Mulloy's friend, and a pro men's doubles match featuring the club's staff. Mulloy, who played from the age of 9 till in his 90s, was champion of more than 125 national tournaments. Pictured: Mayor Levine, Bernard Lackner and Nick Bollettierri.
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