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Kick off the 2017-2018 social season at the 2nd Annual Behind the Magic Tablescape + Culinary Arts Showcase presented by SocialMiami.com and Source Miami! The two day event will take place at SoHo Studios in Wynwood on Tuesday, October 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, October 4, from noon to 6 p.m.

Wednesday is a day meant for all to have fun, socialize with old and new friends and be inspired by Gala Table Designs and Delicious Culinary Treats created by South Florida's foremost Catering and Event Design companies.

Tuesday evening is an exclusive event for non-profit organization to pay tribute to their gala leadership and event honorees. These dedicated philanthropists will be photographed for a feature article that previews this season's unique gala events.

The two-day Behind the Magic event is dedicated to the memory of Charlie Cinnamon, a legend in the South Florida community and an inspiration for planning this event in 2016.


Party In A Box!
When Ken Lyon decided to open Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill, a full service restaurant and bar in Wynwood Art District (82 N.W. 29th Street - 786-646-2998), his first stop was Little River Box Company. A restaurant designed from repurposed containers offered Ken location independence (moving's a snap - just pick up and go), versatility and a short turn around time.

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Red Cross Centennial Celebration Ball
When the Greater Miami & The Keys American Red Cross Chapter hosts its Centennial Celebration Ball on Saturday, March 25, at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, it will mark the 35th annual American Red Cross Ball in South Florida. Chaired by Mary “Mimi” Bradley Shafey, the Ball will honor past chairs and recognize the life-saving services provided by the American Red Cross. Philanthropists and community champions Swanee and Paul DiMare will be honored with the Centennial Humanitarian Award at the event.

This year’s event will take guests on a trip back in time through the past hundred years. The historical narrative of the American Red Cross’ presence in our community will come to life through vintage photos and the testimonials of those the organization has served during its tenure...

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Bill Hansen Welcomes Charity Leaders to Villa Woodbine
You may have often passed Villa Woodbine on your way through the “Silver Bluff” area of Coconut Grove and not been aware of what lays beyond the meandering driveway and lush landscaping at 2167 South Bayshore Drive.

Villa Woodbine, designed in the 30's by Walter De Garmo, an architect known for his Mediterranean-Renaissance style, was built as the winter residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boyd of Appleton, Wisconsin. Silver Bluff was known as “Millionaire’s Row” in those days, and next door to Villa Woodbine was the Woolworth home, which the Boyd heirs ultimately purchased to extend their land holdings...

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An Event Hosted by Miami Beach Woman’s Club, Creative Edge Parties, Atlas Party Rental, Source Miami and SocialMiami
The historic and charming Miami Beach Woman's Club, located in the beautiful Collins Park neighborhood, hosted public relations and communication professionals for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and a fun and interactive program by Lyn Pont of Manners for Business, Inc. Co-host Creative Edge Parties' President and Creative Director Carla Ruben came up with the innovative invitation and followed up by outfitting her serving staff with "Hi Gorgeous" t-shirts...

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Manners Make Money Biz Quiz!
Author, speaker, trainer, Lyn Pont, Ph.D., is president of Manners for Business, Inc. Based in South Florida, Lyn travels globally for professional coaching and training.

Take the "Manners Make Money" quiz and see how your professional manners rate...

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Jose Dans Shares Advice for Making Your Event Memorable
This month Behind the Magic shares advice from Jose Dans, president and chief innovation officer of WOW Factor, a leader in South Florida's event marketing companies. WOW Factor creates major events for the corporate, social and charitable sectors. Jose brings his perspective to insure that your event is memorable for guests and successful from the standpoint of the host organization.

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WOW Factor Delivers South Florida’s Memorable Events
WOW Factor is a full-service marketing agency that specializes in media, event marketing and creative services. They pride themselves in offering their clients a unique and unparalleled mix of creativity, ingenuity and attention to detail, while mirroring the diversity of our ever-changing local and global marketplace here in South Florida...

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Meet Lee Brian Schrager - Miami’s Event Guru
Lee Brian Schrager, one of the nation’s preeminent event planners and media relations experts, serves as the Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC. He joined the company in 2000 and oversees projects in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean where they do business. Schrager is widely recognized for his creation of both the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals.

(Pictured left, with Chuck Close and Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Franklin Sirmans)

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Lee Schrager’s Event Planning Tips
Each month Behind the Magic will share insight from one of the “magicians” who have created South Florida’s most successful events. We launch with a legend in event-planning, Lee Schrager, who has a long list of fabulous events on his resume. Lee's candid advice is simple and straight-forward.

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A Grand Gathering @ Behind the Magic
Gala chairs and committee members kicked off the 2016-2017 social season and celebrated SocialMiami’s 10th Annual Gala Guide at Behind the Magic's Gala Tablescape and Culinary Art Showcase. Supporters of many of South Florida’s top charities mingled amid the beautifully designed gala tables and enjoyed signature menu items provided by leading caterers. They socialized, talked "shop," and enthusiastically touted their upcoming special events.

Pictured: Zak Mann, Norma Quintero, Irene Korge, Raquel Watters and Ricky Patel

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Behind the Magic - A Gala Experience!
Guests at the Behind the Magic Gala Tablescape & Culinary Arts Showcase mingled amid beautifully created gala atmospheres, sipped wine and savored the wonderful treats provided by seven amazing caterers.

Hosted by SocialMiami and Source Miami and presented at at Private Key in the Wynwood Art District, the two-day event welcomed supporters and professionals from local non-profit organizations along with event planners from the corporate, charity and social worlds to experience the latest trends in event design and food.

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Behind the Magic - A Big Success!
Behind the Magic's two-day Gala Tablescape and Culinary Art Showcase welcomed more than 400 guests who met design and catering teams, oohed and aahed over the spectacular gala presentations and delicious taste treats offered by seven top catering firms, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Held at Private Key, a unique 10,000 square-foot venue in the Wynwood Art District, chairs and committee members representing South Florida's top gala events mingled with event planners and nonprofit professionals on Thursday night at a private reception to kick off the 2016-2017 social season and celebrate SocialMiami's 10th annual Gala Guide.

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