Miami Charity Blog: Charity Chat
Congratulate Overtown Youth Center's Executive Director Tina Brown for being recognized by United Way of Miami-Dade. Over the summer she was honored with the Monsignor Walsh Outstanding Human Services Professional Award. This award recognizes a human services professional who has dedicated his/her career to helping others. (Tina Brown is second from left.)
The Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF Miami) welcomes the arrival of its newest male lion cub, "Bosu" (pictured), along with a female Amur Leopard cub named "Masha." Bosu's mother stopped nursing him and his two siblings when they were just two weeks of age, and he was given to the foundation by a private zoo. Masha was born in a Kansas wildlife park. Native to Russia, there are only 70 Amur Leopards left in the wild, making them critically endangered. ZWF Miami is located at 16225 S.W. 172nd Avenue in Miami.
Baptist Health South Florida and TD Bank, together with the Orange Bowl, distributed shoes to South Florida youth as part of the Orange Bowl “Kicks for Kids” program. Schools across Miami-Dade and Broward counties banded together for a friendly competition to raise shoes for “Kicks for Kids,” resulting in more than 2,500 pairs of shoes gathered this year. Pictured: OBIE and kids are all smiles after receiving new shoes for the school year at Family Central Inc. in North Lauderdale.
South Florida high-schooler Sabrina Stewart, daughter of Caribbean Hotelier Gordon “Butch” Stewart, has kick-started her summer in a non-traditional style. Instead of simply packing her suitcase with trendy sunglasses and bikinis in preparation of sun, sea and sand, Sabrina and four of her friends packed up much-needed supplies for local schools and pregnant teenagers in support of the Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International. An advocate for “Voluntourism,” Sabrina launched a GoFundMe campaign with the objective of raising funds for several educational projects she pinpointed in Jamaica. She has successfully raised a combined value of $7500 US in cash and in-kind donations.
The American Heart Association welcomed more than 350 guests to its annual Miami Heart Ball at the JW Marriott Marquis, raising significant funds for lifesaving research for heart disease and stroke. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with a silent auction and live entertainment from a Frank Sinatra impersonator, a life-size Plinko wall and more in the Las Vegas-themed ballroom. During the dinner program, presentations were made to Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Dean Emeritus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at U.M., and Dr. Italo Linfante, the Medical Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Health Neuroscience Center. Guests participated in a spectacular live auction, shared an "open your heart" moment with Kelly Matacena who related her story of survival, and were entertained by festive showgirls who fit the evening's theme. WSVN 7's Vivian Gonzalez served as emcee, and Maria L. Shojaee of SHOMA was the campaign chair. Pictured:
David Markowitz and Maria Shojaee
The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM)
presented Giselle Act II
, the most lyrical and breathtaking jewel of the famous 19th Century "Romantic Ballets." Performed at the Miami Dade County Auditorium
, the ballet starred for the first time in the U.S. the newly exiled Cuban Principal Ballerina Amaya Rodriguez
, along with Cuban Principal Dancers Marize Fumero, Carlos Guerra
and Arionel Vargas
. CCBM is dedicated solely to the classical ballet repertory, exemplified by the legendary world renowned Cuban ballet tradition. www.CubanClassicalBallet.org.
took a break from his summer tour I Love The 90's,
which kicked off in Phoenix, to participate in a social media campaign to SLAM ALS
. A benefit for Project ALS
, the campaign encourages everyone to show how they’d “slam” this neurodegenerative disease that affects close to 450,000 people worldwide. Seen here taking a selfie, Vanilla Ice joined a growing group of athletes and celebrities who are furthering the goal to generate new levels of awareness and spur donations to research for a cure. For more information, visit www.SlamALS.org.
Miami Dade College and the City of Miami paid tribute to the late Cuban Comedic Legend Guillermo Alvarez Guedes with the unveiling of a Star in his name on Calle Ocho. A reception and film screening at MDC's Historic Tower Theater followed the unveiling. The film was composed of clips depicting Guedes' career, directed and produced by Lucia Sanabria and José Carlos Prado. In attendance were Mayor Tomas Regalado, Alvarez Guedes’ widow, Elsy, family members, artists and community leaders. Pictured: Willy Chirino with Elsy Guedes.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
recognizes Dr. Maria Antonieta Garcia
, a docent at the museum for more than six years. She teaches French in the Department of Modern Languages at FIU
, and uses art as a teaching tool for her French language students. Her National French Honor Society students volunteer many hours of service to community events hosted by the Frost Art Museum as well as donate toys to needy school children in the neighboring communities. As a docent, Dr. Garcia also serves as a translator for French visitors. She helped to organize a French Film club for FIU students, and screened French films at the museum, inviting everyone to explore French culture and our exhibitions. Click
to learn more about becoming a docent.
Raquel A. Regalado was presented with the first ever Martha Nail Excellence in Education Award at a dinner hosted by The Nail Scholarship Foundation at the Coral Gables Country Club. Presenting the award was Christopher Nail, President of the Foundation.