Miami Charity Blog: Charity Chat
The Junior League of Miami hosted its 15th Annual Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon at the EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami. With more than 200 VIP guests in attendance, the signature fundraising event benefitted the mission and community projects of the Junior League of Miami, focusing on women and children at risk. The lively affair, co-chaired by Rosemary Hartigan and Silvia Corral, honored women who have made a significant impact in the lives of women and children through their voluntarism. This year’s esteemed honorees were Betty Lopez-Castro, Meg Daly and Shannon Allen. Guests enjoyed an elegant lunch, a silent auction and raffle drawing and a special presentation of awards, emceed by Emmy nominated journalist and local news anchor Beatriz Canals-Alvarez. The Junior League of Miami also presented three scholarships to female high school seniors who have exhibited superior community service involvement during their high school careers. Pictured: Junior League of Miami Presidents: (back row): Loretta Nido, Andria Hanley, Susan Lerner, Erin Knight, Katie Arriola, Emilie Wernick, Amanda Kessler; and (front row): Maria Byrd, Michelle Ramirez Patricios, Helen Picard and Leanne Tellam.
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and The Children’s Trust announced the 2016 winners of Young Talent Big Dreams, the most widespread local youth talent contest in Miami-Dade history. A marathon of semifinal competitions for student performers ages 8-17 culminated in the finals competition with participants competing for prizes, including a free trip, courtesy of WSVN CH7, to attend the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Pictured: Bands/Group Vocal Winner: M.O.B. - Esteban Urizar, 12; Jonathan Otanio, 17; Jonatan Issac, 17; Matteo Rodriguez, 14; and Luis Alvarez, 17.
Despite the title of Thomas Wolfe’s novel “You Can’t Go Home Again,” Hialeah-based painter Ernesto Maranje’s work now graces a wall near the very same walkways where he once attended as a grade school student. The artist will be honored by school administrators, staff and students of North Hialeah Elementary, along with PTA members and local dignitaries, during a special “Arts Night.” See the mural at 4251 East 5th Avenue in Hialeah.
Miami-based Architectural Firm, Gurri Matute PA, is honored at the Annual Meeting of Dade Heritage Trust at the Koubek Center in Miami. The firm, along with members of the community, such as Miami preservationist Dr. Enid Pinkney, came together to save the Historic Hampton House. Once the home-away-from-home for the most prominent African American celebrities in the world, then left to decay, the Historic Hampton House project architects received the prestigious 2016 Preservation Award for restoring and preserving this community treasure. The house, which was dilapidated and in disrepair, took nearly a decade to complete. The Historic Hampton House is located at 4240 N.W. 27th Avenue in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood. Pictured: Hugo Velasquez (Project Manager Miami Dade County Internal Services Department), Ron Frazier (Historic Hampton House Community Trust), Ed Parnes (Dade Heritage Trust Incoming President, Jose Matute, Daphne Gurri, Dr. Enid Pinkney and Christine Rupp (Dade Heritage Trust Executive Director).
Ricky J. Martinez, Artistic Director for the New Theatre, will be the first Cuban American to be honored today with the prestigious Margo Jones Award presented by The Ohio State University Libraries and OSU Arts and Humanities. The award honors those who have demonstrated a significant impact, understanding and affirmation of the craft of playwriting, and who have encouraged the living theatre everywhere. Martinez is a spirited Cuban-American "theatre maker." As an award-winning director, he has been invited to direct for the MFA Playwrights' Workshop at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival and Stanford University's National Center for New Plays and other prestigious organizations.
Gulliver Preparatory, in partnership with Special Olympics Florida, hosted its annual "Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete 5K Run/Walk." The event featured a certified 5K course that made its way through the streets of the City of Pinecrest. Funds raised support the Miami-Dade chapter of Special Olympics Florida, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 4,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Pictured: Gulliver Head of Schools Frank Steel, Corey Eichorn, Miami-Dade County Director for Special Olympics Linsey Smith, Andrew Savysky Chair of Special Olympics for the Florida Development Committee, Daniel Fundora, Nasif Ali, City of Pinecrest Councilmen Doug Kraft, Chris Gay, Special Olympics Athlete Pavvlina Madhivanan, Meghan Fernandez, Erin Kozlowski,
Since 2008, Neisen and Ana Kasdin have been devoted to the expansion of New World Symphony and its unique role at the intersection of education, classical music and inspiration. Neisen served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from the 2008-2009 season through the 2011-2012 season. As a result of his tireless efforts, the organization’s annual budget grew from $8.6 million to $14 million, and $160 million was secured for design and construction of the new Miami Beach campus. Not only was the New World Center completed on time and on budget, but new housing was also secured for the NWS Fellows. The Kasdins continue to be dedicated supporters of the New World Symphony, having just served as gala chairs for its 28th annual gala, a sensational and successful event!
Native Floridian Lorna Ruth Galloway, FIU's Betty Laird Perry MFA award winner, has a passion for printmaking and photography. In her work, she recreates Ed Ruscha’s Twenty Six Gasoline Stations with images from the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Galloway captures images during the game, uploads them to Rockstar Games Social Club, then downloads the photographs and digitally alters them. With this technique, she creates images in charcoal of an “Any Town, USA” that serve as a sensitive homage to a place and its disappearance. Lorna’s goals after graduating are to teach at the university level and encourage others students to explore a career in the arts.
The community, local celebrities and residents and officials from the City of Miami Beach came together to host The Big Serve, the first annual professional tennis exhibition and clinic for inner-city youth, at the Flamingo Tennis Center. More than 400 inner-city youth played tennis with pro tennis players including Nicolas Massu and Alexander Peja.
Former Miami Heat Star Alonzo Mourning, local favorite DJ Irie and City of Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine all came out to support the event which benefited Overtown Youth Center, The Irie Foundation, Wade’s World Foundation and the Miami Beach Tennis Foundation.
Isabel Desoto's Really Awesome Black Bean Burger won first place and a $1,000 grand prize at the 34rd Annual Winn-Dixie Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest. Desoto, who competed in the vocational category, was chosen to participate in the final round of the contest against Julio Castro and Albert Bellington. A judge’s panel chose Desoto’s healthy and hearty winning dish. Pictured: Winn-Dixie Manager of Local Store Marketing Ashley Gomez, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana President Jerry Fernandez, Carnaval Miami Winn-Dixie Cooking Contest winner Isabel Desoto, Miss Carnaval Miami 2016 Lelany Barea, Winn-Dixie Store Manager Eliu Cubas and Robert Morgan Education Center Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship Academy Leader Paul Galadza.