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Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón was presented the fourth MISO Golden Baton Recognition Award, given by the Miami Symphony Orchestra, for his outstanding contributions to the arts and culture in South Florida. Dr. Padrón has served as President of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 165,000 students. He is was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Pictured: Rafael Diaz Balart, Chairman MISO; Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón; Daniel Andai, Concertmaster MISO; and Eduardo Marturet, Music Director and Conductor MISO.
Petra and Stephen Levin, welcomed guests to their home for an inaugural event to benefit the Birthright Israel Foundation. The inspirational program included introductions by Judith A. Levy, Birthright Israel Foundation National Board member and Florida Chair, a moving alumni story from Birthright Israel alumna and National Board member, Rachel Cohen Gerrol and a keynote address by Birthright Israel Co-Founder, Charles R. Bronfman. The event raised over $400,000 for Birthright Israel Foundation, the North American-based funding arm of Birthright Israel, which helps to raise funds towards Birthright Israel’s $135 million budget. Since 2000, Birthright Israel has given gifts of free 10-day educational trips to Israel to more than 500,000 Jewish young adults from 66 countries. Pictured: Allyn & Judith Levy, Charles R. Bronfman, Petra Levin, Rita Bronfman and Stephen Levin
The 21st Annual Florida Classic sponsored by Ford, AT&T, BB&T and Breakthru Beverage, an exciting two-day event, featured a golf tournament, BeachBash, a fishing tournament and the 65 Roses Gala. More than $455,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year’s Honorary Chairman was Nova Southeastern University Chancellor Ray Ferrero, Jr. (pictured with Raquel Ferrero). The event chairs were Linda Cooke, CEO of Habco Manufacturing; Joe Hess, Principal at Car Dealer Depot; and Gregg Snowden, South Florida Ford.
More than 2,100 runners are lined up and ready to go for the 4th Annual Burger King Beach Run at Lummus Park in Miami Beach. The run raised over $200,000 for the Burger King McLamore Foundation to fund scholarships for Miami-Dade high school students. The runners enjoyed a beach party at the finish line with music and DJ entertainment, hosted by sponsors WTVJ-NBC 6 and Power 96.
At the Council for Educational Change's Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Luncheon, the Council selected Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg, a principal from Downtown Doral Charter Elementary, as the overall winner for her leadership skills in improving the academic performance of her students. Principal Acevedo-Isenberg works closely with her business mentor Ana-Marie Codina Barlick of Codina Partners, as well as other Council-facilitated business partnerships. Pictured: Julio Frenk, President of University of Miami; Dr, Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of the Council for Educational Change; and Steven Wasserman, Interim Chair of the Council for Educational Change.
Pictured: Richie Supa, director of creative recovery, Recovery Unplugged; Doug Emery, board vice president, The Recording Academy® Florida Chapter; and Flo Rida at Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center, an addiction care organization in Fort Lauderdale. Flo Rida performed hit songs and provided an . inspirational talk to Recovery Unplugged clients to create awareness about the MusiCares® Foundation's programs and services, and Supa performed the title track from his recent recovery-themed album, Enemy.
Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and members of the new Miami Fashion Institute (MFI) Board of Advisors celebrate the institute’s grand opening and ribbon cutting today at MDC Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The event featured models showcasing couture designed by MFI board members and tours the state-of-the-art facility.
The 29th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Rendezvous founded by Rita & Rick Case>/b> and led by Event Chairs Christy & Larry Hierholzer, returned to Fisher Island Club for a “Weekend in Wonderland.” Kicking off the festivities was the Dine Around the Docks Yacht Hop event on Thursday, followed on Friday by a daytime St. John's fashion show in the Vanderbilt Courtyard and a Mad Hatter's themed party with gourmet food stations at night. On Saturday guests joined Boys & Girls Clubs members for a BBQ. Then the Admirals, a group of supporters who donate $50,000 annually, enjoyed an invite-only cocktail party before the Queen of Hearts' Red Ball Gala. Emceed by Shaquille O'Neal's mother Lucille, Christine Lynn was inducted into the Dream Makers Society, and guests rocked the house to the music of Huey Lewis and The News. Proceeds from the weekend benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and the more than 12,500 youth it serves. Pictured: Brian Quail, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Larry & Christy Hierholzer, Event Chairs, Rick & Rita Case, Rendezvous Event Founders and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County club members.
More than 1000 people walked to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. NAMI Walks raised $92,000 and counting to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Funds will expand education programs and support groups in Broward County.
warren Henry Auto Group presented a check for $25,000 to the Overtown Youth Center. Basketball legend Alonzo Mourning proudly accepted the donation on behalf of his youth empowerment organization. Since partnering with the former Miami Heat star and his charities, Warren Henry Auto Group has contributed a total of $250,000 to <>The Mourning Foundation. “We are thrilled to support Zo and the important work he is doing to empower and inspire inner-city kids who participate in the programs offered by the Overtown Youth Center,” said Warren Zinn, President & CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group. In addition, Warren Henry Auto Group is contributing a portion of sales from every vehicle sold at its dealerships to the Overtown Youth Center. Pictured: Warren Zinn with Alonzo Mourning, Larry Zinn (General Manager of Warren Henry Auto Group) and Erik Day (CFO/Partner of Warren Henry Auto Group). vehicle sold at its dealerships to the Overtown Youth Center