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Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE) won this month's Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau's Small Business Pitch Challenge. Based in the heritage community of Little Haiti, MUCE pops up impressive art fairs, galleries and community events all around Miami. Bringing art to every community, the company believes that we owe it to our children and ancestors to preserve our heritage and to diversify the artistic landscape.
Turnberry Ocean Club hosted ONE Sotheby's International Realty Power Women's Luncheon where real estate met fashion. Led by Mayi de La Vega, guests enjoyed showcases from the Aventura Mall's most luxurious brands including St. John Knits, Caudalie, Charlotte Tilbury, Fendi, Le Labo Fragrances and Emilio Pucci. Pictured: Cristina Aguilar, VanessaStabile, Gabriella deAlmeida, MarianaShulga, Nikol Solares, Julissa Duarte, Mayi de la Vega, Sandra Arguello, Diana Izquierdo, Phoebe White, Kayla Barrera, Jennifer Santana.
Miami Children’s Museum kicked off their gala season at an event hosted by Terra’s 87 Park. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and champagne as the 2017 gala theme Le Grand Carnaval! was revealed. The gala, set for March 11, will honor Museum Chairman Jeff Berkowitz when guests will be transported to a vintage fête complete with fan fair, live entertainment, a luxurious auction and a special culinary experience. Pictured: Chairs Michael Comras, Daniela Swaebe, Christy & David Martin with Honoree Jeff Berkowitz in the center.
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.