Miami Charity Blog: Charity Chat
The Fairchild Challenge is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s award-winning multidisciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education competition, now in its 12th year. It reaches 130,000 students in South Florida at more than 260 schools from PreK through 12th grade. More than 15 organizations from all over the world were represented at a recent reception for the Fairchild Challenge Partner Summit, which took place at Fairchild Garden in Coral Gables. The reception kicked off the Partner Summit, which brings new and current partners of the Fairchild Challenge together to exchange expertise and learn new approaches to maintain successful programs. The two-day workshop included sessions such as Developing a Global Challenge, Successful Grant Writing, Developing an Exchange Program for Students and The Challenge of the Challenge. Pictured: Rafael de Lima, Fairchild intern through UM Frost School of Music; Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Fairchild; and Amanda Noble, Challenge School Program.
The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami has announced the election of John Arasi (pictured top left) as its new Board Chairman; Joseph Roisman (top right) new Board Vice Chairman; and Carlos Echave (bottom left) and Tracey Spiegelman (bottom right) as new Board members. The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (formerly The Wellness Community – Greater Miami) is part of an international organization dedicated to providing free cancer support services to patients and their loved ones. In July 2009, The Wellness Community - National and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the largest provider of cancer support worldwide. This combined organization is now called the Cancer Support Community.
700 attendees of Botran's Medianoches & Mixology sipped signature Botran cocktails and sampled some of the top medianoches amid the spectacular street murals at Wynwood Walls during South Beach Wine and Food Festival. During the event, celebrity co-hosts Anne Burrell and Emilio Estefan (pictured) awarded Luis Galindo's Latin American with the honor of “best medianoche” and presented the restaurant with a custom, hand-painted wooden Botran case and bottle by renowned artist Jose Mertz.
Students from the Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College (MDC) once again showed off their skills and professionalism at this year’s Coconut Grove Arts Festival. During the 3-day festival MCI students assisted with cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Pavilion, alongside some of South Florida's best chefs. Pictured: Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House (left) with MCI culinary students.
Broward philanthropists Katia & Tom Bates (pictured) will host supporters and community leaders at their waterfront home for an exclusive reception and fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus called Fashion at Heart. The invitation-only event will kick off American Heart Association’s Broward Heart Ball set for April 26 at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale. The Broward Heart Ball’s Legacy Sponsor is Patriot National Insurance Group and the Signature Sponsor is One Beat CPR. Pictured: Mike Linder, Tom Bates, Lon Rosen, Chris Pizzo (top row) and Lauren Simone, Romina Sifuentes, Katia Bates, Maria Hunt, Jenny Pizzo (bottom row). To learn more about the kick off or the Broward Heart Ball, please contact Lauren Simone at 954-364-5023 or visit www.heart.org/southflorida.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants, recently hosted their annual Art Basel VIP Brunch in conjunction with its Art Basel sanctioned exhibit of Hugo França’s (pronounced [fɾánsa]) sustainable design pieces. The brunch was hosted by Fairchild Garden President Bruce Greer and Trustee Lin Lougheed, and approximately 250 people attended, including França. Originally from Brazil, França uses all natural materials to create interactive, functional and sustainable pieces, often tables and seating. Each piece uses reclaimed wood from felled, burned or dead trees found in Brazil. The exhibit continues through May 31, 2014 and entry is included in the price of regular admission.
The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, Pedro and David Martin of Terra Group hosted an architect’s dinner with Micky Wolfson, founder, and Cathy Leff, director, of the Wolfsonian-FIU. The event honored the individuals who are reshaping Miami’s future skyline. Guests mingled with the hosts, over 15 world-famous architects and many other members of the design world and VIPs during a cocktail hour in the Wolfsonian’s Dynamo Café. Notable Attendees: Pedro Martin, David Martin, Cathy Leff, Micky Wolfson, Jean Nouvel, Richard Meier, Norman Foster, Shohei Shigematsu, Bjarke Ingels, Dror Benshetrit, Christine Binswanger, Andres Duany, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Rene Gonzalez, Enrique Norten, Chad Oppenheim, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Terence Riley, Laurinda Spear, Alan Shulman and Nasir Kassamali, among others. Pictured from left to right - David Martin, Micky Wolfson and Cathy Leff. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan Company.
When artists come together they make beautiful things happen. The nonprofit Art Heart will have its second annual exhibition Every Child’s Heart is Made for Joy. The exhibition will consist of mixed media works created by artists Shirley Bloomfield, Rosaria Pugliese and Natalia Reparaz with the interaction of child patients at children’s hospitals. The exhibition will be displayed at Miami Children’s Museum in the Kidscape Village entrance. Local artist, Cristina Figueredo Zizold, founded Art Heart as a means to provide a creative outlet for children.
Famed Spanish photographer Cristina García Rodero attended the VIP preview of her acclaimed photo exhibition Rituales en Haiti at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design (MOAD). The exhibition opened recently and is free and open to the public. A public lecture by the decorated photographer took place at the Centro Cultural Español.
Photo caption (L-R). Consul General of Spain Cristina Barrios, Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Cristina García Rodero.
Natalie Baro (pictured), President and CEO of Michelsen Advertising, is the newly appointed chair for the American Heart Association’s 2014 Go Red For Women campaign serving Miami-Dade and Broward, a campaign to raise awareness about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. Natalie will be leading the fundraising efforts by securing corporate and patron support. She will work closely with the GRFW Executive Leadership Cabinet as well as the American Heart Association staff partners to achieve success. This year, the American Heart Association and volunteer leadership has a record breaking fundraising goal. We would like to make the community aware of all the latest forms of prevention with an emphasis on CPR by bringing them to every home and workplace in our counties and educating on the use of defibrillators. By sharing this lifesaving tool, we aim to increase its awareness and hopefully create positive outcomes from negative situations, said Natalie.