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The Castaways Against Cancer, a fundraising team composed of 17 kayakers, began its 18th annual adventure, paddling from Miami to Key West to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life program. From Virginia Key to Smathers Beach in Key West, the kayakers aim to arrive on dry land in 6 days. The Castaways are a diverse group, made up of high school teachers, a Miami-Dade firefighter, a local bank CEO and several non-profit executives. Many are from Miami, but other team members are from Jacksonville, Orlando, Georgia, North Carolina and New York City. Since its inaugural voyage in 2000, the Castaways have raised more than $875,000 for the ACS, making them one of the leading Relay For Life teams in Florida.
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood'S 20th Anniversary of Cuisine for Art, held at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, raised over $60,000. This year’s honoree was Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, the founder and leader of KC and The Sunshine Band. Pictured: Anna Smith, Joy Satterlee, KC, Susan Renneissen, and Jules Meyer.
Communities in Schools of Miami hosted Bow Ties & BBQ at the Intercontinental at Doral Miami. Guests enjoyed performances from Guitars Over Guns students and local schools. Pictured: CIS Board - Back row: Dale Erquiaga, Ivan Garces, Deborah Monaco, Bill Multack, Justin Dash, Andrew Fierman, Richard Jacobs, Charles Auslander, Pedro Martinez, Ana Carrillo; Front row: Marc Schaevitz, Victoria Beatty, Elyssa Linares, Isabel Fernandez, Jennifer Valdes.
Members of Chapman Partnership's Illumination Gala
planning committee were hosted at the home of Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez
to kick-off the planning phase of the 2017 gala. The 60-member volunteer committee, along with Co-Chairs Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez
and Lucy Morillo-Agnetti & John Agnetti
, will plan the gala to honor and thank individuals who have supported Chapman Partnership and the more than 105,000 residents that have been served since 1995. The gala, emceed by WPLG Channel 10's Laurie Jennings
, will be held October 28. For more information, visit the website
. Pictured: Gala committee with (seated) Lucy Morillo-Agnetti
and Marile Lopez, Co-Chairs Illuminations Gala; Trish Bell, Chairman Emeritus Chapman Partnership
; and Jose Dans, President Wow Factor
The Humane Society of Greater Miami hosted its 20th anniversary celebration of Brunch for the Animals, a chic event for humans and their four-legged friends. Held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, with thanks to Brooke Soffer, the Brunch was chaired by Alan G. Randolph and Steven Rodriguez, Amy Zakarin and Isaac Rosenberg, and Angela and Louis Birdman. The brunch raised close to $150,000 to help homeless animals, and, best of all, six lucky dog from the Humane Society found their forever families! Pictured: Co-Chair Louis Birdman, Co-Chair Steven Rodriguez with Ella, Humane Society Executive Director Laurie Hoffman, Co-Chair Amy Zakarin with Bailey, Co-Chair Angela Birdman with Lola, Co-Chair Alan Randolph with Ranger and Co-Chair Isaac Rosenberg.
Alina and Anthony Shriver, along with their two daughters, Eunice and Carolina, hosted an intimate shopping experience at David Yurman Bal Harbour in celebration of the brand's partnership with Best Buddies. The philanthropic power family invited guests to sip and shop for Mother’s Day while giving back, with a percentage of proceeds going to the Best Buddies organization. Pictured: Carolina, Alina and Eunice Shriver, co-hosts.
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.