Miami Charity Blog: Charity Chat
City Year Miami mobilized hundreds of South Florida residents, business leaders and elected officials who rolled up their sleeves and spent the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday working to spruce up Myrtle Grove K-8 Center in Miami Gardens. Among the dedicated volunteers were partners, The Miami Dolphins, Volunteer Florida, Calder Casino, The City of Miami Gardens and others. Their efforts were part of the 8th Annual MLK Day of Service with volunteers painting murals, building picnic tables, and planting gardens at the school. It's all part of City Year's mission to target the national dropout crisis. Pictured: City Year Miami AmeriCorps members, City Year Miami alumni & MLK Day volunteers building a picnic table for the school.
During AIRIE's "Sundays in the Park: Connect and Inspire," guests gathered in Long Pine Key and hiked the 3-in-1 Trail that was transformed to "Art on the Trail," including reproductions of art works from AIRIE fellows. The afternoon featured Jose Elias performing and Christina Pettersson's debut of "The Furies of the Swamp," with actors from The Mad Cat Theater Company
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County were the beneficiary of a Vegas-style kickoff for the upcoming Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance, Hosted by Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, guests enjoyed live entertainment, performers, small bites and signature cocktails in celebration of the 10th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance taking place February 19 - 21 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with celebrity guest, Jay Leno. Founded by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group and under the direction of Founding Event Chair James E. McDonnell, IV, along with Honorary Chair Mike Jackson, the Boca Raton Concours is a weekend of events to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Pictured: Rick & Rita Case with Vickie & Tom McDonald.
Community leaders Petra and Stephen Levin hosted an event in their home in honor of Doug Tieman, President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers, which has facilities in Pennsylvania and Palm Beach County. Doug’s book "Flying Over the Pigpen: Leadership Lessons from Growing Up on a Farm," is filled with poignant memories and practical advice. A recovering alcoholic himself, the author also reaches out to individuals struggling with addiction, reinforcing how his trusted approach to taking carefully-planned, methodical steps towards achieving career goals also applies to recovery. Pictured: Doug Tieman, Petra Levin and Kevin Beebe, Chair of Caron’s Florida Advisory Board.
Ride2Revive, established by brother and sister team and owners of Prestige Imports, Brett and Brooke David, welcomed children with life-threatening medical conditions to enjoy an adrenaline-filled day. The event took place Mardis Gras Casino, to benefit children from MyWish4U Foundation (a/k/a Simcha Yeladim), Chai lifeline and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and offer a distraction to the children’s health related struggles. The space was transformed into an authentic racetrack with exhilarating straight-aways and hairpin turns where the children were able to “race” in a selection of exotic super cars with a handful of volunteer drivers including Ex-NFL player and UM great DJ Williams. The children were all smiles as they jumped into Lamborghinis, Paganis, Ferraris, McLarens and Corvettes, all donated for the day from Prestige Imports and their private clientele.
Judge Michael B. Chavies was installed as the Orange Bowl Committee's 78th President and Chair at Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. Judge Chavies has been a member of the Orange Bowl Committee since 2000 and succeeds Immediate Past President & Chair Lee Stapleton. Judge Chavies will oversee the Committee’s continued commitment to the South Florida community, including a full slate of events, highlighted by the 83rd Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2016. The Orange Bowl invests nearly $1 million in the South Florida community on an annual basis, funding a variety of programs and initiatives, including the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, various scholarship programs and many other youth athletic events. Pictured: Judge Michael B. Chavies and Lee Stapleton.
Monty Trainer, President Coconut Grove Arts Festival; Marlene Erven, President Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove; City of Miami Mayor Regaledo; and City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell on hand for proclamation ceremony.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) and A-Rod Corp. made the holidays happier for 250 children of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, presenting age-appropriate gifts to Boys & Girls Clubs members at the Hank Kline Club's Teen Center. As a child, A-Rod attended the Hank Kline Club and participated in its baseball program. He remained a member of the club until the day he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. A-Rod and the A-Rod Corp. family of companies, Newport Property Construction and Monument Capital Management, underwrote holiday parties for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade with food stations, bounce houses, face-painting, arts & crafts, visits with Santa and more.
Earlier this year, four white lions joined two other earlier rescued lions at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation. Now, months after their arrival at their new home, they're all thriving. Kumba, Khiera, Kunto, Kahina, Kahinda and Kabira were all rescued from an African hunting lodge. They live at Zoo Miami in a custom-built space that includes a large rock formation where they lie in the sun, or relax under a large tiki that provides them shade. The lions receive the highest level of care and animal husbandry at Zoo Miami.
Miami-Dade County Public School Board honored Miami Music Project for their outstanding commitment to transforming children’s lives with music education. Raquel Regalado presented the proclamation to Miami Music Project, for making music accessible to all children, establishing chapters in neighborhoods throughout Miami where children are provided music education resulting in positive social transformation.