Miami Charity Blog: Charity Chat
Poplife Social guests at Perez Art Museum Miami were treated to the tropical musical stylings of John Hancock III as they socialized on the terrace and enjoyed light bites from Stephen Starr Catering, including Miso Glazed Chicken Skewers, Pork Belly Bao Buns, Shrimp Chips and more. The more adventurous created their own art using canvas, found objects supplied by PAMM and tempera paint. Hancock, best known as the lead singer of Miami bedroom pop pioneers ANR (Awesome New Republic), makes tropical pop music for every season, ranging from spaced out Arthur Russell inspired grooves to hyped-up digital calypso. PAMM Third Thursdays: Poplife Social is the perfect place to unwind after a long day, enjoy live music and great food and drinks, view the exhibitions and spend time with friends - or make new ones.
For the past 40 years the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana has been making a difference in the lives of thousands of South Florida families through service projects, like summer camp for underprivileged kids aged 7 to 13; scholarships for Hispanic students dreaming of a college education; mentoring and coaching through its Youth Basketball Program; and more than 6,000 youngsters each year receiving backpacks filled with school supplies through the Back-to-School Project. The projects are funded through special events, the most notable of which is Carnaval Miami, an annual festival held in March. Here’s a salute to this energetic local club as they celebrate 40 years of giving back to Miami! Pictured: Summer campers enjoying the excitement and fun of a day at camp.
Stephanie A. Mayer has been named Senior Vice President of Development for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science. In this position, Stephanie will lead advancement efforts, with an emphasis on supporting the new museum, set to open in downtown Miami’s Museum Park in summer 2016. A creative and results-driven non-profit executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience in education, health care and the arts, Mayer has a track record of providing strategic direction and operational management of development initiatives. Most recently, she served as chief development officer for the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and was a key member of the leadership team supporting a six-year, $6 billion campaign for the university – the largest in higher education history. Mayer is a Miami resident, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she attended on a full merit scholarship.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami hosted its annual graduation ceremony for “Littles” who have completed the program and are graduating from high school. Former NBA star Shane Battier (pictured) served as keynote speaker. 219 "Littles" (mentees), along with their "Bigs" (mentors) and parents and guardians, attended the event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts where nearly $345,000 in scholarships was awarded. Key sponsors included the Adrienne Arsht Center, which partially sponsored the graduation ceremony, and the Irie Foundation, which sponsored the post-event reception.
The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative honored its most dedicated supporters and volunteers at Turnberry Isle at its Eighth Annual Open the Door Awards Dinner and Auction, presented by honorary chairs Don and Michele Soffer and presenting sponsor Baptist Health South Florida. Honored were Mario Martinez, a dedicated volunteer since 2010; Kenneth & Julie Duke, recipients of the Spirit of Service Award; and 50 State Security, a supporter of the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative since 2007. To support the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative, visit www.FLbreasthealth.com or call 305-825-4081. Pictured: Presenting sponsor Baptist Health South Florida, represented by Carol Mascioli, Marsha Tejeda, Christie Grays, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Mary Ferreiro and Bonnie Michaels
Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly known as Miami Children's Hospital, and Miami Children's Health Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children's Prom for over 75 teen patients and their guests. The evening gave currently and recently hospitalized teens the opportunity to experience a fun and memorable night with a 1950s-themed prom produced by WOW Factor Marketing Group. The design was complete with classic cars and a red carpet where patients flaunted their new looks from Macy's Dadeland. Blo Bar, Mary Kay, Your Face by Grace and Olga Gaitan stylists were responsible for pampering and giving the prom attendees makeovers. Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrienne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, alongside Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design, catered the prom. Prom attendees also danced the night away to the tunes of popular DJ Double ii. The evening also featured a special reception for the parents of the prom-goers, where they watched exciting prom arrivals via live stream. Pictured: Kira Boucas getting make-up for the big night.
United Way of Broward County President/CEO Kathleen Cannon was joined by Mission United supporters Roy and Kathryn Krause, Jean Colker and Ray Ferrero Jr. (pictured) at the Jean and David Colker Center Ground Breaking Ceremony. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, the new center located on United Way of Broward County’s property, will serve as a centralized location where veterans and military service members can receive case management services provided by Mission United. Jean Colker and her late husband David, whose philanthropic contributions have impacted South Florida for more than 50 years, support Mission United and pay tribute to the men and women who have fought for our country and freedom.
Catherine F. Penrod, CEO/President of nonprofit Switchboard, has been named the 2015-2016 Florida Alliance of Information and Referral Services (FLAIRS) Board President. A member of FLAIRS since 2008, Catherine is excited and optimistic in leading FLAIRS to meet its goals for this year. She most recently served as the Florida 2-1-1 Association's Chair. FLAIRS is the state overseer of the national standards and works to develop collaborative efforts among all of the State's information and referral providers. Under Penrod's leadership, along with an amazing board, volunteers, and staff, Switchboard has witnessed exponential growth. As a $2 million budget organization in 2008, to over $7.5 million in 2015, the Miami-based organization currently serves on a national scale as the leading contact center in the nation with the highest call volume of any other contact centers reporting. In 2014, Switchboard completed a successful merger with longstanding Miami-Dade nonprofit, Family Counseling Services; adding the crisis line services of Monroe County after acquiring nonprofit 2-1-1 Helpline of the Florida Keys, Switchboard is at its largest service abilities ever.
Temple Judea, one of the oldest and largest reform congregations in Miami-Dade County, hosted A Taste of Tango, its annual fundraiser benefitting the Temple’s general programs and services at 5500 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables. Temple Judea members Gisela and Diego Lowenstein, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, were the Honorees. Active in the community, the Lowensteins are involved in the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The event was Argentinian-inspired with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, dinner and dancing. Pictured from L-R: Scott Silver, Susan Silver, Gisela Lowenstein, Diego Lowenstein.
For the first-time ever, the concessionaires of The Youth Fair united to organize two events - the Red Thornberry & Miami-Dade Youth Fair Scholarship Golf Classic and the Lobster Fest. Proceeds of nearly $30,000 from sponsorship packages and tickets from both events benefit the scholarship fund for Miami-Dade County students. Named in honor of Red Thronberry, a game vendor at the Youth Fair, the golf classic included 18 holes of championship golf, barbeque buffet, fun bags for all players and door prizes. At the inaugural Lobster Fest Scholarship Fundraiser, guests enjoyed fresh Maine lobsters along with coleslaw and corn on the cob, a Youth Fair favorite.