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Two powerful shows opened at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, paving the way for the excitement of Art Basel Miami 2014. Wang Qingsong: ADinfinitum and A Global Exchange: Geometric Abstraction Since 1950 drew a stellar crowd of arts leaders, plus visiting artists from throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America. Other attendees included the Frost Art Museum's new Director Jordana Pomeroy, Donna Shalala, and the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires, Aldo Rubino. Pictured L to R: Charles Hinman, Wang Qingsong, Kenneth Furton, Christina Ghetti, Constanza Cerullo, Aldo Rubino and Sanford Wurmfeld.
Miami Children's Health Foundation was the beneficiary of a gift of $100,000 from Home Financing Center, an independently-owned mortgage lender in South Florida. The donation will assist with the expansion and renovation of Miami Childrens Hospital’s Emergency Room, which now treats 95,000 children a year and is one of the busiest ERs in the country. The Employee Lounge in the ER will be named in honor of Home Financing Center. Pictured: Claudine Claus, Pres/CEO, Home Financing Center; Lucy Morillo, Pres/CEO, Miami Childrens Health Foundation; Nikole Sanchez-Rubiera, VP of Transformation, Miami Childrens Hospital; and Armando Llechu, VP of Clinical Operations, Miami Childrens Hospital.
Nearly 5,000 runners, walkers and spectators came together for the Hyundai Hope On Wheels 4th Annual Miami Children's Hospital 5K presented by Sabadell United Bank. The race started off in front of Coral Gables City Hall and raised nearly $500,000 for the children and families at Miami Children's Hospital, bringing the total amount raised in the past 4 years to nearly two million dollars. Featuring fundraising teams created in honor of patients and former patients, as well as those wishing to make a difference, the MCH5K showcased the many lives that have been impacted by Miami Children's Hospital and celebrated the children. This year's race hero was cancer survivor Andres Hidalgo, who inspired participants to cross the finish line in support of children like him. Long-time supporter of the hospital, Michael Baiamonte, Voice of the Miami Heat, served as emcee. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Commissioner Chairwoman Rebecca Sosa presented a proclamation to commemorate the special occasion.
Educational and public programming at Coral Springs Museum of Art was the beneficiary of the 11th Annual Wine Gala hosted by the Museum and The Fresh Market in Coral Springs. More than 170 guests enjoyed an evening of sampling fine wines from around the world provided by United Wine, Inc., paired with sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres prepared by The Fresh Market. Coral Springs Museum of Art was recently nominated by Congressman Ted Deutch for a 2015 National Medal for Museum Service for its excellent programming, including The Art of War Storytelling Program for Broward veterans and the Kaleidoscope Program, a specialty art program designed exclusively for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Philanthropists Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez will be awarded one of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s highest honors at the 8th Annual Wild About Kids Gala this year. The 2014 Charles “Bebe” Rebozo Humanitarian Award honors a person, family or organization that has shown overwhelming support and constant dedication to the children in our community. It is the Lopez's compassion, wisdom and love of helping others, especially the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade youth, that make them worthy of the award.
Over 1,500 South Floridians of all ages and fitness levels gathered at the starting line at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale to raise funds and awareness at MADD’s (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) annual WALK Like MADD and MADD Dash 5K. Although the fastest runners were declared winners, the whole community won a victory in the campaign against drunk driving with raised funds totaling more than $138,000.
Former WTVJ-NBC 6 anchor and longtime MADD supporter Tony Segreto emceed the event. VIP supporters and speakers included the event’s Honorary Chairwoman Susan Israel, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, and Broward Sheriff’s Office Colonel Alvin Pollack. Local country favorite Ciara Rae took to the stage to perform the National Anthem and a selection of songs. Popular tribute band 2 of Us got the crowd moving with a playlist of Beatles’ classics.
In cities around the globe, metered parking lots were temporarily transformed into public parks and social spaces for one day as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day." The Coral Gables Museum has taken that idea a step further by offering its beautiful green turf-covered Museum Plaza as a permanent park space for recreation, for a brown bag lunch or for simple relaxation. The Plaza is the site of the weekly lunchtime Jazz in the Gables January through March, but the Plaza is available every day and open to the public. Pictured: A lively after-school soccer game for youngsters.
Style Saves, the non-profit that empowers children through styling and complimentary clothes, invited students from various programs to "shop" for back-to-school clothes at its fourth annual event at the Arsht Center. Over $100,000 was raised by Style Saves to make the event possible. Also at the event, Davis Vision provided complimentary eye screening for students. Those in need will receive complimentary in-office exams and will then be fitted for prescription eyeglasses at no charge to students or families. The students represented Miami-Dade Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Communities in Schools, Irie Foundation, Mentor Network, Lotus House and The Guatemalan-Maya Center. Pictured: Style Saves founder Rachel Russell with Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) honored The Fairchild Challenge educational program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables with its 2014 Award for Program Excellence, given out at the APGA's annual meeting at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Amy Padolf, director of education at Fairchild Garden, accepted the award on behalf of Fairchild and was recognized by her peers for her work in public horticulture. The Fairchild Challenge interdisciplinary STEM education competition now reaches 125,000 students in South Florida at more than 273 schools from PreK-12.
Pictured: APGA Award – Amy Padolf, Patsy Benveniste (Chicago Botanic Garden), Dr. Casey Sclar (American Public Gardens Association (APGA), Catherine Hubbard (ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden).
Kaley Schwartz has become the eighth student from New World School of the Arts High School to receive the prestigious Silver Knight Award. Kaley’s project, winning her the award in the Arts category, entailed her painting portraits of children in the Cardiac Unit of Miami Children’s Hospital and donating them to the parents. To date, Kaley has gifted more than 50 framed portraits and plans to keep her project alive as a way of offering a respite to parents with children in the Intensive Care Unit. At NWSA Kaley held a solid 5.9 GPA and received three Honorable Mention Scholastic Art Awards as well as an Honorable Mention in the South Florida Science and Engineering Fair. She was also the vice-president of the Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. She will be attending FSU in the fall and plans to double major in Anthropology and Art History. Ultimately, her goal is to become a curator.