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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.
The City of Coral Springs, in conjunction with the Coral Springs Museum of Art, has named Julia Black Andrews as Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art (CSMOA). Andrews joined the City of Coral Springs in 2013 as the Education and Public Programs Director at CSMOA. Andrews previously worked as a Program and Facilities Manager for ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale and was responsible for curating exhibits, program development, and daily management of the facility. She is also experienced in hospitality marketing and film productions, along with possessing exceptional leadership abilities. "I'm delighted to become a member of the Coral Springs team and honored to take on the role of Executive Director of the Museum of Art. I appreciate the importance this institution holds in our community, and I am dedicated to preserving its heritage while introducing dynamic and inspiring programs for all to enjoy," Andrews said.
Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida received a $1.35 million gift from the Gail S. Posner Trust to create the Gail S. Posner Australian Complex at Zoo Miami. The gift will be used to renovate the interior of the Australian building, which houses the koalas and Matschie’s tree kangaroos, and to expand exhibit areas of the current Australian lobe at Zoo Miami. The expansion will provide for the enclosure of a 2,500 square foot outdoor space which will provide additional display areas for the koalas and the Galah cockatoos, a pink and grey parrot commonly found in Australia. The Zoo currently has three koalas. Pictured: A rendering of the new Posner Australian Complex.
Chapman Partnership has bestowed the title Chairman Emeritus on Trish Bell, the highest honor for a board member who has demonstrated an unwavering personal and professional commitment to Chapman Partnership. An active board member since 2004 and Chairman from 2010-2014, Bell has accomplished major operational, financial and community goals, including setting high standards for financial stability, improving day-to-day operations, expanding the donor base and community relationships, and strengthening the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. Her valued leadership has positioned Chapman Partnership to be prepared to meet its future challenges to better serve the community.
Mario Ernesto Sanchez, founder of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, was recognized by the Latino Theater Company of Los Angeles. The award, a tribute to Latino and Spanish-language theatre in particular, is especially for everyone who has dedicated his or her life to the theatre ... in any language.
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.