More Photos: Photo Galleries · SocialEyes Other Blogs: Faces & Places · Foodie Finds
More than 200 children and families attended the National Childhood Cancer Awareness event hosted by Navarro Discount Pharmacy, the largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain in the U.S., in partnership with the Live Like Bella Foundation™ to educate the community about the needs of children with cancer. Thousands of children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, the leading cause of death for American children under age 15. The parents of Miami’s Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who courageously fought cancer and her paralysis six times until her death on May 28, 2013 at the age of 10, attended the event (pictured) and spoke on behalf of the Live Like Bella™ Foundation. Bella was embraced by the entire south Florida community including Miami HEAT and Marlins players. Her faith, loving heart and sense of compassion live on through the work of the foundation. The Navarro store was lit in gold and yellow Wish lanterns were lit in remembrance of Bella.
The 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, presented by Target, celebrated Hispanic culture and community and honored national Latino leaders, including Miami-Dade County Public School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who received the Education Award. The award presentations were held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pictured: Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo and actress Eva Longoria.
Takeshi Murata’s Shiboogi was selected for MOCA's permanent collection at the conclusion of the museum’s annual Optic Nerve Festival. The series featured 14 innovative finalists selected from an international open call. Shiboogi is a silent video that pairs the colorful patterns of Coogi sweaters with Japanese television commercials from the 1980s. Murata is a Chicago native and Rhode Island School of Design graduate.
Jillian Mayer’s How to Hide From Cameras (pictured) was the winner of the Audience Choice award. Mayer, a South Florida artist, uses drawing, photography, video, online platforms, installation and performance.
The South Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted it's 2013 Miami-Dade Light the Night Kickoff Reception in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island in Miami. The event catered to about 100 people including Light the Night Miami Chair Ralph Lawson, Executive V.P. and C.F.O. of Baptist Health South Florida; Carolyn Cauceglia, Vice Chair of the LLS Board of Trustees; and Luke Webb (pictured with his wife Molly), a blood cancer survivor and LLS Honored Hero. Each year, in communities all across the U.S. and Canada, teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for LLS Light The Night® Walk events which brings help and hope to people battling blood cancers. The 2013 Miami-Dade Light The Night® Walk will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
Trailblazer choreographer Rosie Herrera, NWSA BFA 2006, was just awarded a 2013 Princess Grace Award - a coveted distinction in the arts that recognizes artists who show excellence and promise in the areas of theater, dance, and film. generation of creative dance artists. The Award winners exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise. The Foundation's support assists their theater and dance studies, helps pay their artistic fees at non-profit theater and dance companies and helps support their thesis film projects.
Committed to business and community leadership through a culture of corporate philanthropy, the Southeast offices (Miami and Atlanta) of Transwestern have raised over $50,000 in support of its charity partner, Make-A-Wish® the first half of this year-long initiative, the firm raised enough funds to grant ten "wishes" to those who are most deserving: children battling life-threatening illnesses. Transwestern partnered with Make-A-Wish® in an effort to foster charitable best practices within the company’s Florida and Georgia offices and ultimately give back to the community.
Miami Marlins Junior RBI Baseball Team has made it to the World Series in Minnesota. The team went 4-1 in the Southeast RBI Regional Tournament. It will be the Marlins RBI Junior Divisions 3rd time advancing to the World Series in the last 5 years. Gianlucca Borelly, a student from Hialeah High School, went 4-4 and Eddy Nodarse from Hialeah Gardens High School threw a complete game 3 – hitter in the championship game. The RBI program was created to revive baseball in inner cities and give those students the opportunity to continue to play baseball in the summer.
Pictured: Bottom row from left to right: Coach Harris, Ricardo Amaya, Alejandro Perez, James Spatafora, Alejandro Castro, Ryan Williams, Alejandro Vazquez, Eddie Nodarse, Nicholas San Marty, Coach Michael Jordan, Demitrius Duveger.
Top row from left to right: Coach Mario Rodriguez, Coach Michael Rodriguez, Max Gordan, Dillon Belle-Viel, Levis Aguila.
Charles M. Auslander (pictured), attorney and long-time child advocate, has been appointed President and CEO of The Children’s Trust after serving as its Chief Programs and Operations Officer for the past 7 years. We could not have made a better choice, said Maria Alonso, Chair of The Children’s Trust Board of Directors. Auslander's career highlights prior to joining The Children’s Trust include organizing a firm-based dependency pro-bono project to represent guardians in dependency court as well as litigating authority for the Guardian ad Litem program to pursue termination of parental rights' actions when the state would not. More recently, Charles was one of several attorneys instrumental in overturning Florida’s ban on gay adoptions.
2-1-1 Broward hosted a fabulous Club 2-1-1 Connecting Event for seventy-five local business people and members of the community at Grille 401 on Las Olas Boulevard sponsored by Integrated Technology Corporate Solutions, Inc. (ITCS), Best Care and The Wasie Foundation. During the event, guests enjoyed an evening of networking and cocktails and a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Grille 401. Kip Hunter, 2-1-1 Broward Board Member and CEO of Kip Hunter Marketing, welcomed everyone and told the guests about all the amazing work and services that 2-1-1 Broward provides for our communities. She then introduced the two Event Ambassadors, Alan Geffin, Esq., Managing Partner with GPG Law; and 2-1-1 Broward Board Member Jen Klaassens, Vice President of Programs for The Wasie Foundation; who both thanked all the guests for attending and for their continued support of 2-1-1 Broward. 2-1-1 Broward client, Mellissa, shared her heartfelt story about how 2-1-1 Broward assisted her and her autistic son in their time of need. Eye on South Florida was a media sponsor of the event. Pictured: Tracy Schuldiner of Director of Events and Corporate Relations for 2-1-1 Broward; John Benz, Sr. Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer of Memorial Healthcare Systems; & Jen Klaassens, Vice President of Programs for The Wasie Foundation.
President Barack Obama awarded a 2012 National Medal of Arts to Lin Arison for her contributions as a philanthropist and arts education advocate. Co-Founder of the National YoungArts Foundation and the New World Symphony, Ms. Arison’s work celebrates, showcases, and supports the next generation of great American artists. The award ceremony was held in the East Room of The White House. First Lady Michelle Obama was also in attendance.