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Southern comfort food and a sense of purpose were served at a luncheon co-hosted by Shannon Allen, wife of Miami Heat star Ray Allen, and Guardians of the Children Luncheon Chairman Yury Rossi for 30 friends, supporters and potential donors of Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels support group. The informal gathering at Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering, was a prelude to the 15th Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon. Allen told guests that it is vital that the community supports Holtz Children’s Hospital at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The Guardian Angels are raising funds for renovation of Holtz’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit, which is more than 40 years old. About 100 children are diagnosed with cancer at Holtz each year, and more than 1,000 are treated annually.
Photo: (From left) Yury Rossi and Shannon Allen (in floral dress)
Zoo Miami’s newest baby giraffe will make its first appearance on exhibit with the rest of the herd! The baby was born on Wednesday, October 30th, to a 6 year old female named, “Mia.” Though this is Mia’s 3rd baby, it is the 46th giraffe born in the history of Zoo Miami. Mia arrived at Zoo Miami from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Missouri in October of 2007. The father’s name is “Fezzik,” a 16 year old male that was born at the St. Louis Zoo and arrived at Zoo Miami in May of 1998. The newborn weighed 152 pounds, stood close to 6 feet tall and was determined to be a male during its neonatal exam last Wednesday. It is yet to be named.
His House Children’s Home (HHCH), held their 10th Annual Charity Imagine Gala and was the on most successful gala yet to help abused children in need of a family and home. Hosted by NBC 6’s investigative reporter, Myriam Masihy, over 500 guests gathered to make a difference in the lives of South Florida’s at-risk children. The audience was greatly moved when the children of His House performed Legacy and walked into the crowd to personally thank guests for attending with high-fives and hugs. Special guest Anthony Bunn (pictured), a former foster child, shared his story about when he lived at His House and how they found him a big family in New York. His House surprised him with a cake to celebrate his 10th year of adoption. Mark Rufeh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup, ended the night with inspirational words that motivated guests to get involved through volunteering, adopting, fostering, mentoring or donating. The event was a great success thanks to their volunteers and supporters, which include Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Comcast.
Panache, A Classic Party Rentals Company, is leading Set an Extra Place at the Table program to benefit both Share Our Strength and Feeding South Florida. Panache hosted more than 180 guests representing 50 plus South Florida companies at the first-ever Set an Extra Place at the Table event at its Pompano Beach facility. Spearheaded by Panache co-founder Kelly Murphy, the charitable evening was the launch of a new anti-hunger campaign designed to help raise awareness of the prevalence and severity of hunger in the United States.
The Learning Experience® (TLE®), the country’s fastest growing early learning academy franchise for children six weeks to six years old, today announced that it has been recognized by Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida as its Corporation of the Year. TLE® recently implemented the first nationwide curriculum to teach philanthropy to preschoolers, developed with the assistance of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. Through this philanthropy curriculum, TLE® introduces and instills in children the value of selflessness and giving at an early age, with the hope that those values stay with them throughout their development from child to adulthood. Over the past year, the company's commitment to the importance of giving has resulted in more than half of a million dollars raised for Make-A-Wish®.
FedEx Miami selected Safespace North in Miami, a nonprofit organization established to assist domestic violence victims and their children, as the recipient of their annual FedEx Cares Day. More than 100 local FedEx employees volunteered to enhance and beautify Safespace North so that survivors of domestic violence staying at the shelter could enjoy a nicer environment as they work to get back on their feet. In the US alone, four people die each day as a result of domestic violence. The event was held at Safespace North. In addition to volunteering, FedEx made a $12,000 donation to Safespace North. A Fedex team cleaning up landscaping is pictured.
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.