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Students return from Mission Trip where they built a bridge in a remote village in the Dominican Republic. The quote by St. Ignatius of Loyola, Go forth and set the world on fire can best describe the group of individuals that decided to use their summer vacation to accomplish an incredible feat. Sixty-five students from Belen Jesuit joined alumni, students from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart, Jesuit Father Frank Permuy, engineers and medical staff on the annual Belen Youth Mission trip. This year the group headed to La Piragua Abajo, Dominican Republic where they built a bridge and established a make shift clinic. The purpose of the 10-day mission was to serve the poor and deliver medicines, mostly vitamins and building tools used in the construction of the bridge. Pictured: Students taking part in Belen Jesuit’s 2013 Belen Youth Mission Trip pose for a picture while holding building tools.
The second grade students at the Gordon Day School hosted their annual Culture Fair, during which each student learned about a different country, including its geography, culture, customs, economy and political structure. Students prepared booklets and displays about their countries, and the project culminated with a special day during which the children brought homemade foods and handmade artistic creations from their country for the class families to enjoy. The school cafeteria was transformed into a World's Fair of culinary delights! The Gordon Day School is a Jewish elementary school for children in grades k-5. It is a division of the Gordon Schools of Beth David Congregation, which also encompass an Early Childhood Center, Religious School, and the Tikvah Center, the only autism-specific program within a Jewish day school in Florida.
Close to 600 guests attended the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (MDGLCC) 12th Annual Awards Gala, Celebration of the Sun--The Yellow Gala, to pay tribute to the corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community who were honored this year. The event held at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, honored two organizations and one individual for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall well-being and quality of life in South Florida. Kicking off the Gala festivities was the MDGLCC’s silent auction which featured more than 70 items up for bidding. Several exotic trips, including Source Event’s Lisbon to Barcelona cruise and a trip to San Francisco, were among the most popular items. Honored this year were: AT&T Business of the Year Award - Kaufman, Rossin & Co., P.A.; Sherwin-Williams Business Person of the Year Award - David Bromstad (pictured); Regions Bank Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award - Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addressing the guests during the awards presentation, Astrid Rodriguez, Managing Director and Investment Officer at Wells Fargo, the Gala’s presenting sponsor, announced to the crowd, We at Wells Fargo are honored to support the MDGLCC and its many good works in the community.
Over 150 people attended The Nike Hill Blessing & Dedication Ceremony at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. On display were the seven state championship trophies won since 1995. Members from current and past cross-country teams attended the ceremony. After 3-years of planning, raising funds, construction and a lot of hard work I’m very proud to see this project nearly complete, said Carlos Barquin, athletic director. With the addition of the Hill & Tunnel, the length of the cross-country course extends to 1.7 miles. This added feature is also unique to Belen Jesuit; it is the only dedicated cross-country course in South Florida and the only course with a Hill & Tunnel. Pictured: From left to right: Varsity Assistant Coach Juan Rodriguez’79, Middle School Assistant Coach Rene Medina’05, Middle School Coach Victor Arrieta’95, Head Coach Frankie Ruiz’96 and Athletic Director Carlos Barquin.
Miami New Times named Mad Cat the "Best Theater Company for 2013," stating that Mad Cat produces theater that is everything good theater should be: witty, intelligent, daring and thought-provoking. Mad Cat celebrates its 13th year as a mainstay in South Florida. Pictured: shot from upcoming production, "Blow Me" by Jessica Farr.
It was a bittersweet day as the fifth grade students graduated from the Gordon Day School of Beth David Congregation in Miami. The majority of the fifth grade students have attended the school since enrolling in its Early Childhood program at the age of two, and will now move on to middle schools throughout South Florida. Every year, this year being no exception, Gordon Day School graduates are accepted by the premier schools of their choice, including Ransom Everglades, Gulliver and many wonderful magnet programs. The Gordon Day School is a Jewish elementary school for children in grades k-5. It is the only autism-specific program within a Jewish day school in Florida. It is located in the Roads neighborhood adjacent to Brickell and Downtown Miami.
As the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) congratulates the 49th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, announced earlier this month by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The 20 Scholars in the Arts, all 2013 YoungArts Winners, were nominated to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars by YoungArts, and selected based on academic, civic and artistic achievement. The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented graduating high school senior. Each year, up to 141 high school seniors are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in academics and the arts. “YoungArts is proud to be involved with this high honor and continue our 32-year tradition of supporting the next generation of young artists,” said Paul T. Lehr, President & CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation.
Students from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties arrived at University of Miami's School of Business School to represent 23 businesses. NFTE South Florida’s 7th annual Regional BizPlan Challenge, sponsored by the Sarnicola Foundation, MasterCard and Banesco Bank, started with an afternoon semi-final round, from which the top 5 student businesses went on to present in the finals that evening. Over 175 guests supported NFTE students as they competed. Third place winner Alissa Oalle-Marquez, first place winner Giselle Gallardo and second place winner Jennifer Carter are pictured. First and second place winners were selected to represent NFTE South Florida at the National Youth BizPlan Challenge. Congratulations!
Avanti Way Realty is not only one of the fastest growing real estate companies in South Florida, they also know how to throw a party! The green company threw an exclusive launch party to celebrate the opening of their new office at 444 Brickell Avenue, in Miami—which joins the list of Avanti Way’s other locations in Doral, Miami Beach, and Aventura. But this wasn’t just any grand opening—this was a party with a cause! Avanti Way’s charity partner, Citizens for a Better South Florida, whose mission is to provide environmental education to the diverse underserved communities of South Florida teamed up with Avanti Way to remind us how easy it is to stay environmentally aware while living in beautiful South Florida! Citizens for a Better South Florida was presented a donation from Avanti Way Real Estate.
The Notables of Miami Jewish Health Systems hosted a cocktail reception and private screening of The Leap at Miami Jewish Health Systems, Douglas Gardens Campus. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres while socializing with the producer and director of the film Yale Yang and Dr. Marc Agronin, Medical Director for Mental Health and Memory Services at Miami Jewish Health Systems. Producer Billy Corben of famed documentary film Cocaine Cowboys served as the moderator at the event. Proceeds raised at the cocktail reception will benefit Notables, a supportive arm of Miami Jewish Health Systems Foundation, who raises funds for the Memory Center and support the progress being made against Alzheimer's disease and memory disorders through diagnosis, research, treatment, education and compassionate care for patients, families and caregivers. Photo Caption: (Left to right) Jeffrey P. Freimark - President & CEO, Miami Jewish Health Systems; Marc Agronin, M.D. - Medical Director of Mental Health & Memory Services, Miami Jewish Health Systems; Abby Schaefer - Notables President; and Yale Yang - Producer & Director, The Leap.