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members, the annual Power of the Purse luncheon raised more than $325,000 for the women and girls of Miami-Dade. The event, a celebration of 20 years of service to the community, was held at Jungle Island. CBS4 Anchor Shannon Hori (pictured) was MC of the event and provided both lively and thoughtful insights throughout the afternoon. Guests were inspired by a special tribute video and moved by presentations by two of the many thousands of women whose lives have been changed by The Women’s Fund. Their remarks were followed by a standing ovation as many were moved to tears by their stories of personal triumph. Speakers included Rebecca Francisque, a high school student and part of the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative’s Coconut Grove Girls’ Group and Eve Hansen, a graduate of the LEAP program.
Arlys W. Raymond has announced that she will retire from her position as Executive Director of the Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) at the end of June 2013. The announcement comes after six years with the organization. Since 2007, Raymond has led the BAC through many of the most important changes in its 26-year history. She oversaw nearly $1 million dollars in capital improvements to the 80-year-old facility funded by prestigious foundation and government grants and she introduced a rigorous and professional jury system for applicants in order to elevate the profile of the organization.
Each year at the Carbonell Awards, someone is honored for his or her long-term, significant contributions to the arts in South Florida. At the 37th annual Carbonell ceremony, the evening's highest honor -- the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts -- will be presented to Mario Ernesto Sánchez. The founder of Miami's Teatro Avante came to the United States from Cuba on a Pedro Pan flight when he was 15. After launching his Spanish-language company in 1979, Sánchez took on a large-scale annual challenge in 1985: the International Hispanic Theatre Festival. In July, he'll oversee the 28th edition of the festival at in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Teatro Prometeo. Sánchez has emphasized inclusion by presenting his shows with English supertitles and sometimes choosing productions that are more movement-driven than language-based. Serious Spanish-language theater in South Florida is on the rise -- and Sánchez's festival, company and unwavering passion for his art form have plenty to do with that.
More than 3,000 people came to Bayfront Park to walk for the homeless animals. It was a glorious day for the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s annual WALK FOR THE ANIMALS, raising almost $150,000 for the homeless animals in their shelter ; both families and their four-legged friends gathered for the one mile stroll at Bayfront Park. Dogs frolicked in pools after creating their own masterpieces from the Paw-casso Paw Print booth; children played games and got henna tattoos; and adults enjoyed music provided by 101.5 LiteFM and The Ticket. For everyone, there were yummy bagels and muffins at the Bakery Booth, entertaining vendor booths, and for those that needed a little pick me up - Commissioner Sally Heyman’s Coffee Break Van provided the ideal cup of coffee. For the first time ever, there was an Adoption Arena at the park, sponsored by Pet Supermarket, where 10 local rescue groups participated by bringing their kittens, puppies, dogs and cats to find a forever home. Twenty-one animals found new homes, including one bunny rabbit. For the fifth year, Ryan Phillips, Meteorologist for NBC6 was the emcee. Pictured: Dayle Fragin, Volunteer for Humane Society showcasing an adoptable dog from the Adoption Arena with emcee, Ryan Phillips, NBC6 Meteorologist.
On March 23, 1938, 83 acres of land were dedicated in a ceremony that brought together some of the biggest names in America’s horticultural history: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Dr. Walter T. Swingle and Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey, among others. The dedication was for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a nature lover’s paradise purchased by Col. Robert H. Montgomery and landscaped by William Lyman Phillips. Montgomery, a successful businessman and plant collector, wanted a botanic garden where tropical plants could grow-year round. Miami was the perfect place. He named the land he bought after his good friend Dr. David Fairchild, the great explorer responsible for introducing thousands of plant species into the U.S., including the famous cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. and the mangos so loved in South Florida. Many of the plants originally planted by Fairchild are still growing strong in the garden today, 75 years later. Fairchild will kick off its yearlong 75th Anniversary with activities commemorating this milestone from March 2013 – March 2014.
New World School of the Arts (NWSA) visual arts students seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts will take an international trip during their senior year, with $500,000 in new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation). "So many of Miami's best artists are born and raised here, and often attend New World School of the Arts. We want them to ultimately make South Florida their home. But it's important that they see the greater world of art beyond our borders, as these cultural field trips allow them to do," said Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. Pictured: New World School of the Arts Provost, Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson (right) and Stacey Mancuso, Principal of D.A.S.H (left) accept their awards from Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at the Knight Foundation.
Tennis legend Gardnar Mulloy turned 99 in November, and one of his legacies is the Gardnar Mulloy Pet Rescue Clinic at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center in North Miami. Mulloy was born in Miami, Florida in 1913. He is a graduate of the University of Miami Law School and served in World War II. Many people know him as a tennis star who won 122 National and 27 International Tennis Championships, including Wimbeldon, but Mulloy is first and foremost an animal lover. He founded Pet Rescue in 1982 with a group of like –minded animal lovers, which merged with the Humane Society of Greater Miami in 2009.
The American Heart Association recently named Gerard (Gerry) Litrento, BankUnited’s senior executive vice president of Retail and Business Banking, as the Chairman of the 2013 Broward Heart Ball, which will take place April 20, 2013 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Litrento will lead fundraising efforts by securing corporate and patron support and working closely with the Executive Leadership Team to drive success. Active in community organizations, Mr. Litrento is past chairman of the board of Junior Achievement of South Florida, and Chairman of the Board & member of the executive cabinet of the Broward Alliance.
Voices for Children of Broward County, a local non-profit that assists abused, abandoned and neglected children in the county’s dependency system, hosted its inaugural Soaring for Children fundraiser at Jet Runway Café in Fort Lauderdale. The event honored Florida State Senator Nan Rich, one of the state’s leading champions of children’s and social justice issues. Pictured: Representative Franklin Sands, Representative Lori Berman, Senator Nan Rich.
Dade Heritage Trust, Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization, hosted Dancing through the Decades at the Coral Gables Country Club to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Judy Pruitt, chaired the event, and former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, served as master of ceremonies. Robert J. Fewell, was honored for his many community contributions to preserving Miami’s historic legacy. Pictured: Dade Heritage Trust CEO Becky Roper Matkov, Robert J. Fewell and Marion Fewell.