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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.
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.