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MAD CAT NAMED 2013 BEST THEATER COMPANY
MAD CAT NAMED 2013 BEST THEATER COMPANY
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.


STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM GORDON DAY SCHOOL
STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM GORDON DAY SCHOOL
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.


2013 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS IN THE ARTS
2013 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS IN THE ARTS
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.


BizPlan Selects Students to Compete in NYC
BizPlan Selects Students to Compete in NYC
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 OPENS NEW OFFICE
AVANTI WAY OPENS NEW OFFICE
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 RAISE MONEY FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH
THE NOTABLES RAISE MONEY FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH
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.


WOMEN’S FUND CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
WOMEN’S FUND CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Thanks to the support of 1,000 Women’s Fund friends, partners, donors, volunteers and staff 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 RAYMOND RETIRES AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ARLYS RAYMOND RETIRES AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.


SANCHEZ TO RECEIVE ABBOTT AWARD AT CARBONELLS
SANCHEZ TO RECEIVE ABBOTT AWARD AT CARBONELLS
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.


WALK FOR THE ANIMALS -  A TAIL-WAGGIN’ SUCCESS
WALK FOR THE ANIMALS - A TAIL-WAGGIN’ SUCCESS
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.

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