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Over 150 walkers with their guide dogs, service animals and regular pet companions helped support the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and raised awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse held its 5th annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami, hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman with WPLG Channel 10’s Sasha Andrade as emcee.
The “Total Harmony Xperience” (THX) barbershop chorus of Sunrise, under the direction of Alex Rubin qualified for and will represent the Sunshine District at the 2012 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in Portland. Based solely on scoring, “THX,” a newly formed chorus, placed 22nd of the 204 choruses that competed nationwide. For additional information, visit www.BarbershopChorus.com
Maria Del Valle Hernandez has joined ArtCenter/South Florida as Executive Director. A leader in the industry with more than 20 years experience in the U.S. and internationally, Del Valle’s extensive experience parallels her deep appreciation for South Florida’s diverse landscape. Born in Madrid, Spain, she shares a personal affinity for Miami’s multi-cultural audiences. Prior to accepting the position at AC/SF, she was named Executive Director at the Center for the Creation of the Arts (CREAA) in Madrid. Further honing her strategic planning, development and management skills, this contract position was a natural extension of Del Valle’s previous employment with the Centro Cultural Español of Spain in Miami, where she was Executive Director and Cultural Attaché from 2004 to 2010. Additionally, in this role, she served as advisor to the Consul General of Spain in cultural affairs.
Dr. Claude Toland has been named the new campus president of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He comes to the new appointment with over 10 years of higher education experience, most recently serving as VP of student and career services at DeVry University and metro president of DeVry University’s Houston campus, as well as campus director for the University of Phoenix. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Toland served 31 years in various management roles with AT&T.
“Night Rider,” a classic World War II plane has been added to the military aircraft on display at Wings Over Miami Air Museum located on the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Originally delivered in 1943 to the U.S. Navy, the plane was purchased in 2000 by Walter Orth, who assembled a team to completely restore the aircraft. Now complete, the plane has been signed off on by the FAA. clearing it to be back up in the air and flying for the community’s benefit.
The Hadassah Simcha Chapter held its 12th annual installation at the Beth Torah Synagogue, Benny Rok Campus, where Fanny Korn (left) was installed as president by Hadassah region president Mindy Tucker.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and his wife, Lourdes, hosted the 13th Annual Mayor’s Ball, raising nearly $550,000 net to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade. Held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, over 1000 business and community leaders attended and enjoyed performances and exhibitions presented by local youth. Joining the Mayor and Lourdes Gimenez as event co-chairs were Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz, Shelly & Steve Brodie, and Irene & Manny J. Rodriguez. The Mayor’s Ball was created by former Mayor Alex Penelas and his wife, Lilliam, in 1998. United Way was selected as the beneficiary because of its broad reach across the county and its residents. Pictured: United Way Pres/CEO Harv Mogul, Alesia Mogul, Lourdes Gimenez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
Hebrew Homes Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon at the InterContinental Hotel Miami. The event honored four mother-daughter duos who have made their mark in South Florida. Pictured: Jacquie Diaz (standing in for her grandmother, Remedios Diaz-Oliver), Rosa Diaz, Tawnicia Ferguson, Betty T. Ferguson, Bunny Bastian, Raphael Bastian, Myrna Palley, and Lisa Palley.
The Miami Dolphins Foundation hosted Fins Weekend, its largest annual event featuring current players, alumni and cheerleaders for a three-day extravaganza of parties, golf and fishing. The event raised more than $600,000 which will support signature education, health, youth athletic programs and volunteer activities throughout Florida. The festivities kicked off with a Celebrity Draw Party, presented by Sun Life Financial, in advance of the golf tournament and awards luncheon that was held the following day at Turnberry Isle Miami. Later that evening, the popular Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party took place at the Miami Beach Marina. Bright and early the next morning amateur and professional anglers took off for the Fishing Tournament, presented by Alterna Financial. After the weigh-in, everyone gathered for the HMY/Contender Awards Ceremony where the crew of O-Sea-D, who turned in 195.4 pounds of fish, won the trophy and a trip for four on the team charter to a regular season Dolphins away game. Pictured: Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby and wide receiver Brian Hartline at the FinsWeekend Fishing Tournament.
Juan Lopez, General Manager and VP of Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland, hosted a champagne party for supporters of the Humane Society of Greater Miami's popular signature event "Pawpurrazzi," celebrating the more than $500,000 raised from the event. Pawpurrazzi Chairmen, Pat Wallace and Bunny Bastian, greeted guests who got a first-hand peek at the fantastic trunk show of noted jewelry designer, David Yurman. A percentage of sales that evening was donated to the Humane Society. Pictured: Selecta Magazine’s Nora Bulnes, Juan Lopez, Humane Society Board Chair Pat Wallace and Gisele Widmer, Regional Director for David Yurman.