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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.
The Office Cake, Inc., a local South Florida bakery, has teamed up with Kakes 4 Kids to donate cakes to be given to celebrate foster kids’ birthdays.
Miami Beach Hip Hop Team Unique Starz came in second for their outstanding performance in the Florida Cheer and Dance Association – Show of Champions, held in Orlando. The team also participated in the Cheersport competition held at Nova Southeastern University and took home first place and the Grand Champion recognition for having the highest score out of 12 teams in the senior hip hop division.
The Founding Fosters and Society of Fosters posed for photos with adorable adoptable pets at its Fabulous First Anniversary celebration at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center in North Miami Beach. Pictured: Bella Goldstein.
With over 29,000 runners and walkers from more than 1,100 companies, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run has broken all previous records with the largest number of participants and companies since the first event 27 years ago! A portion of the race series proceeds will benefit the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross.