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Ronnie Hurwitz has been taking care of veterans graves in Miami City Cemetery for the past 25 years. He began research on the soldiers so they would not be forgotten. He is being presented a plaque at Dade Heritage Trust's Annual Awards Ceremony by Penny Lambeth, Chair of the Cemetery Restoration Committee.
Hispanic Women of Distinction Luncheon to honor South Florida Latinas. Nelly Rubio, the Director of Community Relations for WFOR-TV/CBS4 and WBFS/myTV33 since 1989 has been named Latina Pioneer of the Year for 2012.
Among the couples renewing their vows at Temple Israel was Sunglass Hut founder and philanthropist Dr. Sanford Ziff and his wife Beatrice who are marking their one-year wedding anniversary. Temple Israel will celebrate its own anniversary as Miami’s first Reform congregation founded in 1922. Pictured: Rabbi Jody Cohen and Cantor Michael Glozman with Dr. & Mrs. Sanford Ziff.
The Arts & Business Council’s 8th Annual Breakfast with the Arts & Hospitality Industry featured key note address by Bruce Turkel , president of TURKEL and an authority on tourism marketing. Mr. Turkel’s firm helps create the branding and advertising for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. In front of a sold-out crowd of community leaders at the Intercontinental Miami, Turkel said that “Art Basel/Miami Beach is now more important than the original Art Basel in Switzerland to the art world.”
Over 150 Miami-Dade County Public Schools students participated in a special celebration of Earth Day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden! Attendees were from Rainbow Park Elementary, Dr. Robert Ingram Elementary and Nathan B Young Elementary. The excitement of the students was palpable as they got down to business happily planting seeds in their take-home containers, offering up their knowledge in a talk about plants and helping prepare a quick, yummy, healthy snack under the guidance of Chef Chris Bulgarin.
The Art of A Cure, a fundraiser hosted by Etra Fine Art, benefitted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, South Florida Chapter. The event featured cocktails and a silent auction which raised over $12,000 for the group. Event organizer Nicole Hernandez was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a chronic, debilitating disease that strikes suddenly and affects every organ system. Pictured: Renee Lukacs and Nicole Hernandez.
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.