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Andres Asion, Vice President of Sales at Fortune International, was announced the winner of a competition sponsored by Ketel One® Vodka and Miami Magazine, resulting in a $5,000 donation to his charity, Amigos for Kids. Asion competed against three contest finalists, all local philanthropic Hispanic men, including: filmmaker Diego Ojeda and his charity Twelve Smiles; actor Jordi Vilasuso, who appears on All My Children, and his charity Liga Contra el Cancer; and Tony Jimenez, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Raices de Esperanza. Each of the other three nonprofits received $2,000, courtesy of Ketel One. The program culminated with an exclusive wrap party at The Well where the winner and his charity were announced.
Children from the Early Childhood Center at The Gordon Schools helped Temple Beth David plant a Centennial Garden in the shape of "100." The garden will commemorate Beth David's centennial year anniversary. In honor of the 100 years that the Temple has been serving the South Florida Jewish community and the holiday of Tu B’Shevat (the New Year for the Trees), the community was invited to participate in planting the garden at 2625 S.W. Third Avenue in Miami.
Amongst three other schools in South Florida, DASH, MAST Academy and Coral Reef, and out of 21,000 high schools in 48 states including the District of Columbia, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) has again been recognized as one of the leading high schools in the nation. NWSA was ranked as one of America's 2011 Best High Schools after receiving a Gold Medal for its excellent artistic program and receives “A” ranking from the Florida Department of Education. Recognized nationally and around the globe, New World School of the Arts offers students a rigorous academic high school program that gives students the ability to graduate as seniors with a total of 24 college credits. “It is no secret that encouraged, creative and engaged students perform better if they are properly nurtured encouraged and empowered,” said NWSA High School Principal, Lisa Noffo.
During the annual ScentWorld Expo, at the Gansevoort Hotel in Miami Beach an art auction was hosted by The Scent Marketing Institute and Air Esscentials to benefit Running With Sole. A non-profit organization in South Florida whose mission is to provide shoes to all in need. ScentWorld Expo chose Running With Sole as their charity of choice in which a check was presented to. The donation will allow Nada Sater, CEO and co-founder of Running with Sole and the organization itself the joy and opportunity to continue programs that provide inner city and homeless children the feeling of empowerment and self-confidence and and self respect. Citron Arbel, co-founder of Air Esscentials and auction organizer, wanted to bring scent-related art and charity to the Expo. He organized the auction, donated from his personal art collection and had artwork donated from up and coming artists from across the U.S.
The JW Marriott hotel’s ballroom was transformed into Times Square for a show-stopping extravaganza of music, dancing and live performances by Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) for the 2011 Magic of Broadway Annual Gala. Pieces from Hair were performed in an effort to raise funds for music and opera educational programs including professional children’s opera performances which are presented to over 45,000 elementary school students annually. The guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, a silent auction and mini live vignettes of notable Broadway shows, such as Chorus Line, Pippin, and Chicago. The Gala benefactors were Bunny Bastian, Swanee DiMare, Yvonne Eldredge, Judy George, Linda Neider Sugrue and Patricia Wallace while the Gala chairwomen were Marilyn Cesarano, Holly Freyre, Alba Herzberg, Linda Neider Sugrue and Lisa Wheeler.
The University of Miami is escatic and honored to be the recipient of Beaux Arts’ benevolent commitment of $1.7 million to support the Lowe Art Museum. The contribution will elevate the legacy the Lowe Art Museum upholds as a leading center for the arts in the South Florida community for generations to come. From its origins in three classrooms in 1950, the history of the Lowe Art Museum reflects an unswerving commitment to its mission to serve the University of Miami as a teaching resource and to the residents of and visitors to Greater Miami as its major general art museum. During the past 53 years, Beaux Arts has contributed over $5,300,000 to the Lowe Art Museum and has been honored for this accomplishment by induction into the University of Miami's Gables donor category. In addition to funding the Museum’s educational programs, Beaux Arts contributions have been used for exhibitions, improvements and acquisitions to the museum's collection. The goal of these initiatives is to provide enriching art experiences to as many people in the community as possible.
Jeanette Jordan, president of South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, is shown here with Dr. Sara Pizano, DVM, and Sylvia Valles of Octavio Feline Foundation at Tea For The Horses. The event, that took place at the historic Woman's Club of Coconut Grove, raised over $6,000 for the care of abused, neglected and
abandoned horses in Miami-Dade County.
The Orange Bowl Committee welcomes O,Ford Gibson as their new president, a member since 2000. Gibson will promote and serve the South Florida Community while overseeing the Orange Bowl’s commitment to youth sports. Since 1999, the Orange Bowl has invested approximately $4.5 million in youth sports in South Florida. Gibson has taken a role where he can positively impact the South Florida community, and the excitement comes with the chance to double host both the 79th Orange Bowl and 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game. In addition to the annual football game, the 2012-13 Orange Bowl Festival includes the19th Annual MetroPCS Basketball Classic and a collection of entertainment, family and youth sports events. Andrew P. Hertz moves into Gibson’s previous role as President & Chairman-Elect and will serve as the 75th President & Chairman during the 2013-14 year.
Attorney Benjamin E. Wilson was named Executive Committee Chairman of PetNet, the Young Professional division of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. PetNet is a diverse membership group of young professionals united by a love for animals who “party with a purpose” to create awareness about responsible pet ownership and raise funds for homeless pets at the Humane Society. PetNet meets each month at different Miami hot spots for yappy hours, mixers and themed get-togethers. Prior to this Wilson was the events coordinator of PetNet. His duty as chairman is to lead the group to meet their goals and oversee all activities. Wilson is an attorney in the Real Estate division of Shutts & Bowen’s Miami Office. Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Murray State University in 1999. In 2003, he received his law degree with honors from the University of Louisville School Of Law. Since relocating to Miami, he has been a very active member of the community, presently serving as Director of the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Association’s eMentoring Program.
The American Association of Museums (AAM) has again given accreditation to the 0Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, being initially accredited in 1999. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum is one of only 50 museums accredited in Florida. “Accreditation is emblematic of an institution’s commitment to public service and to overall excellence,” said Ford W. Bell, AAM president. “Attaining accreditation involves taking a hard look at yourself, allowing your peers in the field to do the same, and being judged to be superior in all areas.” AAM Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.