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Celebrity chef Paula Deen visited Miami Children’s Hospital to coincide with the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival held in Miami. Joined by her son and fellow celebrity chef Bobby and husband Michael Groover, Deen spent time with patients and their families in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, offering hope and smiles. The special visitors also painted with children in the hospital’s playroom and visited the Michael Fux Family Center, which offers home-like amenities to families who have children in the hospital. “Considering there are so many sick children here, it is such a happy, happy place,” said Deen. “I swear I think I saw angels above the heads of these doctors here. The place is filled with angels.”
Photo: Nancy Humbert, Miami Children’s Hospital Chief Hospitality Officer and Vice President Strategic Planning & Public Affairs; Bobby Deen; Michael Groover; Paula Deen; Dr. Redmond Burke, Miami Children’s Hospital Director of Cardiovascular Surgery; Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation President & CEO
Bayfront Park was an exciting and worthwhile place for the entire family – and dogs, as the Walk for the Animals, presented by Pet Supermarket took place. The Walk is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s largest annual community event, attracting over 3,000 people. Sally A. Heyman, District 4 Miami-Dade County Commissioner was this year’s Grand Marshall. The Leader of the Pack was Associate Vice President and Controller of University of Miami, Theresa L. Ashman, and for the fourth year, the event’s emcee was WTVJ – NBC-6 meteorologist, Ryan Phillips.
The day was filled with fun activities for the entire family and their furry friends. Sponsors offered offering music, games, prizes, product samples, and great food. There was a special Bakery Tent filled with mouth-watering pastries to be enjoyed with a fabulous cup of Coffee Brake coffee. YUM!
“Every dollar raised from the Walk goes toward sheltering more than 300 homeless cats and dogs in our care every day. In addition, the funds help support our spay/neuter services, quality adoptions, humane education and pet therapy,” said Donna Tallon, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Greater Miami.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami is dedicated to placing every dog and cat into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs.
More than 100 people turned out for a February 26th program, “An Ever-Changing Tapestry: Temple Israel and Miami Amid 90 Years of Dynamism,” as part of the Temple Israel of Greater Miami's 90th-anniversary celebration series, this one looking at how The Magic City and its oldest Reform congregation evolved over the last century. Speakers for the event were Dr. Paul George, a history professor at Miami-Dade College, and Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Jewish Museum of Florida founding executive director. Serving as moderator was Norma A. Orovitz, elected in 1989 as the temple's first female president. Former temple president Henry E. Wolff Jr. sponsored the program.
Cutline: From left: program speakers Dr. Paul George, Miami-Dade College history professor, and Marcia Zerivitz, Jewish Museum of Florida founding executive director, with former Temple Israel presidents Norma A. Orovitz and Henry E. Wolff Jr.
Club Balón Rojo is Coca-Cola’s Live Positively soccer initiative that promotes education, active living and community service among Hispanic youth and their families. In February 2012, the Coca-Cola Company, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund joined forces to host Club Balón Rojo, a soccer training clinic that prepared 14 youth of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with their soccer heroes as the ball-kids in the International Friendly: Mexico vs. Colombia at SunLife Stadium. The young participants were chosen based on their efforts in school, standing with the Boys & Girls Clubs, and commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle.
To highlight the importance of education, the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund offered the ball-kids and their families the opportunity to take part in a workshop aimed at providing youth with the tools necessary to succeed in school and continue their education at the college level.
Pictured: Mayor of Miami Tomas Regalado, School Board Member District 6 Raquel Regalado, former soccer defender of the U.S. National Soccer Team Marcelo Balboa, Univision sportscaster Fernando Fiore and Community Marketing Director of Coca-Cola South Florida Eddie Diaz, joined by 14 youth of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade at Club Balón Rojo.
As it has been done year after year, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports non-profit organizations whose work builds vibrant, strong communities. Market President for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Gene Schaefer presented the Neighborhood Excellence Builder award to City Year Miami. Saif Ishoof, Esq., Executive Director, and other City Year Miami employees accepted the award comprised of $200,000 in operating support and leadership development training, recognizes, nurtures and rewards community-based organizations working to improve their communities by addressing critical needs in areas such as education and community development.
As a Neighborhood Builder, City Year Miami is recognized for the role they play in improving the quality of life and opportunities for the children and families they serve. The Bank of America program also strengthens the capacity and leadership development of City Year Miami executives.
In exchange, Bank of American is recognized by City Year Miami as a Team Sponsor for Miami Southridge High School. A diverse team of 8-12 corporate members represent the bank as they dedicate a year of their lives to serving their community and developing the skills to become active citizens and civic leaders.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been selected to receive the Lawyer of the Year Award by Lawyers to the Rescue in recognition of her excellence, achievement, dedication and contributions to public service. Lawyers to the Rescue is a nonprofit organization founded by attorney Spencer Aronfeld and Dina Aronfeld in response to the earthquake that struck Haiti. The group is dedicated to providing humanitarian and financial assistance to individuals and communities in times of crisis. Made up mainly of lawyers and individuals in the legal sector, Lawyers to the Rescue is also open to professionals who are committed to working purely for humanitarian principles.
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.