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The Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel
The Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel
As Temple Israel of Greater Miami marks its 90th anniversary, they also celebrate the nomination of Temple’s Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel as one of the "Top 100 Buildings" in the Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places competition by the American Institute of Architects' Florida chapter (AIA Florida). The Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel was designed by renowned Miami architect and congregant Kenneth Treister. When designing the space, architect Treister strived to create a chapel that would be "a work of art," yet whose cocoon-like form would provide "a cradle of spirituality," he explained in his book, Chapel of Light: Jewish Ceremonial Art in the Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel. Temple Israel's Gumenick Chapel is the only Jewish institution in Miami and one of two in the state to be part of this competition. Temple Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in West Palm Beach, is the other Jewish nominee. Other well known Miami buildings included in the top 100 group are Bacardi USA, Bank of America Tower, Freedom Tower and Vizcaya.


Reception for Frost Museum of Science
Reception for Frost Museum of Science
Miami Science Museum supporters Julia and David Bianchi hosted a reception at The Fisher Island Mansion Ballroom to celebrate the groundbreaking for Miami’s most exciting new landmark project. Slated to open in early 2015, the 250,000-square-foot Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is intended to act as a demonstration of ecological and sustainability principles, harnessing energy from water, sun, wind and museum visitor energy to power exhibits and conserve resources. At the reception, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a presentation about the new museum by Gillian Thomas, Museum President and CEO. Pictured: Dan & Trish Bell, Julia Bianchi, Irwin Potash, Paulette & Bernard Darty and David Bianchi.


International Women's Day with WOT at DVF
International Women's Day with WOT at DVF
To commemorate International Women's Day, Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program were joined by friends and supporters at DVF, Bal Harbour, alongside Marysol Patton. The host of the evening was Maria Browne. She celebrated with the crowd as they enjoyed cocktails and shopped the isles of DVF. Special guests of the evening included Robbin Newman, Dr. Shulamit Katzman, Shelly Valero and Stephanie Fernandez among others. A percentage of the evening's proceeds benefit Women of Tomorrow. The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program would like to give a special thank you to Diane Von-Furstenberg for inviting them to join in on this wonderful event


Publix Miami Gives $10,000 to Margate Middle
Publix Miami Gives $10,000 to Margate Middle
General Mills’ Box Tops for Education program and Publix announced Margate Middle School as the recipient of 100,000 Bonus Box Tops in the 2011 “Team Education” Sweepstakes in the Publix Jacksonville division. The grand prize equates to $10,000 for Margate Middle School (Margate, FL) to put towards school needs and educational improvements. Box Tops for Education and Publix made a special presentation to the school during an assembly in February. Local resident Kelly Salazar, who entered on behalf of Margate Middle School, was selected as one of the four grand prize winners in the regional contest. Salazar joined Principal Earnest Toliver to accept the $10,000 check on behalf of the 6-8th school’s approximately 1,152 students. Picture: Kelly Salazar, winner of the Box Tops Sweepstakes, stands with Margate Middle School’s Principal, Earnest Toliver. They are joined by two students who are holding BTFE collection boxes that won a class contest.


Paula & Bobby Deen Visit Miami Children’s Hospital
Paula & Bobby Deen Visit Miami Children’s Hospital
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


Miami Supports Walk for the Animals
Miami Supports Walk for the Animals
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.


Temple Israel of Greater Miami's 90th Anniversary
Temple Israel of Greater Miami's 90th Anniversary
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
CLUB BALÓN ROJO
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.


Bank of America presents City Year Miami $200,000
Bank of America presents City Year Miami $200,000
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.


Lawyer of the Year Award
Lawyer of the Year Award
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.

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