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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.
“Night Rider,” a classic World War II plane has been added to the military aircraft on display at Wings Over Miami Air Museum located on the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Originally delivered in 1943 to the U.S. Navy, the plane was purchased in 2000 by Walter Orth, who assembled a team to completely restore the aircraft. Now complete, the plane has been signed off on by the FAA. clearing it to be back up in the air and flying for the community’s benefit.
The Hadassah Simcha Chapter held its 12th annual installation at the Beth Torah Synagogue, Benny Rok Campus, where Fanny Korn (left) was installed as president by Hadassah region president Mindy Tucker.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and his wife, Lourdes, hosted the 13th Annual Mayor’s Ball, raising nearly $550,000 net to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade. Held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, over 1000 business and community leaders attended and enjoyed performances and exhibitions presented by local youth. Joining the Mayor and Lourdes Gimenez as event co-chairs were Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz, Shelly & Steve Brodie, and Irene & Manny J. Rodriguez. The Mayor’s Ball was created by former Mayor Alex Penelas and his wife, Lilliam, in 1998. United Way was selected as the beneficiary because of its broad reach across the county and its residents. Pictured: United Way Pres/CEO Harv Mogul, Alesia Mogul, Lourdes Gimenez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
Hebrew Homes Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon at the InterContinental Hotel Miami. The event honored four mother-daughter duos who have made their mark in South Florida. Pictured: Jacquie Diaz (standing in for her grandmother, Remedios Diaz-Oliver), Rosa Diaz, Tawnicia Ferguson, Betty T. Ferguson, Bunny Bastian, Raphael Bastian, Myrna Palley, and Lisa Palley.
The Miami Dolphins Foundation hosted Fins Weekend, its largest annual event featuring current players, alumni and cheerleaders for a three-day extravaganza of parties, golf and fishing. The event raised more than $600,000 which will support signature education, health, youth athletic programs and volunteer activities throughout Florida. The festivities kicked off with a Celebrity Draw Party, presented by Sun Life Financial, in advance of the golf tournament and awards luncheon that was held the following day at Turnberry Isle Miami. Later that evening, the popular Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party took place at the Miami Beach Marina. Bright and early the next morning amateur and professional anglers took off for the Fishing Tournament, presented by Alterna Financial. After the weigh-in, everyone gathered for the HMY/Contender Awards Ceremony where the crew of O-Sea-D, who turned in 195.4 pounds of fish, won the trophy and a trip for four on the team charter to a regular season Dolphins away game. Pictured: Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby and wide receiver Brian Hartline at the FinsWeekend Fishing Tournament.
Juan Lopez, General Manager and VP of Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland, hosted a champagne party for supporters of the Humane Society of Greater Miami's popular signature event "Pawpurrazzi," celebrating the more than $500,000 raised from the event. Pawpurrazzi Chairmen, Pat Wallace and Bunny Bastian, greeted guests who got a first-hand peek at the fantastic trunk show of noted jewelry designer, David Yurman. A percentage of sales that evening was donated to the Humane Society. Pictured: Selecta Magazine’s Nora Bulnes, Juan Lopez, Humane Society Board Chair Pat Wallace and Gisele Widmer, Regional Director for David Yurman.
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.
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.
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