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The 4th Annual Autumn Moonlight fundraising event at Specialty Automotive Treatments (SAT) in Fort Lauderdale raised over $100,000 for the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). Generously hosted by Rafael Jorge, owner of Specialty Automotive Treatments, Autumn Moonlight honored Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland, his wife Rachel and Senator Nan Rich, for all of their hard work, commitment, and support they have contributed to the autism community in South Florida. Autumn Moonlight, an annual festive fundraising celebration, is designed to raise awareness of autism and support the programs, services and research initiatives of UM-NSU CARD.
New Theatre (THE NEW) continued it’s “family” theme season with the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. This timely and controversial work examined the lives of two all but abandoned teens having to create a makeshift family and its values while getting through the pangs of growing up. New Theatre joins the prestigious Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where it had its first production and the Actor’s Express in Atlanta, GA to present the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them.
A team of fifty volunteers from Starbucks, City Year Miami, and the local community joined Rebuilding Together Miami Dade to participate in Operation Rebuild for Heroes at Home, a nationwide program developed by the Sears Holding Corporation and Rebuilding Together to renovate the homes of military veterans and their families. 74-year old veteran Amos Jordan has spent most of his life serving his country, both overseas in Vietnam as well as in his local community but this Veterans’ Day weekend, it was the community’s turn to serve him.
Lauren Cornell was the featured speaker for an interactive discussion in the Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) by MOONLIGHT Spotlight series. She is the Adjunct Curator at the New Museum and executive director of Rhizome , the New Museum’s online platform. Rhizome, promotes and contextualizes emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, the website serves to encourage and expand communities around these practices and draws attention to the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture. Ms. Cornell curated the current exhibition Free, which explores the role of the internet as a cultural catalyst, and co-curated The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, the New Museum’s inaugural 2007 exhibition Unmonumental and a solo show of works by the web art group Young-Hae Change Heavy Industries.
Greater Miami Youth Symphony receives a donation from Josh Groban's Find Your Light Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness. GMYS is one of the arts education nonprofit organizations selected by Groban to receive funds from The Find Your Light Foundation during his "Straight to You" tour. "Ensuring every child has the opportunity to experience an arts education is very important to me," said Groban. "GMYS shares this goal with me, and it gives me great pleasure to highlight the work they do." Taking the foundation's mission one step further, Groban is partnering with Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, to launch a joint text-to-give campaign, which will run for the duration of his "Straight to You" tour in 2011.
Jones Lang LaSalle Florida partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida to grant wishes to four children with life threatening illnesses. The firm’s fundraising efforts culminated in a $20,000 check presented to Norm Wedderburn, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida, during a celebratory event. At an average cost of $5,000 per wish, the funds go to making the child’s dream of being something, meeting someone, travelling somewhere or having something come true. “Jones Lang LaSalle has made it possible for us to bring hope, strength and joy to four local children,” said Wedderburn. “Their support has made a significant difference in the lives of the courageous children we serve.”
Developer and founder of Dezer Properties, Michael Dezer, has partnered with Connecting Our Cultures, a non-profit organization committed to creating a more unified community through hands-on interaction and the education of many cultures, to deliver his most recent one-of-a-kind project -- the world’s largest Sukkah built out of children’s building blocks. South Florida’s melting pot of cultures, all existing ostensibly under one roof, is the inspiration behind the Dezer Sukkah. A Sukkah is a temporary shelter with a roof of branches built in Jewish homes, yards, or temples in celebration of the festival of Sukkot.
Tower Theater is one of Miami's most historic cultural landmarks, showcasing the finest in international cinema. It is located in the heart of the Little Havana neighborhood, this 1926 theater is run by Miami-Dade College and features Spanish-language and English-language films with Spanish subtitles. It also hosts lectures and exhibitions.
The Miami American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was a great success! This noncompetitive, fundraising event united the community in celebrating breast cancer survivors, and educated men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention. The event raised more than $300,000, which will fund critical lifesaving research and support programs that will further the progress against this disease. More than 3,500 Miami residents, breast cancer survivors, business and community members joined together and put on their pink bras on October 9. Event Chairperson Claudia Puig said, “Each one of those pink bras was a beautifully decorated representation of a personal breast cancer journey. All of those pink bras together symbolized how our community has come together to take a stand against this disease.”
NBA All-Stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade hosted a private dinner affair at STK Miami in celebration of the South Florida All-Star Classic. They wore star patterned sneakers in spirit of the All-Star game. In attendance was teammate Chris Bosh, actress Gabrielle Union, Savannah Brinson and LeBron's mother, Gloria James plus many others. Guests were served family style during the dinner with platters including steak, branzino and chicken. Tuna tartare and Lil' BGRs were also passed. The proceeds were towards a charity supporting the educational community of South Florida.