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Earth Friendly Halloween Decorations
Earth Friendly Halloween Decorations
Earth friendly Halloween decorations adorned the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Longtime volunteer Bev Murphy decorated Fairchild with her spooky and playful hand-made Halloween decorations. Mrs. Murphy has been creating works of Halloween art for Fairchild for five years and has been making decorative display art for over 20 years. Her wonderful and whimsical work is made of found plant materials like coconut palm inflorescences, royal palm leaf bases and anything else Bev can gather that looks as though it could have a second life as a ghost, goblin or witch. She has created over 300 Halloween decorations and logged thousands of volunteer hours for Fairchild. Bev is a true boo-tanical artist!


 Donna Tallon Executive Director of The Humane Soc
Donna Tallon Executive Director of The Humane Soc
Donna Tallon has been appointed Executive Director of The Humane Society of Greater Miami. Her goal is to build community participation and relationships, grow membership and donations and expand the number of adoptions in the tri-county area. Tallon has been recognized with honors from numerous not-for-profit organizations in health and the arts including; American Cancer Society, Miami City Ballet, Diabetes Research Institute, The Women’s International Zionist Organization and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Tallon brings to her new position solid leadership skills, strong community relationships, and marketing expertise gained in over 30 years in the private sector in the United States and Mexico.


Bob Heuer to Retire at the End of 2012-2013 Season
Bob Heuer to Retire at the End of 2012-2013 Season
After an illustrious 34-year career with Florida Grand Opera, General Director and CEO Robert M. Heuer announced his retirement, scheduled for the close of the 2012-2013 season on May 31, 2013. Heuer’s influence and expertise are unparalleled in the South Florida community as well as in the national and international opera world. Heuer states that his decision did not come with ease yet he believes that now is the time for new leadership with fresh ideas.


‘The Art of A Cure’ Raises Over $12000
‘The Art of A Cure’ Raises Over $12000
Etra Fine Art in the Design District hosted ‘The Art of A Cure’ fundraiser in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), South Florida Chapter. The cocktail and silent auction event was attended by about 100 people.“My goal was to raise $10000, but we exceeded it to raise over $12000,” says event organizer Nicole Hernandez. “Once I educated myself about the disease and learned how insulin affects my body, I started to change my lifestyle and focus on spreading the word about Type 1 Diabetes.”


KICK OFF FOR 4TH ANNUAL LIMO TO LUNCH
Invited guests enjoyed the kick-off luncheon for the 4th annual Limo to Lunch benefitting the Florida Heart Research Institute. The kick-off was held in the Lifestyle Center of Whole Foods in Coral Gables. Cooking demonstrations of the salad and meal courses were demonstrated by Chefs Miriam Alicea and Susie Boronat. Guests were taught how to make a fantastic healthy dessert. Brian, the in-house Sommelier was on hand to discuss wine pairings and of course pour the wine. The full menu was from the store’s Health Starts Here program.


Christophe Maincourt is new President for Chamber
Christophe Maincourt is new President for Chamber
Christophe Maincourt has been elected President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and started his career in the luxury products industry in 1981, in the field of International Development with Parfums Christian Dior Paris (LVMH Group). Recruited by Cartier, Maincourt was based in Hong-Kong where he opened the China and India markets. He moved to Miami as President and CEO for Cartier in the western hemisphere, and was responsible for overseeing the whole of Latin America. After 20 years with Cartier, Maincourt founded his own business, Resource Management International, to distribute and promote luxury goods in the Americas and Asia Pacific areas.


BANKATLANTIC PERFORMS MAGIC FOR KIDS
BANKATLANTIC PERFORMS MAGIC FOR KIDS
BankAtlantic donated 120 “Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic” tickets to 7 different local children’s charities, schools and non-profit organizations when the show appeared at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL, from September 15 through September 18, 2011. Pictured is Natalie Gonzalez from the Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation. Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation provides emergency financial assistance for children fighting cancer to ensure access to basic human necessities. They also advocate for and raise awareness of childhood cancer.


FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUM'S SERVICE AWARD
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUM'S SERVICE AWARD
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Executive Director Joy A. Satterlee, APR, has received Florida Association of Museum’s (FAM) Service Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Professional. Since becoming Executive Director of the Center in April 2005, the Center has increased its number of gallery exhibitions from an average of five shows per year to 16 gallery exhibitions in 2010-11, which includes the prestigious 23rd Annual South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition. FAM’s annual awards competition recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals to the museum profession in the State of Florida.


Boys & Girls Clubs celebrate New State-of-the-Art
Boys & Girls Clubs celebrate New State-of-the-Art
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade celebrated a historic groundbreaking ceremony for its new 11,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art Club in Miami Beach.The celebration was attended by Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, various Miami Beach commissioners, and Olga Guilarte, president of the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade. Representatives of Bank of America and Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund, two of the project’s donors, were also at the event. The new club was completed by June 2011, which features a teen center, state of the art computer lab, teaching kitchen for children, homework rooms, games rooms and a creative arts room, and serves approximately 400 children from the local area.


CLUB 2-1-1 MAKES THE CONNECTION
CLUB 2-1-1 MAKES THE CONNECTION
CLUB 2-1-1 hosted a fabulous Connecting Event for over one hundred local businesspeople, notables and philanthropists at China Grill in the Hilton Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, September 13. Sandra Bernard-Bastien of Children’s Services Council of Broward, Nancy Merolla of BankAtlantic and Jason Neufeld of Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. served as both CLUB 2-1-1 Ambassadors and Guest Speakers for the event which was underwritten by CAREERXCHANGE. Guests enjoyed an evening of networking, cocktails and a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres from China Grill.

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