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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.
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 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.
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.
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.”