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Congratulations to Julian Gomez on his appointment as the Deputy Director for Finance, Administration & Operations at The Wolfsonian – FIU. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of The Wolfsonian relating to finance, administration, operations and strategic planning. Gomez will also be in charge of a new five-year strategic plan at The Wolfsonian, in collaboration with The Wolfsonian Advisory Board and museum staff.
Miami's own Modesto Abety-Gutierrez, President/CEO of The Children’s Trust, was recently appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. A man of many accomplishments, Abety-Gutierrez previously served as Operations Field Manager for the Children’s Trust Political Action Committee and Director for the Miami-Dade County Children’s Services Council. He holds a B.S. in Sociology from Florida State University and an M.P.A from Bernard M. Baruch College.
At the City Year Miami corporate breakfast Marlins President David Samson announced that The Marlins and City Year would a team Sponsors for the Young Heroes program at Allapattah Middle School. The program is a Saturday leadership development and community service initiative for middle school students where student participants learn about the social issues in their community and work together to create solutions for those problems. The Marlins visited classrooms with Billy the Marlin, which brought many smiles to the children's faces, and they concluded the day by donating 200 tickets to a game.
Lamborghini Boutique of Bal Harbour & Warren Henry Leasing hosted a private event during Fashion’s Night Out at Bal Harbour Shops. Benefitting the Buoniconti Fund, the event featured an exclusive preview of Warren Henry Leasing’s third floor showroom as guests enjoyed live entertainment, cocktails, decadent desserts, and an incredible live auction of a one-year lease on a luxurious Range Rover Sport, donated by Land Rover South Dade. The black on black Range Rover Sport went to lucky bidder Nicholas Studds!
New Theatre kicks off its 26th season wth Henry V, adapted and directed by Ronald Mangravite, with Sipiwe Moyo in the lead role of Henry V. Shakespeare’s triumphant drama tells the story of Henry V, once an unruly, wild and heavy-drinking adolescent, who is now King of England and must inspire and lead his soldiers into war against France over land and titles. Other cast members include Robert Alter, Merry Jo Cortada, Christina Groom, Jordy Diaz, Charles Sothers, Tara Vodihn and Scott Douglas Wilson. Pictured: Robert Alter, Sipiwe Moyo and Scott5 Douglas Wilson; photo by Eileen Suarez.
The Men’s Physique and Women’s Over-30 Bikini Divisions were very popular additions to the 31st Annual NPC Southern States Fitness, Figure, Bikini, Physique & Bodybuilding Championships held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. Competition was heated with over 30 Men’s Physique and 20 Women’s 30+ Bikini participants in Friday night’s line-up of the Championships, attended by one of the best spectator turnouts in the past 31 years. The Women’s Bikini competition, which showcased swimsuits and stunning beach bodies, was won by Jessica Renee (pictured).
Supermodel Niki Taylor mixed and mingled with guests at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills for the Shop & Dine event to benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. Guests were treated to a delectable fine wine & food pairing provided by the East City Grill and Libation The Love of Wine, as they shopped at The Colonnade’s elite designer stores.
In the midst of releasing his sixth studio album, rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer Armando “Pitbull” Perez visited Miami Children’s Hospital making a special stop to see 20 young patients as part of the Get Well Soon Tour. Previous celebrities to take time from their busy schedules to visit children include Will Smith, Britney Spears, Flo Rida, Jordin Sparks, David Archuletta and Emeril Lagasse.
Miami City Ballet took the City of Light by storm with full houses and standing ovations! Performing at the summer dance festival at the Theatre du Chatelet, the company’s Paris debut was a smashing success with sold-out audiences filling the 2500 seat theatre. Programs featured George Balanchine favorites, including Symphony in Three Movements, Square Dance, La Valse and The Four Temperaments, as well as dances by Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor.
Naturi Naughton, Terrell Owens, and hosts Regina King and Anthony Anderson are caught on camera by Meg Pukel in the VIP Grey Goose Lounge before the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony at the Fillmore Miami Beach.