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Actor/producer Tom Cruise received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's highest honor, its Humanitarian Award, in recognition of Cruise's longtime support of the Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance. J.J. Abrams emceed the event, attended by nearly 900, and Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures Brad Grey presented the award. Dinner chairs for the event were: Brad Grey, Kevin Huvane, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Barry Meyer, Ron Meyer and Tom Rothman.
The YMCA of Greater Miami held a groundbreaking for the expansion of its South Dade YMCA Family Center attended by local dignitaries, business leaders and community members. The expanded Family Center will house the Mason & Jean Shehan Wellness Center, a fitness facility; the Art & Betty Hegen Big Kid’s Adventure Zone and the Dunspaugh Dalton Little Tots' Adventure Zone with a play yard and supervised child watch center; the Assurant Children's Playground, an outdoor play area; and the Bank of America Family Pool Pavilion that will offer a wide range of aquatic activities. Pictured: Miami-Dade County Manager Alina Hudak; YMCA of Greater Miami President and CEO Alfred Sanchez; Village of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner; and the Y's Chairman of the Board Brian Mormile.
The New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble received top honors among 110 competing bands in the prestigious 2011 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Numerous NWSA jazz students have been recognized for their musicianship on a national scale. Of the 57 solo awards offered during the 2011 competition, six were awarded to New World School of the Arts students: Thomas Dover, Trombone; Rane Roatta, Tenor Saxophone; David Leon, Alto Saxophone; Tony Madruga (Pictured), Piano; Harley Basadre, Guitar; and Jorge Roldan (Honorable Mention), Alto Saxophone. In addition, Tony Madruga received the Ella Fitzgerald Award - given to the outstanding soloist of the entire competition.
Gary Hanson, Executive Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, announced that Bruce Coppock will be the new Managing Director of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. Coppock was formerly President and Managing Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Executive Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. In his new role he will responsible for all of the Orchestra’s activities in South Florida. Launched in 2007, the Residency revolves around a series of subscription performances featuring Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, as well as the Residency’s Principal Guest Conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero. Coppock will succeed Sandi Macdonald who has been named President and CEO of the North Carolina Symphony.
California celebrity flower designer Tenley Young shared her knowledge of flower arranging and décor with guests at a unique event at Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove. The luncheon, aptly titled Hearts & Flowers, benefited Florida Heart Research Institute. Guests enjoyed an elegant lunch and then were served up their own box of flowers and supplies to create an arrangement to take home. The event was sponsored by local florist Jason Edmonds, president of Zebra Floral Group. Pictured: Lynda Gordon and Janet Khamsi; Dorothy St. Jean and Marilyn Cale in background right.
Aftefacto celebrated the grand opening of its new Aventura showroom, 40,000 square feet of classic and contemporary furniture, with a Brazilian-style party attended by top designers and architects. Models in Zingara bathing suits welcomed guests who enjoyed Bossa nova-inspired sounds by Brazilian DJ Fred Smiliansky, ethnic bites and Leblon Cachaca signature drinks. Pictured Paulo Bacchi and Willard Shepard (photo by Thomas Loewy).
Florida Grand Opera hosted an After Opera Party for the season’s final production, David DiChiera’s Cyrano. Cast and patrons convened in the Peacock Rehearsal Studio of the Arsht Center for cocktails and a seated dinner. Pictured: Neil & Nancy Schaffel, Marian Pop, Patricia Frost & Phillip Frost.
The Jersey Shore’s Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino paid a surprise visit to patients at Miami Children’s Hospital. The Situation is asking all of his fans to donate $1 to $5 to help raise money for Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation's Piggy Bank Fund and become a Situation Life Saver. Supporters can text “CHILD” to 85944 and a $5 donation will automatically be added to their phone bill, or they can donate online at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/MCH/situation.
Alan & Diane Lieberman were in full old school party mode at the Green Room Society’s big Spring Fling Dance. The Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Studio was transformed into a throwback to high school prom days with balloon arches, spiked punch and school lunch-style treats. Photo by Justin Namon for World RedEye.
Celebrating 15 years of philanthropy, guests joined Alonzo Mourning for the launch of Sponsor-A-Student at the home of Wayne Boich at Icon South Beach. AMC’s Sponsor-A-Student campaign helps prepare the students at Overtown Youth Center for the ultimate goal of graduating high school, attaining secondary education and becoming a productive citizen in their community. AMC hopes to engage 250 individuals and businesses to pledge their support for the program. Pictured Wayne Boich and Alonzo Mourning.