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Miami’s new generation of lawyers gathered on South Beach for Legal Services of Greater Miami‘s Club Night, a fabulous evening of music and dancing at Louis Bar-Lounge in the Gansevoort Hotel. The event was held in partnership with the Gwen S. Cherry and Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Associations to support EQUAL JUSTICE. Co-chairs were Olanike Adebayo and Jennifer Ellis, former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson was guest speaker, and Rico Love was emcee. Pictured: Michelle Samaroo, Olanike Adebayo and Akilah Bain.
More than 200 people gathered under the full moon at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale for a glamorous and fun Full Moon party. Partygoers danced and mingled and enjoyed specialty cocktails, bar bites and music by DJ Rob Riggs. The event was a benefit for SOS Children's Villages of Florida with donations of hundreds of school supplies and close to $1,000. The monthly event boasts no cover charge, no velvet rope, $5 valet parking, and reasonably priced bar bites and cocktails. Pictured: Ron and Joy Adams.
Miami artist Xavier Cortada will serve as founding director of the Office of Engaged Teaching, Scholarship and Creative Activities (ETSCA) at Florida International University's College of Architecture + The Arts. Located at FIU’s new space on Lincoln Road and opening this fall, ETSCA will offer hands-on experience for FIU students. The new office is tasked with fully utilizing the talents of the faculty and students in the visual arts, performing arts, and design specialties to engage with the local South Florida community in collaborative problem-solving initiatives.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired CEO Virginia Jacko receives a check from the American Optometric Association (AOA). The grant was awarded through AOA’s 2011 Healthy Eyes Healthy People® Community Grant Program and will be used to create tri-lingual brochures and educational material about the importance of early intervention and eye examinations for children, targeting parents, school officials and community leaders.
Miami mixologist Michael Parish (pictured) competed against some of the best bartenders in South Florida and was named winner of the first-ever Tequila Partida Spirit Bird Challenge. Parish’s original cocktail The Loco Coco Smash won on the basis of presentation, originality and taste, and he went home with the first-place title and $500.
Mary Lisa Burns has been selected as New World School of the Art’s new dean of dance. She succeeds Dean Daniel Lewis to head the high school and college dance programs. Burns, a dance educator and administrator, comes to Miami from New York City where she was Director of Education for the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, overseeing the Cunningham Studio's accredited Professional Training Program and spearheading its Educational Outreach program.
More than 100 guests enjoyed a unique wine tasting at SET Nightclub to benefit PetNet, the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s young professional group. The fabulous Miami Heat Dancers (pictured) put in a special appearance, mingling with guests, posing for photos and signing autographs. In addition to tasting a variety of reds, guests participated in a fabulous raffle that included dinners, Miami Heat memorabilia, an Equinox gym membership, and weekend and spa packages at favorite Miami hotels.
This year Alonzo Mourning Charities (AMC) celebrated the high school graduation of 11 Overtown Youth Center1 (OYC) seniors at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in Miami Beach. Surrounded by OYC and AMC staff, family, and supporters, these students are poised to become contributing citizens and follow a constructive life path. They overcame insurmountable obstacles (economics, violence, and low high school graduation rates) and defied the odds by graduating and continuing their educational journeys in college, Job Corps or the U.S. Air Force. Each graduate received a trunk filled with school supplies and necessities, as well as a laptop and a $5000 scholarship from Alonzo and Tracy Mourning (pictured with the new graduates).
Visitors to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will tour the gardens in style aboard Fairchild’s new trams. Thanks to a very successful fundraising campaign, the garden’s new transportation is eco-friendly and beautiful too. Visit soon and experience the ride for yourself.
Maria R. Millares, president of Feeding South Florida’s Board of Directors, was recognized by AARP and Telemundo with the Lideres de Esperanza (Leaders of Hope) Award, a community initiative that recognizes the dedication of Hispanic community leaders who are involved with fighting hunger. The Leaders of Hope Award was given to one leader in each of four cities – L.A., New York, Miami and San Antonio. Winners received $2,500 to donate to the organization of their choice and a trip to Los Angeles for the awards luncheon. Ms. Millares donated her prize to Feeding South Florida.