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More than 700 Comcast volunteers, friends and family members helped refurbish the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Club to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Comcast Cares Day. From beautifying the club’s grounds and restoring picnic tables to improving the Digital Lab with courtesy services by X-Finity internet, these efforts were part of a nationwide day of service with over 62,000 Comcast volunteer participating.
Boca Raton’s Raymond Lee Jewelers hosted a cocktail reception to unveil the Diamond Horn Signature Pendant for the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Foundation. The night was fueled with fashion, philanthropy and a cause - Keeping Music Alive - to support music education in public schools and build awareness about the lack of funding available to those really need it. Pictured: Cara Rosenthal; Casey Cole; Jeff Josephson, owner of Raymond Lee Jewelers; and Timolin Cole.
Baltus Collection, the high-end design company from Spain, honored Edward Nieto of Nieto Design in its Miami showroom with the first ever Baltus Icon Award for Excellence in Design. Over 100 guests attended to honor Edward Nieto, enjoying cocktails and culinary delights by Mare Nostrum, a new restaurant designed by Baltus that will open later this year.
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood held its 3rd Annual Golf for Art fundraiser at the Hollywood Beach Golf Resort. One hundred players enjoyed a continental breakfast before taking on the par-70, tree-lined golf course designed by Donald Ross. Golfers stayed for the awards ceremony and lunch where door prizes were awarded, and two Custom Regions green beach cruisers were raffled off. The event netted $20,000 to benefit the Center. Pictured: First Place Low Net Team: Ross Hartog, Adam Herman, Mike Landen, and Eric Fordin.
Robert Morgan Educational Center students got a unique opportunity to learn from celebrity chefs in preparation for The Art of Found Objects, a charity auction held to benefit The Education Fund. Michelle Bernstein (pictured) and Cindy Hutson worked with the students to create four collaborative recipes emphasizing food preparation and presentation to be featured at the art auction. The students also had a chance to gain tips and insights about the culinary arts industry from these successful chefs and restaurateurs.
Nikki Beach hosted the Ultimate MixOff Challenge presented by DonQ Rum and the United States Bartenders Guild. Freddy Diaz (pictured), President of AlambiQ, and Cameron Scholderer of Mondrian Hotel's Sunset Lounge won the first round of the Challenge, and both will compete in the 2011 competition in NYC.
The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) honored Grammy Award-winning recording artist Orville “Shaggy” Burrell at the 7th Annual Peacock Soiree held at Jungle Island. Diamond-selling performer Shaggy was recognized for his philanthropic role in assisting the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica. To the surprise of gala guests Shaggy performed on stage with the Jolly Boys, a famous mento band from Jamaica. The event raised significant funds for Jamaican Charities that support education, healthcare and economic development initiatives on the island. Pictured: Shaggy and AFJ Chairperson Ambassador Sue Cobb.
Miami’s top eco power players, including architect Chad Oppenheim, Ornare’s Claudio Faria and rap star and mayoral candidate Luther Campbell, came out for a Greenraiser hosted by the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches at the Sagamore Hotel. Guests arrived via a green carpet made of recycled plastics and enjoyed a fashion presentation by Art of Shade modeled by Elite Models, lite bites and drinks by Whole Foods and VeeV organic cocktails, and sounds by the Green Music Alliance. Pictured: Hank Harper, Adam Gersten and Luther Campbell.
Barry University hosted Lily Prellezo, author of Seagull One: The Amazing True Story of Brothers to the Rescue,” an in-depth account of the heroic pilots who rescued more than 4,200 Cuban rafters escaping Communist Cuba during the 1990s. After interviewing more than 100 people associated with Brothers to the Rescue, Prellezo reveals the untold story of the men and women, representing 19 different nationalities and all walks of life, who risked their lives for this humanitarian effort. She was joined by Brothers to the Rescue co-founder and ex CIA freedom fighter José Basulto, the book’s main character and one of the most recognized Cuban exile figures in the world.
Florida Grand Opera’s top patrons and opera stars celebrated the resounding success of FGO’s latest production of Mozart’s beloved Don Giovanni at an After Opera Party held at the Bombay Sapphire Lounge in the Arsht Center. The exclusive VIP cocktail reception provided the ideal setting for donors and cast members to mingle. Highlights included remarks by FGO President and CEO Bob Heuer and the presentation of the Morgan P. and Evelyn R. Gilbert Artist Award to former FGO Young Artist Tom Corbeil who performed the leading role of Leporello in Don Giovanni. The evening sponsors were Randy Gage, production; Mike and Dr. Margaret Eidson, opening night performance sponsors; Bruce Horten, M.D., After Party co-sponsor; and Gibraltar Private Bank, Opera Club sponsor. Pictured: Georgia Jarman, Mike Eidson and Andrew Bisantz.