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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.
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.