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The Humane Society of Greater Miamiís newest support group, The Founding Fosters, launched at a lavish cocktail party hosted by Ocean Prime Restaurant in Aventura. The groupís creator Bella Goldstein put together an impressive advisory committee suitably called The Bark Avenue Society, which includes President Mickey W. Dworkin, Executive VP Linda Zilber, Suzanne Bezahler, Doree and Malcolm Fromberg, Carole W. and Marshall Langer, Lila and Harold Menowitz, Terri Schifrin, and Elaine and Neal Slansky. The groupís mission is to fundraise for the hundreds of abandoned animals in the shelterís care, including newborns and adult animals with special needs. Learn more by calling Ricki Diamond at 305-749-1814. Pictured: Humane Society Executive Director Emily Marquez, Bella Goldstein, Mickey Dworkin and Linda Zilber.
Guests at the Cloisters Foundationís first Legacy Gala were met with the soothing sounds of live jazz filling the air in the torch-lit gardens of the Ancient Spanish Monastery. Neki Mohan of WPLG Channel 10 was the eveningís host and introduced Cloisters Foundation President Dr. Janie Greenleaf. Gala Chair Suzanne Ferguson presented each of the 2011 honorees with a handmade award from Spain. Honored were North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner; Michael J. Snyder, President of the NMB Chamber of Commerce; Tony Lesesne, Co-founder of Lesesne Media Group; and Dr. Dorothy Jenkins-Fields, Founder of the Black Archives History & Research Foundation. Pictured: Dr. Janie Greenleaf, Neki Mohan, Michael Snyder and Suzanne Ferguson.
Julia Bianchi (pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall), Founding Chair of the South Florida American Red Cross Tiffany Circle and ARC Tiffany Circle National co-chair, attended a British Red Cross Society tea reception at Londonís Mansion House in honor of those involved in humanitarian and development work in Haiti. His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the President of the British Red Cross Society, attended with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. As the featured speaker HRH Prince Charles focused on the reconstruction efforts in Haiti and how instrumental the Red Cross has been in providing health care, vaccinations, clean water, basic sanitation, shelter materials and essential relief supplies to Haitians.
NYC philanthropists Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan donated $4 million to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the new Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center. Rose and McQuillan's gift will go to a new 3,000 square foot building dedicated to the arts at the Garden. The two philanthropists live at the Apogee on Miami Beach and have donated to Bass Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, The Wolfsonian and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Rose, a successful real estate executive, learned about philanthropy from his parents, Frederick and Sandra Rose, who gave $15 million for the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library and $20 million to the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Gray Line Miami unveiled five new double-decker tour buses to Greater Miami at an event at The Clevelander hosted by Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower. Pictured: Naomi Wilzig, J.C. Harris and Mayor Bower.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade hosted its 44th Annual Golf Tournament at The Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club, chaired by Ben Walker of Cable Connections & Utilities. The tournament featured 18 holes with a shotgun start, followed by an awards banquet and awards ceremony hosted by The Collection, with a silent auction and raffle. The event raised more than $80,000 for the Clubsí programs. Pictured: Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director Alex Rodriguez-Roig.
The World Childhood Foundation hosted the Childhood Spring Gala Dinner, raising more than $600,000 to benefit global projects, among them local organizations Childrenís Harbor in Pembroke Pines and Kristi House in Miami. The dinner for 220 guests was underwritten by and held in the home of the eventís Grand Benefactors, Per-Olof and Ňsa-Lena Loof. Highlights of the evening included an outstanding pro-bono performance by platinum artist Josh Groban, along with operatic soprano Elizabeth Caballero, leading tenor Jorge Antonio Pita, and pianist Sergio J. Puig. Pictured: Mr. & Mrs. Jonas Hafstrom (Ambassador of Sweden), Queen Silvia, Per Loof, Princess Madeleine, Asa Loof, John Loof, Charlotte Brandin and Carl Loof.
The Biscayne Bay Pilots Association (BBPA) is comprised of harbor pilots who serve the Port of Miamiís maritime traffic needs. The group hosted a centennial celebration dinner at the Port of Miami, marking 100 years of collaboration with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County in the growth of the local maritime industry. The reception was emceed by Chairman Captain John Jacobsen who accepted proclamations from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Guests enjoy viewing an exhibit of photos showing the progress of the port during the last 100 years and the BBPAís role in it. Miamiís harbor pilots have safely handled the navigation of hundreds of thousands of ships during the last century; they currently pilot approximately 7,000 ships sailing in and out of Biscayne Bay annually. Miami pilots stand 12-hour watches on a rotating schedule and are open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Pictured: Capt. Chris Scraba, US Coast Guard; William Johnson, Port of Miami; Capt. John Jacobsen, BBPA; and Capt. Andrew Melick, BBPA.
Community leaders and philanthropists celebrated Chai Lifeline Southeastís 18th anniversary of service at the Legacy of Hope Gala held at the Westin Diplomat and Spa. The Dinner paid tribute to outstanding leaders, including Guest of Honor Claudio Stivelman; Gary Kleiner, MD, PhD; Sara Shulevitz, Esq. (pictured accepting the Young Leadership Award from Rabbi Simcha Scholar); and the Wallerstein Family. In addition, the Dinner paid tribute to David Cohen, whose family has established the David Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund to send children to Camp Simcha.
The Southern Florida Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society named Miamiís first LLS Man and Woman of the Year: Keith St. Clair of Forum Telecom, Inc. and Kimarie Stratos of Memorial Healthcare System. The two participated in a 10-week fundraising quest along with: Jacqueline Becerra, Greenberg Traurig; David Fellows, John Moriarty & Associates of Florida, Inc.; Amber Hendrickson, Saks Fifth Avenue; Jen Klaassens, The Wasie Foundation; and Roberto Munoz, Professional Bank. The winners were announced at the LLS Celebrating Life Gala held at the InterContinental Miami, and they will compete for the National Title of Man and Woman of the Year.
Pictured: Michael Parrish, Co-Chair of the Gala, Kimarie Stratos and Keith St. Clair.