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At the Council for Educational Change's Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Luncheon, the Council selected Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg, a principal from Downtown Doral Charter Elementary, as the overall winner for her leadership skills in improving the academic performance of her students. Principal Acevedo-Isenberg works closely with her business mentor Ana-Marie Codina Barlick of Codina Partners, as well as other Council-facilitated business partnerships. Pictured: Julio Frenk, President of University of Miami; Dr, Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of the Council for Educational Change; and Steven Wasserman, Interim Chair of the Council for Educational Change.
Pictured: Richie Supa, director of creative recovery, Recovery Unplugged; Doug Emery, board vice president, The Recording Academy® Florida Chapter; and Flo Rida at Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center, an addiction care organization in Fort Lauderdale. Flo Rida performed hit songs and provided an . inspirational talk to Recovery Unplugged clients to create awareness about the MusiCares® Foundation's programs and services, and Supa performed the title track from his recent recovery-themed album, Enemy.
Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and members of the new Miami Fashion Institute (MFI) Board of Advisors celebrate the institute’s grand opening and ribbon cutting today at MDC Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The event featured models showcasing couture designed by MFI board members and tours the state-of-the-art facility.
The 29th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Rendezvous founded by Rita & Rick Case>/b> and led by Event Chairs Christy & Larry Hierholzer, returned to Fisher Island Club for a “Weekend in Wonderland.” Kicking off the festivities was the Dine Around the Docks Yacht Hop event on Thursday, followed on Friday by a daytime St. John's fashion show in the Vanderbilt Courtyard and a Mad Hatter's themed party with gourmet food stations at night. On Saturday guests joined Boys & Girls Clubs members for a BBQ. Then the Admirals, a group of supporters who donate $50,000 annually, enjoyed an invite-only cocktail party before the Queen of Hearts' Red Ball Gala. Emceed by Shaquille O'Neal's mother Lucille, Christine Lynn was inducted into the Dream Makers Society, and guests rocked the house to the music of Huey Lewis and The News. Proceeds from the weekend benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and the more than 12,500 youth it serves. Pictured: Brian Quail, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Larry & Christy Hierholzer, Event Chairs, Rick & Rita Case, Rendezvous Event Founders and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County club members.
More than 1000 people walked to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. NAMI Walks raised $92,000 and counting to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Funds will expand education programs and support groups in Broward County.
warren Henry Auto Group presented a check for $25,000 to the Overtown Youth Center. Basketball legend Alonzo Mourning proudly accepted the donation on behalf of his youth empowerment organization. Since partnering with the former Miami Heat star and his charities, Warren Henry Auto Group has contributed a total of $250,000 to <>The Mourning Foundation. “We are thrilled to support Zo and the important work he is doing to empower and inspire inner-city kids who participate in the programs offered by the Overtown Youth Center,” said Warren Zinn, President & CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group. In addition, Warren Henry Auto Group is contributing a portion of sales from every vehicle sold at its dealerships to the Overtown Youth Center. Pictured: Warren Zinn with Alonzo Mourning, Larry Zinn (General Manager of Warren Henry Auto Group) and Erik Day (CFO/Partner of Warren Henry Auto Group). vehicle sold at its dealerships to the Overtown Youth Center
Shake-A-Leg Miami celebrated its 25th anniversary with the Art of Sail Gala, a moving evening with more than 500 guests. Over $150,000 was raised to support the organization's commitment to all regardless of abilities or disabilities. Artists Jens Werner, Robert Lupone and David McCauley used their artistic talents to benefit Shake-A-Leg by way of a runway show of fashions created from recycled sails and a showcase of original artwork of multiple artists who came together to benefit the cause, including mixed media artist and founder of Rise Up Gallery, David McCauley. The art pieces were auctioned the evening of the gala. Pictured: Harry Horgan, Jens Werner and David McCauley.
Allied Kitchen & Bath, in partnership with International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), raised $19,000 at “Take a Seat,” an event benefitting Glam-A-THON and Broward Health Foundation to help local women affected by breast cancer. The event was held at Allied Kitchen & Bath’s Design Center in Oakland Park. Pictured: Glam-a-THON President Tammy Gail with Glam-a-THON Board Members Bonnie Scerbo, Wendy Liebowitz and Irene Yovu.
Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International, received the prestigious ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award at a luncheon presented by U.S. Century Bank. The award, named in memory of Lydia Cabrera, world-renowned writer and expert in Afro-Cuban culture, honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cultural development of South Florida. Pictured: Mitchell Kaplan, Aida Levitan, Ph.D., president of ArtesMiami; and Luis de la Aguilera, president and CEO of U.S. Century Bank.
Gulliver Preparatory's Robert Burns, a superstar running back, will represent the Gulliver Raiders at the prestigious Under Armour All-America High School Football Game in Orlando on New Year's Day. Burns was presented his honorary game jersey at the American Family Insurance Selection Tour, and his selection for the January 1 classic by ESPN Recruiting means Burns is considered among the top rushers in the nation. ESPN rates Burns the eighth-best running back in the country and the 16th-best player overall in football-rich Florida. He has played at Gulliver since his freshman year and will take the field for one final game before heading off to the University of Miami, where he is expected to make an impact right away for the Hurricanes.