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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.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s newest support group, The Founding Fosters, launched at a lavish cocktail party hosted by Ocean Prime Restaurant in Aventura. The group’s 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 group’s mission is to fundraise for the hundreds of abandoned animals in the shelter’s 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 Foundation’s 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 evening’s 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 London’s 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.