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Rose & McQuillan Arts Center at Fairchild Garden
Rose & McQuillan Arts Center at Fairchild Garden
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's Double Decker Buses Debut in Miami
Gray Line's Double Decker Buses Debut in Miami
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' 44th Annual Golf Tournament
Boys & Girls Clubs' 44th Annual Golf Tournament
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 Clubs’ programs. Pictured: Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director Alex Rodriguez-Roig.


World Childhood Foundation Hosts Royalty
World Childhood Foundation Hosts Royalty
The World Childhood Foundation hosted the Childhood Spring Gala Dinner, raising more than $600,000 to benefit global projects, among them local organizations Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines and Kristi House in Miami. The dinner for 220 guests was underwritten by and held in the home of the event’s Grand Benefactors, Per-Olof and Åsa-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.


Biscayne Bay Pilots Assn. Celebrates 100 Years
Biscayne Bay Pilots Assn. Celebrates 100 Years
The Biscayne Bay Pilots Association (BBPA) is comprised of harbor pilots who serve the Port of Miami’s 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 BBPA’s role in it. Miami’s 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.


Chai Lifeline Celebrates 18th Anniversary
Chai Lifeline Celebrates 18th Anniversary
Community leaders and philanthropists celebrated Chai Lifeline Southeast’s 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.


Miami's LLS Man and Woman of the Year
Miami's LLS Man and Woman of the Year
The Southern Florida Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society named Miami’s 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.


Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE
NFTE hosted a wine tasting and auction at Villa Woodbine, a historic home and event venue located in Coconut Grove. More than 300 people attended the event in support of NFTE’s mission to provide entrepreneurship education to young people from low income communities. Some of South Florida’s top chefs created their signature dishes that were paired with complementing wines. Cruises, trips, gourmet dinners and a large selection of very fine wines were popular items in the silent and live auctions. Pictured: Jorge Carrera, caterer Bill Hansen, Chef Walter Mendosa from Timo, Alice Horn, executive director of NFTE, and Emily Byrd.


Edward Villella and MCB Supporters Honored
Edward Villella and MCB Supporters Honored
GRAFF at Bal Harbour Shops honored Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director and CEO of Miami City Ballet, along with 13 exceptional women whose dedication, vision and philanthropic spirit have made Miami sparkle on the world stage. Villella danced for Presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Ford and is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts; yet his proudest professional accomplishment has been the creation of Miami City Ballet. Joining him in GRAFF’s tribute were co-founder Toby Lerner Ansin and supporters Audre Mendel Carlin, Nancy Jean Davis, Swanee DiMare, Lora Drasner, Bobi Eroncig, Michele Herbert, Roni Jacobson, Gerri Lebow, Ophelia Roca, Rosalind Richter, Renee Delaplaine Rodgers and Diane Siegel. Pictured: Edward Villella and Michele Herbert.


Celebrating Green
Celebrating Green
Ornare, a Brazilian eco-luxury brand with showrooms in the Miami Design District, hosted a reception for Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (ECOMB). The nonprofit organization assembled the community’s environmental leaders and influencers as part of the new force to lead the community into a more sustainable future. Guests enjoyed organic cocktails by VeeV, bites from Hawa Fusion and “green” gifts from Ornare. Pictured: Ornare’s Claudio Faria, Michael Laas, Luis Rodrigues and Jeffrey D. Forster. Photo by Brett Hufziger.

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