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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.
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.
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.
Feeding South Florida hosted its inaugural March for Hunger at the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk with nearly 500 runners and walkers completing the 5K walk/run. The first place finisher was Rodolfo Gonzalez (pictured). A date has already been set for the 2012 run/walk so plan to take part and help fight hunger in South Florida!
The ultimate playboy made an appearance in Wynwood when Florida Grand Opera’s Crescendo Circle celebrated the company’s newest production of Don Giovanni, a tale based on the world’s most infamous lover – Don Juan. The young professionals group gathered at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar for a social evening that combined the classic and contemporary. Guests enjoyed selections from Don Giovanni sung by members of FGO’s Young Artist Studio and stylistic spinning by DJ Yuberth.
More than 70 elected officials, civic and business leaders battled for The King Pins Challenge trophy at Splitsville Luxury Lanes to benefit Informed Families and its fight to keep kids safe, healthy and drug-free. The event raised more than $20,000 and featured three hours of exuberance on the lanes, along with a silent auction and performances by local singer/songwriter Ariel Rose, a 17-year-old student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, and local magicians Rick Del Vecchio and Ron Olmsted.
Film buffs and foodies alike came together at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden to celebrate Spanish filmmaking and culture with the city’s first-ever El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade. Six local chefs cooked their signature interpretations of paella on-site over open flame. Paired with Spain’s iconic dish was a selection of El Coto de Rioja Blanco, Rosado and Crianza wines. The event followed the Miami International Film Festival’s screening of the latest film by acclaimed Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Amador.
Charles L. Sprung, formerly at UM and currently Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, was a special guest at a private parlor event hosted by Steven Z. and Dr. Judi Levinson. Friends and supporters of the Greater Miami Region of Hadassah attended to hear Professor Sprung speak at his research in sepsis, septic shock and medical ethical issues. Pictured: Steven Z. & Dr. Judi Levinson; Hadassah Greater Miami Region Major Gifts Chair Dr. Judith Mann; Professor Sprung; and Hadassah Greater Miami Region President Dianne Gottlieb.
Emilio Estefan’s The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom, a collaboration of well-known Cuban writers Carlos Eire, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Mirta Ojito and poet Carlos Pintado, tells the stories of exiles who arrived in South Florida. Estefan, who fled Cuba as a teen with his father, also sought personal testimonials of successful people from different generations of exiles, like the Mas Canosa family, Cristina Saralegui, Benjamin Leon Jr., and George Feldenkreis. A book signing and Q&A hosted by Miami Herald Editor Myriam Marquez took place at Books & Books.
The historic gardens of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens set the stage for the Third Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon, endearingly referred to as "The Hat Luncheon." Guests enjoyed a Black River Caviar reception before their al fresco lunch where Italian fashion house Valentino showed its Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. The Hat Luncheon was introduced by Norma Quintero during her term as President of The Vizcayans. Pictured: Daisy Hoanson and Barbara Hevia.