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City Year Miami hosted its largest annual service project, sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company, dedicated to the work and life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. His famous quote: “Everybody can be great because anyone can serve” is the flagship principle behind City Year Miami’s service model. Over 400 Miami volunteers were engaged in service at Allapattah Middle School, Lenora B. Smith Elementary School and the Allapattah Metrorail Station. Pictured at the opening ceremonies: Eloy Villasuso, FPLCO Area Manager; Pam Rauch, FPLCO VP of External Affairs; Raquel Regalado, M-DCPS School Board Member; City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, M-DCPS School Board Member; Saif Ishoof, City Year Miami Executive Director; TD Dolphin.
The Forge on Miami Beach hosted the kick-off for a ten-week fundraising competition being sponsored by the Southern Florida Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Local supporters of LLS will compete to be named Miami’s First Man and Woman of the Year and to vie for the national titles. Their fundraising efforts, which will support cancer research and patient care, give them one vote for each dollar raised. The winners will be announced at the 2011 Grand Finale Gala on March 26. Pictured: Actress Gabrielle Anwar; Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge Restaurant, and Joanne Davis, LLS Southern Florida Chapter Executive Director.
Jeffrey T. Roberts was installed as the Orange Bowl Committee’s new President and Chairman of the Board. Entering his 15th year of service, Roberts succeeds Antonio L. Argiz as the 73rd President of the Orange Bowl Committee. Under his leadership, Roberts will oversee the Committee’s continued mission to drive tourism and economic growth for South Florida, while serving as a key benefactor to over 16,000 youth on an annual basis. In addition, he will also preside over the 2011-12 Orange Bowl Festival which includes the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl, 18th Annual MetroPCS Basketball Classic and a collection of entertainment and family and youth sports events.
Nationally renowned sculptor Zammy Migdal has been selected to create a limited-edition artwork that will grace the tables at a February 26 event hosted by The Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews. The prototype, a brightly colored metal creation, was presented by the Coconut Grove-based artist to rave reviews from committee members. The sculptures will be unveiled and available for purchase at the MCCJ Humanitarian Awards Dinner being held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Proceeds from the sale will go to the scholarships for MetroTown, a summer human relations and leadership program for teens. For information about the event, contact Roberta Shevin at 305-755-6096. Pictured: Lynn Kislak, Roberta Shevin, artist Zammy Migdal, Georgina Angones and Michelle Ramirez Patricos at the artist’s studio.
Shelley Niceley Groff was elected the new chair of the Board of Directors of Jewish Community Services of South Florida to succeed Joy Spill. Born and raised in Miami, Shelley is an attorney who resides in Miami Beach with her husband Jon and their two children, Aaron and Emily. She also serves on the Board and was past president of Temple Beth Sholom, is the immediate past Chair of The Open Tent and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism and active in several educational organizations.
With the annual Orange Bowl Festival underway, all across South Florida the Orange Bowl Committee has celebrated a variety of athletic and community events and programs over the past several weeks, including the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Football Championships presented by Sports Authority in association with community sponsor Wachovia A Wells Fargo Company, the inauguration of Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park and the 2010 Orange Bowl Creative Art Contest.
IKF’s Wonderfund™ Art Auction returned with more than 130 works from Latin America’s leading contemporary artists. The celebrated art auction, now in its fifth year, attracted art enthusiasts and collectors from across the globe. All proceeds benefited IKF’s Wonderfund™, a program of Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation, whose mission is to provide lifesaving medical care to children in need throughout the world. IKF’s Wonderfund™ArtAuction was made possible, in part, through a generous grant of $25,000 awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Pictured:Liza Walton, Alejandra Mayorga, Claudia Miyar
Alumni traveled from as far away as California to honor Gerri Houlihan at the Florida Dance Festival’s WINTERFEST on Thursday December 30, at the New World Dance Theater. Ms. Houlihan was the first full-time faculty member employed at New World School of the Arts Dance Division. Ms Houlihan taught and choreographed at New World from 1988 to 1999. During that time she formed a company, HOULIHAN AND DANCERS, using students and local dancers. She is presently Dean of the American Dance Festival and teaches at Florida State University. The sold out performance was attended by many friends and alumni of the New World School of the Arts dance program and Houlihan and Dancers.
Amy Araya, 9, a patron of the Miami Beach Regional Library was recently selected as the winner of the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s 2011 Make-a- Bookmark Contest. Amy’s bookmark design was chosen out of 2,000 entries submitted by children at all 48 branches in the countywide system. The annual contest, sponsored by the Miami Dolphins Foundation, was open to children ages 6-12, who were asked to submit a drawing with the theme "Let’s Celebrate the Library’s 40th Birthday," a milestone that the library will commemorate starting in January.
Amy, a student at Fienberg Fisher Elementary in Miami Beach, received several prizes and a special certificate - presented to her at a recent Miami Dolphins football game by Governor-elect Rick Scott and Dolphins CEO ,Mike Dee. More than 20,000 bookmarks, with Amy’s design, will be distributed throughout the library system in 2011.
The Make-a-Bookmark Contest was presented with the generous support of the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library.
For more information and a list of finalists visit www.mdpls.org.
Through his charity, Wade's World Foundation, Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade participated in a collaborative endeavor with Art Studio Miami, a local nonprofit that empowers young people through art. Wade was joined by friends and supporters including Alonzo Mourning, Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland and Jill Marie Jones for a reception at the W Hotel where artwork created by the young participants was displayed and auctioned to raise funds for the youth art program based in Miami’s Little Haiti. Pictured: Wade and youngsters from Little Haiti who enjoyed creative team activities at Art Studio.