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The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes Music Reach
The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes Music Reach
Musically talented school students, who participate in Music Reach, a collaboration between Arts for Learning, The Greater Miami Youth Symphony and UM’s Frost School of Music, attended The Cleveland Orchestra’s performance of Boléro! at the Arsht Center. For many of the youngsters it was the first professional concert that they have ever attended. More than 50 tickets were donated by The Cleveland Orchestra so that the mentees and their parents could attend free of charge.


CHARM - Children are Magical
CHARM - Children are Magical
Former beauty queen Jaclyn Nesheiwat Stapp kicked off the book tour for her first children’s book, Wacky Jacky: The Story of An Unlikely Beauty Queen at Le Petite Youth Spa in South Florida. Based on Jaclyn’s own childhood experiences, Wacky Jacky’s ultimate message is that “you don’t need a crown to sparkle.” At the event the author participated in a princess-inspired play time that included little girls trying on Jaclyn’s authentic pageant crown and sash. The launch marked the first of many appearances at kid-friendly venues and book stores across the state. A portion of book proceeds will benefit Jaclyn’s nonprofit foundation, CHARM (Children Are Magical). Pictured: Jaclyn with husband Scott Stapp.


BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards
BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards
The inaugural BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards Presented by 2-1-1 Broward was celebrated in true academy awards style with 600 corporate executives and members of the non-profit sector in attendance at the Signature Grand in Davie. WSVN-7’s Lynn Martinez emceed, and Robert Danzig, author and former CEO for the Hearst Group was the keynote speaker. Winners were announced in six award categories with each receiving $1,000 for their nonprofit and $500 going to each of the other nominees. Winners were: Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc.; Gilda’s Club South Florida; Broward College Foundation; The Pantry of Broward, Inc.; Susan M. Widmayer, Ph.D. of Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Inc.; and Steve Pattison, Chair of ARC Broward. Light of the World Clinic was awarded The Community Choice Award. Pictured: Gregory A. Haile, Berger Singerman; Marcia Barry-Smith, BankAtlantic; Lynn Martinez, WSVN; Sheila Smith, 2-1-1 Broward and Jarett Levan, CEO of BankAtlantic.


Opera in the Park with Florida Grand Opera
Opera in the Park with Florida Grand Opera
Collins Park in Miami Beach was the site for Florida Grand Opera’s third annual Opera in the Park concert enjoyed by over 250 people. Opera newcomers and connoisseurs alike came together with their families (dogs included) to listen to arias from FGO’s upcoming performances of Don Giovanni, one of the world’s most beloved operas, and the newly-commissioned Cyrano. Opera in the Park is made possible by the City of Miami Beach and Citizens Interested in Arts.


Club Play hosts event for Single Moms
Club Play hosts event for Single Moms
NFL’er Asante Samuels of the Philadelphia Eagles, hosted an event at Club Play to launch The Bring it Home Single Moms Foundation. Presented by Miss Geico World Championship Race Team, the event raised funds and awareness for the non-profit whose mission is to provide hard working, low income single mothers with a home to restore each woman’s pride optimism and stability. The homes will be both energy and cost efficient, meeting the Green Standard and being affordable. Pictured: Asante Samuels and his fiancée.


American Cancer's Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon
American Cancer's Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon
The American Cancer Society honored twelve women at its elegant luncheon and fashion show, The Inner Circle of Twelve, at the Indian Creek Country Club. Celebrity designer Roberto De Villacis presented his Spring 2011 Collection at the event, which raised over $100,000 in the fight against cancer. Recognized for their philanthropic commitment to our community, their leadership, volunteerism, and dedication to the American Cancer Society’s mission were (pictured): Marisa Toccin, Phillis Oeters, Connie Russell, Maria Browne, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Irene Korge, Bonnie Verbitsky, Claudia Puig, Linda Levy Goldberg, Ramona Toppino Busot, Nicole Lozano, and Diane Sepler.


Feeding South Florida
Feeding South Florida
Representatives from The Jim Moran Foundation presented a check for $200,000 to Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank). This grant brings the total received from the Foundation to more than $340,000, and the funds will be used to support food programs and general operations at FSF. Pictured: FSF Development Director Anthea Pennant, FSF President Maria Millares, Moran Foundation Board Member Lucia Lopez, and FSF Executive Director Judith Gatti.


Hope Floats, a Humanitarian Effort by Ava Salazar
Hope Floats, a Humanitarian Effort by Ava Salazar
The St. Stephen’s Art Show opened with a unique exhibit titled, Hope Floats. Founded by 10 year old Ava Salazar, Hope Floats is a vision brought to reality to help the homeless in Coconut Grove. Ava came up with the idea for this one-time unique art exhibit which took place during the Art Show and Festival. Through art and the local community, Ava aspired to complete her first humanitarian project to raise money and awareness for homeless in her community. Ava’s arts initiative consisted of donated original paintings on recycled sailboat cloth which were on exhibit at the show and available by silent auction bids throughout the festival. All proceeds will go to assist the homeless. One of the participating artists is Neith Nevelson, granddaughter of Louise Nevelson.


BBBS Women's Committee at Villa Woodbine
BBBS Women's Committee at Villa Woodbine
The Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters held its monthly meeting at Villa Woodbine, a historic home on South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove. More than 50 women enjoyed a lavish lunch prepared by caterer Bill Hansen, the exclusive caterer at Villa Woodbine. The group discussed its annual Miracle Makers Luncheon being held at the Ritz Carlton South Beach. Pictured: Shaneil Sibblies with Bill Hansen Catering; Lydia Munoz, CEO of BBBS; Norma Jean Abraham, Women's Committee Special Events Chair; Judge Bronwyn Miller, Women's Committee Immediate Past President; and Irene Korge, Women's Committee President-Elect.


March For Babies Kick-Off
March For Babies Kick-Off
Top CEO’s attended the reception and dinner at the Miami Beach Convention Center to kick-off the March of Dimes’ annual fundraising drive. Corporate teams representing the Miami-Dade/Monroe area networked at the event and collected fundraising materials and information for the March for Babies. Pictured: Phillis Oeters, 2011 March for Babies Corporate Chair; Lois Simon; Jim Simon; and Maria Luisa Gonzalez Silva.

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