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American Red Cross
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross announced the winners of 2011 American Red Cross Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women at a cocktail reception at the Kelley Roy Gallery. Eleven women will be honored for their exceptional work in improving our community in many ways. They serve as examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality, Universality and Voluntary Service. Tracy Mourning, Yolanda Berkowitz, Alex Villoch, Debra Scholl, Rochelle Baer, Mayda Cisneros, Andrea Ivory, Kimberly Wilson, Bella Goldstein, Mona Adams, and Cristina Hernandez are the recipients.


Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS)
Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS)
TV personality Judge Karen Mills Francis did a book signing for her new book Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen’s Guide to Living Your Best Life, at Gloria Couture in Bay Harbor Islands. Contributions entitled guests to a signed copy of the book, and all proceeds went to benefit Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS) Inc. This is a mentoring program created to uplift and make a difference in the lives of young women. Champagne, wine and hors d'oeuvres were served.


Humane Society of Greater Miami
Humane Society of Greater Miami
Daddy-o, a dog-friendly boutique hotel welcomed guests and their pets to a holiday event that benefited PetNet, the young professional group of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. The admission included drinks and lite bites, courtesy of the legendary Palm restaurant. Santa-Paws was on hand to take holiday pictures with a portion of the cost benefitting PetNet, and Salon Poochini was there with an array of sparkly doggie adornments. There was a silent auction and some of Miami's most eligible dogs ready to be adopted for the holidays.


Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida
Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida
Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, was the keynote speaker at the Inspired by U Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida. At this annual event the accomplishments of the past fiscal year are reviewed, and board members, delegates to the National Council Session Convention and members to the Council Nominating Committee are elected. Adult Council members were recognized for their outstanding service and continuous efforts to help provide thousands of girls with programs that build girls of courage, confidence and character.



This regular lunch bunch enjoyed a festive get-together at Joe’s Stone Crabs. On hand to celebrate the holidays and chat about the social scene: Ilene Zweig, Hebrew Homes Foundation; Pamela Garrison, past chairman of Baptist Hospital Ball and Humane Society supporter; Jennifer Boin, active with Zoo Miami, Florida Heart Research Institute and Miami Children’s Museum; Robyn Tauber, founder of Sling Couture; Melanie Cohen, SocialMiami; and publicist Alice Fisher. Not pictured: Rosy Cancela.


Univision and Amigos for Kids
Univision and Amigos for Kids
Some of Univision family's biggest celebrities teamed up to help Amigos for Kids in its annual Toy Drive and Toy Caravan. The drive is a wonderful initiative that helps brings love and joy to hundreds of low income children and their families during the Holidays. Raúl de Molina from the popular show El Gordo y la Flaca / The Scoop & the Skinny dressed as Santa to entertain the kids.


Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway staff members spread holiday cheer to children being cared for at Patches Medical Center in Florida City and at Homestead Hospital. Community Relations Manager Nathalie Salas (left) delivers a gift to a young patient as Mrs. Speedway Santa Claus looks on.


Success for Kids Inaugural 5K Run
Success for Kids Inaugural 5K Run
More than 350 runners and walkers participated in the Inaugural 5K Run for Success to raise money for Success for Kids’ mission to empower at-risk children and youth. Among those who aided the organization were Grammy Award winning artist Jon Secada, the Miami Heat Dancers, Burnie the Mascot and sponsors: Glantz Law, Condo.com, Muscle Milk, Magic City Casino, SmartWater, Powerade and Bagelmania. The run raised more than $75,000.


Haiti Art Expo
Haiti Art Expo
Plum TV, Michael Capponi and Jeff Feldman presented a night to remember with over 3,500 showing their support for Haiti at the Haiti Art Expo in the heart of Miami’s uber-chic Design District. With the help of celebrity hosts Venus Williams and Haitian-born World Welterweight Champion Boxer Andre Berto (pictured with Jennifer Santiago), the star-studded event raised over $120,000. Guests sipped on Wodka Vodka cocktails and Zignum Mezcal and rocked to the sounds of the Haitian band Rara Lakey. Philippe Dodard, who flew in from Haiti to attend, showcased his world-famous contemporary pieces, along with artwork from artists Levoy Exil, Payas, Alix Roy, Lousiane, Sully Gutemberg and Manuel Mathieu.


Levinson Jewelers donate $12,600
Levinson Jewelers donate $12,600
Mark and Robin Levinson, co-owners of Levinson Jewelers recently presented a check for $12,600 to Mia Landrin, Marketing Manager and Lydia Munoz, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. The money was raised at the VIP Launch Party for Levinson Jewelers and DJ Irie’s new “Peace thru Music” jewelry line which took place on November 16th at Levinson Jewelers. Robin Levinson, co-owner of Levinson Jewelers, and DJ Irie worked together to design this exclusive line of DJ Irie jewelry which is sold through DJ Irie’s website at www.djirie.com and available for purchase exclusively through Levinson Jewelers and their website www.levinsonjewelersblog.com, with proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Pictured: L-R Mia Landrin and Lydia Munoz of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami with Mark and Robin Levinson

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