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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.