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MCCJ Humanitarian Awards Dinner
MCCJ Humanitarian Awards Dinner
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.


Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Jewish Community Services of South Florida
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.


Orange Bowl Festival
Orange Bowl Festival
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 unveils Charity Auction
IKF's Wonderfund unveils Charity Auction
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


WINTERFEST RETROSPECTIVE PERFORMANCE
WINTERFEST RETROSPECTIVE PERFORMANCE
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.


WINNER OF 40th ANNIVERSARY BOOKMARK CONTEST
WINNER OF 40th ANNIVERSARY BOOKMARK CONTEST
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.


Wade's World Foundation and Art Studio Miami
Wade's World Foundation and Art Studio Miami
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.


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.

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