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Donald J Pliner and Lisa Pliner  Fall 2010
Donald J Pliner and Lisa Pliner Fall 2010
During the Fall Coral Gables PA, Donald J Pliner discussed the Fall 2010 collection and also gave us a sneak peak preview of what will be released for the Spring. “The Spring collection incorporates a fresh and fun design with the ultimate comfort level – When the feet are uncomfortable, so is the mind and so is the body,” said Donald. Lisa Pliner was also present at the event and surprised guests with her new collection. “My new designs are must-haves in every woman’s closet. Not only are they fresh, edgy and sexy, the signature green sole empowers women all over the world.”


NWSA Founding Dean of Dance Receives Award
NWSA Founding Dean of Dance Receives Award
Daniel Lewis, founder and dean of the dance division in Miami’s New World School of the Arts (NWSA), received his third Lifetime Achievement Award. Bestowed by the National Dance Education Organization, in Tucson, Arizona, this distinguished accolade recognizes Lewis’ significant contribution in the field of dance during a career that spans for more than four decades.


Pleasures of the Palate at Emeril's Miami Beach
Pleasures of the Palate at Emeril's Miami Beach
At Emeril’s Miami Beach, perennial hosts Doug and Sue Gallagher were joined by Bill and Beverly Parker as co-chairs of the 12th Annual Pleasures of the Palate. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed this intimate dinner, benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.


Award-Winning Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney
Award-Winning Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney
With a mixture of humor, humility and star power stage presence, NWSA alumnus and internationally celebrated playwright Tarell McCraney riveted a packed auditorium of theater students, urging them to value and nurture their individual voice. “The only original thing in the world is you,” he stated, making his point after sampling music tracks wherein melodies from the past three decades have been re-mixed to create a contemporary sound. Mr. McCraney referenced archetypal stories from the Classics, to Shakespeare and the Bible that continue to be reinterpreted and made new. Ancient stories become modern theater. The critical difference, according to Mr. McCraney, is the mark of the individual who retells the stories from his or her unique perspective.


Fitsource for Women Grand Opening
Fitsource for Women Grand Opening
Fitsource for Women opened its second and biggest full service gym in Hialeah. The South Florida-based fitness company, which purchased the LivingWell Lady Corporation in 2006 along with management of all their South Florida locations, plans to convert all the clubs by the end of 2010 to FitSource for Women. For more information visit www.womenoftomorrow.org. Pictured: Erik Fresen, State Representative, Cynthia Alonso, Yamin Meneses, Julio Robaina, Hialeah Mayor, Michelle Kahn, Women of Tomorrow.


Soles4Souls Completes First Haiti Housing Project
Soles4Souls Completes First Haiti Housing Project
Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing shoes to people in need, announced it has finished construction on its first housing project in Haiti. The house, which will provide permanent shelter for up to 12 people, was constructed near the capital of Port-au-Prince. The home is one of many planned by the shoe charity, which will break ground on the construction of 4 additional homes in a few weeks. The charity estimates that building the 4 homes will cost approximately $100,000 USD. Soles4Souls also plans to build one home per month in Haiti in 2011.


Special Olympics Florida at Joe Jonas iWin 5K Fun
Special Olympics Florida at Joe Jonas iWin 5K Fun
More than 650 Jonas Brothers and Special Olympics fans raised nearly $95,000 for Special Olympics Florida on Labor Day at the Joe Jonas iWin 5K Fun Run/Walk, held on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie. The Labor Day run is just one of several unique family events that Joe Jonas and his own Change for the Children Foundation is hosting across the country to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The Fun Run/Walk featured a family-friendly 5K and 1K option, followed by a ceremony with special guests including Anthony Shriver, son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Joining Joe was his brother Nick Jonas, as well as several members of the Jonas Brothers tour group. Top fundraisers received awards presented by Joe Jonas himself.


Popeyes Contributes $475,000 to Fight Muscular Dys
Popeyes Contributes $475,000 to Fight Muscular Dys
Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon co-host Jann Carl and MDA National Youth Chairman Luke Christie receive a $475,000 check from Sailormen Inc.'s Vice President of Marketing Mark Reineri.


Fort Lauderdale Walks for Farm Animals
Fort Lauderdale Walks for Farm Animals
Fort Lauderdale's 2010 Walk for Farm Animals, an annual event that is held in more than 75 cities across the U.S. and Canada, benefited Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization.Coordinated by volunteer Angie Greico, the event celebrated and promoted compassion for farm animals while raising funds to support the lifesaving rescue, education and advocacy work of Farm Sanctuary.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has elected Olga Guilarte as Chair of the Board of Directors for the upcoming 2010-2012 term. Guilarte has been dedicated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade for the past 15 years by volunteering her time and relentless energy to the organization. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, please visit www.bgcmia.org or call 305-446-9910.

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