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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


Nicole Miller Hosts Make-A-Wish Foundation
Nicole Miller Hosts Make-A-Wish Foundation
Nicole Miller Miami hosted a benefit event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida at her Collins Avenue Boutique. Guests enjoyed light bites from Mercadito, an urban Mexican restaurant, and spirits provided by Tequila AVION. Among the highlights of the evening were the silent and live auctions that included a trip to NYC to attend Nicole’s February fashion show at Lincoln Center during NY Fashion Week. Pictured: Tracy Mourning, Nicole Miller and Katrina Campins at the event.


“It’s Groovy” Raises Nearly $20,000
“It’s Groovy” Raises Nearly $20,000
More than 175 groovy people experienced the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s Third Annual Hot Hollywood Glam “It’s Groovy” fund-raiser held at the Center. Guests munched on scrumptious food and sipped cool libations while enjoying three contemporary art exhibitions; a groovin’ ‘60s dance floor complete with go-go dancers; a live body painting performance by Georgette Pressler; and one-of-a-kind silent and Chinese auction items. The Center also recognized members/donors/art collectors Neil and Sigrid Gold as the Center’s 2010 Groovy Couple. Nearly $20,000 was raised from this event. Event Chair was Gerard Nadeau.


Member of the Young Artist Studio Receives Grant
Member of the Young Artist Studio Receives Grant
A second-year member of the Young Artist Studio, Jonathan G. Michie (pronounced “Mickey”) was awarded a prestigious $11,000 Sullivan Foundation Grant after auditioning for the Foundation in New York. Mr. Michie's award is named for Theodor Uppman, the famed baritone who was a longtime member of the Board of the Foundation.


New World School of the Arts
New World School of the Arts
Greenberg Traurig LLP., which recently moved back to its original location in downtown Miami, just north of the Brickell bridge on 333 Avenue of the Americas, will soon inaugurate a colossal mural created by a New World School of the Arts visual arts alum. The work of art, commissioned by attorney and firm partner Juan Loumiet, measures eight feet wide by more than sixty feet tall and it will be the focal point of the internal staircase that joins all five floors housed by the firm. The artist José Félix Perez, a young Hispanic artist who recently graduated from the visual arts college program at New World School of the Arts, also located in downtown Miami.

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