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Casa Valentina Fundraiser
Casa Valentina Fundraiser
TV personality Judge Karen Mills Francis launched her new book, “Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen’s Guide to Living Your Best Life” at an event at Club Play to benefit Casa Valentina, a charity that helps young women transition out of foster care. A portion of the admission to the club and 100% of the book sales went to the charity. Judge Karen’s Court airs weekdays in Miami at 8 a.m. on WFSL/TV, Channel 39. Her new book captures her sharp wit, as well as the sensitivity she shows those who come before her in court.


Humane Society of Greater Miami
Humane Society of Greater Miami
Jackie Abraham Jewelers hosted friends of the Humane Society of Greater Miami at an event supported by a number of neighboring businesses in Bay Harbor Islands. Guests enjoyed browsing the fine gems carried by Jackie Abraham and informal modeling by Dijo fashions and a line of pet attire by Animal Divas. 1160 Hair offered hair consultations, and local merchants donated raffle prizes an refreshments. Pictured: Humane Society’s Laurie Hoffman, Jackie Abraham and Johana Abraham.


Young Talent Big Dreams
Young Talent Big Dreams
Young Talent Big Dreams, South Florida’s most widespread local youth talent contest, will hold preliminary auditions for kids between the ages of 8 -17 in various locations around the county. Participants will compete for prizes ranging from performing arts scholarships and cash awards to tickets to local attractions and theatres. The contest will feature a total of eight categories including individual song, dance, spoken word and musical instrument, and group categories of song, dance, musical groups and instrumental groups. Participation is free of charge and limited to residents of Miami-Dade County. To learn more, please call 211 or visit www.thechildrenstrust.org. Pictured: Ten-year-old contestant playing the classical accoustic guitar.


Ricki Diamond Joins Humane Society
Ricki Diamond Joins Humane Society
A legend in the development and fundraising world, Ricki M. Diamond has joined the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet as Director of Development and Donor Relations. She comes to the animal welfare organization from Miami Jewish Health System where she served as Development Officer of the Alzheimer’s Care Committee/NOTABLES of Douglas Gardens for many years. Previously, she was Program Director of the Cancer Lifeline and the Ambassadors of the Wien Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation. Diamond also served as Assistant Director of Development/Florida for the Anti-Defamation League.


Steve Marin Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs
Steve Marin Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade honored Steve Marin, CEO of Marin & Sons with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Florida New Board Member of the Year Award for his outstanding work and commitment. Marin, a Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumnus, began his term by committing to remodel an old boys locker room into a beautiful dance studio. He has also been involved in the organization’s annual golf tournament and gala, and his efforts have brought a combined benefit of more than $400,000 in less than two years of service on the board. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, please visit www.bgcmia.org or call 305-446-9910. Pictured (l to r): Jim Newland, National Trustee of Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Dwayne Hinshaw, Regional VP of Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Steve Marin and his two sons.


Simon Wiesenthal Center's Southern Director
Simon Wiesenthal Center's Southern Director
Tamar Kohn Marks has been appointed the new Southern Director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Executive Director Rabbi Meyer H. May welcomed Marks, saying, “Tamar comes to the Center with vast experience as a business strategist and fundraising professional for Florida’s Jewish community.” Prior to joining the Wiesenthal Center, Tamar was the COO of MPM Associates in Miami and also planned and implemented the annual fundraising campaigns as Chief Financial Resource Development Officer for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and oversaw similar campaigns for the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Tamar will be based in Aventura and can be reached at 305-343-6487.


Miami Children's Hospital
Miami Children's Hospital
DJ Laz and Pitbull made a special visit to some patients at Miami Children's Hospital and celebrated Radio Lollipop's 14th birthday with the presentation of a check for $144,000. Radio Lollipop and Miami Children's Hospital Foundation were the beneficiaries of the 4th Annual Radio Lollipop Radiothon on Power 96 hosted by DJ Laz. Radio Lollipop is an in-house radio station that provides care, comfort, play and entertainment to children during their stay in the hospital. A former patient, DJ Laz is a big supporter of Miami Children’s Hospital and Foundation!


Miami Art Museum's New Director
Miami Art Museum's New Director
Miami Art Museum welcomed its new director, Thomas "Thom" Collins, who will lead MAM to its new and expanded home in Museum Park. Collins is an arts administrator, art historian, educator and author with more than 15 years of experience serving as a director and curator at several of America's top museums. He joins MAM after serving for five years as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York. To learn more at MAM, visit www.miamiartmuseum.org.


Feeding South Florida
Feeding South Florida
Maria Millares, President and Founder of Millares & Company P.A., has been elected as President of the Board of Directors at Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank). Millares joined the board in 1992 and has since worked tirelessly to advance the mission of FSF, South Florida’s affiliate of Feeding America. And she is not alone in the fight to end hunger. Her husband, artist Manuel Millares, along with their sons Ruben M. Millares, CPA, CFP and Javier M. Millares, Esq., have also had a long standing relationship with FSF through volunteering their time and efforts while organizing fundraising events. For information, call 954-518-1818 or visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org.


Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida
Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida
Six young girls from migrant families celebrated a traditional Fiesta de Quinceñera hosted by the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida. The Quinceñera’s, pictured - Karina Rodriguez, Ana Zenteno, Estefania Loredo (first row) and Maria Marceleno, Roxana Cervantes, Gabriela Ponce (second row) – enjoyed the traditional coming of age ceremony and reception at the Homestead Community Center. Joining the Girl Scout Council in sponsoring the program are Ford Motor Company Foundation, Mexican American Council and Miami-Dade County Public School Migrant Education Program. For more information on the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, call 305-253-4841 or visit www.girlscoutsfl.org.

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