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The Darrell Gwynn Foundation hosted the Hot Shot “Hot Rods & Reels™” Charity Fishing Tournament at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. on November 20. Twenty-one fishing boats paired with NASCAR drivers participated in the tournament. Fishing tournament sponsors and Darrell Gwynn Foundation supporters fished with Carl Edwards, Darrell Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Max Papis, Martin Truex, Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Joe Nemecheck, Regan Smith, Greg Sacks, Jamie McMurray, Bobby Labonte, Richard Childress, Bobby Allison, Kenny Schrader, J.J. Yehley and more. Clint Bowyer defended his title and proved once again he and his team were the best anglers at the event. His bass catch totaled 5.89lbs. giving him the Hot Rods & Reels™ title. Other notables that attended the event include Captain Rick Murphy (Sportsman’s Adventures) and logtime Darrell Gwynn Foundation supporter Bill Goldberg (former WCW/WWE champion wrestler). This year’s Hot Rods & Reels™ was filmed and will be featured on an episode of the Outdoor Channel.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors. Brian Rothschild is the Founder and Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Visit
Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger held a book signing for her new book Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa.During the fun evening, spa-goers and dating-hopefuls had a chance to mingle with Patti, plus enjoyed foot scrub samplers, a glass of pink bubbly each and received astrology readings from Terry Nazon, one of the top astrologers in the world.
Tova Leidesdorf, international philanthropist and civic leader, addressed top supporters of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) at the organization’s recent Global Gathering. The attendees, who came from as far away as Israel, Mexico and France to participate in the three-day conference, were treated to Mrs. Leidesdorf’s lively and insightful remarks about science and peace at a private dinner at the U.S. State Department, which Mrs. Leidesdorf helped organize.
The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida recently hosted The Roundup at Camp Mahachee. The Council honored Grace O’Donnell, first Hispanic female Major in the Miami-Dade Police Department, for her continuous support to the organization. The event, produced by the Council’s Service Unit 18, offered hundreds of guest an evening of Western fun and entertainment to benefit the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida and its efforts to provide thousands of girls with programs that help build girls of courage, confidence and character. The event was emceed by Roxanne Vargas Co-Anchor of NBC6 and host of South Florida Today and co-chaired by troop leaders and mothers of Girl Scouts C. Patricia Cruz and Suzanne N. Levitt.
Pictured: Top row:_Ed Rodriguez,Rafel Bastian, Suzanne Levitt, Gloria Garrity Bottom row: Ivette Hofmann, Maria Santos, Patricia Cruz, Nancy Duerr
Discover Financial Services, new Orange Bowl title sponsor, today announced during the Discover Orange Bowl “I Can…” Power Rally that it will be awarding a $100,000 grant benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The money will be used to upgrade and enhance their current facilities and to provide scholarships for children to enroll in the Clubs.
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.”
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.
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.
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.