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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 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 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.
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.
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'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 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.
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.
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, 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.