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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Temple Israel of Greater Miami has named Marla Towbin its new Executive Director. Born in New York and raised in South Florida, Marla grew up learning all facets of catering and management by assisting her father in his resort and restaurant businesses. She served as Executive Director at Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah, Georgia, where her secular business experience effectively meshed with her commitment to Jewish tradition. During her tenure at Temple Sholom, in Greenwich, Connecticut, Marla had the honor of hosting and providing security for Henry Kissinger, Hilary Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, among others. She a life member of Hadassah, and a member of both the North American Association of Synagogue Executives and National Association of Temple Administrators.
HOK, the architectural firm that designed The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum project on Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, has been selected to receive the 2010 AIA Florida Honor Award of Excellence for New Work. The Design Awards are given each year to AIA Florida/Caribbean members to recognize those owners, designers, and contractors whose work enriches the community. The 46,000-square-foot building was designed by Yann Weymouth, design director of HOK. The state-of-the-art museum includes nine galleries and 10,000 square feet of gallery spaces. The building was completed in 2007 and opened to the public in 2008.
Two state-of-the-art refrigerated trucks and the funds to operate each of these trucks for the first year have been donated to Feeding South Florida by JPMorgan Chase. The new trucks make it possible for Feeding South Florida to move millions of pounds of fresh foods to people in need each year. They will be used to collect and distribute food to the more than one million people served by Feeding South Florida in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. Chase’s donation in South Florida is part of a $5 million national grant to Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks. This donation marks the largest single corporate donation that Feeding America has received from a corporation to date. Pictured: Dale Holness, Vice Mayor of Lauderhill, looks on as Chase South Florida Market Commercial Banking President Guillermo Castillo presents keys to Judith Gatti, Executive Director of Feeding South Florida.