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Jewish Community Services
Jewish Community Services
Sixteen hundred elderly people were visited by hundreds of volunteers participating in Jewish Community Services’ annual food distribution event, Matzah Mitzvah & More. The seniors received holiday food baskets in time for Passover and, more importantly, spent time visiting with the volunteers. It is a great opportunity for children to see what it means to be an engaged member of a community and learn the joy of giving. The event was chaired by Mytyl Simancas-Bister & Sergio Bister, Pam & Howard Wolofsky, Martine & Eduardo Stern, Janet & Sarah Tralins, Danyella & Marc Ross, Helen & Alan Chaset, Yael & Jose Cherem, and Laura & Mauricio Sion. Other nutritional programs provided by JCS include a Kosher Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and congregate meal sites. The largest Jewish social service agency in South Florida, JCS annually provides critical help to more than 35,000 people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. For more information, call 305-576-6550 or visit www.jcsfl.org. Pictured: Jose and Yael Cherem, Howard and Pam Wolofsky and Janet Tralins.


Cuban Pilots Association Dedication
Cuban Pilots Association Dedication
A monument to honor the members of the 2506 Brigade Liberation Air Force who perished during the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in 1961 will be dedicated at Kendall-Tamiami Airport. An obelisk, blue and white bands of the Cuban flag and a restored B-26 fighter will be the permanent tribute to these pilots and aircraft technicians.


FAN Panel Discussion and Luncheon
FAN Panel Discussion and Luncheon
Top executives from leading arts and cultural organizations were the guests of Funding Arts Network for a panel discussion entitled Innovation in the Arts: Taking Risks at the Hilton Miami Downtown. The event was a luncheon hosted by FAN for their members and guests. The panel was moderated by Helen Aguirre Ferre of Diario de las Americas with presentations from idea gurus at The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum, Adrienne Arsht Center, Seraphic Fire, Tigertail Productions, New World Symphony, Bakehouse Art Complex, M Ensemble, and the Brazz Dance Theatre. Funding Arts Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support of the arts in Miami-Dade County through a competitive grants process funded by its members’ contributions.


Bee Green Day with Honey Shine Mentoring Program
Bee Green Day with Honey Shine Mentoring Program
A group of 73 Honey Bugs and 43 volunteers from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program set out for a day of helping to beautify a stretch of beach for "Bee" Green Day in partnership with the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach (ECOMB), Boucher Brothers, and Honey Shine member Alexa Lowe. The girls learned about recycling and preserving our ecosystem before forming teams to clean the beach and pick up debris. Afterwards they all joined in for some fun in the sun playing volleyball and other games, and they got a quick lesson from the Miami Beach Ocean Beach Patrol about how to read beach warning flags and how to spot rip currents before getting in the water. Honey Shine is a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities, providing support and opportunities for girls aged 8 to 18.


Presentation and Signing by Joseph A. Califano, Jr
Presentation and Signing by Joseph A. Califano, Jr
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Informed Families hosted an evening with former Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Over 300 guests were in attendance to hear Califano speak about his new book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents. It was Califano who started the nation’s first anti-smoking campaign, and he shared his nearly 20 years worth of insight and research on what really prevents children from using drugs and alcohol. The evening was sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, South Miami Addiction Treatment Center, and AvMed Health Plans. Pictured: Jeb Bush, Joseph A. Califano, Jr. and former Florida First Lady Columba Bush.


Chefs with a Purpose
Chefs with a Purpose
Eggwhites Special Event Catering took part in this year's Chefs with a Purpose event that took place at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel to raise funds for the International Firefighter Assistance (IFA) and victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. IFA teaches emergency responders and private citizens the necessary skills needed to deal with emergencies and how to better prepare for disasters. Eggwhite’s Chef de Cuisine Pierre Pierilien prepared his signature Shrimp Creole. This event was particularly special for him since he still has family residing in Haiti.


Medicine to Rock your Soul
Medicine to Rock your Soul
Local Impact (a non-profit organization) hosted a press day at their weekly music therapy session with a group of 25 Alzheimer's patients at The Easter Seals of South Florida Memory Gym. Top local Miami bands have been donating their time once a week and jamming out with patients. It is a unique combination of worlds colliding as time stands still for one hour every Tuesday with patients rocking to punk, reggae, Cuban music, Haitian music and much more. Local Impact creates a seamless tie between our local art community (musicians, artists, photographers, actors, writers and filmmakers) and Social Health, Community-Based organizations that are in need of programming.


Cheryl Little Honored for Immigrant Advocacy
Cheryl Little Honored for Immigrant Advocacy
At its 6th Annual Celebration for Black History Month, delancyhill P.A. hosted a reception to honor attorney Cheryl Little for her unwavering advocacy on behalf of Haitian refugees and other immigrants from the African Diaspora. For nearly two decades Little has tirelessly advocated for immigrant rights and has become one of this country's leading experts in the field of immigration. Since 1996, she has served as the Executive Director of Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc., an agency she co-founded. The reception, held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, raised funds to support local organizations working to provide relief to Haitian earthquake victims.

Pictured: Gilbert Squires, Esq. of Squires Benson; Cheryl Little; Marlon Hill, Esq.


Samsung Dan Marion Foundation raises $165,000
Samsung Dan Marion Foundation raises $165,000
Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino, Chairman of the Dan Marino Foundation, along with over 30 star athletes and celebrities including Jason Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Bob Griese, Chris Berman, Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Joe Rose, Merril Hoge, Al Leiter, Mike Schmidt, Dick Stockton, Terry Kirby, Chad Henne, Anthony Fasano, Sam Madison, John “Footy” Kross and others gathered to raise over $165,000 at the Samsung Dan Marino Foundation Open Door Invitational at Grand Oaks Country Club in Davie, Florida. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Dan Marino Foundation whose mission is to “open doors” toward independence for children with special needs, teens transitioning from foster care and young adults with disabilities.


Villoch joins Girl Scout Board of Directors
Villoch joins Girl Scout Board of Directors
Margarita Villoch has been named a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Inc. Villoch will represent Monroe County and has resided in the Florida Keys for more than 26 years, is a licensed real estate broker and former marine researcher. The Florida Keys is the home of Camp Wesumkee, an 11 acre oceanfront camp on property owned by the Council. The camp site, which has capacity for 110 guests, offers snorkeling, tidal pool observations, swimming and nature and marine study.

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