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For the first time since its inception in 1989, and thanks to a personal appeal made in made in 2009 by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho, the Posse Foundation began recruiting in South Florida. The non-profit organization grants full scholarships based on multiculturalism through partnerships with top-tier private colleges and universities in 17 states. As a result, two of New World School of the Arts graduating seniors, have been granted a free pass to some of the nation's most elite universities; proving that an education centered around the arts helps students become more socially and intellectually prepared for college, and are more appealing to recruiters.
Pictured: NWSA high school seniors Gregory Almonord and Sabrina Debrosse, 2010 Posse Scholars from the visual arts division.
Over 300 corporate, medical and community leaders were transported to “A Night in New York” at the American Heart Association of Broward County’s 2010 Heart Ball at the Westin Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale. The spectacular evening raised over $550,000 with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association’s lifesaving research, education and community programs. The prestigious black-tie event brought together community and philanthropic leaders for an elegant night of dinner, dancing, live entertainment and a silent and live auction.
Picured: Teddy, Erica, Patti and Ted Morse.
Florida Heart Research Institute and Miami Science Museum joined forces and presented a fun, family “foodalicious” festival at the Museum. The day consisted of entertainment for guests of all ages. More than 800 guests attended including special guest Food Network and Galavision/Univision Celebrity Cook Ingrid Hoffmann, who judged the professional cook-off competition. Chairing the event were a well-known father and daughter team—Attorney Jimmy Morales and his daughter Nora Morales.
Over 70 elected officials, civic and business leaders battled for The King Pins Challenge trophy in support of the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, a project of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership. For three hours, on all thirteen Splitsville Luxury Lanes, over seventy bowlers of varying skill levels raised funds for the coalition’s work in South Miami. An estimated $22,000 was raised this year. Co-chairs for the event were State Representative and Former Mayor Julio Robaina, Former Mayor Mary Scott Russell, President of Chamber South, and Former Mayor Horace Feliu. Joining them on the lanes were former Mayor Dr. Anna Price and newly elected Mayor Philip Stoddard. Renowned Miami Heat guard (1996-2001) Tim Hardaway served as Guest MC and Celebrity Bowler for the event.
Grammy Award-Winning singer Willy Chirino performed at Etra Fine Art Gallery for The Austism Benefit to raise funds to restore the playground at the Miami-Dade county public school's first autism academy at Blue Lakes Elementary. The event was hosted by Stefano Campanini and Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho spoke about benefit's events and the opening of two more autism academy's coming next school year. The benefit raised $2,000 and combined with continuing donations totals $8,000. Pictured: Vivian Bouza Debbs, Aida Marrero, Angie Chirino, Willy Chirino, Alberto Carvalho, Stefano Campanini.
New World School of the Arts alumni and faculty were among the winning roster of the 34th Annual Carbonell Awards, South Florida's prestigious recognition for best theatrical shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. 34th Annual Carbonell Awards recognition for NWSA include: Gregg Weiner [BFA 1998], Elena Garcia [NWSA faculty], Gwen Hollander [high school 1998], David Hemphill [BFA 2009], Betsy Graver [BFA 2009] and Nick Duckhardt [BFA 2009]. Pictured: Best Supporting Actor winner Nick Duckhardt and Betsy Graver in Farragut North.
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida CEO Maria D. Tejera with the Women of Leadership Award for her outstanding work in the community and commitment to serving as a role model for women. Tejera has served the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida for 26 years and is responsible for all aspects of the Council’s operations from overseeing volunteers and staff to fulfilling the strategic vision and goals of the Council.
The 36 volunteers serving in theFairchild Explorer Program were named the 2010 Bertram Zuckerman Volunteers of the Year at an appreciation brunch reconizing the group's exemplary contributions to the community. Working weekly from October through May, the guides work to sustain educational programs about plants and nature to enrich the lives of South Florida children. This year’s Volunteer of the Year award recipients are: Linda Arabian, Sylvia Baltin, Terry Blechman, Monique Chemaly, Anita Cody, Marie Cohen, Beth Collinsworth, Norma Craig, Martha Curtis, Marysol Daugherty, Stacy De Meo, Betty Eber, Karen Friend, George Gates, Mary-Anne Goseco, Pat Hackett, Susan Kalinsky, Jeff Kaplan, Barbara Katzen,Sandy Marietta, Susie Mayobre, Coky Michel, Paul Michel, Leone Modestino, Jackie Moser, Carol Onstad, Mary Rose, Ruth Santos, Mimi Schwar, Michele Seuren, Judy Stewart, Tamara Strang, Egon Tegtmeyer, Lynn Toth, Kathy Weiss and Julie Whitfiel.
The Roots in the City Farmer Market in Overtown opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the arrival of Florida’s first urban farmers market. Guests celebrated Miami's first wholly local farmer-operated market with VIP's and dignitaries including Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Commissioner Richard Dunn, Roots in the City founder Dr. Marvin Dunn, Wholesome Wave Foundation CEO Michel Nischan, Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink and Daniella Levine of the Human Services Coalition.
Florida Grand Opera General Director and C.E.O. Robert M. Heuer will receive the George Abbott Award at the 2010 Carbonell Awards ceremonies being held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Each year, the Carbonell Awards sponsor the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, awarded to an individual (or team) who has contributed significantly to the artistic and cultural development of the region. Heuer will be added to the list of Abbott Award honorees who have become the chronicle of the artistic and cultural elite of South Florida’s modern history.