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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.