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Fanjul honored by Fordham University
Fanjul honored by Fordham University
Alfonso “Alfy” J. Fanjul, Jr., chairman and CEO of Flo-Sun Corporation, the leading producer of refined sugar in the United States and the Dominican Republic, was recently honored by his alma mater, Fordham University, at an exclusive dinner at the Palm Beach home of Fordham alumna Darlene Luccio Jordan, Esq. and Gerald R. Jordan, Jr. Fanjul, who received his B.S. in management accounting from Fordham’s College of Business Administration in 1959, will receive an honorary degree from Fordham at the University’s commencement exercises in May.


The Archdiocese of Miami’s Concert on the Bay
The Archdiocese of Miami’s Concert on the Bay
The Archdiocese of Miami’s Concert on the Bay benefitting two of its educational programs, the Marian Center School and Services and the Leadership Learning Center at St. John Bosco Church, celebrated with 400 guests at the Coral Gables home of philanthropist Bunny Bastian. It was a star studded night with a champagne reception, a concert under the stars by the celebrated Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency , followed by dinner and dancing at the waterfront property.

Dr. Ada Armas, Tracy Mourning, and Mirta Fuentes at Concert on the Bay held at Bunny Bastian's home.


Alex Rodriguez Educational Center  Opening
Alex Rodriguez Educational Center Opening
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade celebrated the opening of the Alex Rodriguez Educational Center at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception. Alex Rodriguez, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, City of Miami Commissioners Marc Sarnoff and Francis Suarez joined the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs at the ceremony. The Alex Rodriguez Educational Center is an 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that houses two technology labs, an area for internet use, classrooms and homework study areas and a large teen center, where kids can get together and enjoy games and equipment. Hundreds of children will use the two-story building every week. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade or the Alex Rodriguez Educational Center, please visit www.bgcmia.org or call 305-446-9910.


ZSF's Beast Keeper VIP Party
ZSF's Beast Keeper VIP Party
More than 300 guests enjoyed delectable delights from fine South Florida restaurants, wild animal encounters, open bars, fire dancers, and more at the Beastkeeper VIP Party at the home of Event Co-Chair Irene and Chris Korge. The party-goers, dressed in Carnival-inspired cocktail attire and masks, raised funds for the Zoo’s education and conservation programs. The Beast Keeper VIP Party is a prelude to the legendary fundraiser Feast with the Beasts.


Black History Celebration
Black History Celebration
Over 300 children and adults of all ages gathered at North Shore Park & Youth Center in celebration of Black History Month and the achievements of African Americans from past to present. After school members from North Shore Park and Scott Rakow Youth Center performed a variety of dances, recited poems and sang songs of some of the greatest hits by African American artists. In addition to the entertainment, an arts and crafts exhibit presented by the arts and craft club members from the after school program displayed an array of African American art pieces.


Mardi Gras Casino Donates $25,000 to ARC
Mardi Gras Casino Donates $25,000 to ARC
Cathy Reside, chief operating executive at Mardi Gras Casino, presented the American Red Cross with a check for $25,000 at an intimate breakfast gathering. Mark Holmes, Board Chairman, and Alicia Laszewski, Broward County Chapter Executive & Regional Marketing Officer American Red Cross South Florida Region, were on hand to accept the donation. A second check for over $1,000, donated by the employees of Mardi Gras Casino, was also given to the organization. The donations will specifically benefit the International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.


Argiz named President and Chairman of OBC
Argiz named President and Chairman of OBC
Antonio L. Argiz was installed as the 72nd President & Chairman of the Board of the Orange Bowl Committee on January 28, during an evening gala reception held at the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. Entering his 10th year with the Committee, Mr. Argiz received the gavel from Phillis Oeters, who served as President & Chair during the OBC’s most-recent Festival in 2009-10. Mr. Argiz will preside over the Orange Bowl Committee for the 2010-11 Festival, which includes the 77th Annual FedEx Orange Bowl, the 17th Annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and the 12th season of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance.


National Pie Day
National Pie Day
It had the whimsical feel of the “I Love Lucy” chocolate production line scene as guests at the Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School & Catering Company created pies galore on National Pie Day. With mountains of butter, apples, sugar and flour, participants made hundreds of pies, available at the reduced price of $5. Everyone was encouraged to send pies to loved ones or people they admired, like members of the military, local firemen, teachers, or volunteers. Cold Stone Creamery provided cinnamon ice cream cups to be packaged along with each pie. Yum! Pictured: US Army Reserves members Chance Kaplan, M.D. and Ron Giffler, M.D. receiving pies from Lenore. To find out more or order pies, call 954-491-2340 or visit www.lenorenolanryan.com.


Ron L. Blake Speaks at FIU
Ron L. Blake Speaks at FIU
President and CEO of Rewards Network Ron L. Blake, spoke at the Distinguished Hospitality and Tourism Leaders Lecture Series at Florida International University on January 22nd. Mr. Blake joined Rewards Network as President and CEO in March 2005 and has established himself as a recognized authority in the hospitality industry through his innovative approach to identifying and creating value for restaurateurs. Under his leadership, Rewards Network returned to sustained profitability and most recently orchestrated a dividend payout to shareholders during one of the most challenging economic times in several decades. Thousands of restaurants and other merchants benefit from Rewards Network’s marketing efforts, which include millions of email impressions, mobile access to restaurants and dining Web sites.


Mardi Gras Casino Donates $25,000 to the ARC
Mardi Gras Casino Donates $25,000 to the ARC
Cathy Reside, chief operating executive at Mardi Gras Casino, presented the American Red Cross with a check for $25,000 at an intimate breakfast gathering on January 21st. Mark Holmes, Board Chairman, and Alicia Laszewski, Broward County Chapter Executive & Regional Marketing Officer American Red Cross South Florida Region, were on hand to accept the donation. A second check for $1,064.71, collected and donated by the employees of Mardi Gras Casino, was also given to the organization. The donations will specifically benefit the International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

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