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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.


Girl Scout Council re-elects Irela Bagué
Girl Scout Council re-elects Irela Bagué
The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida recently re-elected Irela Bagué as Chair of the Board of Directors for a second three year term. She previously served three years as Chair and four years as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors and was Chair of the Governmental Relations Task Group. “It is a thrill to be at the forefront of an organization that builds girls of courage, confidence and character that make the world a better place. As we begin to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting it is an honor to continue the Girl Scout tradition into the next Century. We will continue to serve our community with critical services and education for girls and their families on issues such as; diversity, self esteem, health & fitness, science & engineering, violence prevention, sex education as well as our popular cookie sale which teaches entrepreneurial skills to girls at a young age”, said Irela Bagué.


MAKE ART WORK WITH NILO CRUZ
MAKE ART WORK WITH NILO CRUZ
Playwright and educator Nilo Cruz delivered an inspirational talk to New World School of the Arts students as part of NWSA's Make Art Work lecture series. He spoke of compensation that he described as of greater and longer lasting value – the power to connect with the audience and “help them see the world in a different light.” Cruz then performed a scene from his Pulitzer award-winning play Anna and the Tropics, allowing the students the experience of entering that world. A question and answer session concluded the lecture, but Cruz continued through the afternoon speaking individually with students, providing guidance and encouragement.


18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive
18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive
Amigos For Kids hosted its 18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive presented by Ford Motor Company Fund with an all-day caravan featuring Santa Claus and community volunteers distributing toys to hundreds of disadvantaged children in South Florida. The caravan, consisting of four busloads of volunteers and toyfilled El Dorado trucks, was escorted by the Miami-Dade County Police as it made its way through the city. First stop was Florida City where hundreds of bags of toys were unloaded and distributed to children of migrant workers. The caravan then made its way in to the heart of Little Havana to deliver more toys to disadvantaged inner-city children. Joining the caravan were television personalities Barbara Bermudo, Elvis Crespo, Ariel Lopez Padilla, Monica Noguera, Judge Cristina Pereira, Pamela Silva, Amelia Vega, Felipe Viel and more than 250 Amigos. This is the second year Amigos for Kids it has collaborated with Ford Motor Company Fund, which donated $50,000 to the toy drive as part of the automaker’s community relations program, Operation Goodwill.

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