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WPBT2 hosted supporters for a breakfast with Ken Burns at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove. Ken shared stories from his film-making career and the making of his newest film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature’s most spectacular locales from the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, the documentary is a story of America and Americans from every conceivable background set against breathtaking backdrops. Pictured: Lisa Welch with Ken Burns.
The long awaited expansion of The Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is nearing completion at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Donors, hospital administrators and staff, families and former patients toured the new unit and learned more about the 64-bed unit and its impact for the area’s sickest newborn babies. Pictured: Nick Masi, Don Eachus, Gregg Sjoquist, President and CEO of The Wasie Foundation; Fred Johnson, and Jim Acheson in the new unit.
Ryder, the transportation and logistics company headquartered in Miami, announced it has chosen the American Red Cross as its primary national charitable partner and will donate $1 million to the Red Cross over the next three years. $150,000 of this donation will go to the Greater Miami & Keys chapter, and the remaining $850,000 will go to the Red Cross’s disaster relief efforts nationwide. Pictured: Bob Brunn, executive director of the Ryder Charitable Foundation, presents a $1 million check to the Red Cross’s Chief Development Officer Jeff Towers with Ryder’s Chief Financial Officer Robert Sanchez looking on.
That '70s Show actor Wilmer Valderrama and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen served as keynote speakers at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Ready to Lead event held at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus. The college planning, financial literacy and leadership development program is designed for Hispanic high school students. For more information about the program, please visit www.chci.org_ready_to_lead.
Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership raised over $200,000 at its 24th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant in Miami Beach. The proceeds will support and enhance the organization’s programs and services, which help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug-free. The event was chaired by Dean & Christy Klevan and Jim & Deborah Davidson. Celebrity maitre’ds, including Pam Giganti, Gwen Margolis and Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman (pictured with Informed Families Chairman Omar Pasalodos, M.D.)
At a luncheon hosted by 2-1-1 Broward, 200 supporters and friends honored the 2009 Agents of Change: Scott W. Rothstein of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, Attorneys at Law, Commissioner Lois Wexler, and United Way of Broward County, under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson. Also honored was John Benz, 2-1-1 Broward Board Chair and Sr. VP of Memorial Healthcare Systems, as the 2009 Board Ambassador. Pictured:
Scott and Kim Rothstein presenting a check to be used for the 2-1-1 Broward Teen Program.
Vladimir Issaev, Artistic Director of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, continues his energetic journey of successes by taking his troupe to Odense, Denmark, where the company will participate in the V International Dance Festival. Principal dancers Yoshie Oshima, Miho Yoshioka, and Edward Persondek will lead the talented corps performing Fuga con Pajarillo, a very exciting choreography by Issaev with music of Venezuelan composer Aldemaro Romero and costumes designed by Jorge Gallardo. Pictured: Brian Ruiz and Yoshie Oshima; photo by JoeyG Photography.
The Allied Kitchen & Bath Pavilion at the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival was a popular stopping off point for festival guests to enjoy culinary demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Pictured: Joe Feinberg of Allied Kitchen & Bath, artist Romero Britto and Bill Feinberg, President of Allied Kitchen & Bath. The festival is held each spring in Fort Lauderdale and benefits the American Lung Association.
The iconic sculpture of “Sofie,” a large, stainless-steel dog that has welcomed visitors to <>Miami
Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff’s office is now calling the Humane Society of Greater Miami home. In recognition of the Humane Society’s outstanding efforts in Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Sarnoff donated the beloved sculpture to their Soffer and Fine Adoption Center at 16101 West Dixie Highway. The sculpture is by nationally recognized artist William Colburn. Pictured: Jeanette Fine, Brooke Soffer and Don Soffer with Sofie at dedication.
Florida Grand Opera's Young Patronesses of the Opera awarded more than $40,000 to aspiring young singers at its annual voice competition. Pictured is Senior First Prize Winner Aundi Marie Moore accepting her prize from YPO President Debbie Campbell.