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Congratulations to FIU’s newest graduates! In the midst of an economic downturn that’s left China’s college graduates scrambling to find jobs, all 155 recent graduates of FIU’s Hospitality Management Program in Tianjin, China, were either hired or accepted into a master’s program. A significant accomplishment considering that statistics forecast that only 35% of China’s 6.1 million college graduates will find a job. FIU President Modesto A. Maidique was in China to preside over the ceremony.
Ray E. Marchman, Jr., President of The Wolfsonian–Florida International University Advisory Board and member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors, hosted a reception at The Wolfsonian to welcome incoming FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. President-designate Rosenberg will become the university’s fifth president and successor to Modesto A. Maidique, FIU’s president of 23 years. Pictured: Milton Wallace, Mark Rosenberg, and Pat Wallace.
Dressed in their racing finery, supporters of the Ann Storck Center flocked to the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino for Rock The Race: A Kentucky Derby Bash. The 135th running of the Derby was displayed on a hugh flat screen while guests sipped Mint Juleps and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres. The event was chaired by Nicole Fraser with Seminole Hard Rock & Casino and Dawn Read with Winterfest. A one-of-a-kind Derby Hat Contest drew Win, Place and Show recognition with the Win going to "Hard Hat Couture," designed by Expressive Design, Inc. and sponsored by Harlow Furniture Solutions. Creative guests designed their own Derby hats at the Rad Hatter for the "People's Choice" competition.
Dade Heritage Trust, Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization, recently recognized The Coppertone Girl Sign with its Annual Preservation Award. Originally installed in 1959 on the Parkleigh Hotel in Downtown Miami, the sign was donated by Schering Plough to Dade Heritage Trust when the Parkleigh was demolished. Funding from Schering Plough restored the sign for its final placement at 7300 Biscayne Boulevard in the heart of the MiMo Historic District.
American InterContinental University (AIU) South Florida showcased the latest spring fashions designed by AIU South Florida students at a fashion show held at Hyatt Regency Bonaventure. One hundred percent of the event proceeds were given to the Woman2Woman Breast Cancer Foundation, founded by AIU business administration alum, Jacquelyn Gray. Woman2Woman offers low-cost or free mammograms and provides education pertaining to breast health issues.
Elvis and Marilyn Monroe were just a few of the colorful characters on Biscayne Boulevard during the annual Cinco de MiMo Street Festival. The event featured local artists, street vendors, live performances, a pink pooch contest, walking tours, and more in celebration of the vibrant MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District.
Miami-based Funding Arts Network (FAN) announced its 2009-2011 Board and officers. Taking over for immediate past President Rachel Blechman is Terry Schechter, and other officers include: Judith Traum, Secretary; Naomi Honig, Treasurer; Wendy Lapidus, VP Grants; Susana Ibarguen, VP Finances; Renee Lieberman, VP Membership; Karen Weiner Escalera and Diane Grob, Co-VP Communications; and Jo Anne Bander, VP Programming. Incoming directors include: Linda Binder, Merle Frank, Linda Gassenheimer, Jacqueline Leone, Paula Levine, Bobbi Litt, Tamara Nixon, Amy Pollack, Sue Rapperport, Amy Rosenberg, Esther Sandrew, Michaela Segall, Shayna Stein, and Lori Wynn. FAN provides member-supported grants to non-profit arts organizations for programs in dance, music, theater and the visual arts. Learn more by visiting www.fundingartsnetwork.org.
As part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle received the “Justice For All” Award during an annual ceremony to commemorate innocent victims of crime. Local community leaders, law enforcement personnel, victim advocates and survivors gathered together to celebrate the 25-year anniversary commemorating the federal Victims of Crime Act. Pictured: Mattie Delgado, Crime Victims Resource Network; Tania Sanchez, Office of the Attorney General Victims Services; State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; and Kattia Castellanos, Coral Gables Police Department Victim/Witness Coordinator.
This year’s Miami Kidney Walk, presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Florida and its presenting sponsor Baptist Health South Florida, raised $152,000 to combat kidney disease and aid more than 2 million Floridians suffering from chronic kidney disease. George Foyo, chief administrative officer of Baptist Health South Florida, served as Corporate Chairman of the Miami Kidney Walk and presented awards to donors, sponsors and the walk's largest fundraisers at a recent event at the Hotel Indigo.
The Humane Society's Spring Fling attracted some very attractive dogs and their owners to Carpaccio’s in Bal Harbour Shops to enjoy an afternoon of conversation and great food. Some dogs arrived in designer strollers, and many were dressed to the nines, including Princess Omara who wore an outfit to match her mistress, Lady Monica Heftler. Guests included Tova Leidesdorf with Mr. Pinchie and Mr. Falafel; Helene Kovens with Hugs and Kisses; Randy and Gigi Whitman with Petunia and Elvis; and Robyn Tauber with Carly (pictured). For further information please contact Laurie Hoffman at 305-749-1815 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.