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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.
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.