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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.
Ana Codina Barlick was elected President of Miami City Ballet’s Board of Governors. Codina Barlick, a Project Manager for Flagler Development Group in Coral Gables, served on the Board of Trustees since 2008 and is an active donor and volunteer. A native of South Florida, she lives in Coral Gables with her husband, Robert Barlick, Jr., and their two children.
Voices United alumnus, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, will be honored with an Outstanding Playwright Award by The New York Times, the first presented by the prestigious publication. The young artist will be honored for his play The Brothers Size, which recently debuted in New York City. Set in the Louisiana projects, the play is part of a trilogy and explores the West-African, Yoruba mythology. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, McCraney attended New World School of the Arts High School and obtained his BFA in acting from DePaul University and later graduated from Yale School of Drama’s playwriting program, where he studied with the late playwright, August Wilson.
The Honey Shine Mentoring Program held its first Lady Bug recruitment event for 2009 at Casa de Korge in Pinecrest. Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, was joined by friends Irene Korge, Norma Jean Abraham, Ada Armas, Bobbie Van der Vlught, and Kim Wood to host a cooking and mixology demonstration led by renowned Chef Douglas Rodriguez of Ola Restaurant. Rodriguez’ famed ceviche and paella were served, topped off with mojitos made with Kilo Kai spiced rum. Honey Shine works to empower young girls with the tools they need to shine as women. To learn more about becoming a Lady Bug or a corporate sponsor, call 305-476-0095 or visit www.honeyshine.org. Pictured: Kim Wood, Irene Korge, Norma Jean Abraham, Bobbie Van der Vlught, and Tracy Mourning.