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Children's Miracle Network Golf Tournament
Children's Miracle Network Golf Tournament
The Marriott South Florida Business Council hosted the 9th Annual South Florida Children’s Miracle Network Open benefiting the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. The event raised $50,000, bringing the total amount to more than $500,000 raised since the event’s inception. Proceeds are used for Miami Children’s Hospital’s programs, projects, and its foundation. Pictured (L to R): Maria Moldes, Director of Children’s Miracle Network; Will Manso from WPLG Channel-10; South Florida Radio Broadcaster DJ “Footy;” and MCHF team members Harold Robaina and Ivett Iglesias.


City of Hope
City of Hope
Friends and guests of the City of Hope gathered to meet Dr. Michael A. Friedman, President and CEO of the organization. The cocktail reception was sponsored by Michael Yavner of Northern Trust and hosted by Ricky Paskow. The City of Hope is one of the world’s leading research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life threatening diseased. For more information, call the local Florida Office at 954-771-1010 or visit www.cityofhope.org. Pictured: Marilyn Fellman, Dr. Friedman and Tova Leidesdorf.


The Children's Trust Elects New Chair
The Children's Trust Elects New Chair
The Children's Trust Board of Directors made history at its recent board meeting when it voted on its first leadership change since The Children’s Trust was created in 2002. The full board elected Citrus Health Network’s COO, Maria Alonso, as the new chair and Chief Assistant State Attorney for Operations with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, Chet J. Zerlin, as the new vice chair. Alonso was appointed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2003 to serve on The Children’s Trust Board.


NWSA Senior Designs for Dade Delegation
NWSA Senior Designs for Dade Delegation
Members of the Dade delegation were stylishly attired in colorful ties and scarves For Miami-Dade Days during the Spring Florida Legislative session in our nation’s capital. The unique design, created by Colombian-born David Garcia, a senior in the New World School of the Arts college program, featured a light grey background with bright colored ribbons that intertwined to cleverly state the name of the signature event and the year. Governor Charlie Crist, pictured with Garcia, took the time to greet NWSA students and to congratulate them for their involvement in this event.


Miracle Maker 2009
Miracle Maker 2009
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters as a “Miracle Maker 2009.” For the past eight years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been honoring outstanding community leaders for their commitment and dedication to bettering the lives of children with this prestigious award.


American Cancer Society Gala
American Cancer Society Gala
Dr. Julio Garcia, Medical Oncologist at Mercy Hospital, and Ana Remos of el Nuevo Herald and MEGA TV, were honored by the American Cancer Society at its annual gala at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. More than 300 guests were greeted by gala chairs Laly and Ramon Rasco, Chairman of the Board for U.S. Century Bank, and Irene and Manny Rodriguez of FP&L. CBS4’s Chief Meteorologist David Bernard served as the evening’s emcee. The gala raised over $275,000 for the American Cancer Society’s “Reaching Out to Cancer Kids (R.O.C.K.)” programs that fund visits to camp, college scholarships, family weekends and childhood cancer research. To learn more about American Cancer Society, call 305-594-4363 or visit www.cancer.org. Pictured: Remedios and Fausto Diaz Oliver.


Dancing for CURED
Dancing for CURED
Three hundred guests gathered at Bongos Cuban Café for the 2009 fundraiser of the UM Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Urology. Singer Jon Secada, famed bongo player Tany Gil, Univision stars Lili Estefan and Raul De Molina were on hand to show their support, along with a surprise visit from renowned trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. Guests enjoyed an endless Latin buffet and wines of Spain as more than $100,000 was raised for the department’s Center for Urologic Research, Education and Diseases (CURED). Pictured: Lili Estefan, Raul de Molina, Jon Secada, and Dr. Mark Soloway, chairman of the Dept. of Urology.


Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research
Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research
W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., director of Sylvester at the UM Miller School of Medicine, and Sylvester Board Chair Joan Scheiner accepted a check for $3 million from Tutsie Lipkin (pictured center), President of the 20,000 member Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research. The gift represented the money raised by the Pap Corps, an all-volunteer fundraising group that has supported cancer research at the University of Miami for 57 years. For more information about the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research please call 954-425-8100 or visit http://papcorps.org.


Community Health of South Florida
Community Health of South Florida
Former Miami Heat player Glen Rice kicked off the 14th Annual Robert Bailey/Glen Rice Celebrity Golf Tournament at Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay with more than 200 guests in attendance. The tournament, a benefit for Community Health of South Florida took place the following day at the Doral Resort & Spa. CHSF is a major provider of primary and behavioral health care to the residents of South Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. Pictured (l to r): Paul Vrooman, Mayor of Cutler Bay; Glen Rice; Pete Blackwell, GM of Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay; and Brodes Hartley, Jr., President/CEO of CHSF.


New World School of the Arts
New World School of the Arts
Congratulations to New World School of the Arts high school junior Gregory Zelek for winning First Place in the Third Annual Young Artist Competition for Pre-College Organists held at East Carolina University. Gregory was awarded $2500 as the first prize winner, and was also recognized with the special Bach Prize for extraordinary performance of the music of Bach.

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