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One-Millionth Patron
One-Millionth Patron
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County welcomed Miami resident Toya LaRenn as its one-millionth patron at a performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.


Andrew C. Hall
Andrew C. Hall
Andrew C. Hall was honored with American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award at a gala dinner. Mr. Hall was recognized for his outstanding leadership in the legal profession and his dedication to philanthropic and community endeavors. Established by AJC in 1964, the Learned Hand Award pays tribute to an attorney who epitomizes Judge Hand’s guiding belief that liberty under the law forms the foundation of this nation’s way of life. Arthur and Sari Agaston served as dinner chairs. Pictured: Bernita M. King, Andy Hall, Sari and Arthur Agaston.


Arison Arts Foundation
Arison Arts Foundation
Miami Art Museum designated the Arison Arts Foundation as one of its Patrons of the Collection in a ceremony honoring art donors held in conjunction with the opening of its latest exhibition, Recent Acquisitions. MAM President Gail Meyers presented Christina de Paul, President and CEO of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, who received the honor on behalf of the Foundation, with a pin designed by Miami artist Michele Oka Doner. The Arison Arts Foundation is the fourth member of the Patrons of the Collection, which consists of collectors whose gifts of art to MAM have totaled more than $1 million. Charter members Charles Cowles, Mimi Floback and Jeffrey Loria, were inducted in ceremonies accompanying the Power of Ten, which marked the Museum’s 10th anniversary as a collecting institution in 2007.


Phillis Oeters Named President of OBC
Phillis Oeters Named President of OBC
Phillis Oeters, Corporate Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health South Florida, was installed as the 71st President & Chair of the Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) at a gala reception held at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Entering her 11th year with the committee, Ms. Oeters will preside over the Orange Bowl Committee for the 2009-10 Festival, which includes the 76th Annual FedEx Orange Bowl, the 16th Annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, and the 11th season of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance.


Birthday Luncheon for Swanee DiMare
Birthday Luncheon for Swanee DiMare
Neiman Marcus Merrick Park hosted a birthday luncheon and fashion show in honor of Swanee Di Mare at Mariposa Restaurant. Katherine Rubino, Neiman Marcus PR Manager, welcomed more than 30 guests, including Brenda Nestor Castellano, Swanee’s Miami Science Museum Gala Co-Chair; Trish Bell, Susie Wahab, Nora Quintero, Jennifer Valoppi, and Gloria Danovitz, amongst others. Pictured: Brenda Nestor Castellano, Swanee DiMare, Gillian Thomas and Sheldon Roy.


ArtSeen is Inaugurated
ArtSeen is Inaugurated
New World School of the Arts,, the Knight Foundation and Goldman Properties have partnered to give new life to Artseen, a studio and performance space located in the heart of Wynwood. The inauguration of the long awaited property took place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and festivities attended by students, NWSA staff and faculty, and community leaders. Funded by the Knight Foundation, Artseen offers much needed studio space to the junior and senior visual arts students in the college program. Pictured: Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts at NWSA, and Mercedes A. Quiroga, NWSA Provost, with students.


Emeril Lagasse Hosts Benefit
Emeril Lagasse Hosts Benefit
Emeril Lagasse celebrated the fifth anniversary of Emeril’s Miami Beach by cooking up a special event to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Raising more than $100,000, the guests had a spectacular evening with delectable cuisine - of course - and performances by New Orleans jazz vocalist and trumpeter Jeremy Davenport and 8-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, who surprised Lagasse with an original song, “Bam Kick it Up a Notch!" Another surprise for Lagasse was the gift of a portrait of the chef by renowned artist Romero Britto.


A Tribute to Pedro
A Tribute to Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar
Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar, “King of the Latin Beat,” made his mark at the dawn of the Mambo craze in New York’s famous Palladium Ballroom. He invented scores of dance movements now viewed as standards of Latin dance. A catalyst for social change in the entertainment and social arenas, Cuban Pete was the first “man with a tan” to dance with a white woman onstage as early as 1951 when he danced with Millie Donay and ushered in one of the first instances of integration on the dance floor. In his career, he performed in movies, television, stage, and danced for American Presidents, heads of state and dignitaries, as well as served as choreographer and consultant for the film, “Mambo Kings.” We will miss “Mr. Mambo,” who passed away at age 81.


CITGO Donates to Muscular Dystrophy Association
CITGO Donates to Muscular Dystrophy Association
Martin Petroleum, operators of the six Florida Turnpike CITGO stations, recently presented a check for $67,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raised from the sale of holiday stocking mobiles at Florida Turnpike CITGO stations in November and December 2008. As a result of overwhelming support from Turnpike motorists and local communities up and down the Florida Turnpike, Martin Petroleum exceeded its fundraising goal by more than $9,000. The MDA is a nonprofit health agency that receives no government funding. MDA members do not pay for services, and the Association relies on private contributions for support. Nationally, CITGO – through the support of more than 7,000 locally owned service stations - is the largest corporate supporter of the MDA.


American Heart Association's Go Red for Women
American Heart Association's Go Red for Women
Women in Red gathered at The Center for Beautiful Skin Spa to show their support and raise awareness for the American Heart Association’s "Go Red For Women" campaign. While getting pampered guests socialized and enjoyed an array of refreshments and heart-healthy red wine. To learn more or join the American Heart Association, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

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