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The American Heart Association welcomed more than 350 guests to its annual Miami Heart Ball at the JW Marriott Marquis, raising significant funds for lifesaving research for heart disease and stroke. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with a silent auction and live entertainment from a Frank Sinatra impersonator, a life-size Plinko wall and more in the Las Vegas-themed ballroom. During the dinner program, presentations were made to Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Dean Emeritus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at U.M., and Dr. Italo Linfante, the Medical Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Health Neuroscience Center. Guests participated in a spectacular live auction, shared an "open your heart" moment with Kelly Matacena who related her story of survival, and were entertained by festive showgirls who fit the evening's theme. WSVN 7's Vivian Gonzalez served as emcee, and Maria L. Shojaee of SHOMA was the campaign chair. Pictured:
David Markowitz and Maria Shojaee
The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM)
presented Giselle Act II
, the most lyrical and breathtaking jewel of the famous 19th Century "Romantic Ballets." Performed at the Miami Dade County Auditorium
, the ballet starred for the first time in the U.S. the newly exiled Cuban Principal Ballerina Amaya Rodriguez
, along with Cuban Principal Dancers Marize Fumero, Carlos Guerra
and Arionel Vargas
. CCBM is dedicated solely to the classical ballet repertory, exemplified by the legendary world renowned Cuban ballet tradition. www.CubanClassicalBallet.org
took a break from his summer tour I Love The 90's,
which kicked off in Phoenix, to participate in a social media campaign to SLAM ALS
. A benefit for Project ALS
, the campaign encourages everyone to show how they’d “slam” this neurodegenerative disease that affects close to 450,000 people worldwide. Seen here taking a selfie, Vanilla Ice joined a growing group of athletes and celebrities who are furthering the goal to generate new levels of awareness and spur donations to research for a cure. For more information, visit www.SlamALS.org.
Miami Dade College and the City of Miami paid tribute to the late Cuban Comedic Legend Guillermo Alvarez Guedes with the unveiling of a Star in his name on Calle Ocho. A reception and film screening at MDC's Historic Tower Theater followed the unveiling. The film was composed of clips depicting Guedes' career, directed and produced by Lucia Sanabria and José Carlos Prado. In attendance were Mayor Tomas Regalado, Alvarez Guedes’ widow, Elsy, family members, artists and community leaders. Pictured: Willy Chirino with Elsy Guedes.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
recognizes Dr. Maria Antonieta Garcia
, a docent at the museum for more than six years. She teaches French in the Department of Modern Languages at FIU
, and uses art as a teaching tool for her French language students. Her National French Honor Society students volunteer many hours of service to community events hosted by the Frost Art Museum as well as donate toys to needy school children in the neighboring communities. As a docent, Dr. Garcia also serves as a translator for French visitors. She helped to organize a French Film club for FIU students, and screened French films at the museum, inviting everyone to explore French culture and our exhibitions. Click
to learn more about becoming a docent.
Raquel A. Regalado was presented with the first ever Martha Nail Excellence in Education Award at a dinner hosted by The Nail Scholarship Foundation at the Coral Gables Country Club. Presenting the award was Christopher Nail, President of the Foundation.
The Junior League of Miami hosted its 15th Annual Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon at the EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami. With more than 200 VIP guests in attendance, the signature fundraising event benefitted the mission and community projects of the Junior League of Miami, focusing on women and children at risk. The lively affair, co-chaired by Rosemary Hartigan and Silvia Corral, honored women who have made a significant impact in the lives of women and children through their voluntarism. This year’s esteemed honorees were Betty Lopez-Castro, Meg Daly and Shannon Allen. Guests enjoyed an elegant lunch, a silent auction and raffle drawing and a special presentation of awards, emceed by Emmy nominated journalist and local news anchor Beatriz Canals-Alvarez. The Junior League of Miami also presented three scholarships to female high school seniors who have exhibited superior community service involvement during their high school careers. Pictured: Junior League of Miami Presidents: (back row): Loretta Nido, Andria Hanley, Susan Lerner, Erin Knight, Katie Arriola, Emilie Wernick, Amanda Kessler; and (front row): Maria Byrd, Michelle Ramirez Patricios, Helen Picard and Leanne Tellam.
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and The Children’s Trust announced the 2016 winners of Young Talent Big Dreams, the most widespread local youth talent contest in Miami-Dade history. A marathon of semifinal competitions for student performers ages 8-17 culminated in the finals competition with participants competing for prizes, including a free trip, courtesy of WSVN CH7, to attend the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Pictured: Bands/Group Vocal Winner: M.O.B. - Esteban Urizar, 12; Jonathan Otanio, 17; Jonatan Issac, 17; Matteo Rodriguez, 14; and Luis Alvarez, 17.
Despite the title of Thomas Wolfe’s novel “You Can’t Go Home Again,” Hialeah-based painter Ernesto Maranje’s work now graces a wall near the very same walkways where he once attended as a grade school student. The artist will be honored by school administrators, staff and students of North Hialeah Elementary, along with PTA members and local dignitaries, during a special “Arts Night.” See the mural at 4251 East 5th Avenue in Hialeah.
Miami-based Architectural Firm, Gurri Matute PA, is honored at the Annual Meeting of Dade Heritage Trust at the Koubek Center in Miami. The firm, along with members of the community, such as Miami preservationist Dr. Enid Pinkney, came together to save the Historic Hampton House. Once the home-away-from-home for the most prominent African American celebrities in the world, then left to decay, the Historic Hampton House project architects received the prestigious 2016 Preservation Award for restoring and preserving this community treasure. The house, which was dilapidated and in disrepair, took nearly a decade to complete. The Historic Hampton House is located at 4240 N.W. 27th Avenue in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood. Pictured: Hugo Velasquez (Project Manager Miami Dade County Internal Services Department), Ron Frazier (Historic Hampton House Community Trust), Ed Parnes (Dade Heritage Trust Incoming President, Jose Matute, Daphne Gurri, Dr. Enid Pinkney and Christine Rupp (Dade Heritage Trust Executive Director).