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Native Floridian Lorna Ruth Galloway, FIU's Betty Laird Perry MFA award winner, has a passion for printmaking and photography. In her work, she recreates Ed Ruscha’s Twenty Six Gasoline Stations with images from the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Galloway captures images during the game, uploads them to Rockstar Games Social Club, then downloads the photographs and digitally alters them. With this technique, she creates images in charcoal of an “Any Town, USA” that serve as a sensitive homage to a place and its disappearance. Lorna’s goals after graduating are to teach at the university level and encourage others students to explore a career in the arts.
The community, local celebrities and residents and officials from the City of Miami Beach came together to host The Big Serve, the first annual professional tennis exhibition and clinic for inner-city youth, at the Flamingo Tennis Center. More than 400 inner-city youth played tennis with pro tennis players including Nicolas Massu and Alexander Peja.
Former Miami Heat Star Alonzo Mourning, local favorite DJ Irie and City of Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine all came out to support the event which benefited Overtown Youth Center, The Irie Foundation, Wade’s World Foundation and the Miami Beach Tennis Foundation.
Isabel Desoto's Really Awesome Black Bean Burger won first place and a $1,000 grand prize at the 34rd Annual Winn-Dixie Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest. Desoto, who competed in the vocational category, was chosen to participate in the final round of the contest against Julio Castro and Albert Bellington. A judge’s panel chose Desoto’s healthy and hearty winning dish. Pictured: Winn-Dixie Manager of Local Store Marketing Ashley Gomez, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana President Jerry Fernandez, Carnaval Miami Winn-Dixie Cooking Contest winner Isabel Desoto, Miss Carnaval Miami 2016 Lelany Barea, Winn-Dixie Store Manager Eliu Cubas and Robert Morgan Education Center Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship Academy Leader Paul Galadza.
Nearly 50 attorneys and professional staff from the Miami office of Carlton Fields participated in the RunWild 5K at Zoo Miami with the firm's Scott Byers and Cristi Sanchez coming in first overall and 3rd overall female, respectively. All runners were given race t-shirts that Carlton Fields sponsored. The race benefits Chapman Partnership, an organization that helps the homeless with comprehensive support programs that provide emergency housing, meals, dental and psychiatric care, day care, job training, job placement and assistance with securing stable housing. Pictured: Josh Roberts, Leslie Santos, Steven Blickensderfer and David Luck.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired previewed its 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration at a reception at Northern Trust to thank those family foundations, charitable trusts and major donors who made it possible to raise $10 million in capital funding for the launch of its innovative Lighthouse Learning Center for Children. Located on the grounds of the Lighthouse complex, the center will include classrooms for a pre-kindergarten for visually impaired children. Pictured: John Fumagalli, President and CEO, Northern Trust / Florida; Virginia Jacko, President and CEO, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind; and Ray Casas, Miami Lighthouse Chairman of the Board.
New World School of the Arts graphic design student John Soto traveled to Tallahassee during the Legislative Session to represent NWSA and introduce his design for 2016 Dade Days Ties and Scarves. The design is the result of the Miami-Days Competition, which is open to all NWSA college graphic designers. Soto's design will be mass-produced and distributed in our nation's capital. The Dade Days Ties and Scarves are limited edition items, and each becomes highly coveted among political, community and civic leaders who look forward to expanding their collection with the beautiful cutting edge accessories created by NWSA college students. Pictured: Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and John Soto.
MV Construction & Development Group chose Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami as a charity partner and sponsored the building of a family home for a Habitat family in need. Lead by Manny Angelo Varas, the company’s CEO, this partnership marks a milestone in MV Group’s commitment to the South Florida community. Varas was accompanied by his MV Group team, Congresswomen Ileana ros Lehtinen, Representative Carlos Curbelo, Commissioner Dennis Moss, and nearly 500 volunteers to celebrate the dedication of 10 newly built Habitat Homes during Blitz Build 2016.
Olympia Theater celebrated 90 years in Downtown Miami with a film and after-party. Guests joined Dick Tracy, Breathless Mahoney, Tess Trueheart, Big Boy, Mumbles and "the Kid" for a festive evening of costumes, cocktails and an after-film, onstage dance party with no prohibition. The theater opened in February 1926, and 90 years later the Mayor and City Commission proclaimed February 27, 2016, as "Olympia Theater Day."
New World School of the Arts (NWSA) Jazz Ensemble will compete in the prestigious Essentially Ellington (EE) High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, having placed among the top 15 finalist bands. They will take an intensive day-long workshop of rehearsals, lessons, and master classes and perform before esteemed judges Lauren Sevian, Jeff Hamilton, Chuck Israels, Chris Crenshaw and Wynton Marsalis.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida announced the beginning of a collaboration aimed at improving patient access to the latest and most effective cancer treatment advances and the highest caliber of cancer care. “Memorial Sloan Kettering chose Miami Cancer Institute for its commitment to delivering the highest levels of innovation and precision in cancer care in combination with the renowned focus on patient experience for which Baptist Health is well-known,” said Brian E. Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida. “Our collaboration with MSK will save lives by bringing evidence-based, world-class standards to our network of seven hospitals and more than 50 outpatient facilities, serving thousands of patients in our community each year.”