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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.”
City Year Miami mobilized hundreds of South Florida residents, business leaders and elected officials who rolled up their sleeves and spent the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday working to spruce up Myrtle Grove K-8 Center in Miami Gardens. Among the dedicated volunteers were partners, The Miami Dolphins, Volunteer Florida, Calder Casino, The City of Miami Gardens and others. Their efforts were part of the 8th Annual MLK Day of Service with volunteers painting murals, building picnic tables, and planting gardens at the school. It's all part of City Year's mission to target the national dropout crisis. Pictured: City Year Miami AmeriCorps members, City Year Miami alumni & MLK Day volunteers building a picnic table for the school.
During AIRIE's "Sundays in the Park: Connect and Inspire," guests gathered in Long Pine Key and hiked the 3-in-1 Trail that was transformed to "Art on the Trail," including reproductions of art works from AIRIE fellows. The afternoon featured Jose Elias performing and Christina Pettersson's debut of "The Furies of the Swamp," with actors from The Mad Cat Theater Company
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County were the beneficiary of a Vegas-style kickoff for the upcoming Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance, Hosted by Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, guests enjoyed live entertainment, performers, small bites and signature cocktails in celebration of the 10th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance taking place February 19 - 21 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with celebrity guest, Jay Leno. Founded by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group and under the direction of Founding Event Chair James E. McDonnell, IV, along with Honorary Chair Mike Jackson, the Boca Raton Concours is a weekend of events to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Pictured: Rick & Rita Case with Vickie & Tom McDonald.
Community leaders Petra and Stephen Levin hosted an event in their home in honor of Doug Tieman, President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers, which has facilities in Pennsylvania and Palm Beach County. Doug’s book "Flying Over the Pigpen: Leadership Lessons from Growing Up on a Farm," is filled with poignant memories and practical advice. A recovering alcoholic himself, the author also reaches out to individuals struggling with addiction, reinforcing how his trusted approach to taking carefully-planned, methodical steps towards achieving career goals also applies to recovery. Pictured: Doug Tieman, Petra Levin and Kevin Beebe, Chair of Caron’s Florida Advisory Board.