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Ride2Revive, established by brother and sister team and owners of Prestige Imports, Brett and Brooke David, welcomed children with life-threatening medical conditions to enjoy an adrenaline-filled day. The event took place Mardis Gras Casino, to benefit children from MyWish4U Foundation (a/k/a Simcha Yeladim), Chai lifeline and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and offer a distraction to the children’s health related struggles. The space was transformed into an authentic racetrack with exhilarating straight-aways and hairpin turns where the children were able to “race” in a selection of exotic super cars with a handful of volunteer drivers including Ex-NFL player and UM great DJ Williams. The children were all smiles as they jumped into Lamborghinis, Paganis, Ferraris, McLarens and Corvettes, all donated for the day from Prestige Imports and their private clientele.
Judge Michael B. Chavies was installed as the Orange Bowl Committee's 78th President and Chair at Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. Judge Chavies has been a member of the Orange Bowl Committee since 2000 and succeeds Immediate Past President & Chair Lee Stapleton. Judge Chavies will oversee the Committee’s continued commitment to the South Florida community, including a full slate of events, highlighted by the 83rd Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2016. The Orange Bowl invests nearly $1 million in the South Florida community on an annual basis, funding a variety of programs and initiatives, including the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, various scholarship programs and many other youth athletic events. Pictured: Judge Michael B. Chavies and Lee Stapleton.
Monty Trainer, President Coconut Grove Arts Festival; Marlene Erven, President Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove; City of Miami Mayor Regaledo; and City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell on hand for proclamation ceremony.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) and A-Rod Corp. made the holidays happier for 250 children of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, presenting age-appropriate gifts to Boys & Girls Clubs members at the Hank Kline Club's Teen Center. As a child, A-Rod attended the Hank Kline Club and participated in its baseball program. He remained a member of the club until the day he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. A-Rod and the A-Rod Corp. family of companies, Newport Property Construction and Monument Capital Management, underwrote holiday parties for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade with food stations, bounce houses, face-painting, arts & crafts, visits with Santa and more.
Earlier this year, four white lions joined two other earlier rescued lions at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation. Now, months after their arrival at their new home, they're all thriving. Kumba, Khiera, Kunto, Kahina, Kahinda and Kabira were all rescued from an African hunting lodge. They live at Zoo Miami in a custom-built space that includes a large rock formation where they lie in the sun, or relax under a large tiki that provides them shade. The lions receive the highest level of care and animal husbandry at Zoo Miami.
Miami-Dade County Public School Board honored Miami Music Project for their outstanding commitment to transforming children’s lives with music education. Raquel Regalado presented the proclamation to Miami Music Project, for making music accessible to all children, establishing chapters in neighborhoods throughout Miami where children are provided music education resulting in positive social transformation.
In a stylish and upbeat event, the YMCA of South Florida celebrated 100 years of serving children, families, seniors and adults in South Florida. NBC Today co-host Hoda Kotb, emceed the YMCA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Gala at Turnberry Isle Miami Resort. Pictured: Gala Co-Chairs are Robin Shelley, Susan Shelley, Dwight Stephenson, Dinah Stephenson, NBC Today Anchor Hoda Kotb, Patty Hooley Zimmerman, Kurt Zimmerman, Joanne Urquiola, Joaquin Urquiola.
The Council for Educational Change hosted the 2015 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Awards and attracted the who's who of the Miami’s business community. Three finalists were honored: West Port High School, Marion County, Principal Jayne Ellspermann won first place and $10,000; and Carver Middle School, Palm Beach County, Principal Kiwana Alexander-Prophete and Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy, Hillsborough County, Principal John Haley each received $5,000. The Council for Educational Change pairs business executives with school principals to help improve the quality of education in public schools often in neighborhoods in transition. Pictured: John Haley, Jayne Ellspermann and Kiwana Alexander-Prophete.
Sensational yachts, a spectacular fireworks display, and The Pointer Sisters headlined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s 28th Annual ShowBoats International Rendezvous. Founded by Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and chaired by Christy and Larry Hierholzer, the event took place at Miami’s Fisher Island Club. Pictured: Janet Martin; Rendezvous Chairs Larry & Christy Hierholzer; Christine Lynn; Felix Sabates; Linda & Douglas Von Allmen; and Rendezvous Founders Rita & Rick Case.
The Intellectual Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association hosted the 6th Annual Patently Impossible Project at the Bakehouse Art Complex to benefit Dade Legal Aid, the oldest civil legal services provider in Miami Dade County. Jaime Rich Vining of Friedland Vining chaired the event which featured 16 teams of attorneys competing against one another to be first to assemble a patented invention. Pictured: David Friedland, Corporate Sponsor; Rob Weaver, Event Vice-Chair; Ony Cejas, Team Harper Meyer (second place); Robert Loredo, Team IBM (first place); Omar Caraballo, Team Omar (third place); Jaime Rich Vining, Event Chair; and Jason Murray, Esq.