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Ricky J. Martinez, Artistic Director for the New Theatre, will be the first Cuban American to be honored today with the prestigious Margo Jones Award presented by The Ohio State University Libraries and OSU Arts and Humanities. The award honors those who have demonstrated a significant impact, understanding and affirmation of the craft of playwriting, and who have encouraged the living theatre everywhere. Martinez is a spirited Cuban-American "theatre maker." As an award-winning director, he has been invited to direct for the MFA Playwrights' Workshop at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival and Stanford University's National Center for New Plays and other prestigious organizations.
Gulliver Preparatory, in partnership with Special Olympics Florida, hosted its annual "Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete 5K Run/Walk." The event featured a certified 5K course that made its way through the streets of the City of Pinecrest. Funds raised support the Miami-Dade chapter of Special Olympics Florida, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 4,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Pictured: Gulliver Head of Schools Frank Steel, Corey Eichorn, Miami-Dade County Director for Special Olympics Linsey Smith, Andrew Savysky Chair of Special Olympics for the Florida Development Committee, Daniel Fundora, Nasif Ali, City of Pinecrest Councilmen Doug Kraft, Chris Gay, Special Olympics Athlete Pavvlina Madhivanan, Meghan Fernandez, Erin Kozlowski,
Since 2008, Neisen and Ana Kasdin have been devoted to the expansion of New World Symphony and its unique role at the intersection of education, classical music and inspiration. Neisen served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from the 2008-2009 season through the 2011-2012 season. As a result of his tireless efforts, the organization’s annual budget grew from $8.6 million to $14 million, and $160 million was secured for design and construction of the new Miami Beach campus. Not only was the New World Center completed on time and on budget, but new housing was also secured for the NWS Fellows. The Kasdins continue to be dedicated supporters of the New World Symphony, having just served as gala chairs for its 28th annual gala, a sensational and successful event!
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.