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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.
The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade honored eight outstanding Hispanic women philanthropists at their Second Annual Mujeres Giving Back Recognition Luncheon held at Jungle Island. Selected by an independent judging panel of community leaders, these remarkable women give back through their time, talent or treasure. Honorees were: Cristina Mas, Rachelle Metcalfe, Rosi “Rosa” Alvarez, Karyl Argamasilla, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Diana Brooks, Laura Munilla and Rachel Pinedo. Mujeres Giving Back highlights the philanthropic impact of Hispanic women leaders who use their power and influence to give back and make our community stronger. Pictured: Rachelle Metcalfe, Laura Munilla, Cristina Mas, Rosi Alvarez, Karyl Argamasilla.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind marked the start of its 85th year serving the blind and visually impaired at the 10th Annual See the Light Luncheon with the announcement that the Braman Family Foundation has pledged $1 million toward Miami Lighthouse’s new Center of Excellence for Visually Impaired Children. The much needed new space will serve as a pre-kindergarten for blind three- and four-year olds and early intervention center for blind babies.
Pictured: Jorge Munilla, CEO Virginia Jacko, Jacquelyn Munilla, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, George Foyo.
The 5th Annual Loews Miami Beach Hotel Celebrity Golf Tournament raised $50,000 for DonorsChoose.org and The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, totaling $300K in monies raised over the past five years. This year brought out celebrities including Alonzo Mourning, Joey Fatone of N’Sync, Jason Taylor, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguz, Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Pictured: Alberto Carvalho and Alex Tonarelli.