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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.
Guests who joined hostesses Swanee DiMare, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Daysi Johansson and Lydia Touzet at the Jimmy Choo boutique in Merrick Park had a lovely evening previewing the 2016 Cruise Collection and enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The event, a fundraiser for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, also served as a kickoff to Fairchild’s largest annual fundraiser, Gala in the Garden, scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016. Tickets begin at $750. Please visit www.fairchildgarden.org/gala for informaton and to reserve seats. Pictured: Bronwyn Miller, Lesli Brown, Swanee DiMare and Barbara Hevia.
A reception at Intech's Tranquility Garden at CityPlace in West Palm Beach was hosted for Camp Boggy Creek with over 65 in attendance to learn about the camp and how they can be involved. Founded by Paul Newman and General Norman H. Schwarzkopf, Camp Boggy Creek provides free camp experiences to children with serious illnesses aged 7 to 16. The camp has served 65,000 children and their families with weeklong stays and weekend retreats at a 232-acre camp with a medically sound environment. It offers campers the opportunity to fish, swim, paddleboat, learn archery, perform plays and make enduring friendships with other children. Pictured: Garth Yearick, Jean Brown Fischer and Charlie Fischer. For information on the camp, visit www.campboggycreek.org.
The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the Biltmore Hotel where members were joined by dignitaries, local organizations and longtime supporters to commemorate four decades of giving back to the community. To help celebrate the Club’s achievements, attendees enjoyed an evening filled with special presentations, live entertainment, Cuban cuisine and more. Pictured: Club President Jerry Fernandez, Founding President Leslie Pantin, Jr., former President Willy Bermello, Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation Chair Tony Lorenzo and Pantin’s daughter Alexandra.
Florida Grand Opera’s (FGO) Crescendo Circle, an affiliate group of young professionals dedicated to building the next generation of opera lovers, hosted 50 opera-lovers for a cocktail mixer at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. The evening featured complimentary refreshments, generously donated by Bacardi Limited, networking opportunities, and a 20-minute performance by members of FGO’s Young Artist Program. More cocktail mixers are planned for upcoming months for current and new members. For information about joining the Crescendo Circle, call Catalina Villamarin at 305-854-1643, Ext. 1205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami honored a special group of supporters at a cocktail event that took place at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbor. Hosted by The Lowenstein Family, the event recognized individuals who are already members of Dreamakers and welcomed six new members. Dreamakers pledge to contribute $50,000 or more to Big Brothers Big Sisters' youth mentoring programs. The reception also helped kick off the organization’s annual gala, which will be held on January 30, 2016. Jennifer Kennedy, Joy Spillis Lundeen and Kim Wood served as co-chairs for the event and for the 2016 Dream Big Gala. Pictured:
Alexis Calleja and The Honorable Migna Sanchez-Llorens, Co-Presidents of The Women’s Committee of BBBS, and Lydia Muniz, President and CEO of BBBS.
The Burger King McLamore Foundation's third annual beachside race, the Burger King Beach Run, brought together more than 1,800 runners, walkers and spectators for a family fun-filled event, which included an oversized sand sculpture, a Family Fun Zone and an interactive play area. Since its inception, the event, which benefits South Florida high school students through the Foundation's Burger King's Scholars Program, has raised over $255,000 dollars. Pictured: Miami Beach Commisioner Michael Greico and Foundation President Jill Granat.
Construction Angels’ 4th Annual Golf Tournament at Woodlands Golf Course raised $26,000 to benefit the group's mission to provide financial services to surviving family members of construction workers who have lost their lives while working on a jobsite. Pictured: 18 hard-working volunteers from Construction Angels
who made the golf tournament successful.