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A group of community-minded women attended a meeting for the 2015 Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon being held on November 5 at Jungle Island. Hosted by Plaza Health Network Foundation, past honorees were enlisted to help plan this year's luncheon. Seated: Bunny Bastian, Thelma Gibson, Sonja Zuckerman, Ann Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, Chief Clinical Officer, Plaza Health Network; and Standing: Elaine Bloom, President & CEO, Plaza Health Network; Raphael Bastian, Linda Levy Goldberg, Marlene Berg, Sandy Sears, and Ilene Zweig.
MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón presented His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain with the Presidential Medal, the College’s highest distinction. MDC’s Presidential Medal has been awarded to leaders and luminaries from across the world for their impactful contributions to humanity. King Felipe VI delivered the Inaugural Master Lecture for the 2015-16 Academic Year at MDC’s Freedom Tower. He was joined by Her Majesty the Queen Letizia.
The Coral Gables Museum, in conjunction with the Franco American Museum, celebrated the opening of American Women Rebuilding France, Anne Morgan's War with 100 people in attendance. The exhibition brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken between 1917 and 1924 by 350 American woman. This all-volunteer corps left comfortable lives in the U.S. to devote themselves to humanitarian aid in France. The exhibit features vintage photographs and rare silent film footage. and runs through November 28, 2015. Pictured: Pascale Villet, Director, French-American Consulate; Nathalie Cluzet-Bertot, Press Atache, Consulate General of France; and Elaine Uzan Leary, Executive Director, American Friends of Blerancourt.
Fairchild Palms, the young professionals’ networking group of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, donated $20,000 to the Garden's Fairchild Challenge program at its annual kickoff. The Fairchild Palms annually fundraises for The Fairchild Challenge, a South Florida-based environmental education and conservation program credited for leading a green revolution in schools nationwide. The program is dedicated to fostering lifelong environmental awareness, scholarship and stewardship in teenagers, pre-teens and their families. Pictured: Fairchild Palms members Corinna Rae, Andrew Quarrie, Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Fairchild, Gregg Pawley, Alejandra Navas, and Megan Cottle.
Miami Children's Health Foundation, the fundraising arm for Miami Children's Health System, along with physicians, staff, donors, community members, elected officials and volunteers celebrated the structural "topping off" of a new six-story building that will soon become the centerpiece of the health system's flagship Nicklaus Children's Hospital campus. The construction of the new 212,000 square-foot Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion is one of the main priorities of the Together For The Children campaign, which aims to raise $150 million to serve patients and families at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. The structure will be the first freestanding pediatric facility of its kind in South Florida, dedicated to the care of children with complex and specialized needs.
The Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion is projected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Sandy Shapiro has been appointed executive director of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. A resident of Bay Harbor Islands, Shapiro is a longtime board member of the the Miami Beach Garden Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that manages the garden, and is co-president of the Miami Beach Garden Club. Shapiro will lead the garden’s staff of six employees, oversee maintenance and improvements to the 2.6-acre botanical garden, and lead marketing, membership and fundraising initiatives.
Poplife Social guests at Perez Art Museum Miami were treated to the tropical musical stylings of John Hancock III as they socialized on the terrace and enjoyed light bites from Stephen Starr Catering, including Miso Glazed Chicken Skewers, Pork Belly Bao Buns, Shrimp Chips and more. The more adventurous created their own art using canvas, found objects supplied by PAMM and tempera paint. Hancock, best known as the lead singer of Miami bedroom pop pioneers ANR (Awesome New Republic), makes tropical pop music for every season, ranging from spaced out Arthur Russell inspired grooves to hyped-up digital calypso. PAMM Third Thursdays: Poplife Social is the perfect place to unwind after a long day, enjoy live music and great food and drinks, view the exhibitions and spend time with friends - or make new ones.
For the past 40 years the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana has been making a difference in the lives of thousands of South Florida families through service projects, like summer camp for underprivileged kids aged 7 to 13; scholarships for Hispanic students dreaming of a college education; mentoring and coaching through its Youth Basketball Program; and more than 6,000 youngsters each year receiving backpacks filled with school supplies through the Back-to-School Project. The projects are funded through special events, the most notable of which is Carnaval Miami, an annual festival held in March. Here’s a salute to this energetic local club as they celebrate 40 years of giving back to Miami! Pictured: Summer campers enjoying the excitement and fun of a day at camp.
Stephanie A. Mayer has been named Senior Vice President of Development for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science. In this position, Stephanie will lead advancement efforts, with an emphasis on supporting the new museum, set to open in downtown Miami’s Museum Park in summer 2016. A creative and results-driven non-profit executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience in education, health care and the arts, Mayer has a track record of providing strategic direction and operational management of development initiatives. Most recently, she served as chief development officer for the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and was a key member of the leadership team supporting a six-year, $6 billion campaign for the university – the largest in higher education history. Mayer is a Miami resident, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she attended on a full merit scholarship.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami hosted its annual graduation ceremony for “Littles” who have completed the program and are graduating from high school. Former NBA star Shane Battier (pictured) served as keynote speaker. 219 "Littles" (mentees), along with their "Bigs" (mentors) and parents and guardians, attended the event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts where nearly $345,000 in scholarships was awarded. Key sponsors included the Adrienne Arsht Center, which partially sponsored the graduation ceremony, and the Irie Foundation, which sponsored the post-event reception.