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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.
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.