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The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative honored its most dedicated supporters and volunteers at Turnberry Isle at its Eighth Annual Open the Door Awards Dinner and Auction, presented by honorary chairs Don and Michele Soffer and presenting sponsor Baptist Health South Florida. Honored were Mario Martinez, a dedicated volunteer since 2010; Kenneth & Julie Duke, recipients of the Spirit of Service Award; and 50 State Security, a supporter of the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative since 2007. To support the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative, visit www.FLbreasthealth.com or call 305-825-4081. Pictured: Presenting sponsor Baptist Health South Florida, represented by Carol Mascioli, Marsha Tejeda, Christie Grays, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Mary Ferreiro and Bonnie Michaels
Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly known as Miami Children's Hospital, and Miami Children's Health Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children's Prom for over 75 teen patients and their guests. The evening gave currently and recently hospitalized teens the opportunity to experience a fun and memorable night with a 1950s-themed prom produced by WOW Factor Marketing Group. The design was complete with classic cars and a red carpet where patients flaunted their new looks from Macy's Dadeland. Blo Bar, Mary Kay, Your Face by Grace and Olga Gaitan stylists were responsible for pampering and giving the prom attendees makeovers. Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrienne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, alongside Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design, catered the prom. Prom attendees also danced the night away to the tunes of popular DJ Double ii. The evening also featured a special reception for the parents of the prom-goers, where they watched exciting prom arrivals via live stream. Pictured: Kira Boucas getting make-up for the big night.
United Way of Broward County President/CEO Kathleen Cannon was joined by Mission United supporters Roy and Kathryn Krause, Jean Colker and Ray Ferrero Jr. (pictured) at the Jean and David Colker Center Ground Breaking Ceremony. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, the new center located on United Way of Broward County’s property, will serve as a centralized location where veterans and military service members can receive case management services provided by Mission United. Jean Colker and her late husband David, whose philanthropic contributions have impacted South Florida for more than 50 years, support Mission United and pay tribute to the men and women who have fought for our country and freedom.
Catherine F. Penrod, CEO/President of nonprofit Switchboard, has been named the 2015-2016 Florida Alliance of Information and Referral Services (FLAIRS) Board President. A member of FLAIRS since 2008, Catherine is excited and optimistic in leading FLAIRS to meet its goals for this year. She most recently served as the Florida 2-1-1 Association's Chair. FLAIRS is the state overseer of the national standards and works to develop collaborative efforts among all of the State's information and referral providers. Under Penrod's leadership, along with an amazing board, volunteers, and staff, Switchboard has witnessed exponential growth. As a $2 million budget organization in 2008, to over $7.5 million in 2015, the Miami-based organization currently serves on a national scale as the leading contact center in the nation with the highest call volume of any other contact centers reporting. In 2014, Switchboard completed a successful merger with longstanding Miami-Dade nonprofit, Family Counseling Services; adding the crisis line services of Monroe County after acquiring nonprofit 2-1-1 Helpline of the Florida Keys, Switchboard is at its largest service abilities ever.
Temple Judea, one of the oldest and largest reform congregations in Miami-Dade County, hosted A Taste of Tango, its annual fundraiser benefitting the Temple’s general programs and services at 5500 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables. Temple Judea members Gisela and Diego Lowenstein, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, were the Honorees. Active in the community, the Lowensteins are involved in the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The event was Argentinian-inspired with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, dinner and dancing. Pictured from L-R: Scott Silver, Susan Silver, Gisela Lowenstein, Diego Lowenstein.
For the first-time ever, the concessionaires of The Youth Fair united to organize two events - the Red Thornberry & Miami-Dade Youth Fair Scholarship Golf Classic and the Lobster Fest. Proceeds of nearly $30,000 from sponsorship packages and tickets from both events benefit the scholarship fund for Miami-Dade County students. Named in honor of Red Thronberry, a game vendor at the Youth Fair, the golf classic included 18 holes of championship golf, barbeque buffet, fun bags for all players and door prizes. At the inaugural Lobster Fest Scholarship Fundraiser, guests enjoyed fresh Maine lobsters along with coleslaw and corn on the cob, a Youth Fair favorite.
The City of Coral Springs, in conjunction with the Coral Springs Museum of Art, has named Julia Black Andrews as Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art (CSMOA). Andrews joined the City of Coral Springs in 2013 as the Education and Public Programs Director at CSMOA. Andrews previously worked as a Program and Facilities Manager for ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale and was responsible for curating exhibits, program development, and daily management of the facility. She is also experienced in hospitality marketing and film productions, along with possessing exceptional leadership abilities. "I'm delighted to become a member of the Coral Springs team and honored to take on the role of Executive Director of the Museum of Art. I appreciate the importance this institution holds in our community, and I am dedicated to preserving its heritage while introducing dynamic and inspiring programs for all to enjoy," Andrews said.
Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida received a $1.35 million gift from the Gail S. Posner Trust to create the Gail S. Posner Australian Complex at Zoo Miami. The gift will be used to renovate the interior of the Australian building, which houses the koalas and Matschie’s tree kangaroos, and to expand exhibit areas of the current Australian lobe at Zoo Miami. The expansion will provide for the enclosure of a 2,500 square foot outdoor space which will provide additional display areas for the koalas and the Galah cockatoos, a pink and grey parrot commonly found in Australia. The Zoo currently has three koalas. Pictured: A rendering of the new Posner Australian Complex.
Chapman Partnership has bestowed the title Chairman Emeritus on Trish Bell, the highest honor for a board member who has demonstrated an unwavering personal and professional commitment to Chapman Partnership. An active board member since 2004 and Chairman from 2010-2014, Bell has accomplished major operational, financial and community goals, including setting high standards for financial stability, improving day-to-day operations, expanding the donor base and community relationships, and strengthening the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. Her valued leadership has positioned Chapman Partnership to be prepared to meet its future challenges to better serve the community.
Mario Ernesto Sanchez, founder of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, was recognized by the Latino Theater Company of Los Angeles. The award, a tribute to Latino and Spanish-language theatre in particular, is especially for everyone who has dedicated his or her life to the theatre ... in any language.