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Miami Dade College 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame
Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m.

Join MDC President Eduardo J. Padrón and MDC Foundation Chair Julie Grimes for the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame Gala, honoring Miami Dade College's best, brightest and most successful alumni. This event is the most important fundraising event of the year. The celebration of the newly inducted Alumni Hall of Fame class will fund the Miami Dade College Alumni Network's Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund. The Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor bestowed by the College on its alumni. This exceptional group of individuals is chosen from a broad range of industries. Honorees are among the nation's premier impresarios, public servants, artists and community leaders. Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for the positive impact on their profession, the community and the College. The evening opens with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentations at 7. Tickets are $300 and available online.

J.W. Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami
BizBash Live Expo
Wednesday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The BizBash Live Expo is back and better than ever. The Event Innovation Forum returns, a TED-style conference, with a new roster of speakers guaranteed to reignite your passion for events. Discover insider secrets on sponsorships from Pam Dzierzanowski of Patrón, Dianna Craven of SunFest, and Warren Moore of Warren Moore Events; learn design insights from Todd Fiscus of Todd Events; uncover the innovation behind ESPN’s College Game Day from Vince Thompson of MELT; event technology tips from Scott Burns of Switch, and much more. Also there will be a hands-on workshop series with industry experts, the latest and most inspiring industry trends and technologies for event and meeting professionals, and more than 100 trade show floor exhibitors. Cost to attend ranges from $40 to $249.

Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
646-839-6846 (Brittany Bucceroni)

JAFCO Women's Luncheon

More than 550 people attended the 16th Annual Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) Women’s Luncheon at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom. This year’s event raised more than $122,000 to benefit the abused and neglected children in the tri-county area. The theme of the luncheon was “Live, Laugh, Lunch,” which provided an afternoon of comedy and fun for attendees.

Pictured: Jennifer and Denise Alman
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JAFCO Women's Luncheon

Miracle Makers Luncheon & Fashion Show
Thursday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Miracle Makers Luncheon & Fashion Show, hosted by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, will honor South Florida’s most philanthropic and fashionable. Mix and mingle with local notables while enjoying an auction, lunch and fabulous Neiman Marcus fashion show featuring collections from some of the world’s top designers. The 2014 Miracle Maker honorees include Dan and Trish Bell (pictured), Criselda Breene, Betty Brandt, Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, Lizette Martino Diaz, Stella Holmes, DJ Kerr, Maria Cristina Miranda, Jeffrey Sloman and Rebecca Radin Spinale. Jennifer Valoppi will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are $150 per ticket, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Ritz Carlton
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
305-644-0066, Ext. 294 (Shaunte Young)
Miami Jewish Health Systems Classic
Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m.

Miami Jewish Health Systems will host a day of sports competitions and leisurely activities,along with fellowship and food! Brunch will be served at 11 a.m., followed by a golf tournament that tees off at 12:30 p.m. For non-golfers, there will be luxuriating in the spa or playing cards and games. The day is chaired by Charles "Chuck" Klenk and Muriel Rudolph, Honorary Chairs, and Libby Plapinger and Joni Tate as Card Party Co-Chairs. The day culminates with cocktails, dinner and award presentations beginning at 5:30 p.m. Participate in your favorite activity and ensure a successful event. Costs are $300 for golf or use of the spa and one treatment, brunch and dinner; $225 for card party, brunch and dinner; $125 for card party and brunch; and $125 for cocktails and awards dinner. Sponsorships are also available ranging from $500 to $1000.

Turnberry Isle Resort
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura
305-514-8623 (Beth Rubin)
Art for Healing
Thursday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Art for Healing is a fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Bereavement Center, featuring a raffle for an original 30"x33" signed “HOPE” lithograph by legendary pop artist Robert Indiana from his Sky 2010 Edition. Anima Domus is partnering with the Children’s Bereavement Center to support its mission of offering free peer support for children, teens, young adults and caregivers who are grieving the death of a loved one. The purchase of a raffle ticket at $100 includes admission for two to the Art for Healing event with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Luca Bella Italian Restaurant, live music and a chance to win the signed “Hope” lithograph, valued at $9,500. All tickets are tax deductible, and you do not need to be present to win.

Anima Domus
Aventura Showroom
18245 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura
305-668-4902 (RSVP)
www.ChildBereavement.org (tickets)

Dress For Success Kick-Off Luncheon

In honor of InCircle’s 30th Anniversary, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour hosted a private event for supporters of Dress for Success Miami. The luncheon officially kicked off the yearlong celebration to commemorate Dress for Success Miami’s 20th Anniversary, which will conclude with a spectacular Gala on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The hosts for the luncheon were Maritere Secada and Dr. Karent Sierra. In addition, Maritere and Jon Secada, along with Dr. Karent Sierra will serve as honorary Chairs for the gala.

Pictured: Dr. Karent Sierra and Maritere Secada
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Dress For Success Kick-Off Luncheon

8th Annual Breaking the Silence Luncheon
Friday, April 25 at 12 p.m.

Kristi House will mark National Prevent Child Abuse Month with its 8th Annual Breaking the Silence Luncheon, a program designed to build awareness and focus attention on the epidemic of child sexual abuse. More than 400 guests are expected at this awareness and fundraising event sponsored by Philanthropic Chairs Lourdes Leon-Vega and Otto Vega, MD and Presenting Sponsor Badia Spices. Guests will hear from special survivors of child sexual abuse, including a 23–year-old former client of Kristi House, who will tell her compelling story about enduring years of sexual abuse by a family member. The event Host Committee for the 2014 Breaking the Silence includes Adrienne DiPrima & Donna Smorchoke, Loretta & Miguel Nido, Juan Trescastro & Judy Ortiz-Trescastro, Dana DeMaria Nateman and Kara Zeder. Call to obtain your inviration. The luncheon is free.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-547-6802 (Bianca Fernandez)
"Paving the Way" Shabbat Dinner
Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

Join Temple Israel of Greater Miami for a festive"Paving the Way" Shabbat Dinner to mark the official launch of the Centennial Brick Campaign for the Temple's upcoming 100-year anniversary. Open to both Temple members and the community, the evening includes a Shabbat Evening Service and Dedication Ceremony, followed by a dessert social with the personalized bricks on display in the Brown Patio Courtyard. The Shabbat dinner begins at 6 p.m. in Wolfson Auditorium, and the service begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary. Families are welcome, and free childcare is available. Cost for dinner is $25 for adult members and $30 adult non-members; $8 for children 12 and under. RSVP by April 23 by phone or email. Free self-parking in the temple lot is available.

Temple Israel of Greater Miami
Wolfson Auditorium
137 N.E. 19th Street, Miami
Snail of Approval Tasting Party
Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Honor the 2014 Snail of Approval winners at Slow Food Miami's Tasting Party with bites, cocktails, wine and beer from Miami's Farm-to-Table Best. Ambassador for the evening is Chef Michael Schwartz, along with these featured chefs: Noel Alcubia,The Cypress Room; David Bracha. Oak Tavern; Todd Erikson, Huahua's Taqueria; Lulo Rivero, Lulo Pasta; Adrianne Calvo, Chef Adrianne's; Richard Hales, Sakaya Kitchen; Michael Reidt, Pilgrim; Paula DaSilva, 3030 Ocean, Aaron Dreilinger, Chef David Catering and Event Design; Frederick C. Laufmann, Proper Sausage; Aaron Brooks, Edge Steak & Bar at Four Seasons; Matt Kuscher, LoKal Burgers & Beer and Kush; Julie Frans, Essensia; Amber Antonelli, The Naked Bite, Matthew Zeitouni, Lido Restaurant at The Standard Hotel; and David Blonsky of the soon-to-open Siena Tavern. Tickets are $85 with limited VIP $165 tickets which includes an after-party. All proceeds support Slow Food Miami's Garden Program. This event always sells out so reserve now!

Poolside at the Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Party for the Planet
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration – Party for the Planet – will feature fun “green” activities and entertainment for the entire family as well as animal enrichment with recycled items and/or natural materials like newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses, and more. The Tropical Flowering Tree Society will be hosting its annual plant show and sale. Free with zoo admission. Admission: Adult (13+) $15.95; Child (3-12) $11.95; Children 2 and under free.

Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami
Broward Heart Ball
Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

The Broward Heart Ball is a prestigious, black-tie social attended by 400 community leaders, high-level philanthropists and members of the corporate and medical fields. This premier event of the Broward County social season benefits the American Heart Association. By supporting the Broward Heart Ball, you help fund heart-health research and nutritional programs that combat obesity, support advocacy efforts in Florida that result in healthier communities, provide CPR training and more. F. Gerard Litrento, BankUnited’s Senior Executive V.P. of Retail and Business Banking (pictured with Andy Weisman), is the Chairman of the 2014 Broward Heart Ball. This year’s Legacy Sponsor, Patriot National Insurance Group, has supported the gala for the past four years. One Beat CPR is the Signature Sponsor. The Broward Heart Ball will feature spectacular silent and live auctions, with an assortment of unique items and experiences – everything from high-end jewelry to extravagant destination packages, sports memorabilia and more. Tickets are $750 p/p, and sponsorships are available at all levels. To learn more about the Broward Heart Ball, please call Lauren Simone.

Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale
1 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft Lauderdale
954-364-5023 (Lauren Simone)
Kentucky Derby Casino Fundraiser
Saturday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Don't miss the Kentucky Derby Casino Fundraiser co-presented by NPH USA and the Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables. Enjoy cocktails and dinner and take a chance on a variety of pari-mutuel gaming opportunities, complete with prizes. Whether you fancy the “Sport of Kings,” or you’d rather test your mettle on games of chance or poker, an evening of fun awaits you. All proceeds will benefit NPH USA, the 2014 International Charity of Choice for the Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables. Your $100 per person donation includes an open bar, dinner and a $10 credit towards the games of your choice.

Courtyard Marriott
2051 Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables
305-663-6211 (Janelle Sardina)
www.NPHusa.org (register)
Spring Fling: La Dolce Vita
Saturday, April 26 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Locust Projects will host South Florida's top art collectors, art enthusiasts and artists at its signature fundraising event, Spring Fling: La Dolce Vita. Set at the exciting Herzog & De Meuron building on Lincoln Road, you'll eat, drink, dance to the music of DJ LeSpam and take part in the La Dolce Vita Silent Art Auction where you can bid on cutting edge artworks by leading contemporary visual artists, including Daniel Arsham, Justin Beal, Nathan Carter, Robert Davis, Sean Duffy, Judith Eisler, Sofia Leiby, Fernando Mastrangelo, Evan Nesbit, Anthony Pearson, Gavin Perry, Virginia Poundstone, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Duhirwe Rushemeza, Ruby Sky Stiler, Frances Trombly, Michael Vasquez, Simon Vega, Matthew Weinstein, Jesse Willenbring and more. The evening will also feature the first-ever Silent Wine Auction led by Eric Larkee, Wine Director of the Genuine Hospitality Group. Individual tickets are $125 for Locust Projects members, $150 for non-members and $1,000 for ten tickets.

1111 Lincoln Road Parking Garage, 7th Floor
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
305-576-8570 (Tickets)
26th Annual AIDS Walk Miami
Sunday, April 27 at 9 a.m.

Good Morning America's Sam Champion will be Grand Marshal for the 24th Annual AIDS Walk Miami. Themed One Step Closer to a Cure, the 5K (3.1 mile) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefits Care Resource and Food for Life Network. Begin at the Miami Beach Convention Center, take a scenic walk through South Beach and end at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens for the post-walk festivities. All proceeds will go directly to Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to help those needing HIV care and treatment. Registration and opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m., and the walk starts promptly at 9. Register online.

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
305-576-1234, Ext. 210 (Joe DePiro)
Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the beauty of our planet with eco-friendly activities for the family at Pinecrest Gardens' Earth Day Festival. This fun-filled day will offer entertainment on stage in the outdoor amphitheater, informative workshops and demonstrations on a variety of relevant ecological topics, garden tours, delicious food, music, yoga, massage and so much more! It's a festival for the whole family in the lush surroundings of South Florida's most beautiful botanical garden. Free admission and parking.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest
2014 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards
Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

The 2014 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards go to Iris Acker, Melissa Fronstin, Susan Kronick and Dr. Zena Lansky, recognizing Florida Jewish professional women who have become successful pioneers in fields generally dominated by men. This year's awards ceremony honors women in the fields of performing arts and entertainment, sports arena administration, retail management and surgery. Be inspired as the honorees discuss the obstacles they faced and how they broke through the glass ceiling. Tickets for the Awards Program and Dessert Reception are $15 for Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU members; $20 for non-members; and $5 for students.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
786-972-3164 (Nancy Doyle Cohen)
http://bit.ly/GlassCeilingAwards (reservations)
Fashion Happy Hour 1 Year Anniversary
Sunday, April 27 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Meet Miami fashion bloggers at the Fashion Happy Hour 1 Year Anniversary where you can shop local designers and boutiques, have a drink, and enjoy an art exhibition. Celebrate local talent - photographers, artists, models, stylists, and designers! Tickets are $10, available online.

The Catalina Hotel
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-299-0263 (Valentina)
Twelve Good Men Luncheon 2014
Tuesday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m.

The 21st Annual Twelve Good Men Luncheon will recognize outstanding men in the community for their philanthropic work with charities and non-profit organizations. The luncheon brings together current and past honorees and many other friends and supporters of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. Being honored this year are: These men are: Steven F. Arch, Senior VP of Arch & McMorris Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; Frank Armstrong, III, President of Investor Solutions; Richard Baron, Attorney and President of Baron, Breslin & Sarmiento P.A.; Dr. Dorsey Goosby, Physician & Chief Medical Officer of Homestead Baptist Hospital; Harry Horgan, President and Founder of Shake-A-Leg Miami; Calvin Hughes, News Anchor of WPLG Local 10; James C. Jackson III, Asst. Director of Nova Southeaster University; Alicio Pina, Managing Member of Florida Value Partners LLC; John R. Squitero, Managing Member of Katz Baron Squitero Faust; Jay A. Steinman, Attorney with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt; Nick Studds, Designer with MacDonald Design Associates; Eric J. Vainder, Managing Director of Northern Trust. The event will begin with a reception and silent auction, followed by the luncheon and award ceremony. Proceeds benefit the children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Twelve Good Men Luncheon is the premier fundraiser to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. Pictured: Event Co-Chairs Julie Todaro, Jim Murphy and Linda Levy-Goldberg.

Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-324-5683 (Information and Tickets)
Seventh Annual Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami
Wednesday, April 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Support 20/20 vision and celebrate free eye care for children at the Seventh Annual Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami to benefit Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Dine under the stars with fabulous food from restaurants that include Whisk, City Hall The Restaurant, OTC, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, El Carajo and many more. Enjoy delicious beverages provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Rex Goliath Wine as you browse the super silent auction that features getaways, spa packages, sports memorabilia, gift certificates for fine dining and more. Relax to special musical performances by the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ with a guest appearance by Latin Grammy winner Paul Hoyle (pictured). An outstanding multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Hoyle has written music for movies and TV shows and has worked with top artists such as Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Jon Secada and Albita. Don't miss this much-anticipated highlight of the South Florida philanthropic season - it's great fun and for a wonderful cause! Single tickets are $75 and $140 per couple. Call Cameron Sisser or go online for reservations.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
601 S.W. 8th Avenue, Miami
786-362-7515 (Cameron Sisser)

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