Charity & Entertainment in South Florida
Taste of MiamiFriday, April 21 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Taste of Miami
showcases the unique and diverse flavors of the "Magic City" through a selection of culinary bites, craft beers and wines from the best restaurants and breweries in Miami. Tickets: $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP packages which include VIP Lounge with open bar and Meet & Greet with Marlins alumni and celebrity chefs.Marlins Park-West Plaza
501 Marlins Way, Miami
305-480-1441 (Sarah Garcia)
A Mindful Miami
Saturday, April 22 from 8:45 to 11 a.m.
Brickell City Centre and Modern ŌM have teamed up to raise the vibration in Miami in honor of Earth Day. Brickell City Centre will open early to host a large-scale meditation and create a space for conscious Miamians to go inward in celebration of our planet. Tea served from 8:45 to 9:15; Earth Day Meditation led by Luchi Estevez and Jennifer Grace til 10 a.m.; followed by opening of Modern ŌM Popup Store.
Brickell City Centre (7th Street Entrance)
701 S. Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-864-3434, Ext. 189
Meet the Twelve Good Men of 2017
Each year Ronald McDonald House Charities honors outstanding men in our community at its Twelve Good Men Luncheon. This year's event will be at the Coral Gables Country Club.
Pictured: 2016's Twelve Good Men gathered at last year's luncheon.
Party for the PlanetSaturday & Sunday, April 22 & April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zoo Miami's Party for the Planet
will feature a tree and plant show and sale by the Tropical Tree Society, plus “green” activities and entertainment for the whole family. Watch the animals join in the fun with treats made in the new Animal Fun Factory from recycled and natural materials. On Sunday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. The Florida Youth Orchestra will perform at the Sami Family Amphitheater on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Attend free of charge if you donate a cell phone to Zoo Miami's ECO-CELL recycling program. Regular admission ranges from $17.95 to $21.95. Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami
Rockin' on the Green 2017
Saturday, April 22 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.
The Children’s Bereavement Center will host Rockin’ on the Green. a casual fun evening with dinner by A Joy Wallace Catering, dancing, and shopping. Co-founder, Mindy Cassel, Ph.D., and her husband Jim will be honored at the event. Tickets: $250 per person and $2,500 per table of ten.
University of Miami
Donna E. Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables
305-668-4902 Chloe Di Pietro
Golf & Tennis Weekend at Fisher Island Club
Philanthropist and financier Mike Milken hosted a special golf and tennis tournament weekend at Fisher Island Club to celebrate the advancements in the cure for prostate cancer that are revolutionizing treatments for patients. The weekend festivities kicked off with a reception and dinner at the Club's historic Vanderbilt Mansion. Throughout the two-day event for amateur golfers and tennis players were given the unique opportunity to tee off and serve up alongside elite pros in competitive tournaments.
Pictured: Mike Hulbert, Amer Delic, Gordon Silver, Michelle McGann, Jerry Katell, and Scott Moore
Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and AuctionSaturday, April 22 from 7 p.m. to midnight
will celebrate its 14th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction
at the JW Marriott Marquis. Over 400 guests are expected to attend and help raise valuable resources for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to low-income children, youth and families focused on long-term success. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing, as well as an exciting live auction. The event will also feature the presentation of the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award. All proceeds from the appeal of that evening will support Branches’ 7-week-long Summer Shade Camp serving 400+ children. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous Challenge Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell. Branches provides opportunities for low-income families to help them and their children become better educated and more financially stable in the long-term.JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-442-8306, Ext. 1010
AIDS Walk Miami
Sunday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to noon
AIDS Walk Miami, presented by Care Resource, is a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser through the streets of South Beach benefiting over 15,000 individuals living in South Florida who have been affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. Channel 7 News' Emmy Award-winning reporter Robbin Simmons will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk promptly at 9. Post-walk festivities include a community health fair with a variety of activities for families. There is no cost to attend but a $25 registration fee for all walkers. Proceeds benefit Care Resource and Food-for-Life-Network.
New World Center SoundScape
500 17th Street, Miami Beach
305-751-9255 Steve Beko
Brunch for the AnimalsSunday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami and Fontainebleau Miami Beach will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Brunch for the Animals
, a festive afternoon that has raised $1 million to benefit sheltered pets at the Sofer and Fine Adoption Center. Enjoy a delicious brunch and dog-friendly activities, all the while knowing that your support has placed over 35,000 cats and dogs in loving homes, has provided neutering for 200,000 animals and has served 600,000 pets in the Humane Society's preventive clinics. Brunch chairs are Alan Randolph, Steven Rodriguez, Amy Zakarin, Isaac Rosenberg, Angela & Louis Birdman. Tickets: $125 to $225 for adults, $50 for children 3 to 10 and free for dogs.Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Holocaust Remembrance DaySunday, April 23 at 5 p.m.
Stand strong against hate. Stand strong against anti-Semitism. Never again! Join the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
for an Interfaith Community Gathering to commemorate Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day
. At 3 p.m. there will be a reading of the names of those who perished in the Holocaust. Together, we will remember the six million Jews who died and honor those who survived. Go online for parking information and special Uber rate code.Temple Beth Sholom
4144 Chase Avenue, Miami Beach
Twelve Good Men Celebrates 25 YearsTuesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m.
The 25th Annual Twelve Good Men Luncheon
, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities
, is a unique and special event that honors a select group of South Florida's distinguished men whose generous contributions, outstanding community and civic involvement are worthy of special recognition and appreciation. The luncheon will be highlighted by a red carpet entrance, live entertainment, appetizers and drinks, a three-course lunch, live and silent auctions, raffles and recognizing honorees on stage for all the work they have done. Co-Chairs are Linda Levy-Goldberg, Jim Murphy and Sonia Gibson. All of the proceeds from the event benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida and its core program, the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a safe haven to families of children being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale. The South Florida houses serve 48 families on any given night. Luncheon tickets are $200 per person and $2000 per table of ten.The Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables
305-324-5683 (Information and Tickets)
Andrea Bocelli Benefit for the Children of HaitiTuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
Residences by Armani/Casa will host an enchanting evening under the stars filled with legendary vocals by internationally-recognized classical tenor, Andrea Bocelli
. Hosted by developers Jorge M. Perez and Gil Dezer, along with the project’s architect César Pelli, the exclusive affair will feature a private concert on the beach followed by a romantic moonlit dinner reception on the terrace, where VIP guests will dine with Andrea Bocelli at his Maestro’s table. The funds raised will benefit the children of Haiti. Concert tickets are priced at $1,000 p/p and dinner tickets are $5,000 per couple, inclusive of the performance. The VIP experience including the concert and dinner at Maestro Bocelli’s table is $25,000 per couple.The Residences by Armani/Casa Design Center
18325 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach
Miracle Makers “Haute Hat” Luncheon and Fashion ShowThursday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami
will host its 17th Annual Miracle Makers “Haute Hat” Luncheon and Fashion Show
. This eventful day will honor the 2017 Miracle Makers and feature a VIP cocktail reception, an exquisite silent auction, gourmet luncheon and a fabulous fashion show. Co-Chairs for the luncheon are Irene Korge, Bronwyn Miller, Cristina Pereira and Migna Sanchez-Llorens. Tickets start at $200 per person, and tables of ten are available starting at $2,000. For more information or to purchase tickets or tables, please call 305-644-7060.Ritz-Carlton South Beach
One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
305-644-7060 (Marisol Garcia)
Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon
Friday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Now in its 16th year, the Junior League of Miami will host its signature Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon, a great fundraising event that recognizes the achievements of outstanding women who serve our community by promoting volunteerism and developing the potential of women. This luncheon will be particularly special, as the Junior League of Miami will celebrate its 90-year milestone of serving the community with its volunteer powerhouse and community fundraising. Plus, three scholarships will be presented to female high school seniors who have exhibited superior community service involvement during their high school careers. Tickets are $150 p/p and support the organization's programs and projects focused on women and children at risk in the Greater Miami area.
788 Brickell Plaza, Downtown Miami
305-803-1986 Mary Jane Dacek
Out of the KitchenFriday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Some of the most popular chefs in South Florida will treat guests to the best seat in the house at the annual Out of the Kitchen
event hosted by two-time Bravo TV “Top Chef” alum Sam Talbot, CBS Miami Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter Lisa Petrillo. You will be seated at one of the culinary maestros' chef’s tables as they simultaneously prepare their specially crafted three-course dinner for 12 adventurous diners. And you won’t know what you’ll be eating until you arrive! Tickets are $275 p/p and benefit the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute
at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. St. Regis Bal Harbour
9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
Sounds of MotownSaturday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Don't miss “Sounds of Motown”: An Electrifying Concert Dinner Starring The Four Tops
, a benefit for Project: New Born
, hosted by Magic City Casino. Begin with a Craft Cocktail Reception at Stage 305, enjoy the genius of saxophonist Joe Donato and Ensemble, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a silent auction featuring collectible wines, vacation packages, art, dining experiences, jewelry and fashions. Dinner is next, a four-course epicurean delight by Thierry Isambert, paired with select wines, top shelf open bar and dancing to the music of “The Clique.” Next, Motown’s iconic The Four Tops will entertain, followed by signature desserts created by some of South Florida’s finest chefs! Tables of ten are available at the $2,500, $3,750 and $5,000 levels; and individual dinner seats may be reserved for $250 or $375. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available at the $10,000 and $25,000 level. Magic City Casino at Stage 305
450 N.W. 37th Avenue, Miami
305-585-6408 (Maria Valles)