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Friday, April 24 at noon

9th Annual Breaking the Silence Luncheon is presented by Kristi House and Buddha Mama. Breaking the Silence is an ongoing Kristi House program to forever end the silence on child sexual abuse. Join community and business leaders in Miami-Dade and show your concern about turning the tide of child sexual abuse. To become a Luncheon Table Captain or participate in some other way, contact Bianca Fernandez. Special thanks to 2015 sponsors to date: Martha Weeks Wulf; Julia & David Bianchi; Monique D. Hayes, Esq.; and Zaba & Edgar Castro.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-547-6802 (Bianca Fernandez)
Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.

For its 9th Anniversary Gala, the Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House will be reimagined into a supper club reminiscent of the days when "The Rat Pack" reigned. The legendary and beloved American singer/songwriter Barry Manilow will treat Arsht gala guests to a special tribute of song as we tip our fedora in honor of "Ol' Blue Eyes" and his 100th birthday. Mr. Manilow will be accompanied by the Henry Mancini Institute Big Band Orchestra led by Grammy-nominee Shelly Berg, with musical direction by multi-Grammy-winner Gregg Field. Philanthropists Swanee and Paul DiMare will chair the black tie gala; Adrienne Arsht (pictured), the Center's name benefactor, will serve as honorary chair; and Margaret and Mike Eidson will serve as Gala co-chairs. Dinner will be served on the Lynn Wolfson Stage at 8 p.m., followed by the special Barry Manilow Tribute. Guests will enjoy the music of Soul Survivors for dancing and desserts at 10:30 p.m. Individual ticket prices are $2,500, and tables of ten are available priced at $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Complimentary valet parking.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

Legal Legends Award Ceremony

It was an evening of celebration and delight as HistoryMiami museum’s 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society presented the Legal Legends Award. In its seventh year, the event was held for the first time at HistoryMiami museum with more than 250 people in attendance, honoring South Florida lawyers, judges and legal professionals who have made positive contributions to the legal system with an awards ceremony and cocktail reception.

Pictured: Neisen Kasdin and 2015 Legal Legend Jose Villalobos
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Legal Legends Award Ceremony

Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Get ready to ROCK the House with YAA with singer/songwriter Richie Supa headlining the entertainment at Young at Art Museum's 4th Annual Gala. Supa, who has written more than 300 songs for artists such as Pink, Johnny Winter, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Ozzy Osbourne, will be joined by his special guests Ricky Byrd (guitar), Muddy Shews (bass) and Randi Fishenfeld (violin) for an evening of fun and fundraising for YAA's educational programming for at-risk youth and families. ROCK the House honorary chairs David and Jodi Epstein and co-chairs Eris and Ken Sandler will bring together donors and the community to enjoy the evening's festivities, including live entertainment, hands-on art encounters, cocktails and epicurean delights throughout the Museum. The gala’s sensational silent auction will include fabulous gifts such as exquisite jewelry by Levinson Jewelers; a stay in Big Sky, Montana; a guitar signed by Richie Supa; a wine tasting for 20; and much more. Sponsors for ROCK the House with YAA include David & Jodi Epstein Family Foundation; PNC Wealth Management; Craig Zinn Automotive Group; Hoffman’s Chocolates; BBX Capital; Leo Goodwin Foundation; SHAPE Foundation; Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz; Nelly & Brian Rice; Andrea & Barry Ridgway; JP Morgan Chase; The Marlins; NACR; SunTrust Foundation; Clifford Viner Foundation; Pierson Grant Public Relations; Advanced Insurance; FPL; Jay Spechler & Mindy Shrago; Brad & Diane Weinbrum; IKEA Sunrise; Keurig; Karma Seven Day Spa; Kaizen Beauty Academy; Toshiba; and Levinson Jewelers, the official and exclusive jewelry sponsor. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, sponsorship opportunities and reservations, please contact Hannah Hausman.

Young At Art Museum
751 S.W. 121st Avenue, Davie
954-424-5018 Hannah Hausman
Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adoptable pets from Miami-Dade Animal Services will be the honored guests at Brunch with Pets organized by Heather Glassman. Drop by and support the agency and its efforts to find homes for abandoned pets. Brunch will be served, and your additional donation of $15 (which goes to Animal Services) gets you a glass of champagne fresca or a dessert. DJ Chilly will be onhand provided the sounds for your added enjoyment. And you just might find a lovable companion to take home!

The District Miami
190 N.E. 46th Street, Miami
Saturday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Take a “walk on the wild side” as you explore Zoo Miami by night at WildNight 4 All Evening Tour. Guided by a knowledgeable zookeeper, you will take a behind-the-scenes tour and visit animal exhibits, experiencing the sounds, scents and fascinating behaviors of the Zoo’s great beasts. Program varies according to animal availability. Includes pizza dinner and a souvenir. General admission is $40 or $35 for Zoo members. Limited availability!

Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 152 Street, Miami
ZooInn@ZSF.org (Education Dept.)

Sister Cooke Gala Kick-Off Party

Hundreds of friends will say Good-Bye to Sister Suzanne Cooke, headmistress of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, on May 2 at the Intercontinental Miami. No - she is not retiring; she is going on to an important job in Washington D.C for the Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada. A fabulous party to kick-off to the May 2 event was held at the beautiful home of Bunny Bastian in Coral Gables. The more than 200 guests enjoyed great food, entertainment and a chance to mingle with their friends.

Pictured Sister Cooke and Bunny Bastian
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Sister Cooke Gala Kick-Off Party

Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Grammy-nominated, singersongwriter Sara Bareilles will headline the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's 2015 Gala with a live private concert. Bareilles’ pop anthem “Brave” will be incorporated as the theme of the 2015 gala, celebrating the patients who battle cancer daily at Sylvester. Every dollar raised at the Gala will support Sylvester’s mission to develop more precise therapies through ground-breaking cancer research. A distinguished gala committee led by Chanin and Adam Carlin and under the direction of Lily Serviansky, Sylvester Board of Governors Development Chair, and Joan Scheiner, Board of Governors Chair, will welcome more than 800 guests to a night filled with “Brave” stories about the patients treated and the work done at Sylvester. During this year’s gala, Barbara Havenick, Owner, President and CEO of Magic City Casino/Flagler Greyhound Track, will accept the Caroline W. Halpern Award. The Caroline W. Halpern Award was established in 1994 by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in honor and recognition of Caroline Halpern's visionary commitment to cancer research. Tickets are $1,000 for individuals and tables begin at $10,000. Go online to purchase tickets or a table or to contribute.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-243-9949 (Amy Ferguson)
Sunday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m.

Join more than 2,000 walkers and runners who will take to the streets of Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk District for the annual Walk like MADD & MADD Dash, a signature event held in over 60 US cities to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In addition to the 5K walk and run, the day’s festivities will also include an awards ceremony, live musical performances, vendors and educational booths and appearances by local dignitaries. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Costs to participate are $25 for adults and $15 for youths under 21.

Huizenga Park
32 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
Sunday, April 26 at 8 a.m.

Join Grand Marshall David Bromstad for Care Resource's AIDS Walk Miami and help eradicate an pandemic that has plagued us for too long! Registration begins at 8 with opening ceremonies and invocation following at 8:15 a.m. The Walk will begin promptly at 9 - rain or shine! The streets will belong to the thousands of walkers who are participating for the cause. After the walk there will be an exciting post-walk celebration at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens (2000 Convention Center Drive) where you will enjoy a live performance by Henry Santos, music by DJ Suave, complimentary massages from Educating Hands School of Massage, beverages, goodies and so much more! Start a team of walkers, join a team or just walk on your own - everyone is welcome to register. This year's goal is $250,000! Let's beat it!

Miami Beach Convention Center (Hall D)
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Monday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a great day of golf with friends and supporters of UM's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI). Hosted by Didi and Andrew Adelson and Michele and Donald Soffer, the tournament will be held at Turnberry Isle Miami. Kicking off the day will be a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. featuring speakers from ISCI to discuss the latest research. For the tournament, player fees are $450 and a foursome is $1800. Proceeds benefit the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), founded in 2008 at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. ISCI is on the cutting-edge of translating stem cell therapies, and its goal is to spearhead cell based therapies for a host of untreatable diseases.

Turnberry Isle Miami
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura
Monday, April 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Travel back in time to 1981. . .when, in the wake of the McDuffie riots and the Mariel boat lift, Miami had the highest murder rate in its history, leading to TIME magazine’s infamous “Paradise Lost” feature story. But beneath the headlines, the seeds of Miami’s cultural revolution were being planted by a small but dedicated group of writers who were meeting regularly in a tiny Coral Gables bookshop called Books & Books. Fast forward 30-some years and celebrate poetry from Miami circa 1981 Miami with a reading curated by Michael Hettich. Enjoy 1981-themed food and cocktails curated by edible South Florida. Dress the part if you wish (optional) and dig out clothes you wore in 1981. Hosted by O, Miami, The Kampong, and edible South Florida, tickets are $15.

The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden
4013 S. Douglas Road, Coconut Grove
Wednesday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m.

Easter Seals South Florida's 2015 Golf Fiesta will be a fun-filled day to benefit children and adults with disabilities. The tournament attracts golf enthusiasts and Easter Seals supporters from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The tournament's format is a 4-person scramble that begins with a shot gun start promptly at 1 p.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. Cost to play is $250 per golfer or $1,000 for a foursome, which includes an exhilarating 18 holes of golf, lunch, player's goody bag, complimentary snacks and beverages on the course, and the awards dinner and silent auction immediately following play. Register online.

Club of Emerald Hills
4100 North Hills Drive, Hollywood
Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Don't miss the season's last Picnic on the Patio! This popular evening at Miami Beach Botanical Garden will feature a three-course dinner prepared by Lyon + Lyon and Leon Frères Petit Marché with beverages provided by Hiro Sake. Enjoy poached Florida shrimp, corn succotash, goat's milk panna cotta and more. Cost is $50 for Garden members and $60 for non-members.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Thursday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 16th Annual Miracle Makers Luncheon & Fashion Show, presented by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami along with Rene Ruiz, will bring together South Florida’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists. The event is co-chaired by Irene Korge, Bronwyn Miller and Migna Sanchez-Llorens, and Auction co-chairs are Patricia Fuller and Lesli Brown. The program will feature Rene Ruiz previewing looks from his designer couture Spring and Summer Collection with Cynthia Demos, CBS 4 News Anchor, serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies. This year's honorees are: Power Couple Swanee and Paul Dimare along with 2015 Miracle Maker honorees Betty Brandt, Nathalie Cadet-James, Nick D’Annunzio, Aaron Glickman, Elysze Held, Marile Lopez, Christina Martin, Lucy Morillo, Daisy Olivera, Carol Surowiec, Marielena Villamil and Mary Louise Young. These outstanding honorees are recognized for their philanthropic work and commitment to the community. Auction Co-Chairs are Patricia Fuller and Lesli Brown. For sponsorships, tickets and information, please contact Shaunte Young.

Ritz Carlton
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
305-644-0066 (Shaunte Young)
Thursday, April 30 fro 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In celebration of its 4th anniversary, Club Blue Miami, Young Professionals for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, will host area young professionals for an evening of networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. David Martin, president and owner of Terra Group, will be the special guest speaker. He and has company's mission is to evolve the South Florida landscape and by extension, the lives of the people within it. He has spent more than 15 years recognizing opportunities to enrich and invigorate Miami by creating truly original and exceptional spaces in unexpected places. Martin and his family have an interest in education, the arts and health foundations. Grove Isle will provide appetizers throughout the evening, followed by an assortment of desserts. Goody bags are complements of Kiehl’s Lincoln Road and Nature’s Cocktail Super Food on the Go. Other sponsors include Russian Standard Vodka, Jax Coco, Borggini Events, A Productions Inc., Chick & a Mouse, and Andres Guilarte of Allstate. Cost to attend is $25. RSVPs a must - by phone or email.

Grove Isle Hotel & Spa
4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove
305-446-9910 RSVP
Friday, May 1 from 6 to 11 p.m.

Branches will host its 12th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction, the main fundraising event of the year. More than 400 guests are expected to celebrate and raise resources for Branches' life-changing programs for children, youth and families. This fun and festive event will kick off with a 6 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction, followed at 8 p.m. with Dinner, Program and Live Auction, emceed by Mark Trowbridge. Entertainment during the evening will be provided by the band Private Stock. Philanthropic Chairs are Trish and Dan Bell, and the Gala Co-Chairs are Marielena Villamil and Laurie Zapletal. All personal gifts made to Branches during the Gala Dinner & Auction will be matched dollar-for- dollar by a matching grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell. Individual tickets are $175 per person, and Tables range from $1800 for personal table supporter to $3000 and up for corporate table sponsor.

Trump National Doral
4400 N.W. 87th Avenue, Miami
305-442-8306, Ext. 1002 (Isabelle Pike)
Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m.

Join Bravo’s “Top Chef” semifinalist and fan favorite Chef Sam Talbot (pictured) as he and top Miami chefs go Out of the Kitchen to help raise funds for the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). This unique and ultimate-foodie experience will take 20 local chefs out of the confines of their kitchens, and into a large ballroom at the Forbes 5-star St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort, where they will simultaneously create three-course meals table-side for tables, each seating 12 guests. The event begins with a VIP cocktail reception where you'll see the traditional art of sabering a champagne bottle, enjoy gourmet appetizers selected from pop-up restaurants, and bid on live and silent auction items of exclusive getaways, TV show tickets and more. Desserts will be created especially for the event by world-renowned St. Regis Executive Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour. Dinner tickets are $275 p/p.

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
Saturday, May 2 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Experience the greatest two minutes in sports with an all day event, Derby Day at Mizner with a portion of the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish. Guests at this glamorous Kentucky Derby watch party at Mizner Amphitheater will enjoy two free drinks, gourmet food and super prizes. The Kentucky Derby and the day's entertainment will be showcased on a special, high-definition 16-foot-tall Jumbotron screen. Wear your Kentucky Derby best, including a Derby hat, to get in the spirit of the race. Tickets are $65.

Mizner Amphitheater
590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m.

Break out your Derby hat and bring on the horses for the 141st Run for the Roses! Enjoy an afternoon of festivities at Kentucky Derby Day, an inaugural event for nextgen, a support group of Chapman Partnership. Doors open at 4 p.m. to get set for the live Derby broadcast, hors d'oeuvres, signature Mint Juleps, a raffle and "Best Dressed" and "Best Hat" contests. Tickets for the event are $45.

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
305-329-3004 Nirvana Cobb
Saturday, May 2 at 6 p.m.

The Baptist Health Foundation’s 8th Annual “Sauté & Sip” interactive dinner event invites guests to travel the world through cuisine, while preparing a delectable, multi-course dinner under the direction of celebrity chefs. All proceeds benefit Baptist Health Breast Center’s CareCoach and Genetic Testing programs, which provide compassionate support and individualized attention to breast cancer patients and their families. Tables for “Sauté & Sip” are available at the “World Class” ($10,000), “First Class” ($7,000) and “Business Class” ($4,000) levels. Sponsorship and philanthropic opportunities ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 also are available, as are underwriting opportunities. A limited number of individual “Traveler” seats are available at $500.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
Saturday, May 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Experience a chic twist on happy hour and lounge poolside under the moonlight while enjoying great drink specials, sounds from a live DJ, freshly-rolled cigars by Turnberry Isle's resident cigar roller and complimentary lite bites as you gaze at the beautiful full moon and the stars. Have dinner at Bourbon Steak after enjoying the Cascata Onyx Bar, and you will receive 20% off total dining charges (except alcoholic beverages) at the restaurant. For more information, please contact the Concierge team.

Turnberry Isle Miami
Cascata Pool Onyx Bar
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura
785-279-6524 Concierge
Saturday, May 2 from 6 to 10 p.m.

As part of its goal to empower the next generation of young entrepreneurs in South Florida, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), will host the annual Ignite Entrepreneurship Launch Benefit to kick off the Ignite Entrepreneurship series of events. Presented in conjunction with eMerge Americas, the 5-day technology conference in Miami will connect the best and brightest from the start-up and funding ecosystems. The launch event will gather more than 300 local entrepreneurs, business leaders eMerge Americas attendees to celebrate and support South Florida’s young entrepreneurs. At NFTE’s Spirited Start-up cocktail reception, guests will sample the best of the region’s craft spirits, beers, wines and cocktails. There also will be a unique auction where gueats can bid on a chance to spend time with the region’s top entrepreneurs through the "Hour with an Entrepreneur Auction." Inspirational life coach Tim Storey will present and coach a young entrepreneur live, and Nancy Dahlberg, the entrepreneurship writer for the Miami Herald, will receive the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from NFTE. Guests will dance the night away and enjoy a locally-sourced tasting menu. Tickets are $150 (which also provide admittance to the conference). All proceeds will benefit low-income youth enrolled in NFTE South Florida.

Palm Court in the Miami Design District
140 N.E. 39th Street, Miami
888-896-7776 (Stephanie Alvarado)
Saturday, May 2 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

uAspire Miami will host its 2nd Annual Cap & Gown Gala featuring "The First One Awards," honoring individuals who are first-generation college graduates and who are leaders or rising stars in their fields or the community. This year Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Ambassador Simon Ferro and U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (pictured) will be honored. The event will draw South Florida business and community leaders to celebrate uAspire Miami and its mission to ensure that college is affordable and accessible for all young people. Throughout the evening, guests will sip on cocktails courtesy of Bacardi and beer from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company and enjoy delicious tapas and paella al fresco. This gala promises a setting that is refreshingly low-key, as guests eat, drink, lounge and dance away the night to a live band under a beautiful Miami sky. Tickets are $175 per person. Contact Jerry Henry for sponsorship opportunities and tickets or purchase online.

Miami Dade College Koubek Center
2705 S.W. Third Street, Miami
305-237-7540 Jerry Henry
www.uAspire.org/Events/Gala (Purchase Tickets)

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