Winter Wonderful Holiday GalaSunday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami will present its annual gala holiday dinner, "Winter Wonderful," a benefit to provide music scholarships and for the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program. The festive candlelight dinner is one of Miami’s most popular holiday events, featuring a beautiful array of holiday music performed in shimmering and intimate surroundings by hundreds of talented student musicians from the Frost School of Music. Individual gala tickets begin at $300; gala tables of ten range from $3,000 to $25,000. Highlights of the evening will include a sparkling cocktail reception, a sumptuous three-course holiday dinner and joyous musical performances throughout the evening by youthful voices of from the Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, and Choral Union and instrumentalists in the Frost Holiday Orchestra. The music director is Karen Kennedy, program director for the Choral Studies Program at Frost School of Music. During the holiday dinner festivities, Dean Berg will present the 2015 Frost Legacy Award to Debra and Dennis Scholl (pictured) in recognition of their advancement of the cultural arts landscape, both regionally and internationally. J.W. Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
16th Annual Hope for All GalaSaturday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
The 16th Annual Hope for All Gala
will raise funds to support Camillus House & Health's
mission to help individuals and families who are poor and homeless in South Florida. Themed "Guayaberas and Good Times," this special evening features a sumptuous dinner and richly diverse auction showcasing the very best in wine, travel and lifestyle items. Jason Alpert, of Alpert Enterprises, will be the evening’s emcee and auctioneer, and you can dance the night away with DJ Frankie Bravo. You can also support Camillus by placing an ad in the event program book. Ad sizes are available from an eighth-page to the two-page center spread with rates from $150 to $2,500. Tickets are $600 per person for general seating and $1,000 per person for premium seating. Sponsorships ranging from $6,000 to $50,000 are available. Pictured: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Jodi & Bob Dickinson Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-374-1065, Ext. 331 (Marcy Belfi)
Maria Rivas Home for the HolidaysSaturday, December 12 at 8 p.m.
South Motors Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens continues with a very special holiday concert: Maria Rivas Home for the Holidays
. Maria Rivas skillfully combines American and Latin Jazz rhythms with both lively and sentimental music from around the world. She interprets her music in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and performs her own blend of traditional standards. Maria’s unique sound is an intoxicating combination of classic American jazz, pop and blues with just the right splash of Latin accents. She has performed to rave reviews before large audiences in North America, Europe (including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival), Latin America and Asia. Hailed by Oscar de Leon, Latin Grammy Award Winner, as “one of the finest singers on the world stage today, truly a tremendous talent” she performs a wonderful holiday concert guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser for all. Tickets are $25 and $30, and the gates open at 6:30 p.m.Pinecrest Gardens - Banyan Bowl
11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest
Humbled By The Journey Life Lessons For My Family And YoursTuesday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Join SEED Miami for an opportunity to meet self-made business mogul, healthcare industry leader and philanthropist Mike Fernandez, author of "Humbled By The Journey: Life Lessons For My Family And Yours." Miguel "Mike" Benito Fernandez will take you on parallel journeys: a 508-mile pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago from France through Spain – and from a dirt road Cuban town to the pinnacles of U.S. business success. The book shines a light on the lessons Mike has learned over a lifetime of working tirelessly, overcoming obstacles and “showing up.” The most important lesson: “You have to take care of those who come after you.” There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP by December 8. Proceeds of book sales will go to The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation. Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts
Florida Memorial University
15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens
305-623-4134 Tiffany Graver-Smith (RSVP)
The Pacesetter EventThursday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The Pacesetter Event
is one of the most important annual events for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
/UJA Campaign raising millions of dollars to support vital social services in Miami, in Israel and around the world. Each year, hundreds of Miami’s most committed and enthusiastic philanthropists gather for an elegant evening addressing major topics of concern to the Jewish people. The event is being co-chaired by Jessie & Bernie Wolfson and Allison & Jerry Sokol. Robert G. Berrin is Federation Chair of the Board, Amy N. Dean is General Campaign Chair, and Jeffrey Scheck is Major Gifts Chair. Call or visit the website for more information. Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
Nutcracker MagicSunday, December 20 beginning at 10 a.m.
Miami City Ballet
will host the one‐of‐a‐kind children’s gala celebration, Nutcracker Magic
. A glorious family event for children of all ages, this spectacular holiday party begins with a sumptuous brunch, DJ and dancing in the Four Seasons Ballroom. Kids and parents alike will thrill to the delights of this winter wonderland party, complete with dancers in costume from Miami City Ballet's Nutcracker production. The party is directly followed by a 1 p.m. performance of the timeless holiday classic, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Chairs for Nutcracker Magic are Tina Carlo and Ana Codina Barlick. You will enjoy the very best seats in the theater, along with an extraordinary backstage experience for all guests participating at the sponsorship levels. Children’s tickets are $150 per person, and adult tickets are $250. Sponsorship levels are available and include tailored VIP benefits. Four Seasons Hotel Miami
1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami
Adrienne Arsht Center
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
305-929-7000, Ext. 2000