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Vizcaya's 9th Annual Preservation Luncheon

Tuesday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 9th Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon, also known as the “Hat Luncheon,” brings together a cross section of Miami’s social and philanthropic leaders, donned in stylish hats. This luncheon is Vizcaya’s only major daytime fundraiser held on the estate and harkens back to the fashionable daytime events in the gardens which were a tradition in Vizcaya’s early years. The Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon raises funds to preserve and protect Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for the community and future generations to come. For more information, call Cammy Richards, Event Director, at 305-860-8404 or email

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami


Purim Pairings 2017

Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU’s annual celebration of the pageantry of Purim will offer an exclusive evening including a cocktail reception, a gourmet kosher dinner paired with specially curated wines, live music, fun entertainment and much more! Featuring a selection of local South Florida celebrity Chefs, under the direction of Chef Allen Susser, each chef will create and prepare one course of a four-course kosher dinner. Watch the preparation of each course and be served the course, prepared by the Kosher caterer, to match the demonstrated course. A coordinating kosher wine, selected by local wine merchant Mike Bittel of Sunset Corners, will be served with each course, and detailed by the Host Linda Gassenheimer. The line-up of chefs for Purim Pairings 2017 are: Brad Kilgore of Miami’s Alter and BRAVA at the Arsht Center, a 2016 Food & Wine "Best New Chef;" Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons; Sam Gorenstein, owner of the My Ceviche chain of restaurants; and Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker. Sponsorships are available ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and tables of ten cost $5,000 and $10,000 with half tables available to share.

Emanuel Luxury Venue (ELV)
1723 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
786-972-3164 or 786-972-3162


Feast with the Beasts 2017

Friday, March 10 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Feast with the Beasts is one of the most highly anticipated fundraising events on South Florida’s social calendar. It provides exotic and delectable tastings from some of South Florida’s premium restaurants, caterers and eateries. Guests will be delighted with libations from open bars, wild animal encounters, live entertainment with a flair, a Hookah lounge, and sights and sounds that transport them around the world. The theme for 2017’s Feast with the Beast is "Taste of the Tropics," and the new Entry Plaza and the Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit will be the setting. Guests will party in style and celebrate the international and tropical flavors of Miami. Funds raised from the evening’s event will continue to lay the groundwork for future growth, which is a testament to the tireless efforts of Zoo Miami's supporters. 7 p.m. to midnight - VIP Party at the Beastkeeper Lounge. Tickets for the Main Event (8 p.m. to midnight) are $250, and $500 per person for the VIP Party (7 to midnight). The VIP Party includes access to The Beastkeeper Lounge as well as admission to the Main Event. Visit for more information.

Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami


Be a Kid Again Gala

Saturday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Miami Children's Museum's Annual “Be a Kid Again” Gala is one of the most highly anticipated events in South Florida. The most fun event of the social season will be held at Soho Studios in Wynwood and feature live entertainment and distinct culinary delights. Co-Chaired by David and Christy Martin and Michael Comras and Daniela Swaebe, the 2017 “Be a Kid Again” Gala will honor Jeff Berkowitz. By being a kid again for a night, you support the Museum's goals of providing educational facilities and programs to every child in the community. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Hannah Hausman at 305-373-KIDS (5437), Ext. 142, or by email at for more information.

Soho Studios
2136 N.W. 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District
305-373-5437, Ext. 142 (Hannah Hausman)


VeritageMiami - Fine Wine Tasting

Wednesday, March 15 beginning at 6 p.m.

VeritageMiami will continue its 21st anniversary with a Fine Wine Tasting where you will enjoy an evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings at the lush Shops at Merrick Park. More than 65 wine producers and importers will be pouring 300 wines from around the globe complimented by culinary treats from top dining spots. Tickets are $150 for VIP which include pre-event reception from 6 to 7 p.m. and $75 for general admission from 7 to 9 p.m. VeritageMiami is presented by City National Bank, and proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health.

Shops of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables
305-7646-7029 Information


100th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m.

Rotary Club of Miami, one of South Florida’s oldest and most respected community service organizations, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a gala event chaired by Susan and Robin Shelley and club president Oliver A. Ruiz and his wife, Lissette.. The evening will commemorate the Rotary Club of Miami's 100 years of service with ag an extravagant party overlooking views of Downtowm Miami that the club's members helped create over the decades. During the cocktail reception and dinner guests will enjoy special entertainment and historical displays of early South Florida, spotlighting the many organizations Rotary Club of Miami founded and supported through the years. Emceeing the evening will be Eliott Rodriguez of CBS 4, who will introduce a who’s who of community leaders and VIPs to honor the 100 years of service. Music for dancing throughout the evening will be provided by the Chase Band. Individual tickets and sponsorship information are available online or by calling the Rotary office. Proceeds will benefit The Rotary Club of Miami, Florida Foundation, which funds the community service and international humanitarian service projects of the Rotary Club of Miami.

The Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne


An Evening of Possibilities Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 25 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight

Our Pride Academy will host An Evening of Possibilities Gala and Silent Auction, with more than 350 guests from the community to attend. David Lawrence (pictured) will be honored with the Alesia Cruchley Mogul Community Advocate Award. This event, the 6th annual gala, will feature a silent auction, open bar, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $175 per person with tables of ten available for $1750. Sponsorship opportunities are also available ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, offering benefits to corporations, organizations and individuals on several levels. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities.

JW Marriott Miami
1109 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-271-2678 (Kimberly Garnham) or


Centennial Ball Celebrating 100 Years of Service

Saturday, March 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Marking 100 years of service to the South Florida community, the American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys will celebrate at the 35th Annual American Red Cross Ball. Chaired by Mary “Mimi” Bradley Shafey (pictured), the ball will emphasize the life-saving work of the Red Cross. Swanee and Paul DiMare, will be presented with the American Red Cross Centennial Humanitarian Award for their outstanding support of the American Red Cross.
Ball Committee members include: Maria Beguiristain, Trish Bell, Stacy Briggle, Paula Brockway, Betty Brody, Terry Buoniconti, Debbie Campbell, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Pamela W. Cole, Leatrice Damus, Norma Echarte, Linda Levy Goldberg, Mary Frances Irvin, Jean B. Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Marile Lopez, Betty Lopez-Castro, Ginger Mead, Rita Michel, Maria Cristina Miranda, Jenny Parker, Jeanie Pfleger, Barbara Reese, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Kristine Wenzel, Rita Wilder and Michele Wiseheart. Tickets are $700 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne (Sponsorship Information)


13th Annual Deering Seafood Festival

Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Get ready to put all your senses to the test with the return of the Deering Seafood Festival, an all-day celebration of nature’s beauty and bounty. Live music, an overabundance of delicious specialties from the sea, flowing refreshments, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations; Bahamian Junkanoo parades, Virgin Island stilt walkers, and fun-filled scientific and art projects for kids take center stage at one of South Florida’s most enduring, popular events. Admission is $15 for adults in advance online/$25 day of event; $5 for children. Deering Estate Foundation members, complimentary.

Deering Estate
16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay
305-235-1668 ext. 253


VeritageMiami - Auction & Bubbly Brunch

Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m.

VeritageMiami will culminate this year with a brand new event, an Auction & Bubbly Brunch led by the king of southern fare John Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Inc. team of James Beard-nominated and award-winning restaurants Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken. Anticipated favorites for brunch include his grandmother’s famed recipe for 27-hour brined and crispy fried chicken served with heavenly waffles and buttermilk biscuits. Award-winning wines from the Best in Glass Wine Challenge and plenty of champagne will be paired with the three-course brunch, and one-of-a-kind experiences will be auctioned off. Tickets are $500 per person or $5,000 for a table of ten. VeritageMiami is presented by City National Bank, and proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health.

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
305-646-7029 (Mercedes Garcia)