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We Are Miami

Wednesday, November 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join Professor Bill Hansen and his students for We Are Miami, an evening of dancing, dining and a silent auction to benefit Touching Miami with Love. Held in FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab, the event offers all you can eat and drink from some great local caterers and restaurants with craft beers from FIU's Beer Lab! Tickets are just $20 per person, and there are sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500 to $5,000. Touching Miami with Love has been inspiring, educating and empowering communities for 20 years. Cocktail attire suggested.

FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab
Biscayne Bay Campus, North Miami


An Aria to America Gala

Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO), one of Miami’s oldest arts organizations, is celebrating its 61st year, hosting a dazzling night of dinner and dancing at its “An Aria to America” Gala. Enjoy a cocktail hour that includes a silent auction and entertainment, followed by dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Drew T Band. The evening's Master of Ceremonies will be one of Florida Grand Opera's leading opera experts, Justin Moss. Marianne Kircher and Paula Barrera Scheer are this year’s Gala Chairs. For more information on how to attend, sponsor or underwrite “An Aria to America” Gala, please contact President René Beal at 305-951-2749 or by email at

Riviera Country Club
1155 Blue Road, Coral Gables
305-951-2749 (President Rene Beal)


28th Annual Festival of Chefs

Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Easter Seals South Florida's 28th Annual Festival of Chefs – “Where Culinary & Fine Arts Meet" is one of South Florida’s longest-standing food and wine charity events. This year the Festival of Chefs will welcome Dena Marino of MC Kitchen as Celebrity Chef. With Aspen Magazine setting the media standards high, Marino has continuously delivered with accolades from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, La Cucina Italiana, Wine Spectator, New York Times and Post. At Festival of Chefs, guests will enjoy the finest dishes from Miami's top restaurants. In addition to a fabulous multi-course feast, guests will enjoy sampling wines and spirits from the world's finest producers. Enhancing the culinary focus of the event is the amazing silent auction featuring fine art, jewelry, fine wines, dining, travel packages, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit Easter Seals South Florida’s Culinary Arts High School, a vocational training program for young adults ages 14 through 22 with Autism and other disabilities. Advance tickets are $125. Tickets at the door are $150. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Christina Jacomino.

Easter Seals Festival of Chefs
Nikki Beach – Miami Beach
1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
305-547-4719 (Christina Jacomino) (Tickets)


64th Annual Beaux Arts Ball

Saturday, November 12

Beaux Arts, one of Miami’s oldest arts organizations, will hold its 64th Annual Beaux Arts Ball at the Riviera Country Club. This year, Miami's oldest costume ball will carry a "Viva Las Vegas" theme. Guests will be treated to a show-stopping night of dinner and dancing. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour that includes a silent auction and casino games, followed by dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Marcia Mitchell Band with a special Vegas themed Flash Pop. Lesley Lyons-Monohan and Nicole Lozano serve as this year’s Ball Chairs. For more information on how to attend, sponsor or underwrite the ball, contact Annette Diaz at

Riviera Country Club
1155 Blue Road, Coral Gables


The Grand Gala hosted by Baptist Health Foundation

Saturday, November 12 from 6:30 to midnight

The most significant fundraising initiative in the history of Baptist Health South Florida Foundation is The Grand Gala with all proceeds going to support Miami Cancer Institute, the new destination cancer center. Recognized for its leading clinical care, exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and state-of-the-art technology – including the first proton therapy center in South Florida - Miami Cancer Institute offers ease of access to patients in the region and across Latin America and the Caribbean. The Institute opens in January 2017. The Grand Gala is chaired by Karel Foti, Lourdes Jofre-Collett and Leonard Kalman, M.D. Together with a 17-member committee, they have created an exceptional evening for the expected 800 attendees to experience, including an elegant reception and dinner, silent auction featuring exquisite items and rare travel experiences, and a performance by celebrated singer-songwriter and musician, Matt Goss, on the heels of a longtime weekly residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Tickets are $2,500 and $5,000 each. Tables: $25,000, $50,000, $100,000 (10 tickets).

Miami Cancer Institute
8900 N. Kendall Drive, Miami


10th Annual 'Wild About Kids' Gala

Saturday, November 12 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual black-tie “Wild About Kids” Gala. Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s many positive programs, including after school programs, homework assistance, computer training, social skills, dance, arts & crafts, professional mentoring, and summer and athletic programs, for area children who need them the most. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, the program, dancing and live entertainment. South Florida’s top community leaders, philanthropists and socialites will be among the over 450 anticipated guests who will enjoy a themed-evening full of surprises, luxurious and unique auction items, and much more. Guests will also have a special opportunity at the event to sponsor a child through donations. “Wild About Kids” Gala chairs are Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado and Marile Lopez. During the festivities, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will honor Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher of Miami Herald Media Company, with the Community Builder Award; and Judith Kramer, retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools executive, with the Charles “Bebe” Rebozo Humanitarian Award. Gala sponsorships are available. For more information about sponsorships contact Arthur Hernandez at 305-446-9910, Ext. 13 or at Tickets are $500 each.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
305-446-9910, Ext. 13 Arthur Hernandez


Women of Distinction and Caring Luncheon

Thursday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A signature event of the Plaza Health Network Foundation, the Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon honors and celebrates women in our community who have made significant differences in the lives of others locally and globally through their leadership, their volunteerism, their professional work and their philanthropy. Proceeds from the Luncheon support the Foundation’s innovative programs and services that benefit Plaza Health Network patients and seniors in our community. The 2016 Women of Distinction & Caring Honorees are Pam Garrison, R.N., Board Member Nature Conservancy; Nancy Hector, Founder, I Have A Dream Foundation; Bea Hines, Miami Herald Journalist; Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami; Hon. Gwen Margolis, Former Florida State Senator; Joy B. Spill, Esq., Greater Miami Jewish Federation board member and volunteer leader of Mishkan Miami.and Robin Jacobs, R.N., who will receive the BESSIE Award for her volunteerism and commitment to the community. To pre-purchase individual tickets or a table at this year’s Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon or to become a corporate sponsor, please contact Ilene Zweig, Executive Director, at 305-297-6863.

Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom
111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-297-6863 Ilene Zweig


The Women's Event Presented by Women's Philanthropy

Friday, November 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Women’s Philanthropy of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will host The Women’s Event, a meaningful brunch that brings together hundreds of Jewish women of all backgrounds to celebrate friendship, community and philanthropy. Through their commitment of time and support of the Annual Federation/UJA Campaign, these exceptional women are helping to care for those in need, fund vital programs and strengthen Jewish life in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries around the world. Corey Feinsilver is The Women’s Event Chair. Sheree Savar is President of Women’s Philanthropy and Sara Bejar is Campaign Chair. Amy N. Dean is Federation Chair of the Board and Jeffrey Scheck is General Campaign Chair.

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


National LGBTQ Task Force Gala - Miami

Saturday, November 19 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala - Miami at the beautiful Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Join fellow LGBTQ champions and come together for one of the most important South Florida fundraising traditions that honors everyday heroes dedicated to achieving equality. This year honorees include husband-and-husband power duo Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley along with Miami Herald columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Rothaus. Rudetsky and Wesley will receive the National Leadership Award for their unifying response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Rothaus will be recognized with the Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award for his tireless reporting on behalf of the LGBTQ community in South Florida. The gala is co-chaired by Charles Million and Bill Hahne. It kicks off with a cocktail reception featuring a lively silent auction followed by dinner, the awards presentation and live entertainment. Funds raised will benefit many LGBTQ-serving organizations. Single tickets are $450, The Fontainebleau has a limited number of rooms available at discounted rates starting at $289.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ Centennial Gala

Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m.

Miami's iconic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will celebrate its centennial, kicking off a year of festivities with the Vizcaya Centennial Gala. This fundraising event supports the preservation and protection of the estate and is the kick off of many activities over the coming year that will celebrate Vizcaya's anniversary. The gala will begin with a red carpet at the entrance of the beautiful Gilded Age estate, leading into the gardens and Courtyard for cocktails. The evening will continue with an elegant outdoor dinner overlooking Biscayne Bay. The University of Miami's Frost School of Music will entertain guests throughout the evening with a broad repertoire of music performed by numerous ensembles and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. The Gala committee co-chairs are Barbara and Jose Hevia, Cathy L. Jones and Christina and David Martin. Individual tickets are $750 and $1,000, and tables for ten guests range from $7,500 to $25,000. 100% of proceeds benefit the protection and preservation of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. To become a sponsor or purchase tickets or a table for Vizcaya's Centennial Gala, please visit

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue, Miami
305-860-8404 (Cammy Richards)


2016 Ray of Hope Gala

Saturday, November 19 from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Friends of South Florida Autism, Inc., a non-profit organization that raises funds for the benefit of South Florida Autism Charter Schools, Inc., South Florida Autism Center, and The Villages of South Florida Autism, will host the 2016 Ray of Hope Gala at Jungle Island. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a seated dinner with music and dancing. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on an array of items in the silent auction and to purchase chances to win a vacation raffle package. The Ray of Hope Gala is being chaired by Susan Leon, aided by a gala committee that includes: Vivian Mir, Karin Gongee, Lourdes Miranda, Anne Pierce, Francoise Pratt, Jacqueline Rojas, Susan Perez, Miriam Ochoa, Mary Rose Metzcus and Heidi Castillo. Individual tickets are $200 and tables of ten are available for $2,000. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $10,000. Proceeds will go towards the Capital Campaign in support of a state-of-the art facility to include a school building for 300 students at South Florida Autism Charter School and a community outreach building for South Florida Autism Center, Inc., offering programs and services for individuals diagnosed with autism and their families in the South Florida community.

Jungle Island's Treetop Ballroom
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-823-2700, Ext. 2414 (Susan L. Leon)