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Celebration of Life Golf Classic & Dinner Reception
Friday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The 2014 Celebration of Life is dedicated to the memory of Ron Fraser, a dear friend to the Alpha-1 Foundation. Ron Fraser (pictured), the renowned baseball coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes, had a strong, positive impact on the lives of thousands of young men that he mentored and coached through his baseball career. Through his advocacy efforts, Ron inspired thousands of Alpha-1 patients through increased awareness and funding for research. Together, with his wife, Karen, their commitment and dedication to finding a cure was unstoppable. The inaugural Ron Fraser M.V.P. Award will be presented to a well-deserving member of the Alpha-1 community for their outstanding philanthropic vision and tireless dedication to the Alpha-1 Foundation’s mission. The event will include an incredible day of golfing and a fabulous silent auction. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. Tee Off. The Dinner Reception and Silent Auction begin at 7 p.m. Costs are $1,400 for a foursome for the Golf Classic, $350 for a single golfer, and $250 for the Dinner. Tables of ten are also available for $2,500.

Indian Creek Country Club
55 Indian Creek Village, Miami Beach
305-648-9518 (Jeanne Kushner)

Annual Benefit and Awards Luncheon
Friday, May 2 at 1 p.m.

Live Like Bella Foundation will host its Annual Benefit and Awards Luncheon in honor of Miami Marlins pitcher and NL Rookie of the Year, Jose Fernandez. Join community leaders, elected officials and other Bella Believers to recognize Fernandez for his generous support of Live Like Bella and the fight against childhood cancer. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club
1001 East Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables

7th Annual Pineapple Sauté & Sip
Saturday May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The 7th Annual Pineapple Sauté and Sip, chaired by Eris Thomas, Host Committee. Guests at the 7th Annual Pineapple Sauté and Sip, chaired by Eris Thomas, will cook alongside celebrity chefs, recreating their recipes while supporting Baptist Health Breast Center. Funds raised will benefit the Center’s CareCoach and Genetic Testing Programs providing compassionate support and individualized attention to breast cancer patients and their families during and after treatment. The center’s genetic testing program also educates patients and families as to whether they and/or other family members are at risk for developing Breast Cancer. Sponsors of the 2014 Sauté & Sip include Coral Gables Executive Physicians, Florida Blue, Radiology Associates of South Florida, and Urgent Care Physicians of South Florida. Tables of 8 are available at the $4,000, $6,000 and $10,000 levels; and individual seats may be reserved for $500. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, call or email Laura Denoux, Director of Corporate & Event Philanthropy. Pictured: Dr. Robert and Eris Thomas from Coral Gables Executive Physicians.

JW Marriott Marquis
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
786-467-5404 (Laura Denoux)

Opening Night for Everybody Drinks the Same Water
Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

Miami Theater Center's World Premiere of Everybody Drinks the Same Water by Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla, will feature an all-local cast of veteran actors and rising talent. This provocative, medieval murder mystery will transport 21st century audiences to 13th century Cordoba, Spain, where a climate of violence, intrigue, and suspicion among Christians, Jews, and Muslims surprisingly gives rise to romance, collaboration, and celebration. Theater-goers will enjoy a top-quality, multicultural theatrical experience complete with a thought-provoking script; elaborate, custom-designed costumes; an evocative, original score; and unique set design, staging, and choreography—all hallmarks of MTC productions. The main set piece is a giant Islamic mosaic tile, set at a rake, and rotated by a custom-built, motorized turntable. Throughout the play, scene changes will be represented by the different positions of the decorative tile on which the actors will perform. Opening Night tickets are $35 with a limited number of $150 tickets which include a post-performance reception with the show’s cast and creative team. Performances, through June 1, are Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with tickets priced at $25. Group and student ticket prices are available.

Miami Theater Center
9806 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores
305-751-9550 Box Office

4th Annual “The Auction”
Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Camillus House's 4th Annual “The Auction – The Finest in Wine, Travel & Lifestyle Items," will help raise funds to help support individuals and families who are poor and homeless in South Florida. This annual event is supported by South Florida’s most generous and prominent philanthropists. Themed "Diamonds & Denim,” this special evening features a champagne and caviar reception followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by James Beard Award-dinner Chef Michelle Bernstein. Celebrity Emcee Dave Barry will keep the evening lively. A large diverse silent and live auction will raise additional funds for Camillus House's mission. Tickets for The Auction are $1,000 per person. Founding Trustee Sponsorships are available for $10,000. Please contact Marcy Belfi, Director of Special Events, for event information and reservations.

The Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables
305-374-1065, Ext. 331 (Marcy Belfi)

Power of the Purse Luncheon
Wednesday, May 14 at 11 a.m.

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade will host its annual Power of the Purse Luncheon, presented by Marie Claire of the Hearst Corporation and Italian designer handbag V73. Emmy award winning journalist and South Florida native, Jackie Nespral will be the Master of Ceremonies at this signature event that spotlights how The Women’s Fund energizes our community to create change for thousands of women and girls throughout Miami-Dade County. Marty Davis, Chair, Phillis Oeters, Honorary Chair, and Cyndi Hibnick, Silent Auction Chair, will welcome luncheon guests to a red carpet entrance, an over-the-top silent auction, and a sophisticated menu. Fashion and style will be accessible at the click of a button, with the V73 handbag, generously underwritten, as the centerpiece at all the tables available for bidding. The program will include an inspiring testimony from a grantee partner; a Lifetime Achievement Award given to Hispanic media giant, Cristina Saralegui; and a group of unique and exemplary women will be celebrated - Thelma Gibson, Gail Mixer and Marj Adler. The VIP reception will include a meet and greet with Editor in Chief of Marie Claire, Anne Fulenwider, Founder and Creative Director for V73 Elisabetta Armellin, Cristina Saralegui, all of the luncheon's honorees and other special surprise guests. Individual tickets start at $150. Call or visit the website to attend the Power of the Purse Luncheon or for more information regarding corporate partnerships.

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

5th Annual Take A Walk in Her Shoes
Saturday, May 17 from11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chapman Partnership's Womenade will present the 5th Annual Take A Walk In Her Shoes, a fashion show luncheon where the 2014 Womenade honorees will be recognized. These include Lourdes Castillo de la Pena, Lana DeSimone, Pam Garrison, Barbara Hevia, Laurie Jennings, Liliam Lopez, Marysol Patton, Ayana Rodriguez Boucher, Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Maggie Villacampa. Produced by C. Madeleine's, the fashion show will be directed by Danny Santiago with hair and make-up provided by Rik Rak Salon. Trish and Dan Bell will serve as Honorary Chairs. Individual tickets start at $125. Call or email to purchase tickets, tables or to become a sponsor.

Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne

2014 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball
Saturday, May 17 at 6 p.m.

The American Heart Association will celebrate the 46th Annual Miami Heart & Stroke Ball, one of the city’s most prestigious charity events. Dr. Sanford L. and Beatrice Ziff, well-known philanthropists in the community and longtime friends of the organization, are the event co-chairs. Carlos Castresana, Vice President, Practice Leader South Florida, Wells Fargo is the Corporate Heart Society Chair. The black-tie Hollywood Glamour-themed evening promises to provide a night full of heart-healthy food, live music, dancing and entertainment. Funding lifesaving research, establishing hospital guidelines, advocating for P.E. in schools and creating awareness about heart disease and stroke are just some of the ways in which the American Heart Association has served the South Florida community for more than four decades. Tickets begin at $1,000, and sponsorships are available. For further information regarding sponsorships, underwriting and in-kind donations, table and ticket sales, auctions, and more, please call or email Jessica Cerda-Antomarchi, Miami Heart Society Director. Pictured: Jonathan Cross, MD; Ralph Sacco, MD, Immediate Past President of AHA; Marla Bergmann, AHA South Florida Board Member, and Scott Dutcher.

Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami
305-610-4149 (Jessica Cerda-Antomarchi)

FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala
Saturday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.

St Jude Children's Research Hospital will host a special celebration as the red carpet rolls out to commemorate the 12th Annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala. Enjoy an elegant evening complete with a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, sumptuous dinner, dancing and live entertainment. This annual Gala has raised almost $5 million in the past 11 years and celebrates St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s International Outreach Program (IOP). The mission of IOP is to improve the survival rates of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide through the transfer of knowledge, technology and organizational skills. Tickets are $500 or $4,000 for a table of ten. Please call or email Carolina Masri.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami
305-265-1371 (Carolina Masri)

3rd Annual Doctors Hospital “Whimsical Wonderland” Ball
Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Spiral down the rabbit hole into the Doctors Hospital Whimsical Wonderland Ball. a tradition of awe-inspiring gala entertainment and a grand finale to South Florida’s gala season. The evening will benefit the Doctors Hospital Operating Room Renovation Project, allowing the hospital to continue providing high-quality, compassionate care while meeting the evolving healthcare needs of the community. Presented by Doctors Hospital Foundation, the ball is chaired by Ilien and Keith Hechtman, M.D., with co-chairs Patricia and Carlos Garcia, Esq., and Abby and Jose Portuondo, M.D. This dynamic team has chaired the ball since its inception and continues to bring energy, excitement and passion to the spectacular event. Tables are available at the $5,000 and $10,000 levels; individual seats may be reserved for $500 and $1,000. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, call or email Laura Denoux, Director of Corporate & Event Philanthropy at Baptist Health South Florida Foundation. Pictured: Co-Chairs Abby Portuondo, Ilien Hechtman and Patty Garcia.

FIU's U.S. Century Bank Arena
11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami
786-467-5404 (Laura Denoux)

8th Annual Faces of Hope Luncheon
Tuesday, May 20 at 11 a.m.

The 8th Annual Faces of Hope Luncheon will feature a lunch menu by Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein (pictured), wine and a silent auction. Master of Ceremonies is Former Chief, U.S. Mexico Border Office, Maria Teresa Cerquiera from the Pan American Health Organization, and Keynote Speaker will be NPH Pequeña Aurora Zacarias, who will share her powerful story of strength and resilience and how NPH saved her life. Tickets are $75, and all proceeds will support the 3,200 children served by NPH in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables
305-663-6211 (Janelle Sardina)

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