Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Social Miami events

Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon

Thursday, February 21 at 11:30 a.m.

The American Cancer Society will honor twelve outstanding community leaders at its Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show. The honorees are: Trish Bell, Paula Brockway, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Jane Cundy, Fanny Dascal, Swanee DiMare, Silvia Fortun, Monica Heftler, Anne McDougal, Laura De Oña Suarez, Suzie Sayfie and Mary Anne Shula. Cocktails are served at 11:30, followed by lunch and the best of the Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour 2008 Collection at noon. Chairing the event are Remedios Diaz Oliver, James Murphy, Dorothy St. Jean and Lilliam Machado.

Indian Creek Country Club
Miami Beach

Cupid Cares

Thursday, February 21 at 6 p.m.

The Young Professionals for Foster Care Review, together with Miami FC Pro Soccer, are hosting a Network for a Cause event with special guest 1995 FIFA World Cup Champion Crizam César de Oliveira Filho "Zinho" from Brazil. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $15 advance purchase and $20 at the door.

Grimpa Steakhouse at Mary Brickell Village
901 Brickell Plaza, Downtown Miami
305-573-6665, Ext. 180 (Kadie Black)

Marian Center’s Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show

Nearly 300 friends and supporters of the Marian Center Auxiliary attended their at the JW Marriott Hotel on February 8. The event, featuring a runway fashion show and shopping boutique by Key Biscayne’s FiftyRio, was chaired by Jeanne Del Vecchio. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Marian Center School & Services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1964, the school is true to its mission to provide each student with the ability to reach his or her full potential.

Leeza Hanson, Paige Farrey, Anna Marmol

The Lounge

Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Join PetSet members for an evening of socializing, live entertainment, and complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the newly renovated Pier Sixty-Six. Help this new generation of young adults who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of abandoned animals. Your admission fee - $25 for PetSetters - will house and feed 2 dogs for a day. Join PetSet for $40 which includes admission. The event is free for "Top Dog" and "Pick of the Litter" members. Valet available for $7; self parking for $4. RSVP please.

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
2301 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale

D'Vine Divas Dinner

Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

Wine Spectator's Samantha Shanken, master sommelier Laura De Pasquale and the Biltmore Cellar Club's Yvonne Roberts are hosting a spectacular multi-course dinner prepared by 7 talented female chefs paired with amazing wines by 5 of the country's hottest female winemakers. The event is part of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and begins with cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, then 4 sumptuous courses, and an after-party hosted by Grand Marnier and Cigar Aficionado. A special silent auction during the evening will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Tickets are $300 p/p, exclusive of tax and service fees.

Biltmore Country Club Ballroom
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Books & Bubbly with Padma Lakshmi

Friday, February 22 at 1 p.m.

Meet award-winning cookbook author and host of Bravo's popular show, Top Chef, at Books & Books Bal Harbour. Padma Lakshmi reaches millions each week, but now she has returned to the page with easy-to-prepare recipes for sophisticated international cuisine. Winner of the 1999 Versailles World Cookbook Fair Award for Best First Cookbook with Easy Exotic, Padma shares the global origins of her recipes for Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet - more than 200 savory dishes, such as Tangy Jicama Salad, Purée of Roasted Aubergine, Couscous with Merguez Sausage, South Indian Spinach and Lentil Soup, Red Snapper with Green Apple and Mint Chutney, Roasted Citrus Chicken, Barbecue Korean Short Ribs, and Honeycomb Ice Cream. From appetizers to desserts, Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet (Weinstein Brothers, $34.95) is the perfect book for anyone who wants cooking to be easy, elegant and unforgettable. Like Padma herself. Enjoy chilled champagne and handmade chocolates from Tartufo Chocolatier, and singer-songwriter Deblois and her trio. This event is presented in collaboration with the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour

Purina Walk for the Animals 2008

Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Join the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet for a morning of fundraising fun to help shelter homeless cats and dogs. Bring your dog, a friend or the whole family - plenty of activities for all! Canine demonstrations, interactive activities for kids and an agility course for pets, refreshments, unique pet gifts and toys, and a one-mile stroll around beautiful Bayfront Park. Make a pledge of at least $50 and get an official event T-shirt, goody bag and a one-year subscription to Pet Parade magazine. Prizes for top fundraisers.

Bayfront Park
301 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-749-1815 (Laurie Hoffman)

Gala Butterfly Ball

Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m.

The original "Dream Girl" Jennifer Holliday, performers from Cirque du Soleil suspended high above the crowd, a guest list that would rival any "who's who list," a dynamic auction, and delightful music, food and libations make this breathtaking event the "talk of the town." The Butterfly Ball raises money and awareness of Lupus, America's most prevalent yet misunderstood and misdiagnosed autoimmune disease. Tickets for this elegant night of dreams and illusions are $600 p/p.

Mar-A-Lago Club
1100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach

HSBC Be a Voice Take the Lead Gala

Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Voices For Children's Annual Gala attracts approximately 500 of South Florida's most influential and affluent residents and recognizes the extraordinary contribution of individuals and organizations working for the benefit of our children in need. The 2008 HSBC "Be A Voice Take The Lead" Gala will be an enchanting evening, transporting its guests to a world of exquisite dining; fabulous entertainment, featuring the Italian singing sensation Patrizio Buanne; and dancing.

Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami

"Fun and Fit as a Family"

Saturday and Sunday, February 23 & 24

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is taking top billing, but there's a very cool family-focused "Fun and Fit as a Family" mini-festival taking place the same weekend. Celebrity chefs Rachael Ray and Jamie Oliver are leading the way for two days of family activities to bring attention to wholesome eating and healthy living. There will be plenty of hands-on, interactive cooking demos by TV chefs, food labs for experimenting in, a jump rope contest and obstacle course to get little hearts pumping, a sustainable food garden to explore, and much more for kids and parents alike. Tickets are $23 for kids and $28 for adults and include entrance to exciting wildlife shows and animal exhibits so popular at Jungle Island. So gather your brood and head to Jungle Island on either Saturday or Sunday to enjoy exercise, healthful eating and plenty of together time-all in the name of improving your lifestyle habits.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

Special Olympics Area 11 Summer Games

Sunday, February 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers - especially huggers and supporters - are needed at the Special Olympic games. Do yourself a favor and come out and root for these special young athletes who take their competition very seriously! This track meet is fully sanctioned and has over 600 competitors. It is sponsored by North Miami Beach Optimist Club in memory of David L. Singer. For helping, you will receive a commemorative T-shirt and lunch, and for students, community service hours.

North Miami Athletic Stadium at FIU North
Biscayne Boulevard & N.E. 151st Street, Miami

Run for Darfur

Saturday, February 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Mast Academy students Chloe Hans, Marissa Salas, Cossette Joy, Giovanna Salucci, Brynn Katzen and Delfina Vizzoco seek your help for a project that is important to them. The girls are organizing a 5K and 1-mile run/walk to raise awareness and funds for the victims of Darfur. The run is open to all age groups, but the committee hopes for the support of fellow high school students. The race course takes you around Granada Golf Course and ends with a post-run celebration with entertainment and refreshments. Entry fee includes a specially designed T-shirt for the event - adults are $20 before February 10 and $25 afterwards; students and children are $15. All of the funds raised go to support the work of Africa Action and the Genocide Intervention Network.

Begin at Coral Gables City Hall
405 BiltmoreWay, Coral Gables

Oscar Night America in Miami

Sunday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

WPLG-Local 10 and Hotel Victor South Beach present the official Oscar Night America in Miami to benefit Miami Beach Film Society's Cinematheque. Red carpet arrivals for the 80th Annual Academy Awards begin at 6:30 as guests enjoy cocktails at the Hotel Victor. The Oscar telecast live from Hollywood begins at 8:30 hosted locally by WPLG's Laurie Jennings who will lead the bidding for extravagant live auction items. Event tickets are $125 and $150 and include cocktails, sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and the official Academy Awards program. Oscar Night America, now in its second decade, has generated more than $20.4 million for local charities throughout the U.S.

Hotel Victor South Beach
1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
305-673-4567 (Dana Keith)

15th Annual Make A Difference Gala Event

Sunday, February 24 at 5 p.m.

Chai Lifeline is hosting its annual fundraiser to provide emotional, social and financial assistance to seriously ill children and their families. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, bid on beautiful high-ticket silent auction items, and pay tribute to outstanding individuals who have made Chai Lifeline their priority: Dr. Debra Longwill-Fox, Dr. Kevin Fox, Rabbi Seymour Atlas, and Heather Andron. There will also be a memorial tribute to Michael Genet by his wife, Chava and a special recognition to Adam Kuperstein, sportscaster for NBC-6. Couvert $250 p/p.

Diplomat Country Club & Spa
501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale
305-956-9990 (Lily Rosenblatt)

7th Annual Heart and Star Dinner

Tuesday, February 26 at 6:15 p.m.

Join The Wellness Community - Greater Miami (TWC) to honor cancer survivor Debbie Curtin, Flagstone Property Group Chairman and CEO, Mehmet Bayraktar, and Surgical Oncologist Dr. Robert P. Derhagopian. The event, presented by Nordstrom and emceed by Mark Schumacher, benefits TWC's mission to provide psychological and emotional support programs, free of charge, for adults with cancer and their loved ones to find hope and support at all stages of their disease. Tickets are $250, and there are special drawing tickets available for incredible prizes ($40 each or three for $100). Cocktails begin at 6:15 and dinner is served at 7:15 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom
1435 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-668-5900 (Nora Castro)

BACC Keynote Speaker Luncheon

Wednesday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m.

The British American Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of three Keynote Speaker Luncheons. The first, presented by Anthony Smallwood, offers a sound understanding of the importance of the European Union-Florida Trade Relationship. Mr. Smallwood is currently 'spokesman' and press and cultural counselor at the European Commission's Delegation in Washington where he leads the Press and Public Diplomacy Team. There will be a press conference at 11:30 a.m., and lunch and speaker begin at noon. RSVP please.

The Country Club of Coral Gables
997 N. Greenway Drive, Coral Gables
786-228-8676 (Myrtle Alexander)

Broadway's Rising Stars Fundraiser

Thursday, February 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Sports Club L.A. welcomes friends of the Florida Theatrical Association for a journey through Broadway's Tony Award-winning musicals. It's an evening of performances by Broadway's Class Act, fabulous door prizes, Broadway gift baskets and show tickets, complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. A donation is $25 is requested.

The Sports Club L.A./Miami
Four Seasons Tower, 1441 Brickell Avenue, Miami


March 2
Vintage South Florida

March 8
26th Annual Red Cross Ball

March 15
Humanitarian Awards Gala

March 15
The Sleeping Beauty Gala

March 15 & 16
3rd Annual Jazz
in the Gardens

Upcoming Events

What When
Vintage South Florida Sunday, March 2
26th Annual Red Cross Ball Saturday, March 8
56th Humanitarian Awards Gala Saturday, March 15
The Sleeping Beauty Gala Saturday, March 15
3rd Annual Jazz in the Gardens Sat. & Sun. March 15 & 16

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