Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Social Miami

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, 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. Nordstrom, Advanced Medical Specialties and Island Gardens are the presenting sponsors. 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)

Fundraising Reception with Marco Rubio

Wednesday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Kristi House welcomes guest speaker Marco Rubio, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, at a special fundraising reception hosted by Becker & Poliakoff. Also in attendance will be State Representatives Anitere Flores and Carlos Lopez-Cantero. A donation of $100 is suggested, which will benefit Kristi House's mission to provide a healing environment for child victims and their families, regardless of income.

Offices of Becker & Poliakoff
121 Alhambra Plaza, 10th Floor, Coral Gables
305-807-8998 (Alina Nunez)

Carnival at Texas de Brazil

Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Friends of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital invite you to a social hour to celebrate Carnival at Texas de Brazil. Join young professionals for a great networking event in support of a wonderful cause! Enjoy appetizers and two complimentary drinks (beer, wine or caipirinhas) with admission. $10 for current members of Friends of St. Jude and $25 for new members. All Friends of St. Jude will be entered in a drawing for a party for 10 persons on Aquasino, valued at $400, but you must be present to win! View the latest about the event.

Texas de Brazil Steakhouse
300 Alton Road, Miami Beach
305-265-1371 (Paola Cassana)

Make-A-Wish Aqua Yacht Party

Thursday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

Join Miami-Dade Wishmakers as they celebrate the evening Carnaval-style on board the luxury party yacht Aqua. Enjoy live entertainment, complimentary champagne upon arrival, two complimentary Caipirinhas, and 2-4-1 select top shelf drink specials all night. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 dockside. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Aboard Aqua (docked adjacent to InterContinental Hotel)
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami
954-967-9474, Ext. 323

Art @ MiaSci

Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

MiaSci's Happy Hour with Substance offers an interesting alternative for young professionals, science aficionados and art enthusiasts to meet in a non-traditional setting. This month's focus is on art, and works by Alena Fresquet, Daniel Marin and other local artists will be on display. Enjoy an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and the Museum's exhibits while listening to sounds of renowned South Florida DJ's. Miami Science Museum members $6; all others $10. Happening every fourth Thursday so don't miss Art @ MiaSci!

Miami Science Museum
3280 S. Miami Avenue, Miami

The Launch of "Ageless Beauty 101"

Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Get educated: Meet the beauty experts at Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland to get practical one-on-one advice for beauty at any age. Get glamorous: Stop by the beauty counters at Saks to get up-close-and-personal with all the fabulous Ageless Beauty 101 options. Get refreshed: Enjoy one of our delicious cocktails and fresh fruit. Get gifted: With any in-store cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $100 or more, receive an exclusive terry bag filled with deluxe samples from favorite beauty brands and more! (While supplies last, one gift bag per customer, please. Contents may vary.) Ageless Beauty 101 runs through March 8 at Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland.

Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland, Cosmetics on One
7687 N. Kendall Drive, Miami

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

2nd Annual "Champions of Business" Luncheon

Friday, February 29 at 11:30 a.m.

"Tomorrow's Leaders, Leading Today" is the theme for this event offering Miami's young and notable business professionals the opportunity to gather, network and learn. Panelists include cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of "The South Beach Diet," Lisa Pliner, Creative Director of Donald Pliner Shoes, and Alan G. Randolph, former President of Ocean Drive Media Group. "Mr. Miami Beach" Michael Aller, Tourism Director and Chief of Protocol for Miami Beach will moderate. Tickets are $75 for Miami Beach Chamber members and $85 for all others.

One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
305-695-6834 (Danielle Hirschfeld)

SunTrust Signature Golf Classic

Friday, February 29 at 1:15 p.m.

Holtz Children's Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is the beneficiary of proceeds of the SunTrust Classic. Tee time is 1:15 and the player fee includes lunch, dinner and an awards ceremony. Jimmy Cefalo is the celebrity emcee for the dinner and awards. Contact Marisol Walker for additional information.

Miami Beach Golf Course
2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach
305-355-4999 (Marisol Walker)

Grand Opening of E.J. Jewelry

Friday, February 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of E.J. Jewelry in Bay Harbor Islands' Gloria Couture Boutique with special grand opening discounts on all jewelry, accessories, gifts and ready-to-wear clothing. E.J. Jewelry, a popular Boca Raton retailer of designer costume and fine jewelry, opens its second location offering one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from local designers and unusual 14 carat gold, cubic zirconium and sterling silver baubles, as well as stunning handbags, belts and gift items. Stop by for informal modeling and refreshments all afternoon and that special courtesy discount of 20% on purchases. Meet owners Joanne Stillman and Gloria Petri and indulge yourself.

Gloria Couture
1060 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands
305-864-1090 or 305-868-5665

Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop

Friday, February 29 at 6 p.m.

Jump aboard Fort Lauderdale's Sun Trolley and hit one hot spot after another from Second Avenue to the beaches along Las Olas Boulevard. Ten bars and restaurants are participating in this special fundraising night to benefit 5 hosting Fort Lauderdale charities. $20 gets you a Sun Trolley pass for continuous loops to get on and off at will. At 10 p.m. join fellow Bus Loopers at the Briny Riverfront where festivities continue with a dinner buffet, live music and dancing. The Bus Loop benefits the Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation, Young Professionals for Covenant House, Riverwalk Trust, Broward County Gator Club and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets and information.

Las Olas Riverfront Mall Courtyard
300 S.W. 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Get Sexy on the Mile

Friday, February 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami is hosting an evening of makeovers, consultations and indulgences to benefit its Mentoring Research Center. Special $35 blow-outs (scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m.), make up demonstrations, skin and body care consults with Danielle Knox, $5 polish changes, mini-facials, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres make this a night devoted to beauty.

GBS The Beauty Story
31 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Kick-Off for 2008 Gator Guayabera Weekend

Friday, February 29 at 6:30 p.m.

The University of Florida Association of Hispanic Alumni (AHA) will announce the recipient of this year's Gran Caiman of the Year Award and unveil the Gator Guayabera Guateque poster at this kickoff party for the event's fifth year. Join AHA President Ignacio Abella and get all the details for the upcoming Gator Guayabera Weekend festivities set for May 10 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. Sponsorships are still available for weekend activities, including a golf gathering and a Gator Educational Symposium and Seminar featuring top UF professors. Come on out for the kick-off, enjoy appetizers and drinks, live music and socializing with AHA. Parking is available adjacent to the building for $7. RSVP please via email to Juan Luis Porro.

Arts & Mind Center
3138 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove
305-343-8178 (Armando A. Olmedo)

16th Annual "Art of Table Decorating" Cocktail Preview

Friday, February 29 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Beaux Arts, a volunteer organization that supports the Lowe Art Museum, will host its annual "Art of Table Decorating" exhibition Friday, February 29, through Sunday, March 2. Beaux Arts members join South Florida retailers, interior designers and event planners to create over 25 uniquely themed tables that will inspire your imagination and enhance your personal approach to entertaining. A preview cocktail reception, including a full bar, hors d'oeuvres and live music, kicks off the weekend's exhibition. Tickets for the cocktail party are $60. On Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) tickets are $7. All proceeds will be used to acquire new works for the Lowe's permanent collection and to support a community outreach program to introduce underprivileged kids to the arts.

Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami
1301 Stanford Avenue, Coral Gables


Friday, February 29 at 7 p.m.

UM President Donna Shalala is Honorary Chair of this year's "Pawpurrazzi" fundraiser benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet. See who's who as the parade of "Great Pets Who Walk in Front of Great People" gets underway and enjoy a runway fashion show featuring four-legged models and their two-legged counterparts. Pets will chow down at their own special buffet that includes doggie ice cream. Humans should have it so good... but there will be an abundance of food, drinks and entertainment for 2-leggers too. Tickets are $225. Chairs are Martin Krediet, Alan Randolph and Rene Ruiz. Call or email Laurie Hoffman for more information.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
305-749-1815 (Laurie Hoffman)

4th Annual Evening of Indulgence

Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana presents Evening of Indulgence, a night of culinary delicacies, surrounded by artistic pleasures, sponsored by Stanford Financial. Begin with cocktails, enjoy a sumptuous dinner, sip fine wines, view exquisite art and bid lively at the auction to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. Cacao Restaurant's Chef Edgar Leal is Celebrity Chef, and WSVN-7 Deco Drive's Louis Aguirre and Ellie Rodriguez are Masters of Ceremony. Tickets are $125.

Coral Gables Country Club
997 N. Greenway Drive, Coral Gables

Hugs & Kisses Committee Family Fun Day

Sunday, March 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Miami Children's Hospital Foundation's first Family Fun Day, hosted by CBS4's entertainment reporter Lisa Petrillo, with Junior Committee Chairs Cristofer Fernandez, Zachary Kerr, I. Nicholas Lopez-Morillo and Alessandra Quintero, is being hosted by the Village of Merrick Park. The carnival-like setting includes entertainment for the whole family with arcade games, face painters, rock wall, monster slide, computer game trailer and much more. The carnival runs from noon to 3 p.m., and tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for children. Also on the day's agenda are a children's fashion show, seated brunch, the "I Make a Difference" awards ceremony, and a silent auction featuring items donated by participating Merrick Park stores. The show, brunch and ceremony begin at 10:30, and tickets are $175 per person with proceeds going to Miami Children's Hospital.

Village of Merrick Park Courtyard
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables
786-268-1841 (Karla Jones)

Vintage South Florida

Sunday, March 2 from noon to 6 p.m.

Enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating history & architecture in historic Downtown Hollywood. Outdoor museum exhibits, book signings, live music and entertainment, vintage car show, antique & collectible market, children's activities & lots more! Free admission!

Downtown Hollywood in the ArtsPark at Young Circle and on
Hollywood Boulevard between Young Circle and 21st Avenue

Dine with Ben Stein

Sunday, March 9 at 5 p.m.

ORT America is hosting its annual meeting reception and dinner with award-winning actor, economist, writer and teacher Ben Stein as Special Keynote Speaker. Equally well known in America's board rooms and dorm rooms, Ben Stein delivers a healthy dose of good humor as he tackles serious topics. The reception, beginning at 5 in the Fountain Courtyard and Grand Ballroom Foyer, is hosted by the ORT America 1880 Society, Diamond Ladder Society, Golden Circle Society, Heritage Club and deGunzbourg Society. Dinner and program begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Grand Boca Ballroom. RSVP by March 4th, please, online or by phone. Tickets are $125, and the event is open to the public.

Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton
305-416-7911 (Loren Krongold)


March 4 ? 9
?The Soul of Gershwin?

March 8
26th Annual Red Cross Ball

March 15
Humanitarian Awards Gala

March 15
It's All Overtown... So Chic in White Heat

March 15
The Sleeping Beauty Gala

March 15 & 16
3rd Annual Jazz
in the Gardens

March 28
Miami City Ballet World Premiere Celebration

Upcoming Events

What When
“The Soul of Gershwin” March 4 – 9
26th Annual Red Cross Ball Saturday, March 8
56th Humanitarian Awards Gala Saturday, March 15
It's All Overtown... So Chic in White Heat Saturday, March 15
The Sleeping Beauty Gala Saturday, March 15
3rd Annual Jazz in the Gardens Sat. & Sun. March 15 & 16
Miami City Ballet World Premiere Celebration Friday, March 28

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