Wednesday, April 30, 2008 activities

The Women of Valor Luncheon

Wednesday, April 30 at noon

Adrienne Arsht is the special keynote speaker at this luncheon which honors Jackie Berney, Colleen Fain, Stacey Deutsch Shoer, and Rita Swichkow. Hosted by Temple Beth Am, the luncheon sponsor is TotalBank, and event co-chairs are Debra Frank, Amy Hollub, Shirley Levinson, Nedra Oren, Selma Weisbein and Pam Wolofsky.

Temple Beth Am
5950 N. Kendall Drive, Pinecrest

Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Miami

Thursday, May 1 at 6:45 p.m.

Build team spirit with co-workers by participating in the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, a 3.1-mile certified race/walk designed to bring health and fitness to the workplace and to make fitness fun! More than 20,000 people representing more than 500 companies are expected to participate. Enter your team today! The fee is $35 per person, $30 online, and $40 on race day, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the South Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. $30 online.

Bayfront Park
305 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

Las Olas Wine & Food Festival

Thursday, May 1 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The most popular street in downtown Fort Lauderdale, known for its fabulous restaurants, trendy shops and hotels, is the locale for the popular Las Olas Wine and Food Festival. Live music provides the background for festival guests to enjoy signature culinary creations from more than 60 of South Florida's best dining destinations accompanied by 30+ wine booths on the boulevard, courtesy of Premier Beverage. Honorary Chair Marc Buoniconti will welcome VIP's to the exclusive Bonterra Vineyards VIP reception (a sell out every year) from 5:30 p.m. before the main event gets underway at 7. Located at 8th Avenue, the VIP Lounge is open during the entire festival for VIP ticket holders. Also on street you'll find Crown Wine & Spirits offering the opportunity to purchase the wines you taste and Bombay Sapphire Music & Mixology Lounge - the drinks are mixed according to the music. Tickets to the main event are $75; VIP tickets are $200 and include special VIP gifts. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the American Lung Association and local asthma programs, education, patients and research at the Asthma Clinical Research Center at UM.

Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale

Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

Friday, May 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Join Educate Tomorrow for an evening of fine wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres, socializing, and browsing an eclectic array of items, including jewelry, artworks, vintage wines, sporting goods and more, offered in the evening's silent auction. The tasting, hosted by Gibraltar Bank & Trust, will feature an extraordinary selection of wines from across the globe. Tickets are $85 in advance and $100 at the door and include complimentary parking in the 220 Garage adjacent to the building. This event will help provide one-on-one mentors for foster care children who are turning 18 and "aging out" of the system.

Gibraltar Bank & Trust, 8th Floor Terrace
220 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables

Gift of Communication Society Celebration

Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The Hearing and Speech Center of Florida welcomes Justin Osmond as this year's honored guest at the Center's biggest annual fundraiser. Justin, the nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond, is hearing impaired, but thanks to modern technology, Justin can listen with the help of a hearing aid. The goal for this year's event is to raise $250,000 that will provide critical services to the hearing and speech impaired across Miami-Dade County. The celebration event includes dinner, a silent auction hosted by Northern Trust, and tram tours of Fairchild and its exciting exhibition of three great artists - Botero, Chihuly and Lichtenstein - in the gardens. Tickets are $150.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami
305-271-7343 (Lorna Bryan)

"Art of Found Objects" Annual Charity Auction

Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

Support The Education Fund by attending this extraordinary annual event that benefits the visual arts programs in public schools. R. Kirk Landon is being honored for his outstanding support of art education, and Ocean Bank Center for providing educational materials to further the mission of The Ed Fund. Come toast the honorees and enjoy an open bar, epicurean feast, live entertainment, a VIP casino lounge and, best of all, the opportunity to bid on luxury items and one-of-a-kind art treasures created by children, art teachers and professional artists. Tickets begin at $100 p/p.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 N.W. 87th Avenue, Miami
305-892-5099, Ext. 23

6th Annual Tropical Nights

Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

The goal of this festive celebration is to raise awareness and funds for autism, bring together guests for fine food, drink, music and dancing, and to acknowledge the tireless efforts of people important to UM-NSU CARD. Special honorees at this year's Tropical Nights: former Florida governor and US Senator, the Honorable Bob Graham for his dedication to improving the quality of life for all Floridians; and Jean and Robert Schomber, ardent supporters and largely responsible for the development of the Florida CARD program at UM. Proceeds from this event will continue CARD's free programs, services and research initiatives.

The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
305-284-9126 (Michelle Costa)

2008 YMCA Casino Night

Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.

Bimbo Coles and Jim and Samantha Dorsy are co-chairs of this annual event to benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, providing scholarships for daycare, after-school care, sports and summer programs. Guests join an elite group of celebrities for a night of fun, fortune and big states at the poker tables or playing Roulette, Craps and Black Jack. Tickets are $125 per person or $250 for a seat in the celebrity poker tournament.

The Collection
200 Bird Road, Coral Gables
305-662-7152, Ext. 102

4th Annual JunTos Charity Fundraiser

Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.

More than 700 young professionals are expected to attend this annual fundraiser presented by GM to raise awareness and funds for cancer and heart disease. The event features an open bar provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, food by Jungle Island, a silent auction with vacation packages and artwork from renowned artists, and a musical performance by La Mulata Del Sabor. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. The JunTos Foundation was established in 2004 in memory of two inspirational young men, Juanchi de la Rua and Toti Mendez, by their friends and family.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

Havana Nights

Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.

Try your luck at roulette, poker, black jack and craps and win fabulous prizes! John Hancock Financial Network presents Havana Nights to benefit the Mercy Foundation with a fabulously fun evening of casino games, cocktails, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple; $100 for an ambassador or $175 per ambassador couple. Attire is Guayabera chic. For more information or to purchase tickets, email Ady Arrieta at

Grove Isle Hotel & Spa
Four Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove
305-285-2711 (Ady Arrieta)

Fashion Unveiled

Sunday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and Aventura Mall are hosting a premiere fashion show and benefit for the Children First Fund. Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Grand Lux Café and fabulous fashions presented by the Mall. Your $60 contribution for admission also provides you an opportunity to win a variety of prizes. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Children First Fund.

Aventura Mall, First Level Center Court
19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura

Gala Dinner Dance

Sunday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Temple Israel celebrates its 85th anniversary with a weekend of activities, culminating with a gala dinner dance on Sunday chaired by Susan Gladstone and Marc Levin. It's $185 per person for a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:30 followed by dinner and dancing to music by the Ruby Baker Band. Free valet parking provided. RSVP.

Temple Israel
137 N.E. 19th Street, Miami

3rd Annual Broward/Palm Beach Golf Classic

Monday, May 5 at noon

Florida golf enthusiasts will celebrate "Cinco de Mayo" at the Transplant Foundation's annual golf classic. Exuberant golfers will kick off the summer season and help raise funds to provide services for transplant recipients and increase organ donation through education and research. On-site registration is set for noon with tee off at 1:00 pm. Player fees ($1,500/foursome) include gift bag with polo shirt, lunch, an afternoon of golf, a hole-in-one prize by BMW, cocktail reception with live and silent auctions, dinner and awards for best (and worst). County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman will be honored at the dinner for her outstanding civic efforts to further the Foundation's mission. Sponsorships also available.

Coral Ridge Country Club
3801 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale


May 9
Mother’s Day Preview Event

May 16
An Evening with Carly Simon

May 16 - 18
Red, White & Bluegrass

May 17
6th Annnual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala

May 17 & 18
“Thoroughly Modern Millie”

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Faces & Places

Upcoming Events

What When
King Jewelers’ Mother’s Day Preview Friday, May 9
An Evening with Carly Simon Friday, May 16
Red, White & Bluegrass May 16 - 18
6th Annnual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala Saturday, May 17
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” May 17 & 18

The deadline for submitting event information for Events of the Week is 5 p.m. Friday.

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