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 Inaugural Rosé Day Luncheon

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program hosted its Inaugural Rosé Day Luncheon at Cecconi’s Miami Beach, located within Soho Beach House. The event was presented by Château d’Eesclans with a jewelry presentation by GRAFF. Event co-chairs Suzy Buckley Woodward, Carol Iacovelli, Daniela Swaebe, Marisa Toccin Lucas and Jennifer Valoppi and the Miami-Dade Leadership Council, welcomed 150 of some of South Florida’s leading philanthropists to a sold-out event which raised over $80,000, benefitting at-risk girls in 119 public high schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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 A Night of “One Community,” Noche Tropical’s Tropicana 2020

The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, celebrated its 9th annual gala and fundraising auction to empower Cuban civil society. The event, Noche Tropical presents Tropicana 2020, was inspired by the idea of what the famous Havana Tropicana club would look and feel like in a future free Cuba. The ambiance was magical and the feelings of solidarity, passion, and good will palpable throughout the evening.

Beyond the futuristic, tropical flair of Tropicana 2020, the philanthropic guests and sponsors, elected officials, amazing production by WoW Factor, top notch emcee Alberto Sardiñas, an exciting auction by Neil Saffer and company, the raffling of a 2015 Corolla donated by Lauren & Bert Gonzalez (Ambar Motors), headline performances by Willy Chirino, followed by a late night after party featuring censured Cuban artists, was the story of one community, un solo pueblo, coming together in solidarity for the Cuban cause.

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 A Night in Old Shanghai

The Coral Gables Community Foundation celebrated its 24th annual gala, a Night in Old Shanghai, on Friday, October 16, at the Coral Gables Country Club, attracting nearly 400 of Miami’s philanthropic, social, civic and business influencers, many who turned out in Mandarin flair.

The gala, co-chaired by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young, raised funds earmarked for worthy Gables High School students pursuing dreams of a college education among other passionate projects the Foundation champions. This success was thanks in large part to a generous matching pledge by long-time Foundation supporters Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildebrant.

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 36th Biscayne Bay Gala

Miami attorney Ron Lowy, who has spent his life dedicated to public service, equality, and justice, recently accepted the 2015 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award from the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club ( at its highly successful 36th Biscayne Bay Gala.

The event, held at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, attracted more than 300 people and raised more than $100,000 for the club’s many philanthropic activities. WPLG TV’s Emmy Award-winning Michael Putney was Master of Ceremonies.

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 2015 Diamond Ball

The South Florida community came together on October 10, 2015 to celebrate Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s Diamond Ball: Diamonds Are Forever. The black-tie affair raised more than $3 million including announced gifts, for the children and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s Hospital, and brought together more than 800 guests to the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

Global music superstar, Armando Christian Pérez “Pitbull”, was recognized for his contribution to the community and his continued support to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as celebrity Ambassador to Together For The Children, The Campaign for Miami Children’s. Pérez was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for exemplifying his passion for helping children throughout the world.

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 Be A Voice Awards Luncheon
 Arsht Families Presents the Children’s Imagination Ball
 Branches’ Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Program
 YPO Benefactor Party
 4th Annual Fashion Gives Back Event
 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 12
 Video: Chapman Partnership 20th Anniversary Gala
 Iconic Images: A Benefit Event for the Miami Children’s Initiative
 2015 Jazz at Joe’s Champagne Brunch
 Inaugural Shatter the Stigma Fundraiser
 National Philanthropy Day Honors Alberto Ibarguen
 15th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon
 National Philanthropy Day Honors Swanee and Paul DiMare
 Inner Circle of Twelve
 Women of Distinction and Caring
 Mujeres Giving Back Recognition Luncheon
 Chapman Partnership: 20 Years of Empowering the Homeless
 Fourth Annual Be A Voice Soccer Cup
 A Grand Gathering
 A Night In Shanghai Kick Off Luncheon at Neiman Marcus
 National Philanthropy Day Honors Community Leaders
 Video: A Grand Gathering - SocialMiami Hosts Gala Chairs
 MCHF’s Kick-Off for The Diamond Ball
 2015/2016 Gala Guide Preview
 The Ronald McDonald House Makeover
 2015/16 Social Season Preview
 Dizzy Feet Foundation
 Back to School Drives 2015
 United Way 2015 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards
 2014/2015 Miami Charity Gala Guide Album
 George Feldenkreis: Fashioning a Philanthropic Legacy
 Stars Shine at 13th Annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala
 American Heart Association’s 2015 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball
 Doctors Hospital and Baptist Health Foundation Wrap Gala Season With “ThunderBall”
 American Heart Association’s 2015 Broward Heart
 2015 Miami Man & Woman Of The Year
 Record-Breaking 33rd Annual American Red Cross Ball
 Miami Dade College 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Gala
 The Victory Center 15th Annual Gala
 Gala Purim Ball 2015 - Vision 20/20: Looking Back/Looking Forward
 Conversations with Leaders in Art: It Doesn’t Stop @ Basel
 30th Annual Informed Families Dinner at Joe’s
 10th Annual Champions for Children Luncheon Awards
 6th Annual Womenade Take a Walk in Her Shoes