Neiman Marcus Coral Gables’ ART OF FASHION Event
The luxury department store celebrates philanthropists and style at this annual event
Neiman Marcus of Coral Gables will this Wednesday host its annual Art of Fashion event, combining style and altruism to honor four prominent Miami philanthropists and the organizations each one supports. This year, the event will feature food stations and bars serving champagne, white wine, and rose – all from the Mariposa Restaurant. The show will feature latest collections from a wide range of designers that Neiman Marcus Coral Gables carries, and will present on the runway a first-look at the best of fall fashions, and SocialMiami will serve as a media sponsor. It’s 10th Year the luxe department store has celebrated Miami’s charitable community, honoring the dedication and contribution of four compassionate individuals.
“The Art of Fashion is our official kick off of the fall season,” says Elias Synalovski, VP/GM of Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. “We are excited to be presenting the best of Neiman Marcus Fall 2019.”
Alexa Wolman, Perez Art Museum Miami
Alexa Wolman is a lawyer and philanthropist who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from the University of California Law School in Los Angeles.
Wolman is proud to support many Miami institutions, including Vizcaya, The Fountainhead Artist’s Residency, The Bass Museum, where she is on the committee for the upcoming Bass Ball, and as a Trustee for the Perez Art Museum of Miami. Currently, she is Co-Chairing Kids JAMM at PAMM, the museum’s first-ever family fundraiser on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Working with renowned multi-disciplinary artists, kids of all ages will have an unforgettable experience creating their own masterpieces. KIDS JAMM will feature live music, art-making activities and many more activities designed to forge a deeper connection with PAMM, living artists, and the creative process.
Wolman is married to Adam Wolman and proud mom to daughter Xanadu.
Marile Lopez, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Marile Lopez, Chief Financial Officer at Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm, has been deeply committed to the South Florida community for over 20 years—serving the community through leadership roles in a number of organizations. Currently, she is Chair of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s South Florida Executive Committee, whose initial focus is to host the 2020 Legends for Charity Dinner (NFL Super Bowl LIV). She is also Chair of FIU Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council, where she is leading her 2nd, multi-million dollar capital campaign.
Mrs. Lopez and her husband, Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., have chaired 10 Galas for charitable organizations including the American Cancer Society, Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the National Young Arts Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade, the American Red Cross and Chapman Partnership, as well as served on multiple not-for-profit boards. She was Board Member for Miami Children’s Health Foundation and, subsequently, board chair, serving for 6 consecutive years. Under her leadership, MCH’s Diamond Ball raised a record-breaking $4.3 million.
Marile has received multiple distinguished recognitions for her and her husband’s contributions to the South Florida community including the James W. McLamore Volunteer of the Year Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Red Cross Philanthropy Volunteer of the Year Award, Florida Blue Philanthropy Award – Spectrum Awards for Women, Woman of Distinction and Caring by Plaza Health Network, In the Company of Women Award by MDC Parks Foundation, Chapman Partnership’s Take A Walk in Her Shoes, Women of Faith with the Virtue of Charity Award by Archdiocese of Miami, and the FIU Torch – Community Leadership Professional Achievement Award.
Mrs. Lopez received her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from FIU, and Associate’s degree from Miami-Dade College. She and Jorge Luis Lopez have five children.
Jennifer Montoya, Fairchild Tropical Garden
Jennifer (Quinn) Montoya received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her JD from St. Thomas University School of Law Miami. She provided consulting services to Fortune 500 clients in many major cities with KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers before making Miami home in 2009 and starting her law firm specializing in economic development. She also the Director of Incentives for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Montoya serves many of Miami’s major non-profits. She and her husband, Gabriel Montoya co-chaired the Science Museum Gala in 2015, and they both also served on the Frost Science Museum’s Capital Campaign Committee and continue to be active supporters of the museum. Together they also served as the 2018 Miami Children’s Museum Be A Kid Again Gala chairs, where she served as a board member. Jennifer co-chaired the 2018 Adrienne Arsht Center Imagination Ball, as well as the 2019 Make a Wish Brunch. She currently serves on the Vizcaya Ball and Preservation Luncheon committees, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Gala committee, the Chapman Partnership Take a Walk in Her Shoes Luncheon committee, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s inaugural South Florida Executive Committee.
Montoya was honored for her philanthropic and business accomplishments in 2018 by the American Cancer Society – Inner Circle of 12, as well as the Chapman Partnership Take a Walk in Her Shoes Luncheon in 2019. Jennifer has been named an honoree of the 9th Annual Splendor in the Garden Fairchild Philanthropy award for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in 2020. She’s also involved with St. Philips Episcopal School in Coral Gables.
Montoya and her husband have two children; Oliver, 9, and Georgina, 3, along with their beloved Yorkie named Bender.
Eilah Campbell-Beavers, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Eliah Campbell-Beavers is from Chicago, Illinois, where she began an accomplished career in wealth management. Early on, she began serving the community and devoted her time and efforts to organizations including the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Shedd Aquarium, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and the Boys & Girls Club.
Since moving to Miami in 2010 with her husband Ben Beavers, Campbell-Beavers has made her primary focus philanthropy. She joined the Nicklaus Foundation Board in 2014, and chaired their annual gala, The Diamond Ball, in 2015 as well as co-chaired the same gala in 2016. Campbell-Beavers, with her husband, was an honorary chair the following year and she was involved with the committee for their annual luncheon, Wine Women & Shoes from 2011-2016. She also co-chaired the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala in March 2017 and was honored the year prior at their annual Miracle Makers luncheon.
For the past three years, Campbell-Beavers has been the co-chair for the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens hat luncheon, which supports the preservation of this historic landmark. She’s also worked with Women of Tomorrow, Jackson Health Foundation, Breakthrough Miami, American Red Cross, Young Arts, Florida Grand Opera, American Cancer Society, Honey Shine and Chapman Partnership. In her hometown, Campbell-Beavers also remains involved with the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Greenhouse Scholars, where her husband sits on the board.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.