The Edit by Brett Graff

This week's social scene features the fabulous, the furry, and the jewelry.

Fun and Flowers for the Furry & Fashionable

Danielle Calleja, Lynda Gordon, Yolanda Berkowitz, Gillian Hotz, Samantha Sandres

Last Saturday, animal activist Yolanda Berkowitz hosted a story-time event for the people and pets at Bal Harbour Shops. Benefiting the Friends of Miami Animals Foundation and Berkshire Humane Society — and taking place among the shopping center’s new floral instillation Fleurs de Villes, supporting breast cancer research — it featured Pandemic Pals, a book written by 7th grader, Gabrielle Aaron and her aunt, Gillian Hotz that tells the story of Murphy, a Wheaten Terrier, who learns to adapt to Covid 19 restrictions and makes new friends when his life changes because of the lockdown.

There were special treats for pets and drawings to win spectacular prizes, courtesy of Bal Harbour Shops ACCESS Membership and Rewards Program. The furry and fashionable came out with guests that included FoMA board members, Danielle Calleja and Lynda Gordon, as well as Dr. Gillian Hotz as well as fashionistas Tara Solomon, Steph Sayfie Aagaard, Beth Tasca, Lisa Desmond, Lynda Gordon, Dana Shear, Molly Lopez.   

Patricia Wallace Jewlery Sale by Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s in New York has announced its “Magnificent Jewels” sale on April 15th, which features a fabulous and fun selection of jewels from the private collection of Miami-based Philanthropist Patricia Wallace.

David Webb Gold Enamel Diamond and Ruby Bracelet
Pawpurrazzi 2009 Chairpersons Patricia and Milton Wallace with Hanna and Chloe

Known for her generosity, hard work and abundance of red hair, “Mrs. Wallace never did anything halfway, as evidenced by her stunning jewelry collection,” says the auction house. ” In addition to successful careers in both real estate and banking, she was a passionate fundraiser for numerous healthcare, educational, arts and civic organizations, and served as chairman of the board for the Miami Humane Society for which she hosted many events.”

Her love of animals is mirrored in her jewelry collection, says Sotheby’s, as evidenced in her Gold and Diamond ‘Elephant’ Necklace by Cartier (estimate $60/80,000), Gold, Azurmalachite, Diamond and Ruby “Dolphin” Bracelet by David Webb (estimate $15/20,000) and Gold, Colored Stone, and Diamond Cartier Panthère Bracelet (estimate $60/80,000).

In tribute to her life of philanthropy, two additional panther-inspired jewels by Cartier and one by David Webb will be sold to benefit Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, which is committed to ensuring a future for the world’s 40 species of wild cats and the landscapes on which they depend.

Kristi House Welcomes Walmart

Kristi House last week got a visit from Florida Lieutenant Governor and former Kristi House Board Member, Jeanette Nuñez, who dropped by the main location in the Health District of Miami and brought along the senior director of community relations from Walmart, Adriana Pereira-Reyes. Walmart presented the organization with both money and items for its food pantry. The group also brought food for Kristi House children, families, and staff. “We are grateful to our government and corporate partners for supporting Kristi House’s mission of healing and eradicating child abuse and sex trafficking,” said reps from the organization. 

Washington Avenue Waves

The Washington Avenue Business Improvement District has unveiled “Wave To The Past,” a 4,000 feet mural dedicated to legendary entertainers who owned, worked or played on Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. It is the first-ever mural on Washington.

The mural design will include Jackie Gleason, Muhammad Ali, Jayne Mansfield, Prince, and Gianni Versace.

Muhammad Ali’s 5th Street Gym was on 5th. Ali won the heavyweight title against Joe Louis on 17th. Prince operated a club on 12th. Jayne Mansfield celebrated her Honeymoon, Versace owned a store on 8th. and Jackie Gleason operated the Jackie Gleason Theatre on 17th.

“It is important to pay tribute to legends who helped shape our lives, Miami Beach and the world,” said Troy E. Wright, Executive Director. “The rich culture and diversity represent accomplishments through hard work and dedication to changing the world positively.”


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