The Edit by Brett Graff
This week, big things for Fairchild, FOMA and The Gramercy.
Fairchild Hosts “Dinner in the Garden”
Last Saturday, one of the most breathtaking sites in South Florida, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted Dinner in the Garden, which featured celebrity chef Ben Robinson from Bravo TV’s hit series, Below Deck. In lieu of the annual Gala in the Garden, this year’s fundraiser took place in Fairchild’s tropical oasis where benefactors and community leaders enjoyed an evening of gourmet dining and live music. Limited to only 100 exclusive guests, Dinner in the Garden featured a prix fixe tasting menu and live cooking demonstration by Chef Ben Robinson, while guests – including Swanee DiMare, Kiara Cabral, Jackie Cabral, Frances Sevilla Sacasa, and Mr. and Mrs. Juan Alonso — came out to support the Garden’s efforts in science, education, conservation, and horticulture research.
New Board Member for Friends of Miami Animals Foundation
Lynda Gordon, founder The Gordon Alliance – a foundation dedicated to an array of charitable causes – has been elected to the board of the Friends of Miami Animals Foundation.
“Lynda has been a generous benefactor of FoMA as well as other academic and non-profit organizations in our County for years. Her experience in business development, combined with her expertise, passion and dedication to making Miami a better place for all people and pets will be a tremendous asset to FoMA. We are beyond thrilled to welcome her to our board of directors,” said Yolanda Berkowitz, founder and president of the organization with a mission to save and improve the lives of homeless pets in Miami-Dade County.
Says Gordon: “I am honored to join the team of animal advocates behind FoMA and get to play a vital role in saving and improving the lives of Miami-Dade County’s homeless pets.”
Gordon has been an active volunteer and fundraiser for well-known institutions such as Miami Children’s Hospital, the University of Miami Medical Faculty Association, and the University of Miami Medical School Council. She is the co-founder of the Michael S. Gordon, M.D. Charitable Foundation, and the founder of The Gordon Alliance, both of which honor the life and legacy of her late husband Michael S. Gordon, who is credited with revolutionizing medical education in South Florida through advanced simulation techniques.
Gloria Estefan at The Gramercy
Music icon and Miami-resident Gloria Estefan celebrated the birthday of niece and Univision star Lili Estefan on Thursday night at The Gramercy in Coral Gables. The ladies were joined by a small group of friends as they sipped cosmopolitans and snacked on deviled eggs, burgers and sushi rolls. Estefan, who looked like a million bucks with her hair slicked back in black leather pants, led the group in singing happy birthday and dancing to tunes by Bad Bunny and Jay Z with her friends. Later she took photos with a jumbo sized red teddy bear as part of The Gramercy’s charity promotion with local philanthropy, Lotus House, which supports homeless women and children in the Miami area.
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.