The Edit by Brett Graff
SocialMiami editor reports what's hot in Miami's social scene
Adriana Degreas Opening
Marile Lopez and Jen Montoya hosted an intimate gathering at Adriana Degreas at Bal Harbour Shops to celebrate the swimwear brand’s shop and benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Afterward, some 25 ladies – including Patricia Cabrera, Marlene C. de Cespedes, Lucy Morillo and Karen Dresbach — were treated to lunch at Le Zoo, where they dined on baby lettuce and radish salads, brandzino, broccoli, eggplant prepared with red pepper and crème bruleé.
Human Rights Watch
Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne bon Haes hosted a reception for the Human Rights Watch’s inaugural Miami committee at the Friedman residence. In attendance was the city’s biggest names Martin Margulies and Hermina Seiden, Diane and Werner Grob, Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Dave and Roberta Lawrence, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Soledad and Justin Lowe. Guests sipped Friedman’s signature champagne Veuve Clicquot nibbled on seared tuna and Peking duck.
Virginia Jacko Honored
Virginia Jacko, President & CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was one of 10 global leaders honored at the 2019 Viscardi Achievement Awards in New York City. Leaders were selected for their extraordinary societal contributions and for having a profound impact on improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in their countries and around the world. Jacko, who recently made it to the news headlines with the launch of her ADA Compliance Meter, joined a select group of award recipients from South Korea, Australia, India, Belgium, Pakistan and other countries who are responsible for powering change and shaping attitudes within this community.
Pegasus World Cup
The hottest name in horseracing happens in January and pre-parties have begun. A lunch to ring in the Pegasus World Cup lunch was held at Swan Miami, where a fashionable crowd including Suzy Buckley Woodward, Hayley Sloman, Carol Iacovelli, Barbara Hevia, Sarah Harrelson and Vanessa Menkes sipped French rose and were served cured salmon with horseradish cream cheese and pickled cauliflower, small ham and gruyere sandwich squares, seared scallops, crispy brussels sprouts. For dessert, meringue and black forest cake. Ever the fashionable occasion, Hadley Henriette from Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour Shops represented the luxe retailer and Tiffini Steer from Pegasus spoke about the role of style in the ultimate of of horse races.
Wow to the Holidays
Wow Marketing hosted the paramount of office holiday parties. Filled with over 150 of the company’s clients, partners and friends, it transformed its office space into a Christmas village with a Coquito tasting station, holiday photo booth and a bake shop. Guests sipped champagne and nibbled on mini empanadas, tuna tartare savory cones, lump crab salad and bacon-wrapped dates and president and CEO Jose Dans announced its partnership to raise funds for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge.
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.