The Edit by Brett Graff
SocialMiami's editor covers the city's living and giving.
Quest Workspaces Grows While Supporting Non-Profits
Quest Workspaces – the largest female-owned shared workspace company in the country – is opening at least two new locations this year but not without making space for those working to make a difference. Because a key component to the company’s growth strategy its Quest Cares initiative, which provides free and discounted workspaces, meeting rooms and services to qualified nonprofit organizations. Since 2014, Quest has donated more than $411,000 worth of private and virtual office spaces and meeting rooms to 52 nonprofit organizations.
National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE), which provides bullying, violence and suicide prevention education and mentoring to K-12 school communities, including students, parents, teachers and administrators, is one of the dozens of non-profits Quest Cares has supported. For almost 10 years, the organization has had an office at Quest, where it holds fundraisers, including one that raised money to send 30 students to the White House during Anti-Bullying Month.
“Without a Miami home base and a meeting location, we would not have been able to apply for our original grant of $15,000 from The Miami Foundation,” said Jowharah Sanders, founder and executive director of NVEEE. “In 2020, we moved offices from Quest’s Biscayne location to its Plantation location to accommodate more students in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. Thanks to a bigger office space and virtual meeting technology, we grew our ambassador program from 30-40 students to 85 students.”
The Miami Design Preservation League Board Hosts VIPs for Campaign
Wine Women & Shoes
Congratulations to Breakthough Miami on bringing the celebrated Wine, Women & Shoes event to beautiful Bal Harbour Shops. As the mecca for shopping magnificence launched of Fleurs de Villes VOYAGE, a stunning 10-day cultural event displaying breathtaking fresh floral installations, Breakthrough Miami sold out each and every seat. Presented by Bal Harbour’s Access Membership and Rewards Program, run by Miami Social Star and society columnist Stephanie Sayfie-Aagaard, the most stylish of supporters came out to sip rosé, sauvignon blanc and Prosecco while watching a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour and dining on lunch presented by Le Zoo. The list of who was there is long and includes Gigi Whitman, Elizabeth Resnick, Patricia Fuller, Suzy Buckey Woodward, Lydia Touzet and get ready becaue the full gallery is soon to be published in SocialMiami.com.
Breakthrough Miami provides an academic enrichment program that uses a student-teaching-students model to ensure that motivated, under-resourced 5th – 12th grade students have access to excellent educational opportunities, graduate from high school on time, and attend college.
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.