The Edit by Brett Graff

SocialMiami's editor covers the city's living and giving.

Quest Workspaces Grows While Supporting Non-Profits

Quest Workspaces CEO Laura Kozelouzek

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.

NVEEE founder Jowharah Sanders

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

As the sunset on Hibiscus Island, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Paul Vogele, Daniel Ciraldo, The Miami Design Preservation League Board of Directors, The Ben Josef and Lowenstein families hosted a private sunset cocktail party to benefit The Miami Design Preservation League and raise awareness of the Art Deco Museum 22-24 capital campaign. The museum, located at 10th street and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, is in the process of a multi-million dollar fundraising effort to implement its master plan.
More than 100 philanthropists, elected officials, media and community VIPs such as Linda Levy Goldberg, Patricia Fuller, TK KT enjoyed a curated menu from Stiltsville Fish Bar by James Beard Award winning chef Jeff McGinnis and James Beard Award semi-finalist Janine Booth, plus an open bar by Eleven20 Tequila, St. Royale Voda and exclusive vintages from the vault of celebrated winemaker David Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars. City of Miami Beach Vice Mayor Steven Meiner and Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez joined MDPL executive director Daniel Ciraldo on stage to speak about the important work the MDPL does to ensure our community maintains its archictectural heritage and leaves a rich design legacy for generations to come.
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos

Wine Women & Shoes

Patricia Fuller, Lucy Morillo, Brett Graff and Marile Lopez at 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

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.

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