The Edit by Brett Graff
A snapshot of the city's social scene
Walk in Style for the Animals
Animal activist Angela Birdman hosted her 5th Annual Walk in Style for the Animals charity event at the Bal Harbour Shops’ center courtyard, where over 150 A-listers enjoyed bubbles by Fashion Prosecco and bites from Le Zoo’s French Mediterranean menu – all as a DJ played sultry sounds. The fashionable “PAL-entines” Day event dubbed “Puppy Love” celebrated people and their pets while raising much needed funds for Birdman’s Emergency Medical Fund for “Big Dog Ranch Rescue” in Palm Beach – the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the United States. On the “rescue runway,” fashion models wearing Oscar de La Renta and John Varvatos strutted with Big Ranch’s adoptable pups. Also in attenance, Birdman’s husband Louis Birdman, Mariann Marinberg, Laurie and Herb Milgrim, Brad & Kristina Minkovitz, Linda Levy Goldberg, Dana Rhoden, Laura Buccellati, Ellen Marchman, Haley Sloman, Amy Zakarin, Sarah Wheeler, Ilene Weinkle, Jessica Anderson, Karen Mastrandrea.
Mr. C Residences Coconut Grove
David Martin’s Terra and Ignazio Cipriani’s Mr. C hosted the Mr. C Residences Coconut Grove sales gallery grand opening event. The new development marks the first large-scale residential project for the Mr. C brand and is set to deliver a next-generation residential experience rooted in service, design, cuisine and lifestyle. The interiors and amenity spaces are designed by Meyer Davis, who has in the past worked closely with Ignazio Cipriani and the Mr. C brand. Ray Fort of Arquitectonica, — son of famed architecture duo Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-Brescia — created the building exterior. Notable guests included David Martin of Terra; Ignazio Cipriani, fourth generation of the Cipriani family and co-founder of the Mr. C brand; Bernardo Fort Brescia of Arquitectonica; Will Meyers of Meyer Davis; as well as Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida (RMHC) recently presented $50,000 to non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of children. They include Bridge Disability Network, After School All Stars, United Community Options, Caridad Center and Miami Diaper Bank. Since the inception of the program, more than $4.9 million dollars have been awarded. RMHC provides funds in the areas of health and fitness education, healthcare and medical research, social and civic concerns, as well as education and the arts. Funds are generated from donation box collections at McDonald’s restaurants throughout South Florida and matching funds from Global RMHC.
“Once a year our grants committee carefully screens applications from area non-profits organizations that have demonstrated an ability to respond to the needs of children and their families in a definite, hands-on manner, yielding measurable results. We are honored to be able to assist organizations whose missions are closed aligned with that of RMHC South Florida,” stated Soraya Rivera-Moya, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida.
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.