The Edit, by Brett Graff
A Snapshot of the City’s Social Scene
BRICKELL UNDERLINE The Brickell Underline project, which just last week was awarded $14 million from Miami-Dade County commissioners, is honoring former Miami Herald publisher and Knight Foundation president, Alberto Ibarguen. The Secret Garden kickoff event at the SLS LUX Brickell next week is invitation only, but the work of this organization is slated to benefit one and all. The Underline is an effort to turn 10-miles of land under the Metrorail into an urban trail lined with bike paths and filled with space for activities such as wellness programs, yoga classes and movies. The commissioners as of date have funded the first half-mile, reports the Miami Herald’s Douglas Hanks, while the entire trail will run some $120 million.
THE FLAVOR OF JUSTICE Congratulations to the 2018 Miami Taste of Justice hosts Elizabeth Schwartz and Alison Burgos on an event boiling over with culinary superstars. Held at the Sacred Space, guests were treated to tastes from the likes of Yardbird Group’s Hedy Goldsmith, Glam executive chef and “Beat Bobby Flay” winner Todd Erickson, a CHOPPED winner Robyn Almodovar and Bravo Top Chef competitor Josie Smith-Malave. The funds raised were to benefit NCLR’s mission of defending LGBTQ equality in Florida and across the nation.
PARKLAND BOUND Latin Broadcast Company CEO Tony Hernandez and his wife Marla Hernandez, along with their daughter Alina, were among the Miamians who went to support the Parkland student and parent inaugural fundraising event, Actions for Change Food and Music Festival. Celebrity activist Alyssa Milano hosted while a new album for change, “Wake Up America,” was written by the students and spearheaded by activist musicians Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Manny Oliver, father of slain student Joaquin Oliver, created a “live” art wall on stage while a crowd of over 3,000 people looked on in stunned silence. “It was an enormously powerful piece,” said Tony Hernandez. “It was a magical evening in the heart of one of our hardest hit communities. I was honored to be there.”
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.