YPO’s “Diamonds and Divas” Gala Kick-Off Party

To kick-off the Young Patronesses of the Opera’s 60th Anniversary “Diamonds and Divas” Gala, guests flocked to Rene Ruiz’s flagship store in Coral Gables for a night of fashion, fun and fabulous entertainment. An opera performance by Danielle Krause hit a high note with the fashionable crowd as they toasted to the upcoming year. The YPO “Diamonds and Divas” Gala will be held November 7, 2015, at the Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove. The Gala chairs for the highly anticipated black-tie affair are co-presidents Barbara Reese and Debbie Campbell. Benefactors for the gala are Bunny Bastian, Trish and Dan Bell, Betty Brody, Brenda Nestor Castellano, and Swanee and Paul DiMare.

Pictured: Danielle Krause

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UM-NSU CARD’s Tropical Nights Gala

The University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) hosted its 13th annual Tropical Nights gala at the InterContinental Miami and raised over $300,000. More than 500 guests joined event co-chairs Brett and Jenn Feinstein, to celebrate CARD’s excellence in serving South Florida’s autism community. Tropical Nights honored Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with the CARD Community Leadership Award, and Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public School Board Member, received the Cruz-Whitehurst Advocacy Award. Highlighting the unique role of siblings in the lives of individuals with autism, the evening featured remarks by Waleed Mneimneh, a sibling whose autism club, Ace for Autism, has raised over $95,000 for CARD over the past four years, and a powerful video depicting the special relationships of several CARD clients and their siblings.

Pictured: Dr. Michael Alessandri and honoree Raquel Regalado

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Miami’s 2014-2015 social season is winding down, and at SocialMiami.com, we’re already getting “save the dates” for an exciting new season beginning in September 2015.

If your organization has already claimed its date for 2015-2016, let us know. We want to be sure it is included in our Social Season Preview. All we need is the title of the event, date and name of the hosting organization. Send to AnneMarie@SocialMiami.com.

And watch for the Gala Guide Album due out shortly! If you have previously participated in the Gala Guide or would like to for the 2015-2016 season, please contact Melanie@SocialMiami.com.


Last day to view Chihuly at Fairchild: Garden of Glass

Walk the beautiful grounds of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to see an amazing exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s spectacular glass sculptures. Installed within Fairchild’s 83 acres of lush gardens, the magnificent works blend seamlessly with the tropical landscape.

Open today for one last look – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6 to 17 and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.

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