Big Hats & Bow Ties, MISO Brunch 2015

Big Hats & Bow Ties, MISO Brunch 2015Saturday, May 30, 11am-3pm – Estiatorio Milos Miami by Costas Spiliadis, 730 First St, Miami Beach

The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), together with Conductor Eduardo Marturet, present a special “MISO Brunch” presented by Estiatorio Milos Miami by Costas Spiliadis. This unique fundraiser will take you on a musical journey into Greece’s hospitality as it’s meant to be experienced – unpretentious in style, uncompromising in service. The islands of Greece are crowned by an unspoiled estiatório, offering the rich bounty of local seas and vineyards. This visual feast will be equally unforgettable, enhanced by Greece’s time-honoured ingredients of sun and salt-flecked surf. Individual tickets are $350. @MiamiSymphony

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Operation Underground Railroad Fundraiser

Operation Underground Railroad FundraiserThursday, May 21, 6:30pm-10pm – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables

James Field Jr., South Florida pro golfer  hosted an invitation-only fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad, the non-profit organization that combats child sex slavery, at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. As part of the festivities, all guests received a tram tour through the lighted art exhibit of works by esteemed glass artist Dale Chihouly. 

Founded by Timothy Ballard, former Homeland Security officer, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) is a non-profit organization that rescues kidnapped children from slavery. OUR rescue teams are comprised of highly skilled ex-Navy Seal, CIA and other operatives. These teams work in conjunction with and in full cooperation with local police forces and governments to liberate children around the world. The organization rescued over 50 children during simultaneous raids last year in Colombia and plans to set up a branch in Florida with involvement by local pro golfer James Field, Jr.

The gala featured musical performances by Lexi Walker, Kendra Lowe, and Doug Osmand. A silent auction included VIP experiences and special one-of-a-kind items including fifth row Miami Heat tickets, Diamond Club Seats to the Miami Marlins, tickets to the Cadillac World Golf, membership to the Trump Doral Golf resort and Spa, and more. In attendance were OUR founder Tim Ballard, Alonzo Mourning, retired NBA player and philanthropist, pro athletic trainer Ed Downs, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is an advocate of the international Megan’s Law and supports the Justice For Victims of Human Trafficking Act which recently passed the House and the Senate. Also in attendance at the gala fundraising dinner was a father of a victim of the trafficking trade, a four-year old boy taken from church in their native Haiti last year.

The original Underground Railroad was a network that existed in nineteenth century America to liberate African slaves. Today, slavery has a new face: the face of an innocent child. There are over 27 million enslaved human beings worldwide including two million child sex slaves. According to the United Nations, human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States, and Miami is recognized as one of the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions in the country. There are fewer than 100 beds in the United States dedicated to helping child sex slaves, the most vulnerable victims of this crime. #OURRESCUE @OURrescue


13th Annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala

13th Annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars GalaSaturday, May 16, 6:30pm – JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®,  where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, celebrated its 13th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. The event, co-founded by Daisy Fuentes, is dedicated to support children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The evening was another amazing fundraising experience that gathered approximately 600 guests, mix of celebrities, professionals, philanthropists and prominent members of the local community in support of the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Chilean-born television icon Don Francisco was recognized for his world-wide commitment to giving back to others. Don Francisco is the host of “Sabado Gigante,” Univision’s longest-running program that will end its successful on-air stretch of more than 53 years this coming September. The evening also included a special testimony by a St. Jude family of Sebastian Suescun, live and silent auctions, and a live performance by by Latin crossover R&B star Frankie J., and one the most famous groups of Cuban reggaton in today’s music industry, Gente D’ Zona.


Maison & Objet 20th Anniversary Party at Miami Design District

Maison & Objet 20th Anniversary Party at Miami Design DistrictThursday, May 14, 6:30pm-9pm – Palm Court Plaza, 140 NE 39th St, Miami Design District

Niche Media and Maison & Objet hosted a cocktail reception for 250 special guests from the world of design and art in the newly completed Palm Court Plaza in Miami Design District, celebrating the 20 year history of the Maison & Objet fair in Paris and its introduction to the Americas. Guests enjoyed small bites by Ella, the fourth restaurant by Michael Schwartz soon to open in Design District, cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose, and danced the night away to authentic Miami sound by Spam Allstars.

Multitude of showrooms in the district created their own events, programs, unveiling collections or featuring exhibitions, including designers like Internum & Design, Inside Out 2Jason of Beverly Hills, Lladró, Luminaire Lab, Oggetti, Ornare, Vhernier, and many others.


Unveiling of Pablo Atchugarry Sculpture at GranParaiso

Unveiling of Pablo Atchugarry Sculptore at GranParaisoMonday, May 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm – GranParaiso on the Bay by Piero Lissoni, 600 NE 31st Street, Miami

Jorge M. Perez, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group, hosted an evening of “Art & Luxury” at GranParaiso on the Bay by Piero Lissoni, celebrating the unveiling of Related’s newest art acquisition by Pablo Atchugarry, internationally acclaimed Uruguayan sculptor.

Pablo has long been recognized as a leading sculptor in Europe for his pieces that are both elegant and stately, achieving the harmonious balance between nature and art. His physical ability to create such dynamic and fluid compositions from solid slabs of marble or bronze is unparalleled, one of the many reasons The Related Group has acquired multiple pieces from the sculptor, bringing his sinuous designs to Miami for integration into their future luxury developments.


Sabbia Beach Launch with Patti Stanger of Bravo TV’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker”

Sabbia Beach Launch with Patti Stanger of Bravo TV’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker”Friday, May 8, 7pm–10pm – BalQony at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

The newly-launched Hemisphere Sales Group, a boutique luxury real estate development sales and marketing firm, has created a “match made in heaven,” bringing Patti Stanger of Bravo TV’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker” together with the new Sabbia Beach luxury residences’ launch party. Stanger, a longtime friend of Hemisphere co-founder Amy Ballon, was co-hosting the event, attended by many South Florida notables.

Hemisphere was recently tapped to provide consulting services for Fernbrook Florida, LLLP’s Sabbia Beach, the first new luxury oceanfront condominium development to be built in Pompano Beach in nearly a decade. Amy Ballon and Lisa Whitaker, co-founder of Hemisphere, are co-directors of sales for the property. The firm offers consulting services from the infancy stage of the project until sales are complete.

Fernbrook Florida is a partnership between Fernbrook President Danny Salvatore, his son Joseph and Federico Fernandez of Grupo Fernandez. The 19-story Sabbia Beach is planed to be build at 730 N. Ocean Blvd., and the tower will house 72 units ranging in size from two to three bedrooms. The architect on the project is Miami-based Arquitectonica, with Interiors by Steven G. as the interior designer.


WET Fort Lauderdale SALVATION Launch Party

WET Fort Lauderdale SALVATION Launch PartyMonday, May 25, 12pm – WET at W Hotel, 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Join Gerber Group to kick-off summer SALVATION pool parties at WET Fort Lauderdale, on Memorial Day 2015 weekend. Featuring a poolside pop-up shop hosted by Ola Feroz Swimwear. Launching on Monday, May 25th & every Sunday to follow. No cover charge. $5 valet with validation.

 


Jungle Boogie at the Deauville Beach Resort

Jungle Boogie at the Deauville Beach ResortFriday, May 29, 11pm-4am – Jazz Room of the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Get down and feel the funk at the first monthly Jungle Boogie, brought to you by Miami locals and nightlife aficionados Jourdan Binder and Savannah Buffett. Combining their love of late nights on the dance floor and live music, the concept pairs top DJs with live horn players in unique performances curated for an evening of all-out ass shaking revelry. For the inaugural shindig, it’s all about the local love with Lolo Reskin of Sweat Records taking it to the decks and accompanied by her father Chas Reskin on the trumpet. A jungle awaits you at the Deauville’s Jazz Room, a nocturnal tropical oasis where conversation is optional, but dancing shoes are absolutely mandatory. No cover before Midnight with RSVP. #JungleBoogie @DeauvilleMiami

RSVP to: rsvp@deauvillebeachresort.com


Smoothie King Grand Opening in Miami

Smoothie King Grand Opening in MiamiFriday, May 29, 7am-9pm – Smoothie King (Shoppes of Civica), 1050 N.W. 14th St, Miami

Join for free 12oz Angel Food Smoothies (while supplies last) and special offers all day! To celebrate healthy and active living in our Miami community, Smoothie King Grand Opening in the Shoppes of Civica will host fun giveaways. Plus, enter to win a $50 Smoothie King gift card to power your purpose when you join our e-club in-store. Don’t forget to share your #SmoothieSelfie photos for more chances to win. @SmoothieKing #SmoothieKing

CLICK HERE TO RSVP


Fashion TV Presents House Of Fashion

Fashion TV Presents House Of FashionThursday, May 21, 9pm – Segafredo Brickell, 1421 South Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

Join the launch party of a new weekly party presented by Fashion TV at Segafredo Brickell. Golden hues will provide a beautiful backdrop for a special swimwear fashion show, complemented by a special filming by Fashion TV and complimentary cocktail by fVodka from 9pm to 10pm. The event kicks off a weekend full of distinct Memorial Day Weekend parties not to be missed. Taking place from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24, golden-clad summer-themed events await to unfold—from a golden beach to reliving the legends of the 1970s disco-era of studio 54.

RSVP to: Marketing@verestaurants.com or 305-577-9809


Concrete Beach Brewery Social Hall Opening

Concrete Beach Brewery Social Hall OpeningThursday, May 21, 5pm-10pm – Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th Street, Miami Wynwood Arts District

After nearly a year of anticipation, Concrete Beach Brewery is opening doors to the public! They will be open with limited days/hours for the first couple of months. The social hall will be open Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. Days and hours will expand throughout the summer, the company says. Free tours of the 20-barrel brewery will be available on Thursdays and Fridays and 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Come try Stiltsville, Rica, Concrete Common and Walls on draft! @ConcreteBeachFL


8th Annual ForeHOPE Golf Tournament Kick-Off

8th Annual ForeHOPE Golf Tournament Kick-OffSunday, May 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Auberge Beach Residences & Spa, 2200 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

8th Annual ForeHOPE Pro-Am Golf Tournament kicked off on Sunday, May 17th, hosted by presenting sponsor Auberge Beach Residences & Spa. Development team of this highly anticipated new luxury residences as presenting sponsor, along with title sponsors Florida Panthers, Moss Construction, and Fort Lauderdale Mayor, Jack Seiler toasted to living in the Fort Lauderdale community, loving the community and being respectful to its neighbors who need our aid.

8th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament is an intimate 18-hole four person, best ball event hosted by Guy Boros, and includes PGA and LPGA guest players, clinic, breakfast and luncheon awards. Boros is Fort Lauderdale native, and his family history in golf goes back to his father, Julius Boros, who won two US Open Championships. Andy Mitchell of Auberge Beach Residence & Spa presented his mother, Armen Boros with a Legacy of HOPE award for the Boros Family’s commitment to serving our community and those less fortunate.

Guests enjoyed bites and curated wines from Auberge’s award-winning sommelier portfolio, and mingled with PGA pros Mike Donald, Kenny Leech, and AJ Walker to mention few. Tour proceeds will benefit the homeless veterans and their families within the Fort Lauderdale community served through ForeHOPE South Florida, a non-profit organization providing housing, mentoring and community one-step service centers.

Aqua Girl 2015

Aqua Girl 2015May 13 – 17, Various Locations, Miami Beach

A popular fundraiser for the LGBT women of South Florida, Aqua Girl featured the lively nightlife and fun-filled events for which the South Beach is famous. The weekend featured a variety of events, including Aqua Rock, Sip and Savor Wine and Cheese Reception and various pool parties. The Aqualicious Pool Party is among one of the many events held during Aqua Girl. Party with thousands of hot women as you enjoy cool poolside cocktails and dance to the beat of a lineup of the hottest hop-hop, house and Top 40 music. As the largest charity women’s week in the country, 100% of the proceeds from Aqua Girl benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation whose primary mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives. #AquaGirl2015 @AquaGirlFL @AquaFoundation

Little Dreams Foundation’s Keep Dreaming Brunch on the Beach

Little Dreams Foundation's Keep Dreaming Brunch on the BeachSunday, May 17, 11am-2pm – Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Phil and Orianne Collins hosted the Little Dreams Foundation brunch at Joe’s Stone Crab. The performance was hosted by LDF kids, sound technologist David Frangioni, and the band What You Know, featuring the son of Phil Collins, Nicholas Collins, together with Biana and Luisa. Proceeds of the brunch will support Young talents Class of 2015-16. All proceeds from the event will be used to support underprivileged, talented children throughout South Florida, through the Little Dreams Foundation.

There was a silent auction as well as a full Joe’s crab menu, served very last time for the season. Talent that attended included DJ Irie, Alejandro Sanz and Romero Britto.

The Little Dreams Foundation (LDF) charity is close to Frangioni’s heart as it helps young, underprivileged children obtain lessons, career direction and mentoring at a time when they need it most. When David turned 2 years old, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, cancer of the eye. Since then, he has been blind in his right eye while finding music as his refuge.

Today, he can give back to kids that are suffering from cancer, and provide a helping hand during this difficult long journey; something he did not have while growing up in Boston. “Nothing is easy, everything worthwhile requires hard work. LDF gives kids the opportunity to learn how important hard work really is, while getting invaluable coaching along the way. All at no cost to the children, funded by donations to the LDF. It’s a wonderful cause with great results to show” says Frangioni.

Little Dreams Foundation's Keep Dreaming Brunch on the Beach

Phil Collins

Little Dreams Foundation's Keep Dreaming Brunch on the Beach

Phil and Orianne Collins

Little Dreams Foundation's Keep Dreaming Brunch on the Beach

Phil and Orianne Collins, David Frangioni

Miami Ironside Celebrates Maison & Objet Americas

Miami Ironside Celebrates Maison & Objet Americas with Fringe Art and Design EventsMay 12 – 15, Miami Ironside, 7610 NE 4TH CT, Miami

The edgy Miami Ironside design enclave celebrated Maison & Objet America’s inaugural year with a vibrant series of events, including an innovative design installation by Florida International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) and recent works by Maison & Objet Designer of the Year recipient Zanini de Zanine from Brazil and VONDOM furniture creations by French designer Eugeni Quitllet.

Campus Collective Party Friday night, the district-wide event showcased Ironside’s showrooms and studios with open doors, celebrating art, design and creativity on the Upper Eastside. Guests experienced the campus alit and discover everything the creative district has to offer. Oscar Ono, the Parisian purveyor of bespoke wood flooring and wall paneling, held a cocktail reception hosted by Oscar Ono U.S. Brand President Roberto Lugo. ART LEXÏNG presented the first U.S. solo exhibition of Parisian urban artist/street poet Fred Le Chevalier. The evening also included music by Barbara Evans Trio, French flair cuisine, specialty cocktails by Villa Azur’s new restaurant Brasserie Azur, and a featured talk and public performance with French design duo Mel & Kio in the COVERINGSETC Showroom.

Jason of Beverly Hills VIP Preview Party

Jason of Beverly Hills VIP Preview PartyThursday, May 14, 6:30pm-9pm – Jason of Beverly Hills, 140 NE 39 St, Miami Design District

Jason of Beverly Hills hosted a VIP preview party of their first East Coast location and newest boutique in the Miami Design District during Maison & Objet Americas 2015. The new store features black-and-red hues as well as illuminated displays of the brand’s top designs, a statement said. The jewelry design house, founded by Jason Arasheben and known for its celebrity clients, already has boutiques in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, and Charlotte. Jason of Beverly Hills is the jeweler of choice for those seeking one-of-a-kind over-the-top diamond masterpieces. #jasonofbeverlyhills @JasonofBH @JBHMiami