2014 Chris Evert Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala

2014 Chris Evert Annual Pro-Celebrity GalaSaturday, November 22, 7pm-10pm – Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton

Chrissie invites you to attend the 25th Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala. As well as showcasing great daytime entertainment, the Pro-Celebrity offers the elegant Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala with dinner, dancing, and exhilarating live and silent auctions. This evening provides the perfect chance to mix and mingle with celebrities and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and cuisine of the renowned Boca Raton Resort & Club. Past Gala entertainers included: Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Jon Secada, Michael Bolton, Dionne Warwick, Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins and many more. With decor provided by Boca By Design, first-rate entertainment, excellent service and cuisine synonymous with the Boca Raton Resort & Club this evening is guaranteed to be memorable. Rarely is there an opportunity to be involved with such exceptional event with an even greater goal – providing the children and families of Florida the chance to live their lives free from the ravages of drug abuse and neglect. Together, we are saving lives by creating futures. Individual tickets are $750. To download the 2014 Gala Invitation please click here

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Million Dollar Jaume Plensa Sculptures at the Residences at Park Grove in Coconut Grove

Million Dollar Jaume Plensa Sculptures at the Residences at Park Grove in Coconut GroveThursday, November 20, 7pm-9pm - Residences at Park Grove, 2701 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove

International contemporary artist Jaume Plensa’s series of three color-shifting resin figures, set atop 35-foot stainless steel poles, are installed on the future site of the Residences at Park Grove in Coconut Grove. The famed Barcelona-based artist is one of the world’s most celebrated creators of public art. The internally-lit figures, titled “The Poets in Bordeaux (Body Soul God, Country, Water Fire)” positions the highly visible grounds of the enclave at 2701 South Bayshore Drive on a par with significant public art displays by Plensa across five continents. During the last 25 years, he has created site-specific sculptures for prominent outdoor spaces, from Canada to the Middle East.

“We are thrilled to add to Miami’s Bayfront landscape and to share such an important piece with the South Florida community,” said Jorge Perez, chairman and CEO of The Related Group. “Elevated against the sky, the figures will create a beautiful, color-changing beacon that’s visible from land and water.” Park Grove partners Jorge Perez of The Related Group and David Martin of Terra Group purchased “The Poets in Bordeaux (Body Soul God, Country, Water Fire),” valued at just over $1 million dollars, from Galerie Lelong, New York. The piece was recently exhibited in Bordeaux, France, which accounts for part of its title.

Plensa’s figures are deliberately more generalized and are without reference to gender, race, or age–a common thread throughout the artists’ practice.  With their eyes closed, these figures will invite the viewer to take part in a contemplative, dream-like experience, albeit engaged and watchful. The light in this installation also speaks to the nomadic themes found throughout many of Plensa’s sculptures; it traverses the shapes of the figures, and creates a space of reflection that can be felt universally. “I have always loved the Grove’s understated sophistication. Jaume Plensa’s mystical, thought-provoking sculptures are perfect fit for Park Grove and the surrounding community,” said David Martin, president of Terra Group.


Dwyane Wade Host 3rd Annual A Night on the Runwade

Dwyane Wade Host 3rd Annual A Night on the Runwade Presented by Carnival FoundationTuesday, November 18, 6:30pm-10:30pm – Ice Palace Studios, 59 N.W. 14th Street, Miami

Miami HEAT point guard Dwyane Wade together with the Carnival Foundation and Hublot presented “A Night on the RunWade,” a fashion fundraiser to benefit Wade’s World Foundation. As part of the NBA Champion’s ongoing commitment to giving back to the South Florida community, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union co-hosted a cocktail reception, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and a fashion show, featuring looks from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, and styled by Calyann Barnett, Dwyane Wade’s personal stylist. ”I wanted to really incorporate my teammates, you see them behind me, the Miami Heat, and really get the excitement of the season and when everybody’s here,” said Dwayne Wade.

The event raised funds for the children of the Wade’s World Foundation in Miami, Chicago and Milwaukee. Wade’s sister, Tragil Wade is executive director for the foundation, and she mentioned that the focus on children in those three cities was Dwyane Wade’s decision. “He felt that ‘listen, these are the three cities that made a difference in my life. These are the three cities that I want to make a difference in,’ she said. Former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning said Wade is helping out people who need it. “He gets it. You know, he comes from humble beginnings. He understands there are so many people out here that are a lot less fortunate,” he said. Wade’s teammates Chris Bosh, Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers, and Josh McRoberts also attended the charity event, while Miami Heat new additions Shawne Williams, James Ennis, Andre Dawkins, and Shabazz Napier strut the runway.


Centro Mater Foundation Presents Urban MATERs to Support Kids in Need

Centro Mater Foundation Presents Urban MATERs to Support Kids in NeedFriday, November 14, 8pm - MAPS Backlot, 342 NW 24th Street, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Aiming to starkly contrast the traditional galas abundantly offered in South Florida’s philanthropic sector, one local organization engaged the community members in the art season with a casual and interactive, cultural celebration of the same. The Centro Mater Foundation presented Urban MATERs, an “anti-gala,” as an evening of urban art, music and entertainment in one of the Wynwood Arts District’s most unique venues. The Centro Mater Foundation is a well-respected South Florida institution that supports the efforts of Centro Mater Child Care Services Inc., a non-profit organization that provides quality care and education to economically disadvantaged youths. Its board members, along with members of its young professionals group, Future Matters, will host the event.

The exciting evening raised funds to support Centro Mater’s award-winning services by connecting event guests with their art and music-filled surroundings, as well as with each other. Guests were encouraged to kindly leave behind the tuxedos and stilettos typically associated with galas, and come as they are, prepared to interact with an imaginative environment. Designed as an urban art fair, the unique evening offered revelers tastes from some of the city’s best food trucks—including Italian, gourmet grilled cheese, taco, and American fusion options by Food Truck Invasion—a macaroon cart by Atelier Monnier, a gelato cart, beverages courtesy of Coastal Wine and Spirits, craft beer by Panagra, a DJ, and live acoustics. Artistic expressions included live art displays, silent art auctions, photo stations, henna applications, performance art, and opportunities for guests to create their own masterpieces.

Highlighting the evening’s art theme, local pop artist “GG,” the event’s featured artist, offered an exhibition and demonstrate art pieces live. Additionally, Urban MATERs included a Britto Pop-Up Shop, allowing attendees to peruse and purchase memorabilia by famed artist Romero Britto. The funds raised through the Urban MATERs will largely help the Centro Mater Foundation to support its noted summer program, which annually serves 800 at-risk children. In addition to its summer initiative, the foundation’s focuses include broadening Centro Mater Child Care Services’ scope of influence; improving its education and care services; and maintaining, enhancing and acquiring physical structures.

Photos by: Julie Pauline


The NASCAR Foundation’s 3rd Annual Championship Taste

The NASCAR Foundation's 3rd Annual Championship TasteThursday, November 13, 6pm-10pm – Chalet Village at Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Boulevard, Homestead

The NASCAR Foundation along with the Pineapple Ladies of Homestead Hospital Foundation and Baptist Health South Florida hosted its third annual Championship Taste on Thursday, November 13th, 2014. This sold-out event included NASCAR drivers, fans and friends gathered at Homestead-Miami Speedway Chalet Village to enjoy a unique dining experience while raising money for our Speediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital.

Guests were greeted by the hospitality staff and delivered to the gate from the parking lot via a golf cart. “NASCAR is a class act,” said one VIP attendee. VIP admission was $250 and worthwhile with access to VIP Chef’s Table with Celebrity Chef, open bar and a meet-and-greet with NASCAR celebrities. Live music and free parking was a benefit for all attendees. Tires were everywhere serving as walls, decor and a conversation piece.

The impression selection of culinary delights included generous portions of everything from smoked fish dip to ceviche to pies to a vat of paella to tender meats and speciality cupcakes. A crowd favorite was the gourmet smores with edible graham cracker cup and chocolate inside. They toasted the marshmallow in front of guests. One foodie raved about the key lime pie from Sweet Delights Bakery, claiming it was by far the best she has ever had. “You never really had to wait in line and vendors were congenial,” said one guests. Drinks included a full liquor and espresso bar.

The silent auction attracted many bidders with elaborate trips, services, pace car rides and toys. The NASCAR Foundation also presented a giant $100,000 check to Speediatrics. The entertainment included15-year-old country music entertainer Jade Sanders performing original country music. Since it was a cooking competition, guests were asked to vote on best appetizer, entree, dessert and favorites over all. Restaurants participating were from all over South Florida, from the Keys and to Florida City. Michael McDowell was 2014 #ChampionshipTaste #NASCAR Driver Cooking Contest Winner.

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson



The Adidas Tubular Release Party at Soles

The Adidas Tubular Release Party at SolesFriday, November 21, 8pm-11pm - Soles Inc., 1345 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

ADIDAS teams up with a few locals to unveil and launch their new TUBULAR FW14 release. This will be an exclusive party at Soles Inc on South Beach, co-hosted by Phil The Mayor and DIEM, with sounds provided by DJ Iron Lyon. Born from some of the brand’s most creative minds, the Tubular echoes the fearlessness found in the world of sports and channels this directness into a bold new silhouette that is as streamlined, as it is headstrong. The Tubular’s namesake is its unique outsole design, inspired by inner tire tubes, which features dual-density EVA for unbeatable comfort. Partnered with stabilizing plates, the Tubular supports the wearer with a firm stance, whilst sacrifices nothing in the way of aesthetic. A sock-fit neoprene upper continues the contemporary street look and features printed overlays that provide additional support. Tubular embodies the creative, pioneering philosophy of adidas Originals. Refined, responsive and deeply considered, it’s a bold new take on progressive sneaker design that’s instinctive to the brand with the 3-stripes.

RSVP: Rsvp@solesinc.com

Meetinghouse Opening Party: Come Together, Right Now

Meetinghouse Opening Party: Come Together, Right NowFriday, November 21, 6pm-10pm - Meetinghouse Gallery at Huntington Building, 168 SE 1st Street, Miami

Jon for the grand opening party of Meetinghouse Gallery, a new gallery space in the penthouse of the Huntington Building in downtown Miami, featuring a collective project and exhibition of visual arts, architecture, design.University of Miami architect Veruska Vasconez, to collaborate with painter Jenny Brillhart, mixed media artist Moira Holohan, and writer Molly McGreevy, donated the space. Proceeds from the show will go to the participating artists rather than the gallery. Art Basel party on Thursday, December 4, 5-8pm.

Nike Factory Store Grand Reopening

Nike Factory Store Grand ReopeningFriday, November 21, 10am - Nike Factory Store at Sawgrass Mills, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise

Nike Factory Store at Sawgrass Mills will host grand reopening events Friday, November 21 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, November 23 after a temporary closure November 18 – 20. As part of the celebration, the first 200 shoppers each day will receive a free gift and all shoppers can enter to win a $500 Nike gift card and earn $10 when they sign up for Nike Factory Store email alerts. The new Nike Factory Store creates a premium, sport-inspired experience with a redesigned interior that includes updated dressing rooms and easier to read signage. Representing the world’s leading sport brand, Nike Factory Store offers Nike performance product in a premium environment that serves athletes of all ages. Store employees at Nike are “athletes” and “coaches”; exemplifying the very ethos of sport ingrained throughout the shopping experience. As part of its “athletes serving athletes” initiative, consumers gain advice and product recommendations from someone who knows, and is passionate about, both sport and the Nike brand.

KM5 Ibiza Launch Party at Segafredo Brickell

KM5 Ibiza Launch Party at Segafredo BrickellThursday, November 20, 8pm - Segafredo Brickell, 1421 S Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

A trip to Ibiza is never complete without a visit to the iconic KM5 Ibiza. Now the 20-year-old landmark comes to Miami for a new party every Thursday night at Segafredo Brickell. Located at kilometer 5 on the road to Sant Josep in Ibiza, KM5 has been welcoming discerning travelers for over two decades with its enchanted garden and unique restaurant & lounge experience. Débuting on Thursday, November 20th, the launch party will feature music by KM5 Ibiza resident DJ Kiko Franco, fashion show, complimentary cocktail from 8pm to 9pm, and Veuve Cliquot and Belvedere Vodka specials all night long.

RSVP: marketing@verestaurants.com

Kick-Off of Pinta Art Fair and JW Marriott Miami Artist Appreciation Program

Kick-Off of Pinta Art Fair and JW Marriott Miami Artist Appreciation ProgramWednesday, November 19, 7pm – JW Marriott Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave, Miami Brickell

JW Marriott Miami, the luxurious AAA Four Diamond hotel located in the heart of Brickell Avenue, is proud to announce the launch of their Artist Appreciation program, an initiative dedicated to promoting local and international artists through on-site installations and community support. The JW Marriott Miami has partnered with world-renowned art dealer, Diego Costa Peuser, President / Publisher of Arte al Dia Internacional and Co-founder/ Director of PINTA, who unveiled the first installation at the hotel on November 19, 2014.

Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez Martínez (Deredia) is the first artist on display at JW Marriott Miami, featuring two of his acclaimed bronze pieces, “Serenidad” and “Canto a la vida,” for three months. Deredia’s art pieces are organic forms modified by their environment, the force of growth and gravity, and influenced by pre-Columbian art. He has held 46 personal exhibitions and 100 collective exhibitions.

As part of the hotel’s initiative to support the arts, the JW Marriott Miami will also be sponsoring PINTA Miami Art Fair, an exclusive international art fair with exhibits of modern and contemporary art by Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese artists. PINTA Miami Art Fair will take place for the first time in its seven-year history, which has been previously held in New York City, in Miami December 3 – 7, during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014.

Friends of New World Symphony Ultimate House Party at Filling Station Lofts

Friends of New World Symphony  Ultimate House Party at Filling Station LoftsWednesday, November 19, 7pm-9pm – Filling Station Lofts, 1657 North Miami Ave, Miami

Filling Station and Metro 1 unveiled theire latest property with great drinks and music, courtesy of Bacardi and New World Symphony. The evening featured performances by New World Symphony Fellows and the acclaimed jazz vocalist Jette Kelly.

Inspired by the artistic neighborhood of Wynwood with its gorgeous mural, this boho chic loft is the mixture of the town. With the ruff concrete interiors, polished subway tile and metal stair case gives it a great mix of industrial with para-tactically. Great furniture and design ideas from Chic Interiors by LUXE so you can in vision yourself in your new space. What seals the deal is the breathtaking view of the Miami skyline in any unit that you close.

Freshii Grand Opening in Wynwood

Freshii Grand Opening in WynwoodWednesday, November 19, 7pm – Freshii Miami, 2300NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Freshii, founded in Toronto, now exists in 8 different countries with 100 locations and 200 locations signed up to open in the next two years. Freshii is providing energizing and nutritious meals on the go, fresh, local food, and affordable prices. Salads and wraps are $6.99-$7.99, bowls are $5.99-$7.49 and burritos are $5.99-$6.49. Breakfast options range from oatmeal ($3.79) to egg pockets ($3.99) and breakfast burritos ($5.49). Add tofu or chicken to your item, or use quinoa or kale for its base, for 99 cents extra, or add steak or shrimp for $1.99. Fresh juices and smoothies start at $5.49. The first Miami location in Wynwood is open Monday – Thursday 9am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday till 9pm and on Sunday 10am to 4pm. #Freshii

The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar Grand Opening

The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar Grand OpeningTuesday, November 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm – The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar, 223 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar celebrated its grand opening with an evening of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The evening consisted of superb service, lively clientele, talented entertainment, unique specialty cocktails and tantalizing, unique bites.

Owned by Daiza Restaurant Group, which also operates Fort Lauderdale Beach favorite Atlantic Surf Club, The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar offers an eclectic variety of specialty cocktails, a large wine selection and mouth-watering food.

Look for spicy lobster poppers, crisp calamari fries, 11 different types of burgers, tuna and caviar cones, woodfired pizzas…to name a few items on the extensive menu. Manager Zoran Bulajic recommends the duck pappardelle, which is duck confit with blue cheese and baby arugula tossed in a demi jus.

The Jon Zeeman filled the atmosphere with classic numbers and a bluesy vibe. Guests brought non-perishable food items to be donated to the United Way of Palm Beach County for Project Thanksgiving. Guests mingled and raved about their experience and the food. Open for a month now, don’t miss out on West Palm’s hottest new gastropub.