2015 Diamond Ball: Diamonds are Forever

2015 Diamond Ball: Diamonds are ForeverSaturday, October 10, 7:30pm – JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami

2015 Diamond Ball: Diamonds are Forever is Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s annual signature gala and South Florida’s grandest charity event, paying tribute to the Hospital’s grateful patients, world-class physicians and generous philanthropists. The spectacular themed black-tie affair features entertainment, a sensational silent auction and much more. This year’s event chairs will be Eilah and Ben Beavers. The Diamond Ball ranks among the top fundraisers in Florida and is recognized by society’s elite as the launch of the South Florida gala season. The event attracts an esteemed group of business, community and philanthropic notables with strong international connections and the common bond of making a difference in the lives of children. Individual tickets are $1,000. For more info contact Monica Diaz at Monica.Diaz@mchf.org or 786-624-2986. #MCHFDiamondBall #2gether4thechildren @MCHFoundation


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Barry University’s 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash

Barry University's 75th Anniversary Birthday BashSaturday, October 3, 7pm-12am – Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Barry University celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a star-studded Birthday Bash, sponsored by Bank of American, which is also helping raise money for the university’s future and continued growth. Hosted by Dr. Shaquille O’Neal, Barry alumnus and NBA legend, guests stepped back in time as Soho Studios in Wynwood was transformed into “Club Barry” – supper club evoking the days of Barry University’s founding in 1940. Miami’s own Grammy award-winner Betty Wright produce an evening full of entertainment that transported guests musically from 1940 to today. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and dancing, along with a performance by Grammy award-winner Wyclef Jean.

Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sister, with a dream of bringing affordable quality higher education to women. What began as a small all-women’s college, today Barry offers more than 80 undergraduate and more than 75 graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, business, medicine and law with more than 2,000 students graduating each year and over 60,000 alums throughout the world.

Since its founding, Barry has educated students who have excelled in their professions and communities. Notable alumni include Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez; Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto Carvalho; Bahamian Senator, the Honorable Allyson Maynard Gibson; Barry president, Sister Linda Bevilacqua; and basketball legend Dr. Shaquille O’Neal.

Photos by: Elaina Lucia


2015 Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete Awards Dinner

2015 Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete Awards DinnerSaturday, September 26, 6pm-12am – The Mandarin Oriental Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami Brickell

Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County hosted its third annual “Sponsor an Athlete Awards Gala,” now already traditionally at the Mandarin Oriental Miami. Emmy Award-Winning actor and producer Vincent De Paul hosted this year’s event celebrating Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day with 500 elite guests from the organization’s community partners. The Sponsor an Athlete Awards Gala” provides an opportunity for Special Olympics Florida-Miami Dade County to recognize their most incredible Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers and Community Partners in Miami-Dade County while raising awareness and funds for their county program that serves over 4,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The evening kicked off with cocktail reception featuring live entertainment with the sounds of the University of Miami Frost School of Music as well as a high school band from Palmetto Senior High School. The gala also featured a live and silent auctions with items including a seven-day cruise for two on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape; a HDPE Race Car Driving Experience with Pro Tony Franco in a Corvette ZR1 Supercharged 638HP Rocket; one-to-one play and catch experience and a private hitting lesson with ‘Mr. Marlin’ Jeff Conine; and a three-day Hard Rock Hotel & Casino stay to include a signed Kings of Chaos guitar with dining experiences at Oaks Steaks & Seafood and Kuro.

Guests and community partners in attendance included 123 LumpSum, the title sponsor for the third year in a row, Baptist Health South Florida, Ocean Drive magazine, The Miami Herald, Bank United, Bacardi, The Miami Marlins, The Orange Bowl Committee, Publix, Coca Cola, Holland & Knight, Smith & Wollensky, BB&T Bank, Miami Dade County Public Schools, McGladrey, Riviera and Gulliver Schools, to name a few.

Photos by: Elaina Lucia

Gia Coppola x Peroni ‘Grazie Cinema Series’ Final Installment

Gia Coppola x Peroni 'Grazie Cinema Series' Final InstallmentThursday, September 24, 7pm-11pm – The Miami Beach EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

This past summer 2015, Gia Coppola curated the Grazie Cinema Series with Peroni Nastro Azzurro to honor the style, vision and craft of Italian film. The Grazie Cinema Series traveled nationwide through summer 2015 with screenings of the Italian classics, ‘Divorce Italian Style’ and ’Bicycle Thieves’ and was celebrating the closing in Miami with a screening of ‘Boccaccio ’70′ on the Miami Beach EDITION Hotel’s stunning beachside oasis. The screening was preceded by a special short film created and directed by Gia’s close friend and filmmaker, Tracy Antonopoulos, The Magic Word perfectly merges the influence of past and present day Italian style. For the final installment in the series, guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and sipped Peroni to a set by DJ DZA before lounging beachside on cozy pillows to view the classic movie under the Miami stars. #Grazie #PeroniUSA @peroniusa

Photos by: World Red Eye

Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress II Ferran Adrià

Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress II Ferran AdriàMonday, September 21, 6pm – Miami-Dade College Chapman Conference Center, 245 NE 4th Street, Building 3, Room 3210, 2nd Floor, Miami

The third of its kind, but the first ever in the U.S., the Gastronomy Congress presented by Estrella Damm proved to be a success from the moment you walked in the door. The place was entirely packed by an equal amount of foreigners and locals- all prepared to see their favorite chef, Ferran Adrià.

The night began with the world’s most awarded chef, Ferran Adrià himself. He gave an overview of the closure of elBulli in Spain, and its transition from world-known restaurant to an up-and-coming foundation. “We couldn’t change much more with a restaurant and we wanted to make a change”, said Adrià. And so the elBullifoundation was born, aiming its focus on ‘creativity’ and the mission of spreading it worldwide.

Following Adrià was Fran Agudo, head chef at Michelin star rated Tickets Bar in Barcelona, who gave a brief but descriptive demonstration of the appearance of Tickets Bar, as well as the dining experience. Both Agudo and Gil provided a live cooking demonstration of several dessert items on the Tickets Bar menu that had all of our mouths watering.

Tuyo Restaurant catered the entire event and Miami-Dade Culinary students prepared and served all appetizers. Appetizers consisted of different varieties and combinations of sandwiches, from salmon on pumpernickel to lamb on pita bread. Beers were, of course, Estrella Damm. The Mediterranean beer, made with malt, rice and hop, brewed with 100% natural ingredients according to the original recipe from 1876, exceeded expectations for the night.

Guests received a copy of Albert Adrià’s latest recipe book, “Tapas: TICKETS Cuisine.” At the end of the night, guests also got a chance to get them signed by chefs, Fran Agudo and David Gil. The only downside? We didn’t get to try the Michelin star meals they prepared on-screen. #EstrellaDamm #FerranAdria #EstrellaCongress

8th Annual Friends of St. Jude Miami “It’s All About The Kids”

8th Annual Friends of St. Jude Miami “It’s All About The Kids”Saturday, September 19, 7:30pm – JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

Friends of St. Jude (FOSJ) Miami, the young professionals group dedicated to raising awareness and funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, and chaired by Jeb Bush Jr., hosted the South Florida community to the eighth annual International Dermatology “It’s All About the Kids” signature event, presented by the Andrés Asion Foundation. Friends of St. Jude – Miami has one of the largest memberships and ranks among the top fundraisers of Friends of St. Jude groups nationwide.

“We are excited to host another successful event, to ensure children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases can receive the treatment and care they need,” said Jeb Bush Jr., chair of FOSJ Miami. “Thanks to our partners and South Florida’s ongoing support, Friends of St. Jude has raised more than $600,000.00 to help ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for their treatment, travel, housing or food.”

The event featured a vast menu with delicious cuisine and cocktails courtesy of Diageo, as well as music by DJ Pete Diaz. This year’s hosts were Telemundo’s very own, Jorge Bernal, known as “Mr. Check it Out,” and Fusion’s Nando Vila, co-host of “The Soccer Gods.” The evening’s enticing live auction was conducted by Ashley Morrison from Miami’s local FOX 7 news station and Keith Jones from NBC 6.

St. Jude presented the “St. Jude Stephan Gutierrez Award” to Andrés Asion for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts. “In many cases, St. Jude is the last hope for children suffering from cancer, who have previously not responded well to standard treatments. Many doctors send their toughest cases to St. Jude, as the hospital has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers,” said Andrés Asion. “St. Jude is at the forefront of developing new treatment options that are then shared freely with hospitals around the world.”
#FriendsOfStJudeMiami #ItsAllAboutTheKids @FOSJMiami @StJude

CounterCulture Club Nights: Belgian Mondays

CounterCulture Club Nights: Belgian MondaysMonday, October 5, 6:30pm-11:30pm – Miami Ironside, 7610 NE 4th Ct, Miami

Join Miami Ironside for new CounterCulture Club nights together with  Belgian Mondays Miami, an always fun and breezy night of Bocce ball, booze, bites and beats by Silent Revolution. Browse shops and galleries and get to know the #Cool of the Upper Eastside: Bocce Ball + Fuse Ball Tournaments, Craft Cocktails by Airstream Apothecary, Food Trucks, Lens Tinting Workshop by PLAYN, Beats by Silent Revolution, Car2Go Drop Zone. #CounterCultureNights #MiamiIronside @MiamiIronside

La Moderna Launches Happy Hour

La Moderna Launches Happy HourMonday, October 5, 5pm-7:30pm – La Moderna, 1874 Bay Rd, Miami Beach

La Moderna‘s Copper Bar in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour Shops is now serving their Italian and signature crafted cocktails for just $6 during their new Happy Hour, available DAILY from 5:00 -7:30 p.m.

“The Copper Bar”, the restaurant’s centerpiece and named as such due to the meticulously designed copper bar top fabricated in Italy, will serve cocktails like Campari Orange, Aperol Spritz, Americano, Milano Torino, Bellinis and Mimosas. A rotational specialty crafted cocktail from the signature menu such as the “Thelma & Louise”, “Ernesto” and “Kama & Sutra” will also be served during Happy Hour.

Savory Italian bites will be available at the Copper Bar as well as La Moderna’s full dinner menu of Italian classics from la cucina and their Neapolitan-style pizzas. @LaModernaMIAMI

Grand Opening Weekend at Fire & Ice

Grand Opening Weekend at Fire & IceOctober 2 & 3, 10pm – Drinkhouse Fire & Ice Lounge, 1672 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Fire & Ice, Miami’s First Ice Bar & Experimental Cocktail Lounge celebrates the Grand Opening Weekend starting on Friday with Natty Rico on the Saxophone and DJ Mike Russ. Grand Opening weekend continues Saturday night with Miami’s hometown legend George Acosta & local Miami mover DJ N-Hance. #SOBEFIREICE @sobefireice

El Tucán Grand Opening Weekend

El Tucán Grand Opening WeekendOctober 2 & 3, 8pm-3am – El Tucán, 1111 SW 1ST Ave, Miami Brickell

In honor of Opening Weekend, El Tucán will forgo traditions and open it’s doors at 8:00 pm free of charge so revelers may be transported to the bygone era of glitz and glamour. Located in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami, the venue, designed by renowned New York interior designer Robert McKinley, will feature a range of musical styles from Afro-Latin to Parisian pop, bringing international bands, as well as renowned and emerging DJs from around the world center stage in stunning costume designs by the famed stylist Danny Santiago

In addition to an electric musical lineup, El Tucán will house a resident 12-piece Latin orchestra, carefully curated by Grammy award-winning pianist, composer and producer Marlow Rosado, that is reminiscent of the big bands from the jazz eras of the 40s and 50s. Food and drink will also be a mainstay at El Tucán, featuring libations by Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar Lab and Caribbean and South American fare that will include hints of Amazonian ingredients created by Chef Jean Paul Lourdes. The intimate, theater-style venue will also be open late night so partygoers can continue fêting after-hours. Hours of Operation Thursday, Friday – Saturday 8 PM – 3 AM. No cover cost for grand opening weekend. For dinner reservations: reservations@eltucanmiami.com or 305-535-0065. #ElTucanMiami #DinnerAndShow @ElTucanMiami

DOT Miami Launch Party

DOT Miami Launch PartySaturday, October 3, 7:30pm-11pm – The Temple House, 1415 Euclid Ave, Miami Beach

.MIAMI is celebrating the launch of .MIAMI‬, the newest and hottest domain name on the Internet. .MIAMI is the go-to web address for local businesses, Miami residents and everything .MIAMI. It shows your customers that you’re a part of the community, and it gets great results when people search on Google for anything to do with Miami. Anyone can get a .MIAMI domain name as long as it is available, starting at $13.99, register yours at GoDaddy.Miami! #‎dotMIAMI‬ #DaleDotMiami @hellodotmiami

Adamari Lopez & Orgullosa Kick-Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Adamari Lopez & Orgullosa Kick-Off Breast Cancer Awareness MonthThursday, October 1, 11:30am-3pm – Miami Beach Women’s Club, 2401 Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach

As part of Orgullosa’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month partnership with Liga Contra el Cancer, actress and breast cancer survivor, Adamari Lopez encourages all Latinas to extend a hand and invite all the women in their life to win the battle against breast cancer before it begins. Adamari also unveiled Orgullosa’s social donation program to Liga Contra el Cancer benefitting Latinas battling breast cancer.

The need to heighten awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection is critical among the Hispanic community.
– According to the American Cancer Society, one U.S. Latina dies of breast cancer every 90 minutes
– In an Orgullosa-commissioned survey conducted in 2013:
– 88 percent of Latinas acknowledged knowing how to do a breast self-examination, less than half report examining themselves once a month (45%)
– 80 percent of Latinas were not aware that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among them

These alarming statistics are why Orgullosa is committed to helping Latinas win the battle before it begins. Encouraging the women in your life to take charge of their health and get a breast cancer exam is the key to remaining together.

Photos by: Elaina Lucia

Fat Joe Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Blue Martini Brickell

Fat Joe Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Blue Martini BrickellWednesday, September 30, 11pm – Blue Martini Brickell, 900 S Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

Fat Joe celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a party and performance at Blue Martini Brickell at the Shops at Mary Brickell Village. The event kicked off with a large seven bottle parade display at 1AM led by Hennessy VS models as Fat Joe partied with guests in the VIP section. At 2AM Fat Joe proceeded to rock the crowd with a string of his greatest hits for the 500+ guests in attendance. They were treated to an exclusive premiere of his latest hit with Colombian reggaeton superstar, J Balvin. Fresh Kid Cue, Dayami Padron, Carlito, Pistol Pete, Vein, and Sophia Del Carmen all came out for the celebration. #‎FAtJOE‬ ‪#‎BlueMartiniBrickell #HispanicHeritageMonth #Hennessy

8th Annual Fashionably Conscious Fundraising Sale

8th Annual Fashionably Conscious Fundraising SaleCocoWalk, 3015 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove
Friday, September 25, 5pm-9pm – VIP Preview Sale and Happy Hour Cocktail
Saturday, September 26, 11am-5pm – All-day sale
Sunday, September 27, 11am-3pm – Clearance Sale

Fashionably Conscious, the beloved vintage designer sale benefitting Coconut Grove Cares, The Barnyard Community Center took place September 25-27 and raised over $100,000! The fundraiser offered discounted pricing on donated designer items from the most coveted closets of Miami’s respected philanthropists. The pop-up weekend sale event attracted shoppers from all over South Florida looking to get their hands on accessibly priced Prada, Chanel, Chloe, Jimmy Choo, Gucci and more.

With the generous support of sponsors and donors including Jack Lowell, Pinnacle Housing, Mena Catering, KARLA Events, Kit & Ace, Eberjey, Mayda Cisneros, Neiman Marcus, Mia’s Garden as well as the sales’ angels and host committee who donated cash and clothing for the sale, all proceeds from the event benefit over 250 children serviced by The Barnyard, offering a much-needed safe haven in the West Grove. Fashionably Conscious entered a prime new retail space in CocoWalk, the retail center’s first community partnership event under the direction of the new ownership partners, Grass River Property, The Comras Company and Federal Realty.

Supporters this year included: our Angels, Rima Otrakji, Natasha Lowell, Alexandra Codina, Andrew Frey, Tony and Conchi Argiz, Alexandra Gonzalez, Jim & Joanne Butler, Betty Chapman, Debi Hoffman, Ava & Berthony Napoleon; and hosts included Sarah Arison, Ana Codina-Barlick, Darlene Boytell-Perez, James Provencher, Aaron Resnick, Debra Scholl and more, who cleaned out their closets to fill this year’s inventory. Founded in 1948, Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center offers free vital services to the children and families of the historic West Grove community. As its primary fundraiser, Fashionably Conscious offers essential unrestricted funds to support its summer camp and after-school programs.

Photos by: World Red Eye

SWGR Showroom & Gallery Grand Opening

SWGR Showroom & Gallery Grand OpeningFriday, September 25, 7pm-11pm – SWGR Gallery, 2235 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Wynwood Arts District

SWGR Showroom & Gallery hosted a launch party to celebrate the grand opening of its flagship in Wynwood. Owner Dan Hassan welcomed guests who toasted the opening with cocktails by Miami Club Rum, SaltWater Brewing beer and Misha’s cupcakes. Called “fishing’s most street brand,” SWGR Showroom & Gallery features art and apparel for men and women, a media wall with original videos taken on deep sea fishing expeditions and a 280-gallon bait-fish tank to showcase the under-appreciated pilchards.

Photos by: World Red Eye

Miami Launch of R.S.V.P. Cocktail Skinnies

Miami Launch of R.S.V.P. Cocktail SkinniesThursday, September 24, 7pm-9pm – HaVen Lounge, 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

R.S.V.P. Cocktail Skinnies, a new all-natural, zero calorie cocktail mixer launched in Miami at the popular Haven Lounge on Lincoln Road with the guest host Ginger Harris of Electric Blogarella! Guests joined Ginger to get the first look and taste of all three R.S.V.P. Cocktail Skinnies flavors including Miami Breeze, Baja Margarita and NY Cosmo mixed with Bacardi, Corso Tequila and Grey Goose.

Made with only the best quality 100% plant-based ingredients, no sugar, no preservatives, and most importantly zero calories, R.S.V.P. Cocktail Skinnies are truly one of a kind. All of the ingredients are completely recognizable, such as the natural erythritol and stevia sweetener that are used to give the powdered drink mixers a subtle sweetness with no aftertaste. They are also extremely simple to make, no guesswork, fancy ingredients or bar utensils needed. Just mix one R.S.V.P. Cocktail Skinny with six ounces of water and one ounce of either rum, vodka or tequila, shake or stir and enjoy.

Miami Breeze– With thoughts of warm Miami nights and soft sea breezes in mind, R.S.V.P. concocted this mix of fresh pineapple and coconut flavors to blend with either light or dark rum. This refreshing cocktail is like a taste of the tropics, but without the added sugary fruit juices.
NY Cosmo– The quintessential New York cocktail that never goes out of style, R.S.V.P. blended natural plant extracts to deliver the subtle flavors of cranberry juice and lime juice with just the right amount of natural sweetness that creates the perfect shade of Cosmo “pink” for a night on the town.
Baja Margarita– The perfect margarita is a delicate balance of flavors, simple yet spectacular! R.S.V.P. carefully crafted natural flavors to deliver the right amount of sweet and sour- the zesty taste of lemons and limes. Expertly blended for the consummate margarita lover and served on the rocks or frozen.

R.S.V.P. Cocktail Skinnies are packed in slim boxes of six skinnies per box, and retail for $6 per box. They are sold at http://www.rsvpskinnies.com and at Crown Wine & Spirits Miami and Fort Lauderdale locations. #RSVPSkinnies #CocktailSkinnies @RSVPSkinnies

Photos by: Elaina Lucia