Guayabera Lady Foundation’s 3rd Annual Havana Nights: A Fuente Family Affair

Guayabera Lady Foundation's 3rd Annual Havana Nights: A Fuente Family AffairSaturday, October 25, 7pm-11pm – Neo Vertika, 690 SW 1st Court, Miami Brickell

Presented by The Guayabera Lady Foundation, this event is being held to support the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and promises to be bigger and better than last year; with an outstanding array of entertainment, Bacardi cocktails, libations and live music. As if that wasn’t enough, guests can enjoy a raffle and silent auction featuring a huge selection of luxury items as well as unique collectibles all donated by supportive sponsors all over the map. The event is once again being hosted by the “World Renowned” Guayabera Lady, Mrs. Berta R. Bravo. Beloved by many, and recognized for dressing many notables, Berta again welcomes everyone to attend the festivities and reminds: “it’s all for a wonderful cause.” Tickets are $125 per person and $200 per couple.


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The EDGE’s 2nd Annual Casino Night

The EDGE’s 2nd Annual Casino NightSaturday, October 18, 7pm-Midnight - Fairways on the Key, 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne

The Early Development of Global Education (EDGE) Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, hosted their second annual Casino Night, with The Hispanic Police Officers Association of Miami-Dade (HPOA) as the presenting sponsor of “A Night in Casablanca.” The EDGE Charitable Foundation has helped more than 12,000 children in the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. The organization raises funds to benefit children who are homeless, unaccompanied, and victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or victimized in any other way.

The Casino Night’s is the EDGE Charitable Foundation’s black and white chic themed event, was attended by vibrant group of local business executives, community leaders and local celebrities, and with CBS4 Miami reporter, MaryAnn Martinez, as MC. The evening also feature two special celebrity guest hosts, Marysol Patton, President of The Patton Group Public Relations and star of Bravo Network’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Miami,” and Alexia Echevarria, Executive Editor of Venue Magazine and television personality on Bravo Networks’s “Real Housewives of Miami.” During the evening, guests enjoyed classic cars, gaming tables, a VIP champagne bar, a Funclick photo booth, food provided by Sal’s Italian Restaurant, a dessert station courtesy of Azucar Ice Cream and Bindi Italian Desserts, a coffee station courtesy of Starbucks, cigars and cocktails.


Gilda’s Club South Florida’s Annual Casino Night: Carnival of Venice

Gilda's Club South Florida's Annual Casino Night: Carnival of VeniceFriday, October 17, 7pm-11pm – Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, 5750 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale

Broward Health presented a night infused with class, cars and cocktails in a benefit for Gilda’s Club South Florida at Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale. In the theme of a Venetian Carnival, guests attended adorned in masks and ready to gamble and bid on the large array of live and silent auction items. The venue, contributors and conductors of the affair ensured that the service, refreshments and entertainment were superb. Gilda’s Club South Florida is a free cancer support community for anyone touched by cancer.

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson


Gangstas, Gals and Glam: Dress for Success Miami 20th Anniversary Gala

Gangstas, Gals and Glam: Dress for Success Miami 20th Anniversary GalaSaturday, October 11, 7:30pm-1am – Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne

Dress for Success Miami celebrated its 20th anniversary with an over-the-top gala, saluting the Roaring 1920’s with the theme “Gangstas, Gals and Glam,” together with Honorary Chairs Maritere and Jon Secada, as well as Honorary Chairwoman Star Jones. Dress for Success Miami has helped 50,000 clients re-enter the workforce and, through the gala, will ensure continued support to the residents in Miami- Dade County.

The evening was presented by Royal Carribbean and MCs were WPLG Local 10 news anchors Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes. “Honorary Gals” for the evening included NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson, and lifestyle director for, journalist and correspondent for CNN Espanol Paula Lamas. Also this year Miami based fashion designer Julian Chang supported the gala by providing a custom, one-of-a-kind gown for the silent auction, as well as designing evenings looks for very special guests: two Dress for Success Miami clients.

Guests were welcomed by a red carpet, followed by a cocktail reception with exquisite passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as wine and spirits, including signature Dress for Success Miami cocktails provided by Diageo. Attendees also had the opportunity to bid on extraordinary items in a silent auction, including “staycations” from Miami’smost luxurious hotels; experiences from the best restaurants in South Florida; 2015 Grammy Award tickets; rock n’ roll memorabilia; exclusive jewelry and many more exciting items. The reception was followed by gourmet dinner and dancing. After dinner, guests could play their luck at the casino while enjoying a cigar by one of Cigar Aficionado‘s Top 25 brands, Oliva.

Photos by: Julie Pauline


18th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner

18th Annual Miami Recognition DinnerSaturday, October 11, 6:30pm - Fontainebleau Sparkle Ballroom, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The Miami Recognition Dinner is the premier annual celebration of South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The National LGBTQ Task Force, the oldest national organization dedicated to achieving equality for all people, produces the event and donates a significant portion of the proceeds to other nonprofit organizations serving the Miami-Dade LGBT community.

The 18th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner presented by Wells Fargo, returned to the spectacular Sparkle Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The black tie evening featured a glittering champagne reception, a sit-down dinner, an enormous silent auction with exciting one-of-a-kind items, a scintillating awards ceremony program hosted by national TV personalities Lea Black and Elaine Lancaster, and live entertainment.

The dinner also presented transgender community activist and former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck with 2014 National Leadership Award. “I am honored and truly humbled to receive the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Leadership Award,” said Kristin Beck. “The Task Force, as the nation’s oldest and longest running LGBT advocacy organization, has always been at the forefront of the movement for justice, fairness, and equality for all. ”

Also being honored was James G. Pepper, affectionately called the “Godfather of Philanthropy,” a longtime LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS advocate, community leader and philanthropist, who received the 2014 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Pepper’s long list of achievements includes inspiring young people to become outspoken community advocates and nurturing activists to step into leadership positions. He served as mentor to both of this year’s event co-chairs, Bradley R. Carlson and Josue Santiago.

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson


French Weeks Miami 2014 Opening Cocktail

French Weeks Miami 2014 Opening CocktailThursday, October 23, 6pm-8pm – Consul’s Residence, 4896 Davis Road (80th Street), Miami

French Weeks Miami, launched by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Miami 7 years ago, is organized in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Miami and held under the patronage of the Ambassador of France in the United States. Every year, French Weeks Miami showcases more than 20 events, from cultural programs to social and economic networking events, strengthening ties between many local and international partners such as universities, museums and art galleries, festivals, economic organizations, cities, associations and schools. The 2014 edition will bring a bright new range of gatherings and happenings! Join for the Opening Cocktail and enjoy samples from French Treasures. Admission for FACC Member is $30 and Non-Member $50.


ESPN Deportes Premieres 30 for 30 Film Brothers in Exile

ESPN Deportes Premieres 30 for 30 Film Brothers in ExileWednesday, October 22, 6:30pm – Tower Theatre, 1508 SW 8th Street, Miami

ESPN Deportes premieres Brothers in Exile as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. The film tells the story of Orlando “El Duque” Hernández and his brother, Liván Hernandez’s whose courage two decades ago paved the way for many of today’s Hispanic MLB players’ stardom. Both brothers embarked into an unlikely journey escaping from Cuba, finding a path to freedom and triumph. The film will premiere on ESPN Deportes Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. EST and on ESPN Nov. 4 at 9 p.m.

Casa Brickell Book Launch

Casa Brickell Book LaunchWednesday, October 22, 6pm-8pm – Casa Brickell, 4100 N Miami Avenue, Miami Design District

Cassa Brickell is a new boutique pre-construction Condo in Brickell, 5 minutes away from Mary Brickell Village, located at 201 SW 17 Rd Miami. Casa Brickell is developed by TSG Paragon Development, designed by Carlos Ponce de Leon Architects, and Frances Anillo Toledo, as architect. Cassa Brickell is offering 1, 2 & 3 bedroom residences, unique penthouses and exclusive townhouse

#BeScandalous With Jasmine Tookes In Miami

Tuesday, October 21, 1pm-2pm#BeScandalous With Jasmine Tookes In Miami - Victoria’s Secret Lincoln Road, 901 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Tuesday, October 21, 6pm-6pm - Victoria’s Secret Dadeland Mall, 7535 N Kendall Dr, Miami

October’s getting Scandalous… Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Jasmine Tookes is heading to Miami on October 21 to celebrate the launch of our seductive new fragrance and lingerie collection, Scandalous. Come take a picture with her at Lincoln Road from 1-2pm or Dadeland Mall from 6-7pm, and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with on-site uploading! You’ll also get access to the VIP line with your Eau de Parfum (1.7 oz or larger) or Scandalous bra purchase.

The Office Delray Unveils New Menu

The Office Delray Unveils New MenuTuesday, October 21, 6pm-8pm - The Office Delray, 201 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

The Office, a local new-aged gastropub restaurant, showcased this season’s newest offerings by new executive Chef, Kelley Randal, available in November. Chef Randal worked for many well-established Italian themed restaurants in South Florida, such as Vic and Angelos, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Palm Beach Marriott. His love for taking traditional dishes and adding a fun twist has inspired much of The Offices’s new menu.

Try the Office’s new menu items and see why this local casual-meets-refined establishment dedicated to protecting and nurturing the local economy, has become a charming neighborhood watering hole offering only the freshest food and drink options. Among the new additions are: New House Salad with mixed greens and arugula, golden raisins, cashews, Asian pear, manchego and white pear balsamic; Tomato Burrata Salad with mango, fig infused vinegar basil oil and pickled onion; Lobster Tacos with bean and mango salsa, shaved radish and micro greens; Fried Green Tomato B.L.T. with tomato jam, pork belly, Saint Andres cheese and frisee; Black Grouper with baby watercress, raisin brown butter faro, corn, and tasso; and Espresso Short Rib with cheesy grits, roasted heirloom carrots, wasabi creme and frisee.

#Sobreviviente Release Party with Diana Mera

#Sobreviviente Release Party with Diana Mera Sunday, October 19, 5pm – The Gaythering Hotel, 1409 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

Sobreviviente is Diana’s most biographical and intimate song, the video was made with women from all over the world who dared to share their story and make their voice be heard through its lyrics.

“#Sobreviviente” as a single, video clip and human campaign was born from a wonderful dance that little girls in Bolivia did with Diana’s song obreviviente. «I was living in México City last year when a friend of mine sent me a clip from YouTube and I saw the girls dressed in white dancing to my song; that day I understood that I was not ready for a new album and a beautiful responsibility came to me, revive Sobreviviente and make it a Project that will give visibility to survivors like me to help current victims,” Mera said. Universal Music Group previously distributed the song but it was never picked as a single and now it will be released under Alcamay Entertainment, with a remix by DJ Carlo G MX and will have global distribution.

“I was strongly marked by my absurd and difficult childhood after many years of abuse. This song helped me feel free and clean the last of my pain but it is now with the music video and campaign that I am healing the remaining wounds”, Diana added. The lyrics of this inspiring song composed by Diana Mera and Dany Tomas can be identified with any story of survival of anyone in the world. About how after the horrors we can keep going forward, closing cycles and continue growing as people, professionals, artists etc.

For that reason, women from different nationalities that went through difficult experiences identified themselves with the #Sobreviviente message and got the courage to participate voluntarily in the video. No one was hired as an actor or model; they all posed with a sign that had a hash tag (#) saying the situation they overcame. Sobreviviente is already in radios of Latin America and it’s part of the soundtrack of the movie Homebound, directed by Fanny Veliz. Diana Mera has chosen the best moment to promote it because she is in a very special phase of her personal and professional life.

Unveiling of New SESAC Miami Office

Unveiling of New SESAC Miami OfficeFriday, October 17, 7pm-9pm – SESAC and SESAC Latina, 1221 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1115, Miami Brickell

SESAC and SESAC Latina unveiled their new Miami office at 1221 Brickell Building. The Executive Team from Los Angeles, J.J. Cheng, Nashville, Trevor Gale, and New York, Celeste Zendejas, joined Miami’s Associate Director Albert Ramirez III to help toast new beautiful home, and to welcome new Writer/Publisher Relations Coordinator Mayte S. Alvarez.

SESAC, Inc is a performing rights organization with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. Performing rights organizations (there are three in the US) are business designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. @SESAC @SESACLatina


The Seed Wine & Food Festival and Thrive Magazine VIP Cocktail Party

The Seed Wine & Food Festival and Thrive Magazine VIP Cocktail PartyThursday, October 16, 7pm-10pm – Wynwood Walls, 2528 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Seed Food and Wine Festival and Thrive Magazine VIP party was hosted by John Salley, a former NBA champion, talk-show host and heath/wellness activist, Brendan Brazier, bestselling author of the THRIVE books series, and Maranda Pleasant, the publisher of ORIGIN Magazine. Thrive Magazine hit the stands nationally on March 1st 2014, and was created by Brendan Brazier and Maranda Pleasant, as an exclusive source for connecting with today’s most influential and driven movers and shakers.

VIPs enjoyed delectable bites created by the hottest local and national farm-to-table chefs, and bid on art, travel, dinner and theatre tickets in a silent auction. Also they casted their votes for best cocktail at the ‘Mixologist Thowdown’ by mixologist from Tongue and Cheek, Haven, Finka Table and Tap, and Blackbird Ordinary. Celebrity chefs participating: Jamie DeRosa, Tongue & Cheek; Todd Erickson, Haven; Nicolas Torrent, Juice Lab; Mark Zeitouni, The Standard; Nicola and Fabrizio Carro, Via Verdi and Robbie Errichetti.

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