Feeding South Florida™ Hosts 1st Annual “Ultimate Hunger Champion” Awards Gala

Feeding South Florida™ Hosts 1st Annual "Ultimate Hunger Champion" Awards GalaSaturday, April 26, 6pm-12am – Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami Brickell

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, South Florida executives, celebrities, and supporters of ending hunger will break bread together in an elegant banquet at Feeding South Florida’s™ first Ultimate Hunger Champion Awards Gala. Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

Hosted by Conrad Miami, the gala, in addition to bringing awareness to local hunger issues, honors participants of the Hunger Games, Feeding South Florida’s series of competitive events between corporations, which launched in January. Sport celebrities MMA star Will Brooks and Ruth Riley of the WNBA will be in attendance. As both athletes’ upbringings resonate with the organization’s mission, they are proud to support Feeding South Florida. Riley recently shot a new Feeding South Florida PSA, which will air later this year.

Guests can start off the gala festivities at a cocktail reception presented by Bacardi and snack on delicacies like Rock Shrimp Cocktail Shooters, Crisp Pork Belly with Apple and Celery Salsa, and Parmesan and Truffle Risotto Croquettes. At 7:30 p.m. diners will sit down for a four-course banquet featuring Lobster and Pink Grapefruit on Buckwheat Blinis, and Pan-Fried Snapper with Citrus Salsa, Sunblush Tomato Rice, Broccolini and Basil Aioli.

Awards to be presented at the banquet include the Ultimate Hunger Champion (Corporation). The winner will be decided upon tallying the number of points won by the corporation for winning and participating in competitions and posting sanctioned Feeding South Florida information on social media.

VIP guests will dance the night away at an After Party hosted by Blue Martini Brickell, featuring mouthwatering miniature desserts and Blue Martini’s signature drink. The evening also includes a silent auction and live entertainment presented by Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events & Production. Tickets to attend only the After Party are available for $50.

Sponsored by Conrad Miami, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Ascendo Resources; Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events & Productions; McDermott Will & Emery; Bacardi; Blue Martini; Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino. Tickets are $100 for GA (Cocktail Party and Awards Banquet), $225 VIP (Includes Cocktail Reception, Awards Banquet, VIP After-Party, Gift Bag and Valet Parking) and $50 After Party Admission.


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#BENETTONBEACHBASH Benetton’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Preview

#BENETTONBEACHBASH Benetton’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection PreviewThursday, April 17, 11am-9pm - Benetton South Beach, 670 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

United Colors of Benetton celebrated the arrival of Spring with an all-day and night event on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at its South Beach flagship. The first of the celebratory events was a private in-store blogger brunch with bottomless mimosas and passed canapés. Later, doors opened to the public offering 20% off the entire store, together with complimentary Pinkberry froyo cups and Vita Coco refreshments, and DJ Dutch’s groovy beats. The day wrapped up with an evening cocktail party hosted by ambassador for their 2014 summer collection, Kelly Saks.

The new season collection comes with micro and macro floral patterns, available in a wide range of colors dominated by pink, lilac, blue and white. Bursting with petals and buds, this look can be vibrant or romantic. It’s all about the essentials: shorts in an array of cool blues and greens; printed, spaghetti-strap dresses for when the South Florida humidity doesn’t allow for anything more; and white, cotton, light-as-air separates that can just as easily be worn over a swimsuit as they can to dinner.

Pictures by: Inamara Bellina


Official FIFA World Cup Trophy Visits Miami

Official FIFA World Cup Trophy Visits MiamiTuesday, April 15, 9am-11am – Landmark Aviation, Miami International Airport, 5700 NW 36th Street, Miami

Coca-Cola® and FIFA are bringing the world’s most celebrated trophy to the United States during the culmination of the largest, most fan-filled FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour ever. After covering 89 countries the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour makes its second US stop in Miami sharing soccer excitement and passion at special ceremony. An exclusive Airport Arrival Ceremony was part of the nine-month global tour where attendees had a chance to take pictures and capture footage of the authentic, solid gold FIFA World Cup Trophy. Given that the FIFA World Cup™ is only every four years, this was a unique opportunity to capture the Trophy in Miami. The Trophy will make additional stops in Atlanta, April 17 and a special open to the public fan event stop in Los Angeles April 18-20.


VeritageMiami Auction & Wine Dinner

VeritageMiami Auction & Wine DinnerSaturday, April 12, 6:30pm – The Diamond Club at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami

VeritageMiami‘s final inning took place on the diamond at Marlins Park, featuring a live performance by Kristin Chenoweth, the Tony and Emmy Award winning star of Broadway’s Wickedand and the TV series: The West Wing, Pushing Daisies and Glee. 

Guests dressed in “Gatsby Garden Party” attire in celebration of United Way of Miami-Dade‘s 90th birthday, and being an innovative force in the community with a long and successful track record of responding to emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. The Auction & Wine Dinner opened with stunning auction lots to bid on during the champagne reception, followed by dining and a live auction, with award-winning wines from the “Best in Glass Wine Challenge” and a home run of an after-party provided by Bacardi.

VeritageMiami (formerly United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival) brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive lineup of auction lots all to benefit the South Florida community. VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents. VeritageMiami is part of Veritage, a series of celebrations of wine, food and philanthropy.


Actors’ Playhouse 23rd Annual “Reach for the Stars” Gala Auction

Actors' Playhouse 23rd annual Reach for the Stars Gala AuctionSaturday, April 12, 6pm-11pm - Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Notable guests, community members and theatre supporters gathered at the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables for the 23rd Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction presented by Actors’ Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall. Hosted by Founding Board Chairman Dr. Lawrence Stein and Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein, over 500 guests attended gala auction that featured over $300,000 worth of live and silent auction items up for bid.

The gala auction is the major fundraising event for Actors’ Playhouse each year, and this year  live and silent auction items included extravagant worldwide travel, a one-year lease for a 2014 Lexus RX 350, signed sports memorabilia, internationally renowned art, exquisite jewelry, exclusive wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants and many more. Bob Soper, former CBS Miami meteorologist, and celebrity auctioneer for the past 23 years, conducted the live auction with Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark A. Trowbridge.

Guests enjoyed delicious fare provided by more than 35 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants and open bars sponsored by Bacardi and Premier Beverage Company. Proceeds from this year’s annual major fundraising event for Actors’ Playhouse, will provide funding for the organization’s youth programming that educates and enriches over 60,000 children each year.

Pictures by: Inamara Bellina


Veneta Cucine to Unveil Remodeled Showroom With Live Cooking By Renowned Chef Philippe Fiore

Veneta Cucine to Unveil Remodeled Showroom With Live Cooking By Renowned Chef Philippe FioreThursday, April 24, 7pm-11pm – Veneta Cucine, 2020 NE 163 Street, Suite 100, North Miami Beach

Internationally-acclaimed luxury Italian kitchen brand Veneta Cucine will unveil its newly renovated showroom with a chic relaunch event on Thursday, April 24. The 2,000-square-foot space will be revealed in an evening entailing Italian design and innovation, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The much-anticipated relaunch event will feature a live cooking demonstration by co-host and renowned Chef Philippe Fiore, who has been the private chef of A-list celebrities, such as Julio Iglesias, Chayanne, Mel Gibson and Shakira, to name a few.

Attendees will be among the first to view Veneta Cucine’s luxe kitchens showcasing LED-backlit Onyx counter tops by Crystaline Stone and quartz counter tops by Caesarstone. Additional sponsors include Bang & Olufsen, Nespresso, FIAT of North Miami and Italian Prosecco wines by PW Wine Distributors. Guests must RSVP to info@spinhouse-pr.com to reserve their good bag and automatically be entered to win a set of headphones by Bang & Olufsen and a Nespresso coffee machine.

Launch of SeaFair Miami Dinner Cruises

Launch of SeaFair Miami Dinner CruisesThursday, April 17, 7pm – SeaFair, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami

SeaFair will launch Miami’s first luxury daily scheduled Dinner and Weekend Brunch Cruises. While cruising,  guests will be able to browse the unique offerings of 18 art galleries and luxury boutiques. Perfect for small holiday outings like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter, the MegaYacht Grand Luxe will offer diners the chance to browse through the vessel’s art galleries, boutique shops and can enjoy live entertainment. Available daily from Tuesday through Sunday, bookings start on April 17 and run through the MegaYacht’s scheduled New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala. The cruises on offer are the Sunset & City Lights Cruises, Weekend Brunch & Bay Cruises,holiday cruises and dockside access when the ship is in port. The Sunset & City Lights Cruise will run Tuesday through Saturday and the price ranges from $79 to $89 per adult with the higher cost being on Fridays and Saturdays. These nightly cruises along the Biscayne Bay will offer sea-bound guests 3.5 hours on the water where they’ll be able to enjoy SeaFair cocktails, monthly specials, buffet dining or an à la carte menu. To make reservations, call 305-714-5030 or visit web site: www.seafairmiami.com.

Slo-V and Retro presents TRObeats.com Launch Party

Slo-V and Retro presents TRObeats.com Launch PartyThursday, April 17, 6pm-9pm – 8and9 Showroom, 7814 NE 4th Court, Miami

Slo-V and Retro presents TRObeats.com release party at 8and9 Showroom. Calling all producers, musicians, and music taste makers. Come enjoy a night of free drinks, and the best of hip-hop and R&B mixed by “We the Best” own DJ 360 and Highgrade’s DJ Bre. Complimentary entry to everyone with RSVP. Sponsored by: Heineken, Opreme Beverage Corp., Hometeam Barbershop, Bandedup Ent., Creme de la Creme.


SkyeStudios Opening Reception

SkyeStudios Opening ReceptionThursday, April 17,  5:30pm-9pm – SkyeStudios, 1035 N. Miami Avenue, 4th Floor, Miami

SkyeStudios new boutique office suite & co-work space project in the Park West neighborhood of Downtown Miami opens it’s doors to you on Thursday, April 17th. Come check out our calm, clean, and creative workspace — we will be offering cocktails, beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres along with tours of the space.


“The Old Spice Guy” Visits Miami to Teach Young Guys How to Scent Responsibly

Old Spice Guy Visits Miami to Teach Young Guys How to Scent Responsibly

Tuesday, April 15, 1:30pm-3:30am - University of Miami, 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables

Old Spice, the manliest grooming brand on the planet, kicked-off a six-city campaign on Tuesday, April 15th in Miami to help young guys “scent responsibly.” Isaiah Mustafa, “The Old Spice Guy”, and Old Spice made their first “pit stop” at Coral Gables Senior High School and the University of Miami on a “Smellcome to Manhood” tour to further Old Spice’s “scent responsibly” mission, which aims to end the overspraying epidemic once and for all.

Overspraying continues to be a major issue in the U.S. According to a recent national Old Spice survey, 90 percent of students (male and female) have been bothered by too much body spray at school. Even more revealing – 68 percent of young guys say they were not properly taught how to use body spray.

At 11 a.m., Mustafa made a “pit stop” to Coral Gables Senior High to host an in-school assembly. Greeted by high-energy cheerleaders and the school’s band, more than 500 students engaged in an interactive presentation highlighting how the power of scent, as well as the importance of overall body cleanliness, can build self-confidence and be a strong personal motivator. The event concluded with Mustafa awarding the school a $2,500 donation to school’s athletic department.

At 1:30 p.m., Old Spice hosted a pop-up pep rally at UM with a live performance by the Spirit Squad, the school’s resident dance team and cheerleaders, product giveaways, games and selfie photo opps with Mustafa.

A former wide receiver for the NFL, Mustafa gained sudden and substantial fame as the result of his Old Spice viral/TV campaigns, which garnered hundreds of millions of online hits and transformed Mustafa into a widespread sensation that culminated in an Emmy win for “Best TV Commercial.” In January 2014, Mustafa made his triumphant return as “The Old Spice Guy” for a series of digital “Internet-ventions”, designed to end the most embarrassing male mistakes.

Pictures by: Marc Serota/Invision for Old Spice/AP Images


6th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival

6th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade & FestivalApril 11 – 13 – Ocean Drive, from 7th Street to 15th Street, Miami Beach

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, Grand Marshals, Grammy Award-winning Gloria Estefan and choreographer Kenny Ortega welcomed more than 80,000 people from across the country to South Beach for the sixth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride and Festival. The day started off with your favorite drag queens trying to outrun each other for a $500 grand prize. The parade, which kicked off at noon on Ocean Drive, was the highlight of the yearly event and attendees enjoyed the colorful and exciting people as they strolled by.

Once the parade was finished, guests converged on to Lummus Park to enjoy more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, celebrities, and electrical performances. This year’s entertainment which spread across three stages was some of the best in the industry. At the Festival Stage, emcee Elaine Lancaster performed with Courtney Act from season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race. On the DJ turntables was the fabulous Lady Bunny. At the Azúcar Stage, the best in Latin music and Latin DJs were featured for everyone to enjoy. At the 12th Street Stage, dancing was highly encouraged as DJ Sushiman and DJ Maryalice warmed up the daytime crowds for the final event of the weekend, the Gay Champions Party that was held at The Clevelander.

The main focus of the event is to bring together the LGBT community across South Florida and Miami Beach has set the bar of what people are looking for in a Gay Pride celebration. The parade and festival had a lot to offer everyone. From a handsome guy on a horse holding a rainbow colored flag and a street race in high heels, it is hard for one to resist. The parties, concert performances, and of course the beautiful beaches in Florida has coined the big bash on Ocean Drive to be 2014′s hottest weekend event in Miami Beach and we hope to see you there next year!

Steve Madden Meet and Greet at Dillard’s Pembroke Lakes Mall

Steve Madden Meet and Greet at Dillard’s Pembroke Lakes MallSaturday, April 12, 3pm-4:30pm – Dillard’s Pembroke Lakes Mall, 11945 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines

Steve Madden, the legendary designer and marketer of one of the world’s hottest fashion footwear, accessories, and lifestyle brands for women and men graced South Florida with his presence once again. Madden held a meet and greet at Dillard’s inside of Pembroke Lakes Mall, in Pembroke Pines, on Saturday, April 12th, 2014.

Steve Madden has been in the business for 24 years and when asked how he has been able to last this long in the fashion industry he so calmly stated that, “With a lot of insecurity and humility. I have never been one to sit back and say yeah I’ve done it, that’s it.” Madden continuously sets the bar within the fashion world and this is clearly seen by some of the moves he has made throughout his career. He has collaborated with some of the best known individuals within their own respective industries such as, mulit-platinum recording artist Keyshia Cole, blogger-extraordinare and founder of The Blonde Salad, Chiara Ferragni, and famous footwear designer Brian Atwood. And for sure he will continue to wow us with more of his creative mind.

More than 200 fashion lovers of all ages were able to enjoy the event hosted by TV personality and Steve Madden Brand Ambassador, Julissa Bermudez, all while a guest DJ spun the latest tunes. Guest had the chance to pose for photos as Madden autographed complimentary branded tees and tote bags, as well as Steve Madden shoes the guest purchased. Also, those individuals who entered the raffle had a chance to win their choice of any Steve Madden shoe they wanted (while supplies lasted). The event was fantastic and the spring/summer 2014 collection was even better. We are all looking forward to seeing what this fashion giant will come up with, being that next year marks his 25th year in the fashion industry!


Fahrenheit Models Fashion Week 2014

Fahrenheit Models Fashion Week 2014April 9 – 11, Johnson & Wales University, 1701 NE 127th Street, North Miami

Fahrenheit Models Fashion Week was created in 2013 by a student organization at Johnson & Wales University. Lead by one of the most talented fashion students at Johnson & Wales, Antonio Boone, CEO of Fahrenheit Models has made sure this week has become a staple for North Miami within just one year. Developing relationships with various South Florida designers and retail chains, Boone and Johnson & Wales has provided the best opportunities a Fashion Week can provide.

Each event day had something new to offer both JWU students and visiting guests from all over South Florida. Guest had the chance to experience a fashion expo with a panel of distinguished speakers such as, Mary Kay’s Independent Future National Sales Director, Rozanne Rodriguez as she spoke on “The Pink Cadillac is Real,” Debra Bartkowski, who has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years, and Erika Joy Gardner of Hollywood Institute. Guest also had the opportunities to see exquisite fashion at the fashion show and a Networking Brunch with industry professionals from in-state and out of state. Fahrenheit Models Fashion Week is an event developed to bring people together in the name of FASHION and this is only the beginning of an event that will continue to grow to be one of the biggest fashion events that have hit North Miami.