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7th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale/Miami

7th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale/MiamiFriday, August 18, 6pm-10pm – The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables
Friday, August 25, 6pm-10pm – W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Bouelvard, Fort Lauderdale

Non-profit organization FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) will host its 7th annual “Chefs Up Front” fundraising dinners this August at The Biltmore in Coral Gables and the W Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale. The epicurean event will present decadent five-course dinners prepared by 10 of South Florida’s most acclaimed chefs. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ Program, which connects families with healthy food by teaching them how to prepare nutritious, tasty meals on a limited budget.

The evening, hosted by radio personalities Kimmy B. of Hits 97.3, Julie Guy and Evelyn Curry of 101.5 LITE FM; long-time FLIPANY supporters, will begin with a special reception and silent auction, while hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails are served. Following the reception, each chef will prepare signature courses in an intimate dinner setting. An after party will follow, when guests can mingle with each other and the chefs. Individual ticket are $250. #ChefsUpFront #CUFMIA #FLIPANY @FLIPANY


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Unveiling of Portraits of El Clasico at Brickell City Centre

Unveiling of Portraits of El Clasico at Brickell City CentreThursday, July 27, 5:30pm-9pm – Brickell City Centre, 701 S Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

Miami Artists Paloma Teppa and Andrew Antonaccio were special guests at the opening of their masterpiece, Portraits of El Clasico. The event held in Brickell City Centre (BCC), Miami’s newest shopping and entertainment mecca, partnered with Plant The Future (PTF), a botanical art gallery and nature-inspired design firm, to bring a first-of-its-kind exhibition of human portraits in moss. Moss Interpretations of Iconic Players from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid included Marcello Vieira, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo. A special moss interpretation was also unveiled for celeberity guest, Paolo Maldini.

Portraits of El Clásico were unveiled during a private celebratory cocktail event at CMX on hosted by BCC’s developer Swire Properties Inc, Plant the Future and Relevent Sports.

“With such a historic match like El Clásico being hosted in Miami for the first time, we are honored to have the opportunity to bring together two of our city’s greatest pursuits, football and the arts,” said Kieran Bowers, president of Swire Properties Inc. “We look forward to welcoming fans of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and art enthusiasts alike to Brickell City Centre to enjoy this exhibit together.”

“We are so grateful to the International Champions Cup, Relevent Sports and Swire Properties for making this unprecedented exhibit possible. We have been looking for the right moment to showcase Paloma Teppa and Andrew Antonaccio’s collaboration in human portraits and are thrilled do so as part of the art initiative surrounding this historic match,” said Yair Marcoschamer, co-founder and Chief Executive Gardener of Plant the Future. “We are hopeful that our moss interpretations of these soccer idols mesmerize the fans almost as much as these players’ amazing feats on the field.”

“The ICC is proud to partner with Plant the Future in presenting Portraits of El Clásico,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “El Clásico Miami is more than just a match, it’s a celebration of culture. This exhibit will give fans a chance to view the stars of El Clásico through a unique lens. We are excited to present the work of Paloma and Andrew to the city of Miami and the thousands who have traveled from all parts of the world to attend this historic match.”

Portraits of El Clásico represents the evolution of Teppa and 2Alas’ collaboration combining Teppa’s whimsical world of plants and 2Alas signature optical art. Teppa and 2Alas first joined forces to create Daylife Swimmer (2015) in the lobby of the 1 Hotel in Miami Beach, followed by Leap (2016) at Impero Caffe at the Innside Hotel in Manhattan. The artists also recentlyunveiled their second framed series and are now producing their sixth Moss Op Art mural.

On Friday July 28, the exhibition will open to the public and will remain on display until Labor Day, September 4, at BCC’s open-air retail center, next to CMX Cinemas on the fourth floor. Portraits of El Clásico is an official event of LaLiga, the International Champions Cup (ICC) and the El Clásico match, which will be taking place for the first time on U.S. soil at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on July 29.

KAOHS 2018 Runway Show

KAOHS Runway ShowFriday, July 21, 10pm – WET at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Doc Martens, fishnets, skateboards, and chokers were all over the KAOHS Swim runway show at the W South Beach’s Wet Deck. Born out of the idea that skate, boho and surf should be combined, the swimwear line launched by Tess Hamilton and Ali Hoffman in 2013 has become an international phenomenon and the styles on the runway indicated nothing less. Edgy, free-spirited, and chic, the styles on the runway are perfect for a surf on Venice Beach or working on the perfect beach bum tan. The California based swimwear line prides itself on its stylish yet functional designs that inspire confidence with their superb fabrics and flawless cuts aimed at complementing any woman’s body.

The collection featured 70’s style bandeau style swimsuits with frills, vibrant, eye catching colors, and enticing patterns and 80’s style grunge Baywatch type bikinis with high waisted cuts, quirky designs and ruffle trimmings. More modern designs with revealing hip hugging cuts were also presented in the boho punk runway show. Playful colors like bright yellows, reds, and white were part of the more free-spirited looks while the edgy sensuality of the softer colors like grey, black, light pink and baby blue emphasized the collection’s fierceness. Combining sultriness with a free-spirited aesthetic caters to every beachgoer from the hippie beach bum to the angelic seductress.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia


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KOA + Silvia Ulson’s 2018 Runway Shows

Silvia Ulson's Runway ShowFriday, July 21, 8pm – WET at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Bringing the vibrancy of Brazilian culture to South Florida, Silvia Ulson ‘s 2018 runway collection combines chic, sophistication with the familiarity of cultural tradition. Headpieces tied bandana style along with bright pink and white laced up shoes added cohesiveness to the stunning looks. Bold one-pieces in a host of colors from orange to gold to baby blue were paraded down the runway in distinctive styles, some with frilly trimmings and a bandeau style and others with a criss crossed halter design. Careful embellishments and designs were visible throughout the presentation, emphasizing the attention to detail that the brand prides itself on and reinforces with each creation. Quality and uniqueness are the key elements of the swimwear line as each piece is made with meticulousness and a dedication to craftsmanship. The designs featured are unlike any other seen at swim week and the distinctly Brazilian elements add an artistic authenticity that the chic beach goer adores.

Free-spirited with a sense of stylish simplicity characterizes the KOA swim runway collection, staying true to the brand’s dedication to a woman’s freedom to live in the moment. Whether there’s a cocktail pool party or a weekend of tanning, the versatile, reversible bikini has a unique design for any occasion. Each look is crafted with a precision that caters to anyone’s beach body, inspiring carefree confidence with each creation. Classic spaghetti straps, trendy ruffles and frills, demure one-pieces and incredible cuts were part of the playful yet sophisticated designs. Striking color patterns and eye catching patterns fuse into the most attention-grabbing swimsuits. Fashion forward functionality mold the looks that the easygoing yet trendy beach goer will be sporting this summer.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia

JonOne Hennessy V.S Limited Edition Launch

JonOne Hennessy V.S Limited Edition LaunchFriday, July 21, 8pm – Cafeina Wynwood, 297 NW 23rd St, Miami Wynwood Arts District

“Bringing color to the mix,” street artist JonOne, partners with Hennessy V.S. Random splatters of color represents organized chaos, mimicking the process employed by the Master Blender when each of the distinct flavors and aromas fuse, layer by layer, into the striking, sensuous style apparent in each bottle. JonOne is the latest “Wild Rabbit” to collaborate with Hennessy, others include KAWS, Futura, Os Gêmeos, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinness, and, most recently, Scott Campbell. Their Wild Rabbit campaign is artistically driven, applauding those who follow their dreams on their on wild rabbit chase. The motto: “Never stop. Never settle.” Growing up in a Dominican family in Harlem, “Jon156” went from bombing NYC subway cars to becoming a pioneer of abstract graffiti, to gaining international acclaim as a street artist, ending up in Paris, France -the current destination on his own “Wild Rabbit” chase.

The French based brand, native to Cognac, has chosen an artist with Harlem roots and a Parisian understanding to spearhead the latest installment in their campaign and the blending of tradition and rebellion is artfully apparent. Among the splashes of color, the grape vines that started it all are intermixed and seen in various parts of the bottle, as JonOne was inspired by the history of the Maison, fusing the colors of the rainbow precisely with the bottle’s classic elements. The bottle is tagged just like the subway cars that gave “Jon156” his start and the creation is nothing short of a partnership between two energetic, driven entities, with an unrelenting desire to constantly innovate and push the boundaries. The Hennessy V.S Limited Edition bottle, approximately $35.00 (750ml), will be available at fine retailers nationwide in July. A special deluxe gift edition is also available, featuring a 1.75L bottle decorated with JonOne’s iconic tag and Hennessy iconography, encased in a whimsically over-sized paint can, inspired by the artist’s studio and creative inspiration.


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Paris Saint-Germain Pop-Up Shop

Paris Saint-Germain Pop-Up Shop Launch PartyThursday, July 20, 8pm-11pm – Wynwell, 20 NE 27th Street, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Wynwell in Wynwood hosted the launch of the Residence for one of Europe’s best soccer clubs – Paris Saint-Germain. The Paris Saint-Germain Residence is a high-end pop-up store that will be open every day to the public 1pm-8pm from July 18-25. The Residence sell exclusive Paris Saint-Germain merchandise. The Residence also incorporates the Paris Saint-Germain x Miami eSports space, which will host the Coca-Cola x Paris Saint-Germain eCopa finals on July 23. Directly outside the store is the Paris Saint-Germain x Miami Skate Park, designed by local skate shop Andrew. The park is open to the public.


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La Taverna Grand Opening

La Taverna Gran OpeningFriday, July 28, 11:30pm-4am – Runas Peruvian Cuisine, 219 N 21st Ave, Hollywood

“The Tavern” next door to Runas Restaurant, will open its doors to celebrate Perú’s Independence Day with live “Música Criolla Rock en Español DJ”. They’re celebrating it by offering our extensive full-bar-area surrounded by art and music. Live music provided by @FatKingBulla with the best covers! @runasrestaurant


Jimmy Quiroga (R) Designs Grand Opening Celebration

Jimmy Quiroga (R) Designs Grand Opening CelebrationFriday, July 28, 12pm-6pm – Jimmy Quiroga (R) Designs, 36 NE 1st St, Ste 219, Miami

Join to celebrate the official grand opening of Jimmy Quiroga (R) Designs beautiful new showroom on the 2nd floor of the Seybold Jewelry Building. And, as they do every year, they will also have pre-season sale with pieces UP TO 75% OFF! Wine and gourmet bites will be served! @vivianpq


WAWA Grand Opening

WAWA Grand OpeningThursday, July 27, 8am
WAWA #5194, 3601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach
WAWA #5193, 4290 Davie Rd. Extension, Davie

The Philadelphia-based convenience-store chain will have ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 10 a.m. at 4290 Davie Road Extension and 1 p.m. at 3601 N. Federal Highway. Festivities will include parades, cheap gas, 10 days of free coffee, food samples and free gift cards for the first 100 customers to arrive. Wawa says it plans to donate up to $10,000 to the nonprofit Feeding South Florida, and will give $2,500 grants to fund snack programs for Boys & Girls Clubs. #Wawa @Wawa

Doral Brewery Crawl

Doral Brewery CrawlSaturday, July 22, 1pm-6pm – Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, 8000 Northwest 25th Street, #500, Doral

Come out for the first ever Doral Brewery Crawl! Enjoy visiting 3 breweries in Doral: Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, MIA Beer Company, and The Tank Brewing Company, and spend a over an hour at each brewery. At each stop you will receive a FREE pint of beer. All other purchases will be on your own tab and please remember to tip generously to your beertenders. Begin the Doral Crawl at 1:15PM at Biscayne Bay Brewing. It is always a good idea to feed your belly before embarking on a big crawl like this so in addition to Biscayne Bay providing you with a free pint of one of their core beers, they will also provide some specially priced food items exclusive to our wristbanded participants. The times for the other two breweries will be announced upon your arrival. You must purchase a ticket to receive a wristband at the start of the event to ensure you receive your free pints and other discounts.


Karlae Swim Launch Party

Karlae Swim Launch PartyThursday, July 20, 9pm-12am – River Yacht Club, 401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami

Join Karlae Swimwear designed by Jerrika Karlae for a relaunch party and exclusive preview of the newest collection. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to kick off Miami SWim Week 2017. Sounds provided by Brittany Sky. #MiamiSwimWeek #SwimWeek #KarlaeSwimwear


Miami Spice Menu Preview at National Hotel

Miami Spice Menu Preview at National HotelThursday, July 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm – National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

The National Hotel‘s charming Art Deco restaurant, Tamara’s Bistro, announced new tantalizing menus for Miami Spice, which runs August 1st through September 30th. Helmed by new Executive Chef Matthew McDonald, Tamara’s Bistro presents brunch, lunch and dinner options inspired by Mediterranean countryside cuisine. Those dining Thursday through Sunday evenings will be treated to live entertainment featuring talented vocalists who mesmerize audiences with their rich renditions of both modern and classic hits. Also, guests can enjoy al-fresco dining from the restaurant’s exterior patio overlooking Miami Beach’s longest infinity-edge pool nestled amongst native palms, bougainvillea and tropical foliage.

Available weekends from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and priced at $23 per person, the Tamara’s Bistro brunch should not be missed. The new brunch menu starts off with the 1939 Breakfast Buffet, which includes charcuterie and cheeses, fresh fruits, a build your own parfait station, assorted breakfast breads, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, breakfast hash and more. Additionally, guests can choose one entrée ranging from Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs, English muffin, ham, hollandaise and breakfast hash; and Blackened Mahi Tacos served with savory slaw, mango salsa, avocado and yuca fries; to the National Burger, which includes an 8oz. certified angus beef patty, choice of cheese, Boston lettuce, heirloom tomato, red onion and fries; among others, to accompany their buffet selections. For dessert, the brunch menu offers a Mango Sorbet with orange blossom water and berries; a decadent Crème Brulee; or a Candied Pecan Cheesecake with Chantilly cream, caramel sauce and strawberries.

Tamara’s Bistro’s Miami Spice lunch, served daily from noon to 5 p.m. is also priced at $23 per person. For a starter, guests can pick from a fresh Watermelon Salad with feta, walnuts, Frisée salad, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic; the Pomegranate Ceviche Martini with marinated Mahi, lime, cherry peppers and cilantro; or the Cucumber Vichyssoise served with radish salad, tomato and Swiss grilled cheese. Entrée options include a Jerked Chicken Caesar Salad with romaine hearts, jerked chicken satays, sundried tomatoes, olives and Parmesan cheese; a Tuna Nicoise Salad with Boston lettuce, ahi tuna, Peruvian potatoes, olives, heirloom tomatoes, anchovy, pickled onion, haricot vert and organic eggs; and the 1939 Burger, featuring grilled Portobello mushrooms, a certified angus beef patty, bacon, melted blue cheese, Boston lettuce, heirloom tomato and red onion, withfries and more. To end, guests can also choose from the Mango Sorbet, Crème Brulee and Candied Pecan Cheesecake.

Every evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., take advantage of a remarkable Miami Spice dinner menu at just $39 per person. Starters range from a Tuna Crudo with ahi tuna, watermelon, feta, mint and extra virgin olive oil; to Grilled Oysters with Spanish, Gruyere béchamel and crisp prosciutto; and Smoked Lamb Souvlaki served with grilled pita, tzatziki, and savoy salad. Featured entrees include Paella with saffron rice, assorted seafood, shellfish, sofrito, chicken and sherry fumet; Jerked Pork Chop with cherry chimichurri, Vermont cheddar grits and onion strings; and a Porcini Rubbed Sirloin served with Portobello mushrooms, asparagus tips, confit tomato and pappardelle au poivre. For the grand finale, guests can choose from delicacies like the Mango Tart with flamed orange meringue and fruit graffiti; Profiteroles with pistachio ice cream, strawberry salad and fudge; and Choice of Cheese with honey, raisins on the vine and quince paste. Guests who visit Tamara’s Bistro for dinner Thursday through Sunday evenings will enjoy a dinner-and-a-show as part of their Miami Spice experience, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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Planet Fashion Presents Swim Weekend at SLS South Beach

Planet Fashion Presents Swim Weekend at SLS South BeachJuly 20 – 22, 7pm-12am – SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Planet Fashion, one of the nation’s leading fashion media and event production companies, presented a dazzling new vision in swimwear design as part of a spectacular three-night fashion phenomenon that showcased the latest collections by some of today’s iconic designers and cutting-edge bikini brands.

The inaugural Planet Fashion Swim Weekend took place Thursday, July 20th through Saturday, July 22nd at the renowned SLS South Beach, featuring exclusive presentations by Roberto Cavalli Swimwear, Nash Beach, Revel Rey, DSquared2, Karma Bikinis, OMG Miami Swimwear, Just Bones Boardwear, Hot Miami Styles, Gabriela Pires Beachwear and Art Hearts Fashion. Each show presented the latest styles for Spring—Summer 2018 collections as part of an eclectic showcase that marked a new era for the swimwear fashion industry.

The Opening Night on Thursday, July 20th featured individual runway presentations by Roberto Cavalli Swimwear, Nash Beach and the massively popular Revel Rey by Washington based designer, Audrey Swanson. Nash Beach by designer and musician, Doug Barry, presented an “Old Fashioned Americana” themed show that took the audience back to the roots of the country’s melting pot of southern USA. His designs brought together a retro 1960s classic rock style of swimwear, complete with a Nashville sounding rock ‘n roll soundtrack to go with the runway show. Revel Rey by Audrey Swanson presented a chic Tribal Warrior theme, complete with printed ethnic designs and patterned swimsuits that maintained the brand’s high-end luxury image. Models wore gold and multi-colored tribal face paint and tattoos to embellish the tribal theme. Roberto Cavalli Swimwear represented the global heiress of today with a jungle-like theme, featuring dark forest greens and browns with long, flowing cover-ups to resemble a chic woman of international sophistication.

The Main Event on Friday, July 21st featured runway presentations from DSquared2, Karma Bikinis and OMG Miami Swimwear. Julienne Worring and Antje Worring of Karma Bikinis presented a themed show resembling the Polynesian goddess, with Asian and Indonesian inspired designs, complete with Asian and Filipino models wearing headpieces made with fresh flowers. A Balinese-inspired collection was intended to reflect the sister’s Indonesian roots and childhood. OMG Miami Swimwear by Andrea Gaviria made a head-turning impact, with an extravagant space-age Barberella meets the eighties themed show, featuring swimsuits made from plastic and textiles considered groundbreaking for the swimsuit industry, that included low-hanging straps and chains fixed to a number of swimsuits that gave a fierce-looking decoration. DSquared2 presented a highly anticipated show for men and women, reflecting the west coast Californian culture and LA hipster. The men wore trunks with bold statements on the rear, while swimsuits for women resembled the bohemian girl.

The Designer Showcase on Saturday, July 22nd featured especially selected runway presentations by Just Bones Boardwear, Gabriela Pires Beachwear and Art Hearts Fashion. Just Bones Boardwear – the brand known for “Reinventing The Boardshort” by Jennifer Weisman, garnered attention with a themed show of male and female swimwear that reflected the designer’s upbringing in South Florida. Colorful east coast styles brought a flashback to the eighties, with models styled with retro hair and makeup along with accompanying music by Michael Jackson and Prince to mark the eighties theme and designer’s favorite decade in Miami. Gabriela Pires Beachwear by Gabriela Pires evoked a very feminine theme, with subtle yet chic styles that resembled the delicacy of a ballerina. A number of models wore a flowered corsage that reflected an old world fifties and sixties style of European sophistication and elegance. Arts Hearts Fashion by founder Erik Rosete, presented a broad selection of styles by more than six international designer brands from around the world. Art Hearts Fashion is known as a leading platform for designers and artists to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting, with shows held coast to coast as a national platform for the arts and fashion community.

During the three nights of runway shows, live musical performances by a number of emerging artists brought an exciting dimension of entertainment to the fashion forward crowd in attendance. Thursday night’s performance was by Momo, followed by a Friday performance by Montana Tucker. Saturday saw high-energy tracks by Deja Ro, Monica Jasmine and Bryson.

“Swim Pop” at Planet Fashion Swim Weekend presented an exclusive Pop-up shop and gifting suite for invited attendees to browse during the day on Friday and Saturday, featuring an Evian Water Bar, La Croix Beauty and Nail Bar, as well as apparel from designers Karma Bikinis, Deko Eyewear and Logophile The Label among many others. Lacroix Sparkling Water was a presenting sponsor and Titos Vodka was the exclusive liquor sponsor.


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Mavele Swimwear & Kelly Saks Miami Swim Week Kick-Off Party

Mavele Swimwear & Kelly Saks Miami Swim Week Kick-Off PartyWednesday, July 19, 5pm-8pm – Brown Jordan Showroom Rooftop, 3625 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District

Mavele Swimwear, a U.K.-based luxury swimwear company, together with Miami fashion influencer, Kelly Saks, hosted a kick-off party to Miami Swim Week party at the Brown Jordan showroom rooftop in the Miami Design District. Guests previewed Mavele’s new swimwear collection “Distinctly You,” which features bold, bright and exotic swimsuit prints in feminine, edgy and sporty designs, offering a style to flatter and enhance the individual silhouette of a woman’s body and bring out her natural beauty. The event also featured several vendors stations including: jewelry personalization, mini manicures by Emena Spa, dry styling hair bar by Sean Donaldson Hair, 15 minute Laser Light facials that turn back time by the Clean Lines, and much more! #DistinctlyYou @MaveleSwimwear @KellySaks


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Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Chefs’ Dinner at Avocado Grill

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Chefs' Dinner at Avocado GrillTuesday, July 18, 6:30pm-9:30pm – Avocado Grill, 125 Datura St, West Palm Beach

Avocado Grill in West Palm Beach hosted its second annual Taste of the Nation Chef’s Dinner to benefit No Kid Hungry, a campaign that fights to end child hunger by educating families in need to cook and food shop on a budget.

Julien Gremaud, executive chef and owner of Avocado Grill, teamed up with chefs Aaron Black and Eric Grutka to prepare a five-course Caribbean-inspired meal with wine pairings. The featured menu consisted of Wahoo Coconut Dragon Fruit Ceviche, Charred Conch and Heart of Palm Salad, Seared Lane Snapper with Curry Sauce, Jerk Rubbed Beef Spare Rib and Passion Fruit Tres Leches Cake.

Gremaud said that he is glad to have hosted an event to benefit the effort to fight child hunger for a second consecutive year. “We’re proud to host this summertime event to help generate even more awareness about the dire needs right here in our community as well as raise monies to help support local efforts,” Gremaud said in a press release.

Proceeds will benefit the No Kid Hungry, a campaign of the anti-hunger organization, Share Our Strength. Andy Villabona, the southeast regional manager of culinary events for No Kid Hungry, was in attendance to tell guests about the work his organization does to ensure that every child in America has access to healthy food where they live. Guests continued to donate to No Kid Hungry throughout the dinner.


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All-Star Week Legacy Project with A-Rod & Giancarlo Stanton

All-Star Week Legacy Project with A-Rod & Giancarlo StantonTuesday, July 11, 10:30am-2:30pm – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall Club, 9475 North Kendall Dr, Miami

MLB All-Star and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Alumnus, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), joined Miami Marlin’s power-hitter and outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall club to commemorate MLB’s 88th Annual All-Star Game in Miami. As part of their 2017 All-Star Week youth & community initiatives, Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins have chosen Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall Club as an All-Star Legacy project. The project includes Kendall Club Teen Center Renovation, Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication, and All-Star Smiles event.

The significant renovation and expansion project is expected to increase the number of children served daily from 20 to as many as 100 teens per day. In attendance were Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Jim Clark, President of the Miami Marlins David Samson, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, FOX Sports Analyst/14-Time MLB All-Star and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Alumnus Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, and former Marlins Manager Jack McKeon.

As part of the Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication A-Rod to throw out first pitch. As a child, Alex Rodriguez attended Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade where he participated and flourished in its baseball program. As a part of MLB’s initiative to give back to the community, Rodriguez funded the majority of the project to refurbish this baseball field, located across from the Teen Center, and two other youth fields located near the Teen Center. Scotts, the official lawn care company of Major League Baseball, was also a major contributor to the project’s grass areas (outfield, infield and foul territories).

As a part of All-Star Smiles event approximately 100 children were provided with free preventative care and education, and if necessary, follow-up dental treatment. The All-Star Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded by Marlins All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Dr. Craig Spodak, dedicated to eradicating childhood tooth decay.


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