The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter, held its annual Light The Night® Miami Walk to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient services on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
More than 6,000 walkers (children, families and adults) from 50 corporate and family teams walked along the Bay for the 1.3 mile evening walk, carrying illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to blood cancer.
Light the Night® Miami Walk Chair Ralph Lawson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Health South Florida, welcomed the group and congratulated them on raising approximately $800,000. LLS national CEO/President John Walter and local politicians were also in attendance. Immediately before the Walk, loved ones lost to cancer were honored during the Remembrance Ceremony and inspirational speeches were given by cancer survivors now in remission.
The debut of Sweat USA powered by Reebok – the nation’s first All-Star Fitness Festival – promised to make South Florida sweat over Columbus Day Weekend, and over delivered on its oath as more than 3,000 wellness enthusiasts attended The Miami Beach Convention Center to take their health and fitness lifestyle to the next level, with the support of The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority.
Sweat USA Fitness Festival and Expo, considered to be the first event of it’s kind in the country, saw the nation’s wellness industry converge under one roof, as some of today’s most renowned personalities from the world of health and fitness touched the lives of thousands of fans, who traveled from as far as Brazil and the United Kingdom to workout alongside their idols and experience the latest industry trends. Jillian Michaels joined esteemed fitness personalities Tony Horton (P90X) and Shaun T. (Insanity), among an abundance of other celebrated names, to bring a weekend of highly anticipated physiological excellence to over 100,000 square foot of exhibition space in the epicenter of South Beach.
The three-day event comprised of a cutting-edge daily fitness, health and wellness Expo, encompassing more than 100 exhibitors showcasing today’s most advanced and progressive health and fitness brands and wellness solutions, ranging from nutritional plans, dietary supplements and training equipment through to home-based exercise resources, gym programs and the latest beauty products. Starting on Saturday, October 12th, Sweat USA initiated its schedule of morning and afternoon workout sessions, featuring a series of classes conducted by Sweat USA’s headlining celebrity fitness trainers. The wide variety of classes brought experiences ranging from Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Flywheel Cycling, MMA, Crossfit, Piloxing and Surfset, to the most serious fitness professional and for the more casual health enthusiast looking to diversify their workout routine.
Thousands pre-registered online for the opportunity to join Jillian Michaels, as she made a rare South Florida appearance to share the secrets and behind ultimate weight loss and total body transformation, through her newest fitness regimen Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED. Avid followers of the Biggest Loser host waited in line for hours to participate in her two classes, that were packed to capacity, before joining spectators in front of the main stage for her keynote speech and audience Q&A.
Some enthusiasts took their Columbus Day Weekend workout to the next level after joining Shaun T. for some INSANITY. The program’s creator pushed participants past their limits over two classes with a workout packed with Plyometric drills and nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance and core ab training. Also headlining on Sunday’s program, as a highlight of the weekend, was P90X, conducted by the legendary Tony Horton. This high-energy, fast paced class gave attendees a chance to experience the new P90X3 – newly developed by Horton, who hit the exhibition floor after his classes to sample some of the latest innovative workout routines offered by Sweat USA. PILOXING creator, Viveca Jensen, created a huge buzz throughout the Expo with her mix of Pilates and boxing that gave participants a high-octane, fat torching and muscle-sculpting workout, whipping everyone into shape. Renowned Zumba® instructor Heidy Torres delighted Miami’s Latino audience as she led the festivities inside The Miami Beach Convention Center with a series of high-energy dance classes. Creator of the world famous Brazilian Butt Lift, native South American, Leandro Carvalho, shared his signature moves in front of dozens of fans, while South Florida native and celebrity fitness model, Jennifer Nicole Lee, hosted her JNL Fusion class and revolutionary workout program that helps lose weight, burn fat and build lean sexy muscles.
Wilhelmina Models hosted its Fitness Model Search in the main exhibition hall, inviting attendees to sign-up to become selected as the agency’s next brand ambassador, while the Wilhelmina Fitness Model Bootcamp held its intensive 4-part fitness experience led by Nike Master Trainer, Traci Copeland, “The Next Fitness Star” finalist, Jam Murphy and CJ Koegel from MTV’s “Real World” and “Battle of the Seasons.” Jennifer Pansa led the power yoga practice each morning at The Mondrian South Beach, together with Vera Kalyan, Reebok’s yoga instructor, while Sweet + Thrasher Pilates also hosted morning poolside sessions focusing on strength and flexibility.
Also among the thousands of attendees at Sweat USA in Miami Beach was Daymond John, from Shark Tank, and supermodel, Karolina Kurkova.
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VITAL Sports & Entertainment, a New York City based sports and entertainment marketing company, and Ocean Drive Magazine hosted the official SweatUSA opening night reception at the Shore Club Penthouse, featuring music by DJ Peter Paul and cocktails courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka, with opening remarks made by Vice Mayor, Michael Gongora. SweatUSA is the #1 celebrity fitness festival in the country providing thousands of fitness enthusiasts an opportunity to work out with their favorite celebrity trainers. The festival is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of health and fitness.
The inaugural SweatUSA Fitness Festival, considered to be the first event of it’s kind in the country, will feature Jillian Michaels as well as famed fitness experts Tony Horton (P90X) and Shaun T. (Insanity), among an abundance of other esteemed names from the world of fitness, health and wellness, to bring South Florida’s active lifestyle enthusiasts three days of physiological industry excellence under one roof, within over 100,000 square foot of exhibition space. The genesis for SweatUSA is to expose consumers to the latest trends, options and resources available on the market today in the health, fitness and wellness genres, through bringing the industry, and its leaders, together under one roof within a city whose residents seek a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Miami Beach Golf Club as a premier golf destination in the heart of historic Miami Beach, hosted the 9th Annual Irie Weekend Celebrity Golf Tournament. Teeing off at 11 a.m. a ton of celebrities and pro athletes gathered to get their golf game on for a great cause.
New feature this year was the Target Hospitality Tent, complete with food, Wodka Vodka cocktails, The S.K.A.M. Artist music booth and the SOL Republic “Build Your Own Headphones” bar, plus a slew of other giveaways.
Representing the Miami Heat were Chris “Birdman” Anderson, Chris Bosh and Alonzo Mourning. In attendance were also a Wayans brother, Jeremy Shockey, TV personality Michael Strahan, Deco Drive’s Louis Aguirre, former N’Sync singer Chris Kirkpatrick, singer Christina Milian and Julia Dale, Miami Heat’s lucky charm.
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On Monday, June 24th, 2013 the NBA champion Miami Heat were in quite a mood to party, with a crowd of up to 400,000 on a hot, steamy morning where the heat index reached the mid 90s. Chris Bosh held the NBA championship trophy, LeBron James stood atop a double-decker bus with a cigar in his mouth, and Chris Andersen flapped his arms in a nod to his “Birdman” moniker. Several players held super-soaker squirt guns and sprayed water on fans, confetti dotted the streets, and horns honked from all directions. Heat managing general partner Micky Arison and team president Pat Riley stood in the front of one bus, while Spoelstra waved and clapped at fans. Players, families, staff members and friends crammed buses, flatbed trucks and cars for the parade honoring the latest Heat championship, with the caravan snaking its way through downtown Miami before a huge crowd of fans.
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The Polo Life, hosted the 9th annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, from April 25th to April 28th between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach. The four-day, globally renowned sporting event, featured top polo players from around the world competing in two tournaments for both men and women. Each year, the Miami Beach Polo World Cup is produced by the event’s founding organization, ACT Productions, based in Miami Beach, owned by President and CEO, Bruce Orosz.
The La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup V took place on Thursday, April 25th featuring eight women’s teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches. The Cheeki team came out on top with a record winning perfect score. Cheeki’s Tiffany Busch earned MVP honors for her efforts while The James Royal Palm Hotel/Jet Blue team’s Laura Willson’s horse “Dash” was named Best Playing Pony.
The La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX – a three-day men’s tournament, started on Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th. Six teams included some of the world’s top-ranked players, including England’s Jamie Morrison, Holland’s Vincent Mesker, past Miami Beach and Chicago Beach Polo winner, Guille Usandizaga from Argentina, Costa Rica’s Luis Escobar, 2009 MVP John Gobin and last year’s MVP, 9-goaler Kris Kampsen.
The traditional post-event awards ceremony was held at the end of each tournament to commemorate both women’s and men’s competition winners, during which sponsor representatives presented trophies to the men’s and women’s World Cup finalists. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and Irie Foundation are the tournament’s official partnering charity organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami will receive a portion of funds raised through ticket sales from the event.
As part of the daily experience at this year’s event, Aventura Mall waa the official retail partner for the design and creation of the retail village, allowing attendees to browse and purchase dozens of their favorite brands, including the latest from TAG Heuer, while taking a break from watching some of the world’s top polo players. Courtesy cocktails were provided by GREY GOOSE Vodka in the VIP tent throughout the four days.
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Saturday, March 9, 8am – Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
More than 5,000 participants attended the annual Broward Heart Walk, an event to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Combining fitness and philanthropy, this annual walk brings together corporate sponsors, walk teams, individual walkers, survivors of heart disease and stroke and lifestyle change heroes who are all taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle while raising funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women. Proceeds go toward research, education and community programs. Activities at the event included a special kid’s zone, health screenings, games, entertainment and a free lunch provided by Subway.
Key sponsors for the 2013 Broward Heart Walk include national presenting sponsors, Subway and Jenny Craig, national walking club sponsor Walgreens, local signature sponsor Holy Cross Hospital, and other local sponsors: Univita, Memorial Healthcare System, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Solstice Benefits, OK Generators, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Merrill Lynch, JM Family and HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital. Media sponsors include: South Florida Business Journal, Broward Family Life, Fox Sports Florida/Sun Sports, Univision 23 & UniMas and Clear Channel Radio Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.
Each year, 1.2 million Americans will suffer a coronary attack and 700,000 will have a stroke. By adopting a lifestyle of physical activity, individuals can reduce their healthcare costs, increase their productivity and improve their overall quality of life and longevity.
Lamborghini is celebrating its 50th anniversary today with a celebration that includes the unveiling of the new Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster, which has not yet been seen outside the hall of the LA Auto Show. The event kicked off at noon with a 40-car parade of Lamborghini convertibles and include President and CEO of Lamborghini Stephan Winkelmann and Miami Beach Commissioner, Jerry Libbin. A press conference was held across from the Breakwater Hotel before the celebration moved to Miami International Airport for a dramatic runway drive. Aventador Roadsters will be racing down a closed runway to attempt to surpass the 180 mile-per-hour speed record at Miami International Airport. The Lamborghini brand was started in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini who wanted to create a “refined grand touring car” to compete with Ferrari. The brand prospered until the mid 1970’s oil crisis. In the late 70’s Patrick and Jean Claude Mimran purchased the company, bringing it back from the brink before selling the company to Chrysler in 1987. Today, Audi AG owns the company and has led the company to new levels of global success since 1999.
Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and Miami native, hosted his 2nd Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and to support its many positive programs for 10,000 area youth. Along with other Major League Baseball stars, star athletes and celebrities, Jay bowled with attendees during the fun-filled fundraising event. The evening included red carpet arrivals, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, exciting bowling matches and more.
Athletes and celebrities in attendance were David Freese, 3rd baseman, St. Louis Cardinals, 2011 World Series MVP; Yonder Alonso, 1st baseman, San Diego Padres; Blake Tekotte, outfielder, Chicago White Sox; Daniel Descalso, infielder, St. Louis Cardinals; Tyler Greene, infielder, Houston Astros; John Mayberry Jr., outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies; Cesar Carrillo, pitcher, Detroit Tigers; Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints tight end; and Bryan Greenberg, actor, HBO How to Make It in America.
“We’re very thankful to Jon Jay for choosing Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to receive proceeds from this fun event,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “With the efforts of individuals such as Jon, we continue to make a difference in the lives of many area youth.”
“I played baseball at the Boys & Girls Club for years, so I’m thrilled about the opportunity to give back to an organization that has meant so much to me,” said Jay.
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January 6 – April 21 – International Polo Club, 3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington
2013 Palm Beach Polo Season started on Sunday, January 6 with a coin toss by America’s most perfect “10,” Bo Derek. It’s a fitting choice for the polo club, which is kicking off its 10th Anniversary Season. But it’s not just her 1980’s numerical rating which won her the honors, Derek often frequents the Santa Barbara Polo Club, which is near her Santa Ynez ranch in California, and penned the book: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses.
Opening day competition featured the finals of the season-opening, 20-goal Herbie Pennell Cup. Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sugar Erskine, Julio Arellano and Tommy Collingwood) in owertime scored a 13-12 win over Villa Del Lago (Jim Zenni, Augustin Obregon, Polito Pieres and Magoo Laprida) in the opening Sunday match to defend their 2012 title.
An additional horsepower was on display as International Polo Club also hosted a preview of SuperCar week, featuring dozens of high-end, high-performance Maseratis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis by Lamborghini Palm Beach.
The 2013 Palm Beach Polo Season offers a variety or ticket and hospitality options, including deluxe field side Sunday Brunch, in newly built Pavilion, viewing options from private boxes and grand stands, as well as a more casual field side experience in Lawn Seating and popular tailgating spots.