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VeritageMiami 2017

VeritageMiami 2017Wednesday, March 15, 6pm – Shops at Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables
Sunday, March 26, 11am – The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr, Key Biscayne

VeritageMiami will celebrate its 21st anniversary with four new dates in 2017, after the original dates were postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The four days of world-class culinary indulgence have been extended throughout the spring, beginning on January 27 with an Interactive Dinner, followed by a Craft Beer Tasting on February 9, a Fine Wine Tasting on March 15 and an Auction and Bubbly Brunch on March 26. Jeremy Ford, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 13, will lead guests in preparing a three-course meal at the Interactive Dinner. The new Auction and Bubbly Brunch on Key Biscayne, will feature southern favorites from the menus of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken – the restaurants of 50 Eggs Inc., founded by John Kunkel. 

  • On Wednesday, March 15, guests are invited to the Fine Wine Tasting, an evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings at the lush Shops at Merrick Park, with more than 65 wine producers and importers pouring 400 wines from around the globe and culinary treats from top dining spots.
  • On Sunday, March 26, VeritageMiami will culminate with an Auction and Bubbly Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Led by the king of southern fare John Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Inc. team of James Beard-nominated and award-winning restaurants Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken. The family-style brunch is paired with free-flowing bubbly, bourbon-infused cocktails and other spirited libations, all kicked off with a lively auction of one-of-a-kind experiences.

VeritageMiami is presented by City National Bank, and proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health. W. Allen Morris of The Allen Morris Company is once again VeritageMiami chair, along with his wife, June Morris. This year, Evan S. Benn, editor-in-chief of INDULGE magazine is helping to bring the best of South Florida’s restaurants to the Tastings, as VeritageMiami’s first Culinary Curator. #VeritageMiami @VeritageMiami 


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BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus

BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ RuckusSaturday, February 25, 9pm-12am – Beachside at Delano (entrance at 1 Lincoln Road), Miami Beach

The BACARDÍ Beach Party was an unforgettable night of beats, bites and ‘rumalicious’ cocktails! Rev Run and DJ Ruckus played some serious old school beats that had all move their feet and with their hands in the air, under South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s signature white tents on the beach sand. Guests enjoyed delicious late-night bites prepared by some of the South Florida hottest chefs, and Bacardi sponsored cocktails.

Photos by: Allyshea Burton

1st Annual Made In Dade Chef’s Cookout

1st Annual Made In Dade Chef's CookoutThursday, February 23, 7pm-12am – Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Midtown Miami Magazine and Phuc Yea presented the “1st Annual Made In Dade Chef’s Cookout” featuring Miami’s very own Chefs Michael Beltran (Ariete), Rene Reyes & John Gallo (Pinch Kitchen) Niven Patel (Ghee Indian Kitchen) and Cesar Zapata (Phuc Yea). It was fun and casual craw-fish boil with craft cocktails, a shucks and suds station with Blue Island Oysters and a other amazing eats like Viet Cajun Seafood Boil, Carmel Pork Spare Ribs and Caja China to celebrate the best of those Made in Dade! Open bar was sponsored by Ketel One, Tanqueray 10, Ron Zacapa & Estrella Damm Beer.

Photos by: Allyshea Burton


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43rd Annual Love and Hope “Magical Mardi Gras Gala”

43rd Annual Love and Hope "Magical Mardi Gras Gala"Saturday, February 18, 6:30pm-12am – Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood

Hundreds of South Florida philanthropists joined Mistress of Ceremonies Rudabeh Shahbazi of CBS Miami for the Magical Mardi Gras gala at the Diplomat Beach Resort. The evening celebrated the 43rd year of the Love and Hope committee’s dedication to finding a cure for diabetes with the flair and fun of New Orleans’ world-famous carnival.

Guests enjoyed a festive and sophisticated evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction of luxury items, costumed performers, and more! All proceeds of this event – which has raised more than $51-million to date – support the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute at the UM Miller School of Medicine. #CureDiabetes @Diabetes_DRI

Photos by: Allyshea Burton

“You Know Miami” Launch Party

“You Know Miami” Launch PartyFriday, February 17, 6pm-11pm – Wynwood 5th Ave, 2451 Northwest 5 Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Locals joined the launch party for You Know Miami, an exciting new platform featuring the latest & greatest in Miami! You Know Miami is collaboration of all things Miami, including businesses, people, and community. The evening celebrated the launch of the You Know Miami website and project to connect through events, posts, and reviews. Guests joined to venture new marketing opportunities and exchange with Miami’s best bloggers and networkers.

The concept behind You Know Miami was developed by Bayley Davis, founder and CEO of Ardor Consulting. She presented the concept to Pamela, the Creative Director, and You Know Miami was established. The objective was to bring together the experts of Miami to collaborate on a site that was a resource for all things Miami. #YouKnowMiami

Photos by: Allyshea Burton


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#PoshNation: The Seller Stylist Tour, Miami

#PoshNation: The Seller Stylist Tour, MiamiThursday, February 16, 6pm-9pm – Lantao at Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Miami’s top fashionistas got together to shop each other’s closets at Poshmark’s PoshNation Miami party! This Posh Party was the second stop on the PoshNation tour and held at Lantao at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. It was a fun night out where guests could meet fellow Seller Stylist PFFs, Team Posh and Poshmark’s CEO, Manish Chandra. Guests also enjoyed a photo-booth, cocktails and giveaways. #PoshNation

Photos by: Allyshea Burton

New World Symphony’s 29th Annual Gala

New World Symphony’s 29th Annual GalaSaturday, February 11, 6pm-11pm – New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, hosted its 29th Anniversary Gala celebrating the institution’s unique role at the intersection of education, classical music, technology, architecture and inspiration. The evening started with a NWS-signature blue carpet arrival, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a concert, a seated dinner, and Late Nights at the New World Center.  The concert featured an unforgettable performance by the New World Symphony led by Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, and featuring six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald. Proceeds from the Gala benefit New World Symphony and its mission of preparing gifted young musicians for careers in professional orchestras, while providing meaningful cultural programs to the South Florida community.

Photos by: Allyshea Burton

Cocktails with Beach Volleyball Champions

Cocktails with Beach Volleyball ChampionsThursday, February 9, 7pm-10pm – Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

The amazing international lifestyle and sporting spectacle, Swatch Beach Major Series, is back to Fort Lauderdale for a second year! For the first time in Swatch Major Series history, and in partnership with Red Bull Extreme Sports, the Fort Lauderdale Major teamed up with AutoNation for a super luxurious VIP fundraising event called “Cocktails with the Champions”. The event raised money for NSU’s Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research.

Guests had unique opportunity to spend an unforgettable evening with beach volleyball’s Olympic & World Champions directly on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach at the Beach VIP Club, by the B Ocean Hotel. Guests enjoyed the most amazing food from internationally renowned catering company DO & CO (also official catering company of Formula 1 and FIFA World Cups), and an intimate performance by reggae singer-songwriter Mishka, all while raising money for a wonderful cause!

Fusion Dream Life Institute Kick-Off

Fusion Dream Life Institute Kick-OffMonday, February 27, 7pm-8:30pm – The Fusion Center, 16400 NW 15 Ave, Miami

Come learn how to get paid to do what you are called to do not what you have to do. This event will open a door that changes your life. They will educate you, empower you, and then pay you to live it out. Come hear how. FREE with registration. @uwrightmin


Higher Miami Grand Opening

Higher Miami Grand OpeningFriday, February 24, 6pm-10pm – Level One Miami, 1110 S Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

Come and enjoy the new selective and fun night on Brickell at Level One Miami on Friday night. Enjoy signature cocktails, VIP area, International DJs, GastroBar, refined atmosphere, happy hour specials, bottle service, all in one place. Music open format: House Music| R&B| Reggaeton| HipHop| Pop. Ladies FREE all night long! #LevelOneMiami

Wynwood Mural Unveiling & French Art Cafe Opening

Wynwood Mural Unveiling & French Art Cafe OpeningTuesday, February 21, 5pm-7pm – L’épicerie Art Cafe, 195-197 NW 36 St, Miami Wynwood Arts District

In collaboration with Markowicz Fine Art, French bakery and art café L’Epicerie, centrally located at the intersection of Midtown, Miami Design District and Wynwood, will be marking its grand opening with a sunset cocktail reception, where it will reveal its new outdoor mural on 36th street created by urban street artist, KAI. KAI’s new mural in conjunction with the café’s opening marks the newest addition to the creative street art and emerging dining scene in the neighborhood.

As part of the celebration, patrons will enjoy L’Epicerie’s freshly made canapes with baked goods and a selection of fine wines imported from France. To accompany the French fare, bakery owners and gallery founders Francois and Veronique will decorate their new shop with a curated art selection from a range of established and emerging artists for local art aficionados to enjoy, starting with the work of KAI. 

At the young age of 24, KAI is a street art phenomenon whose work can be found across the globe, from exterior facades to the interiors of art galleries and private homes. His work is curated by and can be found at Markowicz Fine Art, a leading art hub in the Miami Design District. KAI’s mural will highlight the universal and timeless social struggle between love and money through the eyes of his signature character called “IF,” which stands for “imaginary friend.”

Disco Dim Sum Launch Party at Kapow Noodle Bar

Disco Dim Sum Launch Party at Kapow Noodle BarTuesday, February 28, 8pm-12am – Kapow Noodle Bar, 431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

Check out Disco Dim Sum – Kapow! Noodle Bar’s newest night out. Every Tuesday night, starting on Tuesday, February 28th, enjoy all day specials including:
• $1 Sapporo Drafts and Ty Ku Sake Sidecars
• $2 Crispy Mushroom Buns and Mongolian Short Rib Buns
• $3 Ahi Tuna Tacos and Skrit Steak Tacos
Live DJ in the courtyard starting at 8pm spinning classic Hip Hop, Funk & Soulful Grooves. @KapowNoodleBar

Sunset Park Ground Breaking

Sunset Park Ground BreakingTuesday, February 28, 11am-12pm – Sunset Park, 814 SW 6th Ave, Hallandale Beach

The City of Hallandale Beach is proud to break ground on the 6th park of the City Wide Parks Master Plan. Join us on February 28th at 11am at 814 SW 6th Ave. for the Ground Breaking Ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. #HBParksRec @HBParksRec



Spread Your Wings: iFLY Brings Indoor Skydiving to South Florida

Spread Your Wings: iFLY Brings Indoor Skydiving to South FloridaMonday, February 27, 10am-10pm – iFLY Fort Lauderdale, 11690 West State Road 84, Davie

iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, is now in Fort Lauderdale (Davie). iFLY, uFLY, weFLY, this setup is geared for just about everyone. Children can be as young as three and there are packages for beginners to advanced users.

Using a vertical wind tunnel, high winds allow a body to float on air. iFLY certified flight instructors help newbies master subtle movements that dictate how their body behaves in the wind tunnel. With their guidance, customers learn to fly, control their bodies in the air and experience human flight.

The experience of flight isn’t too costly, but it does not come cheap. Each flight lasts sixty seconds and the total flight length depends on the package you purchase. For example, a first-time package for a single person is $69.95 for two flights (60 seconds each). To get the most out of your experience, be prepared and informed before going to iFLY.

Before your Flight
• Choose your package on the website
• Make a reservation
• Fill out the waiver forms online
• Arrive an hour prior to your flight
• Pay attention to the signals reviewed in the instructional video
• Put on the gear – flight suit, helmet, googles
• Wait to fly

During your Flight
• Pay attention to the signals
• Keep your chin up
• Don’t showboat
• Have fun!

After your Flight
• Exit the chamber
• Return all your gear
• Receive your flight certificate
• Sign-up for special pricing packages
• Share your experience on social media
• View the images iFLY sends you

Those flying for the first time can expect to spend about 90 minutes at the facility. Returning guests can are not required to arrive as early.

Is it for kids? Most kids love it! When a child is lifted of the ground and sent soaring into high flights, he/she is usually brimming with exhilaration and can’t wait to do it again and tell friends. Imagine experiencing human flight as a child. In fact, it is unique place to host a birthday party and the ideal place for educational S.T.E.A.M. field trips. The staff is amazing with kids and there are plenty of instructors to make sure everyone is safe.

Is it scary? The concept seems a little scary, but then you gaze up the wind tunnel…and it is a little scarier. Don’t fear though, safeguards are in effect and the instructor won’t let you drift away. You don’t have to be fearless, but trust that you are in a safe environment.

Is it fun? Well, you are flying, which is very exciting. Paying attention and properly responding to hand signals will help you gain control and have more fun during the flight.

Is it addictive? Like tattoos and salty snacks, this sport is addictive. During each visit, you can reach progressive new levels and experience different flights. It is the closest thing to jumping out of a plane.

There are some limitations as to who can participate. Because of the immense pressure, those who have had a dislocated shoulder should not attempt this. Also, the weight limit is 300 lbs and those weighing over 260 lbs are asked to make the instructor aware of this, so adjustments can be made. But generally, it is for everyone from those training to skydive to those who just want to experience the sensation of floating in the air.

The entire staff at iFLY in Davie is very accommodating. If you have questions, comments, concerns or special requests, give them a call. If you ever wanted to fly, but you were deterred by gravity and common sense, now is your chance to simulate flight in a safe surrounding. #iFLY @iflyus

Photos by: Miriam Cronkhite

Sabor SoBe with Tabasco at Lolo’s Surf Cantina

Sabor SoBe with Tabasco at Lolo's Surf CantinaWednesday, February 22nd, 7pm-9pm – Lolo’s Surf Cantina, 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Kicking off the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Food Network & Cooking Channel, Tabasco enlivened the Mexican flavors of South Beach alongside Miami Chef Richard Ampudia, commonly known as the “Godfather of Mexican Street Food,” with a private tasting at new restaurant, Lolo’s Surf Cantina. Chef Richard featured a variety of dishes created exclusively for the festival’s “Tacos After Dark” event, along with other bright and bold Tabasco-inspired fare. From octopus tacos, chicken quesadillas and rib-eye tacos to pumpkin guacamole and Tabasco granizado, guests munched on authentic cuisine while sipping cocktails by Jose Luis Leon.

Hosted by Tabasco CEO and President Tony Simmons of the McIlhenny Family, Lolo’s was buzzing with good food and good atmosphere. The event was the perfect opportunity to solidify Tabasco’s long-standing legacy within the South Florida market.

“We love the SOBEWFF because there a lot of people who enjoy spice and flavorful food,” said Simmons. “Tabasco believes this is a good opportunity for us to showcase our product while interacting with the culinary community.”

Family owned and operated for 149 years, Tabasco continually reinvents itself while staying aligned with their brand concept. As more events continue to unfold throughout the week, the private tasting at Lolo’s Surf Cantina was definitely not one to be missed!


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TAG Heuer Announces J Balvin as New Ambassador

TAG Heuer Announces J Balvin as New Ambassador in MiamiWednesday, February 15, 3pm – Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Avant-garde Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer added J.Balvin to their list of global ambassadors. Known for their unconventional designs, the brand is taking a new turn, fusing their trailblazing character with the timeless sentiment as they release their #DontCrackUnderPressure campaign. Struggles remain common to each individual but the ability to overcome those struggles is possessed by those determined to succeed. The motto resonates with the brand as they still work hard at forging a new path in an ever-changing world. Their new brand ambassador, J. Balvin is no stranger to struggles as he faced many obstacles establishing himself as a brilliant artist.

Miami, the capital of Latin American pop music, was the perfect place to introduce the Multi Latin Grammy Award Winner to a worldwide audience. From getting Pharrell Williams to sing in Spanish in his latest single “Safari” to being the first Latin Urban artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube with the release of his single “Ay Vamos”, J. Balvin does not crack under pressure, he embraces it and excels, exemplifying TAG Heuer’s state of mind. CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division, Jean-Claude Biver said “We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with J Balvin. He’s a game changing artist and we look forward to build an exciting relationship with him throughout Latin America, one of our top markets and home to a savvy young audience of watch lovers.”

TAG Heuer is currently the only watchmaker in the world with four different universes of communication: Art, Lifestyle, Sport and Heritage. Each one with ambassadors reflect brand’s values: teamwork, ambition and a taste for challenge. This drives TAG Heuer to push boundaries and achieve further excellence. Their new ambassador, J. Balvin spoke about the achievement saying that “I’m really thrilled about being named a TAG Heuer ambassador. I’ve had a lot of challenges to overcome in my career, so I completely identify with their mantra of ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’. I’ve also said that a central part of my style is to remain yourself, and since I have loved TAG Heuer watches for years, and worked with them previously in Colombia, I’m excited to partner with them on a new level and join the ranks of global brand ambassadors that I hold great respect for, like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Guetta”

After the press conference with master of ceremony Eglantina Zingg, the annual fundraising gala of Give To Colombia, a non-profit organization active in the fields of education, environment, health and economic development, took place at the Faena Theater. Give To Colombia President and co-founder, Angela M. Tafur, alongside J Balvin, raffled a TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02 Tourbillon and a TAG Heuer CARRERA Calibre 9 raising the additional amount of $25,000 for the foundation and J. Balvin gave an unforgettable performance. TAG Heuer is proud to congratulate its new ambassador J Balvin who conveys the #DontCrackUnderpressure motto. @TAGHeuer @JBalvin @FaenaMiami #TheNewFaceofTAGHeuer #DontCrackUnderPressure #FaenaMiamiBeach

2017 USBG Bacardi Legacy North American Finals in Miami

2017 USBG Bacardi Legacy North American Finals in MiamiMonday, February 13, 6:30pm-10:30pm – 1306 Event Space & Bar, 1306 N Miami Ave, Miami

The 2017 USBG Bacardi Legacy North American Cocktail Competition finals are held in Miami at the 1306 Bar. All 12 U.S Finalists put their shakers up and duke it out for a chance to head to the Global Finals in Berlin and compete for the Legacy Crown. #USBG #BacardiLife #Legacy2017

The USBG Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition challenges participants to create the next generation of classic BACARDĺ rum cocktails that will stand the test of time. Each of the cocktails are judged by their balance, flavor, quality of ingredients and aesthetic appeal, as well as their enduring popularity and the story behind them. The judges for the North American Finals are Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi’s Global Brand Ambassador, Tom Walker, The 2014 Legacy Global Winner and Pam Wiznitzer, President of the United States Bartenders Guild.

The U.S. finalist contestants were divided by the coast:

East Coast Finalists:
Cody Henson, Savannah, GA
Darnell Holguin, New York, NY (winner)
Kayla Hasbrook, New York, NY
Rebecca Burkart, Houston, TX
Will Isaza, Boston, MA
William Patton, New Orleans, LA
West Coast Finalists:
Alex Chien, Columbus, OH
Cameron George, Seattle, WA
Donna Francis, Tucson, AZ
Ryan Wainwright, Los Angeles, CA (winner)
Vincent Toscano, San Francisco, CA
Topher Hartfield, Denver, CO

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Herradura Tequila Cocktail Competition Regional Final

Herradura Tequila Cocktail Competition Regional FinalTuesday, January 31, 6pm-9pm – Bitter Truth, 3252 NE 1st Ave #124, Miami Midtown

The Road to the Hacienda Challenge, a national cocktail competition conducted by and the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), features bartenders across the country showcasing their creativity and expertise through uniquely-crafted tequila cocktails. In addition to creating their own version of the original Horseshoe Margarita, participating bartenders were tasked with creating and presenting a twist on a classic cocktail made with Tequila Herradura. Nine regional bartenders competed in the 2017 Road to the Hacienda Challenge, sponsored by Tequila Herradura, where Robert Mercier and Leo Holtzman’s original tequila cocktail recipes were named the best in Miami. 

Mercier and Holtzman will move on to the next round of the competition, where they will compete with winning bartenders from the seven other participating markets. As finalists, Mercier and Holtzman will be given an all-expense paid trip to historic Casa Herradura, the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, where they will compete in the national finale. Using the finest ingredients, including local fruit variants sourced directly from the grounds of the Casa, finalists will have the opportunity to create a truly original Tequila Herradura-inspired cocktail for the chance to win it all. 

The Gardener’s Margarita - Crafted by Leo HoltzmanThe Gardener’s Margarita – Crafted by Leo Holtzman
1.5 oz. Tequila Herradura Reposado
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
0.5 oz. Cointreau
3 slices Red Bell Pepper
1 slice Cucumber
1 slice Serrano Pepper

Muddle bell pepper and cucumber in a shaker. Add Serrano pepper and give two presses to release capsaicin. Add liquid ingredients, fill shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for six seconds. Strain into a salted sugar rimmed rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a red bell pepper slice.

Nacimiento del Legado Margarita - Crafted by Robert MercierNacimiento del Legado Margarita – Crafted by Robert Mercier
2 oz. Tequila Herradura Silver
1 oz. House Made Shrub
0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz. Organic Agave Nectar

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice and garnish with a sun-shaped lime.



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Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Pegasus World Cup InvitationalSaturday, January 28, 4:30pm-6:30pm – Gulfstream Park, 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach

The Stronach Group’s inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational with a $12 million USD purse surpass the Dubai World Cup ($10 million USD) as the world’s new richest thoroughbred horse race. The race featured the most highly anticipated match-up in Thoroughbred racing history between California Chrome and Arrogate. Multi-Platinum artist Thomas Rhett served as the headlining performer on race day.  E! News host Maria Menounos reported live on NBC covering all the fashion, entertainment and celebrities at the race.

The Stronach Group and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational are proud to work with organizations dedicated to promoting and supporting the well being of its industry’s athletes, both human and equine. After The Impact Fund, founded by legendary NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, is a featured charity of choice. Together with The Stronach Group, After the Impact will facilitate a pilot program integrating retired jockeys into their comprehensive treatment program along with retired NFL and war veterans. In addition to the partnership with After the Impact, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will support The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Photos by: Getty Images & World Red Eye


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Kendra Scott Miami Grand Opening Party

Kendra Scott Miami Grand Opening PartyFriday, January 27, 6pm-9pm – Kendra Scott at Brickell City Centre, 701 South Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

Kendra Scott hosted a special ‘Kendra Gives Back’ party,  to celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Miami store. Located in Brickell City Centre, guests received a first look at the boutique and the latest Spring 2017 Collection as they shopped for a cause with 20% of the evening’s proceeds benefitting The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding research and finding a cure for diabetes. The soiree was co-hosted by T1D advocate, Shannon Allen. Guests enjoyed healthy bites provided by grown, Shannon and Ray Allen’s USDA organic certified fast food concept in Miami, as they danced the night away to  popular beats by DJ Amanda Blaze. The first forty guests also received a very special gift.