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Charity Register: November

Six opportunities to give back this month.

November 01, 2012

Kristi House
Cause: Provide a healing environment for all children who are victims of sexual abuse and for their families
President: Nelson D. Diaz (RIGHT)
Event: 13th annual Touch a Heart Dinner & Auction, Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel Miami

The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation
Cause: Improve the lives of hearing-impaired children through the viability of cochlear implants
Founders: Barton G. Weiss and Jill Viner
Events: Second annual Run Over Hear, Saturday, November 3, at 8 a.m., Zoo Miami; fourth annual Celebration, Saturday, December 1, at 7 p.m., The Villa by Barton G.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida
Cause: Grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions
Gala chairman: Shareef Malnik
Event: 18th annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m., InterContinental Miami

Pinecrest Gardens
Cause: Provide support for historic Pinecrest Gardens
Event chair: Alana Perez
Event: Masquerade in the Gardens: A Night at the Moulin Rouge, Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m., Pinecrest Gardens

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Cause: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families
Event chair: Ralph E. Lawson
Event: Light the Night Walk, Saturday, November 10, at 5 p.m., Bayfront Park

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
Cause: Find a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury
Master of ceremonies: Tom Brokaw
Event: Destination Fashion, Saturday, November 10, at 6 p.m., Bal Harbour Shops; miamiproject.miami.edu


 

Charity Register: October

Six opportunities to give back this month.

October 01, 2012

National Parkinson Foundation South Florida
Cause: Improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education, and outreach
Honorary national event chair: Katie Couric
Event: Moving Day Miami walk, Sunday, October 7, at 8:30 a.m., Bayfront Park, Miami

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami
Cause: Ensure that everyone affected by cancer is empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community
Executive director: Danielle F. Spiegelman
Event: Annual Tee Off Fore Wellness Golf & Tennis Tournament, Monday, October 22, at 9 a.m., Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club, Coral Gables

March of Dimes
Cause: Improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality
Event chair: Erin Knight
Event: 15th annual Signature Chefs Auction, Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 pm, Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

The Nature Conservancy
Cause: Protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people
Executive director for Florida: Shelly Lakly
Event: Live auction of works at the Design for a Living World exhibition, benefiting The Nature Conservancy, Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 pm, Coral Gables Museum

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cause: Support the development of new drugs to fight cystic fibrosis, improve the quality of life for those with the disease, and ultimately find a cure
Event cochairs: Bonnee Binker (RIGHT) and Margarita Lamadrid
Event: Miami’s Night for the Cure, Thursday, October 25, at 7 pm, Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, Miami

Lotus House
Cause: Provide shelter, sanctuary, education, and resources to empower homeless women and children to build safe, secure lives off the streets
Guest curator: Antonia Wright
Event: Art Live Fair benefiting Lotus House, October 26–28, Coconut Grove Convention Center


 

Charity Register: September

Nine causes for celebration and opportunities to give this month.

August 29, 2012

Park Project
Cause: Perform Acts of Random Kindness
Founder/CEO: Marly Quincoces
Event: Second annual 5K Freedom Run and PARK Festival (to benefit local nonprofit organizations that support military, veterans, first responders, and service families year-round), Saturday, September 8, at 7:30 AM, JC Bermudez Park; parkproject.org

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Cause: Provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence, educate professionals, and conduct research in related fields
Chairman: Michael A. Silva
Event: It’s Possible to See Without Sight, Thursday, September 13, at 6 PM, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita; miamilighthouse.org

Ann Storck Center
Cause: Enrich the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities
Executive director/CEO: Charlotte Mather-Taylor
Event: 19th annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction, Friday, September 21, at 7 PM, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; annstorckcenter.org

American Art Association
Cause: Build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke
Chairman: Giselle Cheminand
Event: Go Red For Women Celebration (Luncheon and Love Your Heart Workshops), Friday, September 28, Marriott Harbor Beach

Genesis Foundation and Fundación Bolívar Davivienda
Cause: Provide better opportunities for children and young Colombians in underserved communities
Featured guests: The Colombian Youth Philharmonic
Event: Toca Colombia, Friday, September 28, at 8 PM, New World Center

Miami Children's Hospital
Cause: Support happier, healthier children by raising funds and awareness for Miami Children’s Hospital
President/CEO: Lucy Morillo-Agnetti (PICTURED)
Event: Second annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5K Run-Walk, Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 AM, Coral Gables City Hall; mch5k.com

Cleaning for Cancer
Cause: Help those stricken with cancer by providing maid/cleaning services, therapeutic massage therapy, and nutrition programs
Executive director and founder: Nadege Desravines
Event: A Red Carpet Affair, Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 PM, Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach; cleaningforcancer.org

Friends of St. Jude
Cause: Network and fight against childhood cancer by raising funds to support lifesaving work
Chairman: Jeb Bush Jr.
Event: It’s All About the Kids, Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 PM, JW Marriott Marquis; stjude.org/itsallaboutthekids

Ronald McDonald House of South Florida
Cause: Benefit the children and families who stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale
Executive director: Soraya Rivera-Moya
Event: Pedal 4 Kids Charity Bicycle Ride, Sunday, September 30, at 7 AM, Ronald McDonald House Fort Lauderdale; rmhcsouthflorida.org


 

Charity Register: July/August

Opportunities To Give

July 02, 2012

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Cause: Fundraising efforts to raise awareness and provide medical resources for children of all backgrounds and needs
President and CEO: Lucy Morillo- Agnetti
Event: Miami Marlins Charity Partner Weekend with Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, July 13–15, Marlins Park

Share Our Strength
Cause: Easing access to food in order to end childhood hunger in America
Event chair: Chef Allen Susser
Restaurant chair: Chef Andre Bienvenu
Event hosts: Laurie Jennings, Calvin Hughes, and chef Ralph Pagano
Event: 25th Anniversary of the Taste of the Nation Miami, Thursday, July 19, at 7 pm, Turnberry Isle Miami.

Style Saves
Cause: Efforts to provide personalized outfits to underprivileged children on their first day of school
Founder: Rachael Russell
Event: One Year Anniversary Party and second annual Summer Fashion Show Fundraiser, Thursday, July 19, at 9 pm, Soho Beach House.

Easter Seals South Florida
Cause: Education and support for people living with autism and other disabilities
President and CEO: Luanne Welch
Event: Easter Seals “Small Miracles” Luncheon, Thursday, August 23, at 11:30 am, Jungle Island.


 

Charity Register: May/June

Eight opportunities to give back this month.

May 01, 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami
Cause: Personalized mentorships and activities designed to empower at-risk children and young adults President of the Women’s
Committee: Irene Korge
Cochairs: Sonia Gibson, Bronwyn Miller, Migna Sanchez-Llorens
Event: 12th annual Miracle Makers Luncheon and Fashion Show, Thursday, May 3, at 11 AM, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami; bbbsmiami.org

Camillus House
Cause: Hospitality services and prevention programs for the homeless communities of South Florida
Celebrity emcee: Dave Barry
Host chef: Michelle Bernstein
Event: The Auction, Saturday, May 5, at 6:30 PM, The Coral Gables Country Club; camillushouse.org

Honey Shine Mentoring Program
Cause: Introducing positive role models to young girls and women from challenged backgrounds
Founder: Tracy Wilson Mourning
Event: 10th annual Hats Off Luncheon, Tuesday, May 8, at 10:30 AM, Jungle Island; honeyshine.org

March of Dimes
Cause: Preventing premature birth and ensuring the health of newborns through research and medical resources
Artist: Derek Wilson
Event: Paint the Town, Friday, May 11, at 6 PM, The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables; marchofdimes.com

Jorge Nation Foundation
Cause: To send children with severe illnesses on a trip to a destination of their choice
President: Ruben Socarras
Event: First annual White Party, Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 PM, Sagamore Hotel; jorgenation.org

Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership
Cause: Educational services and programs to prevent children from using drugs
President/CEO: Peggy B. Sapp
Event: 27th annual Fundraising Dinner, Monday, May 21, at 6:30 PM, Joe’s Stone Crab; informedfamilies.org

Cleaning for Cancer
Cause:
Offers cleaning services for the homes of cancer patients
Executive director and founder: Nadege Desravines
Event: 2012 Cleaning for Cancer Gala, Thursday, May 24, at 8 PM, Fontainebleau Miami Beach; cleaningforcancer.org

Amigos for Kids
Cause: Community initiatives to address child abuse and neglect
Cofounder and chairman: Jorge A. Plasencia
Event: ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night, Saturday, June 16, at 8 PM, Jungle Island; amigosforkids.org

—JONATHAN BORGE

 

Charity Register: April

Seven opportunities to give.

April 09, 2012

Florida Heart Research Institute
Cause: Research and education for the prevention of heart disease
Chairs: Fausto and Remedios Diaz-Oliver
Event: Driven to Dine, Saturday April 14 at 5 PM, Bunny Bastian’s home in Gables Estates; floridaheart.org

American Red Cross
Cause: Prevention programs and relief efforts for the victims of natural disasters and other major emergencies
Honoree: Frank V. Sacco
Chairmen: John Benz and John Primeau
Event: 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award Dinner, Wednesday April 18 at 6 PM, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa; southfloridaredcross.org

Roots in the City
Cause: Efforts to redevelop and beautify Miami’s inner city through the establishment of community gardens and tree nurseries
Executive chef: E. Michael Reidt
Event: Area 31’s Earth Day Outdoor Garden Party Benefitting Roots in the City, Friday April 20 at 5 PM, Area 31 at the Epic Hotel; rootsinthecity.com

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Cause: Providing rehabilitation, research, clinical services, and technology education for the blind and low-vision community
Chairman of the board of directors: Michael Silva
President and CEO: Virginia Jacko
Event: Fifth annual Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami, Friday April 20 at 7 PM, Miami Lighthouse; miamilighthouse.com

United Way
Cause: Empowering people to reach financial stability, greater health, and a better education
Host chef: Thomas Connell
Event: United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival “Cellar-bration,” Saturday April 21 at 6:30 PM, Fontainebleau Miami Beach; unitedwaymiami.org

Locust Projects
Cause: Offering visual artists a place to express new ideas and create on-site installations
Chair: Debra Scholl
Event: Tenth annual Spring Fling, Saturday April 28 at 6:30 PM, 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, 7th floor; locustprojects.org

Junior League of Miami
Cause: Encouraging at-risk women, children, and families to become community leaders and fostering volunteerism
President: Dana Wolpert Martorella
Chairs: Amanda Kessler and Lauren Dowlen
Honorees: Lea Black, Lauren Book, Kathleen Kennedy-Olsen, Amy Rosenberg
Event: 2012 Women Who Make a Difference Awards Luncheon: A Day in Her Shoes, Sunday April 29 at 11:30 AM, JW Marriott Hotel Miami; jlmiami.org

—JONATHAN BORGE

 

Charity Register: March

This month’s most notable philanthropic organizations and events.

March 05, 2012

Big Brothers 
Big Sisters of Greater Miami
Cause: Improving the lives of children through mentorships
Cochairs: Bonnie Crabtree, William Jones
Event: The Big Event 2012, Saturday March 10 at 7 pm, JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

Citizens Interested 
in Arts
Cause: Providing grants for talented members of the South Florida visual and performing arts community
Emcee: Michelle Gillen
Event: Champion of the Arts Luncheon Gala, Thursday March 22 at 11:30 am, Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

American Red Cross
Cause: Prevention programs and relief efforts for the victims of natural disasters, war, and other life-threatening events.
Chair: Terry Buoniconti
Event: 30th anniversary American Red Cross Ball, Saturday March 24 at 7 pm, 
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami.

Cancer Support 
Community 
Greater Miami
Cause: Guidance for individuals and families affected by cancer
2012 Champion of the 
Human Spirit: 
Jennifer Stearns Buttrick
Mistress of ceremonies: Diana Gonzalez
Event: 10th anniversary Heart & Star Award Dinner, Thursday March 8 at 6:30 pm, 
Temple Beth Am.

—Jonathan Borge

 

Charity Register: February

This month's most notable and philnathropic organizations and events.

February 06, 2012

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Cause: Research and education for the conservation of tropical plants
Event chairs: Swanee DiMare, Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa
Event: Paradise Found Gala in the Garden 2012, Saturday February 4 at 6:30 PM, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; fairchildgarden.org

American Cancer Society
Cause: Health resources to prevent cancer, save lives, and promote the search for a cure
Event chairs: Remedios Diaz-Oliver, Dorothy St. Jean, Brenda Nestor Castellano, James Murphy, Lilliam S. Machado, Sonia Gibson
Event: Fifth anniversary of the Inner Circle of Twelve luncheon and fashion show, Friday February 10 at 11 AM, InterContinental Miami; cancer.org

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cause: Helping people with cystic fibrosis battle the disease through research and care
Event chairs: Alan and Anne Gerwig
Event: Wellington’s Finest—A Breath of Fresh Air Affair, Saturday February 11 at 7:30 PM, The Lodge at the International Polo Club Palm Beach; cff.org

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
Cause: Fundraising to find a cure for diabetes
Event chairs: Linda and Barry Gibb, Sandra Levy, Sonja Zuckerman
Event: 38th annual Love and Hope Ball, Saturday February 18 at 6 PM, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa; diabetesresearch.org

Miami Science Museum
Cause: Advancing science and technology through exhibitions, educational programs, a historic planetarium, and rehabilitative wildlife center
Event chairs: Nicole and Edgar M. Lozano
Event: The 10th annual Galaxy Gala, Saturday February 18 at 6:30 PM, JW Marriott Marquis Miami; Big Bang event at 10 PM, Hotel Beaux Arts Miami; miamisci.org

New World Symphony
Cause: Developing young, talented musicians for successful careers in orchestras and ensembles across the globe
Host committee members: Sarah Arison, Louis Aguirre, Matthew and Jennifer Buttrick, Adam and Chanin Carlin, Chad and Ilona Oppenheim, Clara Sredni, Mitchell and Elizabeth Taylor
Event: New World Symphony Gala, Friday February 24 at 6:30 PM, New World Center; nws.edu

Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation
Cause: Financial assistance and advocacy for children with cancer across South Florida
Chair: Jen Klaassens
Event: Fourth annual Fancy Jeans Party, Friday February 24 at 7 PM, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six; jjccf.org

The Society of the Four Arts
Cause: Serving the Palm Beach community with fine-art and cultural programs
Event chairs: Mary Baker, Sara Groff, Binkie Orthwein
Event: Studio 54 The Four Arts Contemporaries Gala, Friday February 24 at 7 PM, The Society of the Four Arts; fourarts.org

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Cause: Showcasing the newest trends in contemporary art while hosting lectures, concerts, film screenings, and other artrelated events
Event chairs: Irma and Norman Braman, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz
Event: 15th anniversary celebration, Saturday February 25 at 7 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; mocanomi.org

—JONATHAN BORGE

 

Charity Register: January

This month’s most notable philanthropic organizations and events.

January 09, 2012

Feeding South Florida
Cause:
Providing food for the region’s hungry and underprivileged
Event chairs: Maria Millares, Allen Susser, Terry Zarikian
Event: Come Together, January 12 at 7 pm, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse; feedingsouthflorida.org

Educate Tomorrow
Cause:
Providing access to scholarships and educational opportunities for the underprivileged
Honorary chairs: Jackie Nespral (host), John DuBois, Robert F. Hudson
Event: Educate Tomorrow I Love the ’80s Gala, January 14 at 7 pm, private bayfront estate, Miami; educatetomorrow.org

Miami Art Museum
Cause:
Celebrating individual contributions of those who speak out on behalf of Miami-Dade’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children
Honorary chairs: Paul and Swanee DiMare
Event: Be a Voice Gala, January 14 at 7 pm, Mandarin Oriental, Miami; beavoice.org

Youngarts
Cause:
Recognizing talent and showcasing the achievements of young artists in the community
Honorary chairs: Micky and Madeleine Arison, J.W. “Bill” and Donna Marriott
Event: An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala, January 14 at 6:15 pm, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center/JW Marriott Marquis Miami; youngarts.org

American Red Cross
Cause:
Providing assistance to victims of catastrophes, and assisting in the prevention, preparation for, and response to major emergencies
Honorary chairs: David and Polly Ober, Betsy and Wally Turner
Event: 36th American Red Cross Designers’ Show House Preview Party, January 18 at 6 pm, The Mansion, West Palm Beach; redcross-pbc.org

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options
Cause: Fundraising to care for abused, neglected, and specialneeds children in the Jewish community
Event chair: Flora Aranson
Event: JAFCO Madness Under the Royal Palms Luncheon, January 19 at noon, St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton; jafco.org

Jackson Memorial Foundation
Cause: Serving as the primary private fundraising source for the Jackson Health System
Honorees: Norman Braman, Dr. Sanford and Beatrice Ziff, Hope of a Miracle Foundation of Trinidad & Tobago, Greenberg Traurig
Event: Golden Angels Gala—A Royal Ball, January 21 at 7 pm, JW Marriott Marquis Miami; jmf.org

American Red Cross
Cause: Providing assistance to victims of catastrophes, and assisting in the prevention, preparation for, and response to major emergencies
Chairs: Mary Ourisman (chairman), Susan Keenan and Mary Mochary (co-chairs)
Event: 55th annual International Red Cross Ball, January 28 at 7 pm, Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach; redcross-pbc.org

Food for the Poor
Cause:
Investing in a brighter future for those in need of assistance and support
Honorary chairs: Arlette Gordon, Elizabeth Bowden
Event: Fine Wines and Hidden Treasures Gala, January 29 at 6:30 pm, The Breakers Palm Beach; foodforthepoor.org


 

Charity Register: January

This month’s most notable philanthropic organizations and events.

January 05, 2012

Feeding South Florida
Cause: Providing food for the region’s hungry and underprivileged
Event chairs: Maria Millares, Allen Susser, Terry Zarikian
Event: Come Together, January 12 at 7 pm, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse; feedingsouthflorida.org

Educate Tomorrow
Cause: Providing access to scholarships and educational opportunities for the underprivileged
Honorary chairs: Jackie Nespral (host), John DuBois, Robert F. Hudson
Event: Educate Tomorrow I Love the ’80s Gala, January 14 at 7 pm, private bayfront estate, Miami; educatetomorrow.org

Miami Art Museum
Cause: Celebrating individual contributions of those who speak out on behalf of Miami-Dade’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children
Honorary chairs: Paul and Swanee DiMare
Event: Be a Voice Gala, January 14 at 7 pm, Mandarin Oriental, Miami; beavoice.org

YoungArts
Cause: Recognizing talent and showcasing the achievements of young artists in the community
Honorary chairs: Micky and Madeleine Arison, J.W. “Bill” and Donna Marriott
Event: An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala, January 14 at 6:15 pm, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center/JW Marriott Marquis Miami; youngarts.org

American Red Cross
Cause: Providing assistance to victims of catastrophes, and assisting in the prevention, preparation for, and response to major emergencies
Honorary chairs: David and Polly Ober, Betsy and Wally Turner
Event: 36th American Red Cross Designers’ Show House Preview Party, January 18 at 6 pm, The Mansion, West Palm Beach; redcross-pbc.org

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options
Cause: Fundraising to care for abused, neglected, and special-needs children in the Jewish community Event chair: Flora Aranson
Event: JAFCO Madness Under the Royal Palms Luncheon, January 19 at noon, St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton; jafco.org

Jackson Memorial Foundation
Cause: Serving as the primary private fundraising source for the Jackson Health System
Honorees: Norman Braman, Dr. Sanford and Beatrice Ziff, Hope of a Miracle Foundation of Trinidad & Tobago, Greenberg Traurig
Event: Golden Angels Gala—A Royal Ball, January 21 at 7 pm, JW Marriott Marquis Miami; jmf.org

American Red Cross
Cause: Providing assistance to victims of catastrophes, and assisting in the prevention, preparation for, and response to major emergencies
Chairs: Mary Ourisman (chairman), Susan Keenan and Mary Mochary (co-chairs)
Event: 55th annual International Red Cross Ball, January 28 at 7 pm, Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach; redcross-pbc.org

Food for the Poor
Cause: Investing in a brighter future for those in need of assistance and support
Honorary chairs: Arlette Gordon, Elizabeth Bowden
Event: Fine Wines and Hidden Treasures Gala, January 29 at 6:30 pm, The Breakers Palm Beach; foodforthepoor.org

by Lia Figueredo

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