December Social-lite Guide

 

Get in the spirit of giving at these charity events.

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By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Miami Magic Gala
The Miami Magic Gala sponsored by the Junior League of Miami (JLM) will take place next Friday, December 10 at the Four Seasons (1435 Brickell Avenue). Guests will enjoy dinner and dancing under the stars, and have the opportunity to bid on 15 raffle packages, along with a special diamond raffle. Tickets cost $150 a person, with all proceeds benefitting the JLM projects which help empower Miami's women, children and families. For more information and tickets, contact Bibi Cruz-Ledon Sears/Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos, 305-443-0160 or email:  cruzie@aol.com / marleneafernandez@yahoo.com.

 

Be a Friend, Donate a Toy
The 19th Annual Amigos For Kids® Holiday Toy Drive Caravan will take place on Sunday, December 12 at various locations throughout Miami, embarking on a joy-filled journey of delivering gifts with Santa Claus, celebrities and hundreds of volunteers.   You may request to become a volunteer for the caravan by contacting the telephone number below but all are encouraged to log on and donate toys!

The Amigos For Kids® Holiday Toy Drive, with the help of volunteers and corporate sponsors, collects and delivers special holiday wishes to disadvantaged children from several community programs, agencies and outreach programs throughout South Florida. The Toy Drive fulfills the specific wishes of each individual child, as indicated on their wish list.
Toys for the caravan may be dropped off at Ford Lincoln Mercury locations, select TotalBank locations, Gulliver Schools, Miami Dade College, Republica Agency, Todo Frio and any http://www.amigosforkids.org/amigos.php#toydrive-10 location in South Florida throughout the entire month of December.  Visit the website for exact locations.
 
To become an Amigo by donating your time or resources to children in need, or to volunteer to help with the Amigos Toy Drive, please call 305.279.1155 or click here.

Meet Santa Paws at Daddy O
On December 16, Daddy O Hotel (9660 East Bay Harbor Drive), the Palm restaurant, and Salon Poochini present a special holiday party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to benefit PetNet, the young professional group of the Humane Society of Greater Miami.   A $25 donation entitles guests to complimentary beer and wine throughout the event and delicious bites, courtesy of the legendary Palm restaurant.  Gluhwein, a German holiday drink of hot spiced red wine will also be served. Santa-Paws will be there for photographs of guests and their dogs for the holidays with a portion of the photo proceeds going toward the cause.

There will also be a silent auction.  Daddy O is a dog-friendly hotel and all well-behaved dogs are welcome.  Tours of the newly renovated hotel will be given. The Humane Society of Greater Miami will have a few of Miami’s most eligible dogs there for adoption.  RSVP to Ricki Diamond at ricki@humanesocietymiami.org or 305-749-1814.
 
Wild Holiday Fun at Miami Zoo Miami
Zoo Miami, formerly Miami Metro Zoo (12400 SW 152 Street) is kicking the holiday spirit up a notch again this year with a slew of wild holiday festivities from December 17-30.  Guests can enjoy beautiful animal-shaped lights as they stroll zoo walkways during the 12 nights of Zoo Lights, have Dinner with Santa, delight during Dinner with Diego, and watch the animals open their specially-prepared gifts during Holiday Gifts for the Animals.
 
The zoo’s glorious grounds come to light for 12 brilliant nights during Zoo Lights, December 17 – 30 (excluding December 24 and 25) from 7 – 10 p.m. (ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m.).  Guests can enjoy dozens of bright animal-shaped lights, while sipping hot chocolate, munching on delicious cookies, and listening to wonderful holiday music.  Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights experience even more engaging and amusing.  General admission is $8.95 plus tax per adult and $6.95 plus tax per child.  Zoo members are $7.95 plus tax per adult and $5.95 plus tax per child. 
 
Dinner with Santa will take place on December 23, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Families will be treated to a delicious dinner and photo op with Santa at Wings of Asia.  Children will receive a holiday plush gift and will get to make their own holiday ornaments!  Admission includes parking, entry to Zoo Lights with unlimited carousel rides from 7 – 10 p.m. and a classic holiday menu of fresh roasted turkey with homemade gravy, baked ham, candied sweet potatoes with melting marshmallows, herbed buttery carrots, homemade cranberry sauce, dinner rolls with butter, homemade seasonal pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing, strawberry-infused lemonade, and cranberry mint-infused water.  General admission is $42.95 per adult and $39.95 per child ages 3-12.  Zoo members are $38.95 per adult and $36.95 per child ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under are free. 
 
Dinner with Diego will be held December 28, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Wings of Asia building.  Diego will be available to take his picture with guests between 8:30 – 8:50 p.m.  Dinner with Diego’s admission includes parking, entry to Zoo Lights with unlimited carousel rides from 7 –10 p.m. and a wonderful dinner including a fresh garden salad with dressing, pan seared chicken breast with herbed shallot cream sauce, chicken tenders with dipping sauce, honey glazed carrots, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls with butter, chocolate fudge brownies, chocolate blondies, fresh tropical fruit salad, cucumber and lemon infused water, lemonade, and iced tea.  This event is ideal for families with children under eight years of age.  Every paying child also receives a Diego beanie baby plush gift and a meet and greet and photo with Diego!  General admission is $39.95 per adult and $43.95 per child ages 3-12.  Zoo members are $35.95 per adult and $38.95 per child ages 3-12.  Children ages 2 and under are free.   For tickets and more information, visit: www.zoomiami.org.

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