March Social-lite Guide

 

Get your checkbooks and evening gowns ready, socialites. March is a busy month!

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By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

See Red this Saturday

The American Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys will hold its 29th Annual Ball on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Boulevard Way).  For almost 30 years, the Red Cross Ball has been considered among Miami’s most prestigious social fundraising events. The elegant evening will be attended by more than 400 prominent and affluent members of the social set, who will enjoy exquisite food, elegant décor, music and dancing.  Chaired by Miami philanthropists Frances and Eugenio Sevilla-Sacasa, this year’s gala will raise funds for the vital life-saving services of the American Red Cross.
 
This year, for the first time, guests will be able to bid on silent auction items through the use of an iPod Touch.  Tickets cost $1,000 per couple. To reserve your seats, contact Kenia Tedesco at 305.728.2512 or e-mail TedescoK@usa.redcross.org or visit www.southfloridaredcross.org.
 


Hearts and Stars Gala

The second annual Hearts and Stars Gala will take place on Saturday, March 19 at the stunning, waterfront Shangri La Mansion (17 North Hibiscus Island Drive) on Hibiscus Island from 8 p.m. - midnight. This stellar event benefits the Little Lighthouse Foundation whose goal is to seek, identify and provide support to South Florida children and families suffering from health, educational and financial challenges.  The Foundation raised over $100,000 last year.
 
Miss Denmark 2010, Natalia Averina will welcome guests and kick off the nights festivities. Renowned singer Shelly Renee and Agape with Nadia Harris will provide a live performance and a surprise musical guest will cap off the evening.  Guests will also have the chance to feast on delicious bites, enjoy cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose vodka and participate in an auction.

Tickets range in price from $175 for individual tickets to $2, 000 for VIP tables and may be purchased at www.thelittlelighthouse.org or by calling 305-438-7941.

Moore Gives More and More

The Nat Moore Foundation will host its annual Canon Florida Golf Classic from Saturday, March 19 through Monday, March 21 at Doral Golf Resort and Spa.  The golf and gala event includes a celebrity-filled, cirque-themed party (for which guests are encouraged to wear costumes) and auction on Saturday; a Sunday Corporate Skins Game and the Golf Classic Tournament and Awards on Monday.

Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Moses Malone and Rollie Fingers are just a few of the more than 70 current and legendary sports personalities, actors and entertainers who will participate in this year’s festivities, which will enable the Nat Moore Foundation to continue to provide scholarships and support for disadvantaged youth in South Florida.

Gala tickets cost $150 each and sponsorship packages start at $2,500.  Contact the Foundation at 954-770-0995 or info@natmoorefoundation.net for more information and to purchase tickets.

Women of Tomorrow

On Saturday, March 19, the Women of Tomorrow (WOT) Mentor & Scholarship Program will celebrate its 10th annual gala at the Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Drive) with over 500 of Miami’s leading philanthropists and celebrities.

Founders Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo President Don Browne, along with Gala Chair Marisa Toccin and WOT Vice-President and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, will unite to create a special evening to benefit Florida’s at-risk young women.

The night begins with a lavish cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvre stations created by the Mandarin Oriental’s executive chef and the renowned silent auction of over 100 premier items by top hospitality, entertainment, fashion and luxury brands. Following the cocktail reception, a four-course meal will be complemented by music from the Soul Survivors and an action-packed live auction.

Individual tickets cost between $350 and $2,500. Tables of 10 range in price from $3,500 - $25,000. To purchase tickets or tables, contact Beatrice Arias at 305-371-3330 or b.arias@womenoftomorrow.org.   More information is available at: womenoftomorrow.org.

Paw Paw Pawpurrazzi

Victoria Stilwell will be the special guest at Pawpurrazzi, the-one-of- a- kind event that benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami which takes place at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail) on Friday, March 25.  Born and raised in Wimbledon England, Stilwell is the star of the Animal Planet show, “It’s Me or the Dog”, and one of the most recognized and respected dog trainers in the world.  The most unique thing about Pawpurrazzi is that it is one event where dogs are not only welcomed; they are the guests of honor.

This event continues to bring Miami’s most influential pet loving philanthropists together to enjoy an evening filled with great food, great music, an exciting silent auction, and fun activities for both two-legged and four-legged guests. It will continue the tradition of hosting the “Great Pets Who Walk in Front of Great People” fashion show as well as pampering four-legged guests with makeovers, a gourmet buffet and dessert bars.

Individual seats range in price from $550 to $1000 and tables cost between $5,500 and $10,000.  For further information or for sponsorship opportunities contact Laurie Hoffman at 305.749.1815 or email at laurie@humanesocietymiami.org.
 

Galaxy Gala and Big Bang

Miami Science Museum’s 2011 Galaxy Gala, which will be held March 26 at the new JW Marriott Marquis & Hotel Beaux Arts (255 Biscayne Boulevard Way), promises to be the museum’s most extravagant to date. The 9th annual signature event, which is co-chaired by Nancy & Jonathan Batchelor and Nicole & Edgar Lozano, will not only celebrate the museum’s 60-plus-year history but also toast to its exciting future in MiaSci’s new $275 million home on the waterfront in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, which is expected to break ground in late 2011.

The 2011 Galaxy Gala will provide a preview of what’s in store at the new museum, with a virtual underwater tour that simulates the 600,000-gallon aquarium, silent auctions in lunar and solar-themed rooms, and live entertainment by Soul Survivors.

The gala starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the MiaSci Young Patrons’ BIG BANG after party, which will actually start with a “big bang” at 11 p.m.  This portion of the evening pays homage to the museum’s planetarium through spectacular lighting effects and dazzling performance artists. The entertainment will be provided by Latin fusion funk band Xperimento and two DJs and will include a premium open bar and   gourmet dessert bar – all for only $50 per ticket.

There are still a select number of tickets available for the Galaxy Gala ($500/person) but if you want to snag a spot at the “Saturn Ring Head Table” ($2,000/couple) move quickly – only a few seats remain.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit:  www.miamisci.org.

Go Shoe Shopping

Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland (7687 North Kendall Drive) will host a charity shoe shopping event on Wednesday, March 30 along with Big Brothers Big Sisters. The first 100 guests who make a donation of $100 or more to Big Brothers Big Sisters will automatically receive a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card.

The event will feature a champagne reception along with hors d’ oeuvres while guests shop the latest shoe trends available at 10022-SHOE. On the night of the event, Saks Fifth Avenue will launch the Nicolas Kirkwood spring/ summer 2011 shoe line. The Nicolas Kirkwood line collaborated with the designers of Rodarte for its latest creations. For more information, contact:  Cristina Menendez at 305.662.8655, ext. 262.

Chair-ity at MIYO

Save the date: Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. for MIYO Home’s Chair-ity event in MIYO’s Zen Gardens (47 NE 36 Street).  To celebrate the launch of the MIYO Home Virtual Boutique (www.MIYOHome.com), the owners have commissioned several local artistic visionaries including Seth Browarnik, Iran Issa-Khan, Briggs Solomon among others and celebrity interior designer Thom Filicia to design a MIYO Home chair that will be auctioned off to benefit with the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation.  Event details are being finalized- be sure to check back for more information in the near future.

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