November Social-lite Guide

 

The celebrities are out in force this month to do a little good.

Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli brings his 2011 spring collection to Villa Vecchia for a charity event on Nov. 19, 2010
 

By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

The Wolfsonian Quince
The Wolfsonian museum will celebrate its 15th birthday with a Miami-style quinceañera at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Avenue), on Friday Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.  Incidentally, it was on this very weekend that the museum opened 15 years ago.  The party is being hosted by The Wolfsonian Visionaries, a new group of members who are passionate about design and interested in working with the museum to develop innovative events, strengthen community ties and raise funds to support museum exhibitions and activities. The evening will include a silent auction as well as music by Miami’s own Grammy-nominated Latin jazz band, Conjunto Progreso, led by Johnny Aguiló, and DJ-about-town Jody McDonald. No word on whether anyone will be brought in on a chariot, or pop out of a giant clam shell, as in the Quinces we attended in our youth, but this sure sounds like a unique twist on the typical gala experience. Tickets for the Wolfsonian Quince cost $250 per person or $2,500 for a table for 10. For more information, call 305.535.2631 or e-mail ian@thewolf.fiu.edu.

Get Your Motor Running
A slew of celebs, along with J.R. and Loren Ridinger will join forces again this year to present the second annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup in Miami to benefit the Jackson Memorial Foundation, International Kids Fund (IKF) and Holtz Children’s Hospital on Nov. 12-13.

Here’s how it works.  Each participating team must raise a minimum of $25,000 online to enter a personal car in the rally.  Next, each team gets to draft a “Celebrity Navigator” from a star-studded pool during the Qualifiers Celebrity Draft Party at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach (4525 Collins Avenue) on Nov. 12. Each team’s fundraising total determines its draft position.  Sounds like fun, huh?  This year’s pool includes:  Eva Longoria Parker, Sofia Milos, Bai Ling, Bridget Marquardt, Christina Milian, Eric Roberts, Greg Vaughn, Ivan Sergei, Michael Yo, Jaime Camil, Joanna Krupa and Maria Conchita Alonso, among others.

The day of the actual Scavenger Cup Rally, will start off with the “Start Your Engines” brunch where participants will receive a Driver’s Manual filled with maps, tips and their first clue, as well as all-access passes to the worlds of sports, food, media, entertainment, travel and fashion in up to seven unique pit stops throughout the Miami area. Later that night, The Winner’s Circle dinner takes place at the Eden Roc, featuring an auction, extravagant dinner and world class entertainment. For more information visit www.rallyforkids.com.

Gloria Estefan and Roberto Cavalli Team Up
On Friday, Nov. 19, fashion designer,  Roberto Cavalli and 7-time Grammy Award winner, Gloria Estefan will present an evening under the stars for Miami’s top philanthropists, socialites and celebrities.  The event starts off with a cocktail party, followed by dinner and a Roberto Cavalli 2011 spring collection runway show at Villa Vecchia, (4821 Pine Tree Drive) the Miami Beach estate of Miami philanthropists Norma and Luis Quintero. Net proceeds from the event will benefit The Gloria Estefan Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additionally, during the event, 10 Miami philanthropists will receive the prestigious Starfish Award, an annual award that recognizes exemplary women who contribute to local, national and international communities.  Tickets to this stellar event are priced from $500 per individual ticket to $10, 000 for a front row VIP table for 10 that includes 10 VIP invites to Vernissage during Art Basel and inclusion in media correspondence and invitations.

For tickets and more information, contact Lori Sundermier at gefoundation@estefan.com or call 305-695-7015.

 

Best Buddies Miami Gala: Celebrating Fifty Nations
Best Buddies International, the nonprofit founded Anthony K. Shriver to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosts its 14th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala: Celebrating Fifty Nations on Watson Island on Friday, Nov. 19. This year’s Gala will celebrate Best Buddies International’s expansion into 50 nations with a spectacular international-themed evening featuring a fabulous cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner, unique live and silent auctions, and a live performance by special musical guest Jason Derülo. Confirmed celebrities attending include actress Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), actress Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable, Seven Pounds), and Verne Troyer (Austin Powers series). In anticipation of Art Basel, selected works from the Best Buddies Fine Art Collection, including pieces by Keith Haring, Romero Britto, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Julian Schnabel, will be on display at the Gala, as well.  Guests will be able to purchase these magnificent works of art, with proceeds to benefit Best Buddies. Tickets for the gala are $500 per person ($400 tax deductable) and are available at www.bestbuddiesmiamigala.org. Following the gala the Bash, which is chaired by Eunice Shriver, will take place with Derülo's performance at 9:30 p.m.. Students may purchase tickets to the Bash for $30 by clicking here.

 

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