October Social-lite Guide

 

The month is full of charity events from dinners to gambling to puppies

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By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Friday, Oct. 1
Go Clubbing
For the seventh year in a row, the Junior League of Miami will host a golf tournament to raise funds to support the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote volunteerism and to benefit its community projects. The scramble-style tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the famed Blue Monster golf course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa (4400 N.W. 87th Avenue).  The entry fee is $250 per person; $900 for a foursome. Not a golfer? Don’t fret. You can still participate in the post-tournament cocktail reception, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The celebratory evening will feature live music, a silent auction and raffle with fantastic prizes, and delicious cuisine. To register or purchase tickets, visit the Junior League website.

Friday, Oct. 1
A Night in Monte Carlo
The Women in Distress Auxiliary will host the 6th Annual Gala, “A Night in Monte Carlo,” at the Signature Grand (6900 West State Road 884) in Davie. All proceeds will be donated to Women in Distress, the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. Every $125 ticket comes with $25 worth of play cards for the night.  A silent auction will take place offering luxurious packages and unique items, such as fabulous resort getaways, exclusive golf packages, private boat charters, premium basketball, baseball, and hockey experiences and much more.  To purchase tickets online visit: http://www.womenindistress.org/wida-gala.html.

 

Friday, Oct. 1
Cafeina Races for the Cure
Cafeina (297 NW 23rd St.) will host a series of fundraisers during the month of October. The Wynwood hot spot kicks-off the month with a silent art auction benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami / Ft. Lauderdale on Oct. 1, featuring art by Stephen Gamson and a slew of regional and national artists. Cafeina will also unveil its Pink Blossom martini (vodka, hibiscus syrup, lemon bitters and a touch of rose water) and will donate a portion of proceeds from the drink all month to TEAM CAFEINA in Miami / Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure. Friends, family and patrons alike are also encouraged to sign up or donate to TEAM CAFEINA at the Miami / Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure, held at Bayfront Park on Oct. 16.  Gamson, WEC at Cafeina’s featured artist for October, will close out the month with a poster signing event on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., featuring the BCA logo he created especially for Cafeina’s month-long initiative. Gamson will also donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of his artwork throughout the entire month to Susan G.  Komen for the Cure. For more information on any of Cafeina’s BCA initiatives or details on how to support them please visit the official Facebook page.

 

Saturday, Oct. 2
Diamonds are  Forever
You are invited to an evening of glamour, cheek-to-cheek dancing and culinary delights for the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Miami Children’s Hospital.  Guests will enjoy performances by Cuban-American Grammy winner Albita, Bruce Green Orchestra and Anthony Bucciero. Michael Baiamonte, the voice of the Miami Heat, will serve as the event’s emcee. The “diamond anniversary” celebration takes place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave.) on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.  Individual seats are priced at $1,000/ $10,000 for tables of 10.  For more information, contact Morgana Rolle at mrolle@mchf.org or 786-624-2038.

 

Thursday, Oct. 7
Sip and Spa at the Palms Hotel
The popular weekly happy hour at Essensia Lounge at the Palms Hotel (3025 Collins Ave.) returns with great drink and food specials which include half-off all appetizers and cocktails from 6 to 10 p.m. plus complimentary Chandon Rose Brut between 6 and 7 p.m. In addition, The Palms AVEDA Spa is offering half-off all spa services from 4  to 9 p.m. Throughout the month of October, The Palms Spa joins AVEDA’s efforts in raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding clinical and genetic research on breast cancer at medical institutions across the globe. The Aveda Pink Ribbon Hand Relief™ will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Palms Spa is also donating 10 percent of their pink nail polish sales to BCRF.  For more information visit: www.thepalmshotel.com or call 305-908-5458.

 

Friday, Oct. 8
Think Pink at Kitchen 305
Kitchen 305 (16701 Collins Ave.) will be transformed into a pink wonderland for their second annual THINK PINK event, a chic night out that will celebrate fashion, beauty and fun.  Guests will receive VIP treatment all night starting with a paparazzi-friendly, pink carpet arrival. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy complimentary pink cocktails from 7-8 p.m., a pink dessert menu, assorted hors d’oeuvres and a pink-themed, Truffle Collection fashion show hosted by Tami Donaldson, Miss Maxim USA (see, there’s something for the guys, too).  In addition, the Seven Seas Aveda Spa and Salon is hosting a pop up beauty bar with complimentary, spa/beauty treatments and Ta-ta-toos featuring “Think Pink” tats for your ta-tas. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an independent not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
Patterns for Paws
Celebrity design icon Thom Filicia will host Patterns for PAWS, a canine couture fashion show and luncheon, at DCOTA (1855 Griffin Road), for which top designers create one of a kind canine looks from the most celebrated textile houses in the industry including Brunschwig + Fils, Missoni, Romo, Oscar de la Renta, Quadrille, Pierre Frey, Luigi Bevilacqua, and more. During the event, the looks will be auctioned and puppies will be adopted. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Tickets cost $85 for standard seating and $125 for designer table seating. Call 954.266.6827 for reservations or visit www.dcota.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
Judge Karen Helps Casa Valentina
TV personality Judge Karen Mills Francis will host a book review and signing of her new book Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen’s Guide to Living Your Best Life at Play Nightclub (1045 5th St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. A portion of the admission to the club and a percentage of the sales of the book from the evening will benefit Casa Valentina, a charity dedicated to helping young women transition from foster care to independent living.
The admission for the evening is $25 and includes valet parking, open bar and hors d’oeuvres from 7 to 9 pm.  Following the book signing, guests are invited to stay for Play Nightclub’s Comedy Night, where a major comedian will perform a stand up routine. To RSVP, call 305-532-4340.

 

Thursday, Oct. 14
Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza
One of South Florida’s most popular annual food and wine charity events, the March of Dimes event will welcome philanthropic Florida foodies for an evening packed with fine wines, delicious fair and fantastic amounts of fun. “Celebuchef” Sunny Anderson of Food Network fame will be flying into Miami to lend her star power to the Signature Chefs roster, which is packed with Miami’s top toques who have earned celebrity status in kitchens around our city (think: Chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane, Sean Brasel of Meat Market, Chef Marco Ferraro of Wish, Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s, Chef Kris Wessel of Red Light, and more). The event takes place at Jungle Island, (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail) starting at 6:30 p.m..  Throughout the event, guests will sip on wines and champagnes from the world’s finest vineyards and distilleries, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits, and nosh on small bites while enjoying entertainment as well as live and silent auctions. The best part: it’s all for a good cause as all proceeds go directly to the March of Dimes. Tickets are $150 per person in advance or $175 at the door. Limited tickets for both the Extravaganza and an exclusive VIP Champagne Reception are $250. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.marchofdimes.com/florida.

 

Saturday, Oct. 16
MOCA Mystery Dates
For those who enjoy a bit of intrigue with dinner, consider MOCA’s (a.k.a. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125 St.) Mystery Dates where your dining destination is a surprise.  MOCA supporters will open their homes for a memorable night of art, design, delicious food and new friends. The “mystery” is which glamorous dinner party guests will attend as locations will only be revealed during a cocktail reception that evening. The Mystery Dates fundraiser is organized by the MOCA Shakers, the museum’s young international patrons group, and proceeds benefit MOCA exhibitions of emerging and experimental artists. Tickets are $125 for MOCA Shaker members; $175 for non-members. For Mystery Dates tickets and information, call 305-893-6211, ext. 36 or 33 or visit www.mocanomi.org.

 

Thursday, Oct. 21
Key to the Cure
Join Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland (7687 North Kendall Dr.) for this charity shopping weekend event to help raise money and awareness for women’s cancers from Thursday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 24. The kickoff cocktail event will be held Oct. 21 from 6 - 8 p.m. featuring Capital Grille hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. A percentage of the weekend sales will go towards Baptist Breast Center. For more information or to RSVP call 305-662-8655, ext 262 or email rsvpdadeland@s5a.com.

 

Ladies in Red
On Thursday, October 21, the American Heart Association presents the Red Dress Campaign show.  The Go Red for Women Event will take place at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach (2121 Park Avenue) at 8 p.m., showcasing designs including Nicole Miller, Marc Jacobs and various other designers. All proceeds from the show and ticket sales will benefit the American Heart Association   If you would like to support this wonderful cause, and purchase tickets go to www.funkshion.com.

Friday, Oct. 22
A Night on the Riviera

Gilda’s Club of South Florida will be hosting its annual charity gala, “A Night on the Riviera” at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale (5750 North Federal Highway).   This year’s event will feature a fabulous array of French inspired cuisine and fine wine tastings along with dancing and red carpet arrivals.  Gilda's club is a unique organization that provides support for individuals living with cancer and their families.   All proceeds from the evening benefit Gilda’s Club South Florida. Tickets are available for $125 per person.  For more information contact   Shelley Goren at 954.763.6776 ext. 205 or by email at Samantha@gildasclubsouthflorida.org.

Thursday, Oct. 28
Arsht Center Black and White Gala
Have dinner on the Arsht Center stage. This year’s gala promises to have 500 of the social set donning their best black-and-white black-tie attire to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. (Can you believe it’s been five years!?). The theme of the 5th Anniversary Season itself is “Every great performance begins with you,” so with that in mind, the Gala will celebrate the dedication of grand honorees who played an important role in the Center’s success, including Adrienne Arsht, Lin Arison/Arison Arts Foundation, Alberto and Susana Ibargüen/Knight Foundation, Parker and Vann Thomson, Woody and Judy Weiser, and Sanford and Delores Ziff.
In keeping with the performing arts theme, the Gala will be broken into acts. Act I: Cocktails in the Arthur and Alice Adams Foundation Lobby; Act II: Dedication of the Center’s newly engraved grand donor wall; Act III: Dinner by Barton G. Weiss’ Performing Arts Catering on the Lynn Wolfson Stage in the Sanford and Delores Ziff Ballet Opera House; Act IV: Special performance by Miami native and Tony Award-nominee Raúl Esparaza; Act V: Desserts and dancing. Tickets to the gala are $1,000 per person, with tables starting at $10,000. Proceeds will benefit the Center’s mission-driven arts education and community outreach programs.

 

Saturday, Oct. 30
Nightmare on Lincoln Road
Little Lighthouse Foundation will host the “Nightmare on Lincoln Road” Halloween party on Saturday, Oct 30 at 1111 Lincoln Road (7th Floor of the Parking Garage). The party begins with a VIP reception at 8:00 pm featuring with a signature Grey Goose cocktails and food from Miami Beach restaurants.    Beneficiaries include children, families, and select child orientated charities throughout south Florida.  Tickets cost $150 per couple before October 24.  For tickets contact:    jeff@thelittlelighthouse.org  or www.thelittlelighthouse.org.

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