October Social-lite guide

 

October is full of events benefiting worthy causes like Breast Cancer Awareness and we have a guide to get you to it all.

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Photo credit: Susan G. Komen and Coconut Grove grapevine
 

By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

In Fashion

In the Pink

On Thursday, October 8, the Cancer Link annual luncheon will take place at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail) starting at 10:30 a.m.  This event benefits Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and features an auction and couture fashion show by Mayda Cisneros. The Reception and auction begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a fashion show at noon. Tickets start at $85. 

For more information contact Loana Cervantes at lcervantes@med.miami.edu or 305-243-9088.

 

Elle Gives Back

Elle magazine’s Personal Style Awards will be held on October 13.

The event features an exclusive fashion show organized by Elle editors who are honoring top Miami trendsetters. After the show, guests can shop at select Bal Harbour boutiques (9700 Collins Avenue) for a good cause - a percentage of the sales will be donated to charities personally selected by the honorees, including Community Partnership for Homeless, Honey Shine and Voices for Children, and others. The event takes place on the second floor of the mall, across from Tiffany, and goes from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

For more information and to RSVP, go to: http://www.elleextra.com/shoppingatozcalendar/

 

Saks Key to the Cure

To help raise both money and awareness for women’s cancer, Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland (7687 North Kendall Drive) will host the 2009 Key to the Cure charity-shopping weekend from October 15-18. A percentage of the weekend’s sales will benefit the new Baptist Health Breast Center.

To launch this year’s shopping event, the store will host a Key to the Cure kick-off celebration on October 10 with special guest shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti, Zanotti will sign pairs of his designs in Saks Dadeland’s shiny, stylish, brand-spanking new 10022-SHOE salon on the second floor. There will be champagne, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and, of course, shopping. Saks will also offer a limited-edition Key to the Cure t-shirt designed by Michael Kors – available beginning October 1 and retailing for $40 in Saks stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and on saks.com. Over 80% of the proceeds from each shirt sold will be donated to local charity partners. Supermodel Heidi Klum is the 2009 Ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure. In support of this program, Ms. Klum will appear in a national public service announcement (PSA) wearing the Michael Kors limited-edition t-shirt.  No word on whether “Mrs. Seal” will show, but we can hope, can’t we? 

For more information, contact:  Cristina Menendez:  305.662.8655, ext. 262 or email:  Cristina_Menendez@s5a.com.

Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour (9700 Collins Avenue) will participate in Key to the Cure by hosting an event alongside Sylvester’s Young Philanthropists in the cosmetics department on Saturday, October 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The $40 entry free will get you the limited edition Key to the Cure t-shirt and make-up by Dolce & Gabbana.  The party will feature entertainment, refreshments by Segafredo Bal Harbour, and goody bags with special gifts. 

For more information contact Jeanne Kushner at jkushner@med.miami.edu or 305-243-9088

or April Wilkins at April_Wilkins@s5a.com or 305.865.1100, ext. 5317.

 

Diamond Ball

The folks who turned American Airlines Arena into a glittering kaleidoscope last year and brought great talents such as “the two Glorias”- Estefan and Gaynor, Beyonce Knowles, Carlos Ponce, and legendary Smoky Robinson together under one roof, promise another “eclectic/electric” event this year, as the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation 2009 Diamond Ball & Concert, “An International Affair,” takes over the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Avenue) on October 16. 

The evening will include an elegant dinner, induction of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade into the Miami Children’s Hospital International Pediatric Hall of Fame, and fabulous musical entertainment including the All-Star Members of The Billy Joel Band, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Junior Ambassador and musical sensation, Ethan Bortnick, Charice, and Boca Raton’s own Brianna Kahane.  O.K., so there’s no Smoky or “Glorias” but hosts promise a night to remember nonetheless, and what better way to help South Florida’s only free-standing children’s hospital?

To arrange sponsorships for the Diamond Ball & Private Concert, reserve tables or seats, or for more information on becoming a Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation supporter, visit www.mchf.org or contact Merlyn Marenco at 786.624.2038 or mmarenco@mchf.org. 

Each individual seat is $1,000, a table for 10 costs $10, 000.  The reception starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 8 p.m. and a concert to follow.

 

Walk, Run, Sleep for the Cure

On October 17, join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® at Bayfront Park (301 North Biscayne Boulevard) in Downtown Miami, which includes a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk, Tot Run and Celebration.  The fun starts at 7:30 a.m. (registration at 6 a.m.) with an inspirational Survivor Procession and Ceremony. Whether you run, walk or stroll, (there’s even an option to sleep) you can make a difference.  

Cost for the race is as follows:  5K Run/Walk ($27 by October 9; $30 by October 16; $35 on Race Day) One Mile Fun Walk ($27 by October 9; $30 by October 16; $35 on Race Day); Tot Run for ages 2-7 ($10 through Race Day); Sleep-In for the Cure ($27 through Race Day). 

For more information, or to register for the race online, go to: http://www.komenmiaftl.org/ or call FootWorks at 305-666 -RACE (7223) for all Race related questions.

This year, a special local Race for the Cure® team has been formed named "Miles for Meredith & Brooke" in support of local girls, Meredith Israel, who will make an appearance with baby daughter, Niomi, and Brooke Pallot, who will also participate with daughter, Sora, in tow.  Team members are strongly encouraged to purchase a custom designed "Miles for Meredith & Booke" t-shirt to wear during the race. 

Contact race team co-captains: Jackie Mailhe, jackielisseth@gmail.com or Yami Alvarado, yami.alvarado@southbeachgroup.com to join the team, buy the special shirts and/or make donations.

 

Monster Bash

If dressing up and partying is your thing, then this is your month. We know – Halloween is on a Saturday night this year and you are probably already triple booked.  Thanks to Metro Zoo, you can get your “Halloweening” started early, as early as October 17. 

For $65 per person, ($50 for ZSF members) you can attend The Monster Masquerade at the zoo (12400 S.W. 152 Street) and help the Zoological Society of Florida in their mission of wildlife conservation and education.  Anyone who purchases a ticket before October 10th will be entered into a drawing to win one of two packages including a Family Membership to Miami Metrozoo and a VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour. 

The event is for adults, 21 and older, at Dr. Wilde’s Screamatorium and goes from 8 p.m. to midnight.   Guests can enjoy free witches’ brew at Dr. Wilde’s open bars, food from the lab, costume contests that will have you dying for awesome prizes and music that will keep the zombies dancing all night long. 

Tickets are available online at www.miamimetrozoo.com.

 

Signature Wining and Dining

One of South Florida’s most popular annual food and wine charity events, the March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza will be held at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail) on Thursday, October 22. 

In addition to a roster of stellar, local celebrity chefs, amazing food, incredible wines, and an array of fabulous auction items, the event will feature some new and exciting entertainment elements, still in development, and a who’s who of attendees, with all proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes. Celebrity Honorary Chair Jackie Nespral of NBC 6 will emcee the event, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with an exclusive VIP Reception, followed by the eating extravaganza at 7:30. 

Entertainment for VIP reception will include an instrumentalist from the New World Symphony.  In addition to countless culinary delights, guests will enjoy wines and champagnes from the world's finest vineyards and distilleries, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits, as well as live and silent auctions.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person in advance, $175 per person at the door.  VIP tickets, which include the exclusive reception and extravaganza, cost $250 per person.  For more information, call (305) 477-1192 or visit www.marchofdimes.com/florida.

 

Masquerade Ball

You know you’re in for a special treat when the event invitation scatters royal blue feathers upon its opening.  Such is the case for this year’s Young Patronesses of the Opera's 2009 Masquerade Ball on October 24.

Black tie and mask are the required attire for a night of splendor, allure and beauty at Eden Roc’s (4525 Collins Avenue) new ballroom where guests will enjoy decadent food, spectacular music, dancing and a silent auction. Gala Chairpersons, Karen Gottlieb, Nicole Lozano, Beth Tasca and Marilyn Wagner promise a majestic evening with unforgettable surprises, including a midnight mask unveiling - very Eyes Wide Shut, don’t you think?

All proceeds benefit YPO’s educational programs. The ball begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets start at $350 per person, $3,500 per table of 10.  For more information, go to:  http://www.ypo-miami.org. 

To request an invitation, email: president@ypo-miami.org.   

 

Haunted Fun- Sundowner at Vizcaya

The Halloween Sundowner at Vizcaya, (3251 S. Miami Avenue) one of Miami’s most popular Halloween parties, returns to one of the nation’s most beautiful historic homes on October 24, at 8 p.m. Guests will be treated to premium liquor, beverages, and crunchy snacks (read: eat before going or buy food at the makeshift food court) and music while mingling with 2,000 fellow costumed revelers. 

There will be a costume contest, so be creative!  This party, hosted by the Vizcayans, is for adults 21 and over only and will take place rain or shine.  All guests must show a photo I.D. to enter.  In its 23rd year, this event typically sells out, so buy your tickets early.  Ticket prices go for $100 per person for members (limit 2), and $125 per person for non-members. Proceeds benefit Vizcaya’s preservation and restoration.

For more information, go to: VizcayaHalloween.com or call:  305 856-4866, ext.  3.  Web purchases are free; $5 will be added to tickets purchased by phone.

 

Dress to Impress
Dress for Success Miami will present "Dress to Impress II Gala," which will be emceed by Deco Drive’s Louis Aguirre, and honor famed jewelry designer Judith Ripka, on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the W Hotel (2201 Collins Avenue). The evening will include fashion, a fine auction, entertainment and gourmet food, co-chaired by Irene Korge, Norma Jean Abraham and Amaris Jones. The cocktail reception takes place from 7-8 p.m., followed by the main event at 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Irie. Tickets are $350 per person.

For further information contact miami@dressforsuccess.org or call (305) 444-1944 Ext. 301.

 

Miami Lakes March
On October 24th, there will be a Main Street March through the streets of Miami Lakes, (6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes) from 9 to 11 a.m. (registration starts at 8 in front Tony Roma’s) to show support for breast cancer awareness.  On October 29, The Spa at Shula’s will host the Pink Cocktail Hour and the Pink Auction from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Participants can indulge in a variety of spa amenities, a signature Pink Cocktail and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres throughout the night.  There will also be an auction, the proceeds of which will benefit the American Breast Cancer Foundation.  For more information, contact:  Bill.Higgs@donshulahotel.com or call: (305) 820-8025. 

These events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

 

Patterns for Paws
Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA 1855 Griffin Rd.) and select showrooms of DCOTA will host Patterns for PAWS, a canine fashion show and luncheon on Wednesday, October 28, starting at 11:30 a.m. with a champagne reception.  Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. while the pups take to the runway to show off couture apparel and accessories, created from the most luxurious fabrics found within DCOTA. The fun filled afternoon will bring together the design community, animal enthusiasts, and philanthropists.  Tickets are available for $75.00 per person. Seating is limited. 

RSVP is required by calling: (954).628.5614.

 

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