September Social-lite Guide

 

Shop for a cause, fall for the arts and double down for charity this month.

DJ Irie
DJ Irie.
 

By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Shop ‘til you Drop for a Cause!
No need to feel guilty if your idea of an ideal Friday night is going on a full blown shopping spree.  Especially if that spree is set to take place during Fashion’s Night Out on Friday, September 10 from 7 p.m.  to 10:00 p.m. at stores such as Chloé, Trina Turk or De Beers in the Bal Harbour Shops where a percentage of the proceeds go to good causes.

Chloe’s in-store shopping and fundraising event will benefit Rally for Kids, a non-profit organization providing critical funds for care, treatment and research for children suffering with cancer. The soiree will be hosted by journalist Maria Celeste Arraras, actress/model Paola Turbay and Miami socialite Kelly Gold. Enjoy enjoy live beats, champagne by Louis Roederer and hors d’oeuvres while perusing Chloe’s Autumn/Winter 2010 ready-to-wear collection. RSVP: chloe@taraink.com or 305-864-3434 ext 300.

Trina Turk’s fashion celebration will be hosted by Miami socialites Dana Shear and Vivianne Kurzweil; VH1’s NBA Housewives Evelyn Lozado and lifestyle editor Jacquelynn Powers. New and longtime customers are invited to enjoy cupcakes and champagne, and enter for the chance to win exclusive raffle prizes and to purchase the official Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt and tank – to benefit the NYC AIDS Fund. RSVP: TrinaTurk@taraink.com.

De Beers Jewelers, along with Allison Weiss Brady and Jill Viner will host an exclusive preview of the new De Beers Talisman Collection, which will be up for auction.  Guests are invited to an evening of shopping, diamonds, and champagne with one hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Talisman pendant will go towards Gene Spotlight, a non-profit that raises funds for medical research grants to find cures and better treatments for rare genetic disorders.  RSVP: FNOBalHarbourShops@debeers.com or 305-867-7100.

Fall for the Arts
The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts present the first Fall for the Arts Festival at the Arsht Center, a celebration that is free and open to the public on Sunday, September 12, from noon to 6 p.m.  During the festival, the Arsht Center will be transformed into Miami's town square, creating an opportunity for the community to experience the collaboration between Miami's arts organizations and community service agencies. The event will feature two performance stages, a gathering of gourmet street food vendors presented by BurgerBeast.com, children's activities, and community service seminars. More than 150 non-profit arts organizations in Miami will showcase their schedule of activities for the upcoming season. In addition to performance information, the groups will also provide information on how the public can become more involved, either through volunteering or donating funds or resources.

Another bonus is that tickets to more than 30 Adrienne Arsht Center shows will be on sale during the festival, sans the pesky ticket fees! This official kickoff to the arts season in Miami is free to the organizations as well as to the visiting public. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org/fall.

Take a Fantastic Voyage at RA
On Thursday, September 16, RA Sushi in South Miami invites fans to “Fall into the 90s at RA” – a '90s themed party celebrating the restaurant’s second anniversary and benefitting the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation of Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Expect a flashback to the '90s including stylin’ looks worn by the staff and fun décor to boot. In addition, be sure to participate in the look-alike contest for a chance to win a $100 RA Sushi gift certificate by dressing up as your favorite 90s actor, pop star, politician or TV personality. There will also be a Macarena Dance-Off in which the winner takes home a $50 gift certificate. The party takes place from 7 p.m. until closing and will feature DJ Rico on the 1s and 2s and local celebrity drag queen Daisy Deadpetals (Too Wong Foo or The Birdcage anyone?) who will put on a show and perform a fun rendition of Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time.”

In honor of the event, Head Sushi Chef Elijah Wiener, and RA mixologists worked together to create a sampling of specialty rolls and cocktails for the celebration.  The themed food menu will consist of $9-$10 Japanese delights and $5 drink specials all night. In the spirit of giving, $2 from the purchase of each item from the themed sushi menu will be donated to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.  For more information, contact:  305-341-0092 or visit www.rasushi.com.

Pitching for Charity
You don’t have to be a political figure or celebrity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Marlins’ home game this season.  You too can strike out like P.Diddy, Chris Bosh or Burn Notice's Jeffrey Donovan!  Go to CharityBuzz.com from September 13th through September 30 to bid for this great opportunity. All proceeds from the auction benefit Gene Spotlight. Bidding ends soon!

Denim and Diamonds
Ten days before the start of basketball season, Udonis Haslem and other Miami Heat players will be doubling down, rolling dice, picking their lucky numbers and going all-in to raise money for the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation during the 6th annual Denim & Diamonds fundraising event, which takes place on Saturday, September 25, form 7-11 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura.

DJ Irie will serve as emcee and several celebs and sports figures will be on-hand to try their luck at roulette, craps, poker, blackjack and slots.  Expect delicious passed fare from Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s talented chefs, live music and entertainment, cash bars and an impressive array of raffle and silent auction items. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to help at-risk youth reach their full potential both in the classroom and as individuals.

General admission tickets cost $125 per ticket in advance/ $150 at the door. VIP tickets are priced at $500 each and include exclusive benefits such as the opportunity to play poker alongside the Miami Heat players. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by calling Barbara Wooten at 954-854-9496.

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