Social-lite September Guide
It's September and the Miami Social season begins. Here’s a guide on how you can get involved.
By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
Movers and Shakers
The MOCA Shakers, a group of young, international patrons of the Museum of Contemporary Art, will hold a kick-off party for the launch of their season on Thursday, September 3, at the Viceroy’s Club 50 (485 Brickell Avenue) from 7-9 p.m.
The launch will be an effort to boost ticket sales for MOCA’s upcoming Mystery Dates fundraiser, which takes place on November 7. A party to promote a party, what a novel idea!
Last year’s kick-off inaugurated the highly anticipated Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau. This year, Grey Goose Vodka will be serving up free cocktails with MOCA insiders ensuring a good showing of their “hip artsy members.”
Proceeds from this event will benefit MOCA exhibitions of emerging and experimental artists.
To RSVP to the kick-off, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United We Serve Volunteer Miami Day
On Friday, September 11, the Adrienne Arsht Center (Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts 1300 Biscayne Blvd.) is hosting its inaugural United We Serve Volunteer Miami Day from noon-6 p.m. as a culminating event for President Barack Obama’s United We Serve summer volunteer initiative.
Keynote speaker Mayor Carlos Alvarez, leading non-profit organizations and leaders, and the Adrienne Arsht Center will join forces to inspire volunteers to continue their efforts and others to become volunteers with free activities, performances, business and volunteering seminars, Adrienne Arsht Center tours, prizes, and much more.
Tastemakers and Tasty Treats
The Taste of South Florida at the Ritz Carlton on Ft. Lauderdale Beach (1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) takes place on Saturday, September 12.
The event features top local “celebrity” chefs Christian Clair, Angelo Elia, Dean Max, Gordon Maybury, Farid Qualidi, John Schupbach and Susie Stallings. They’ll be preparing an upscale, delectable five-course meal, and a live band will entertain guests.
Tickets for the culinary extravaganza cost $250 per person and benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
For more info, contact: email@example.com or call (954) 739-5006.
The Miami Children’s Museum is hosting a carnival on Sunday, September 13, from 1-6 p.m. in lieu of its annual gala, which has been pushed back this year.
Take the little ones to ride ponies, get their faces painted and participate in art and music projects. Bloomingdale's is offering soothing spa treatments for the older crowd, with Starbucks coffee offering snacks and a silent auction. As an added bonus, adults may drop kids (ages 4-9) at the MCM staff-supervised play area and explore the Carnival on their own! In honor of National Grandparent's Day, the “abuelos” can enjoy giveaways and receive a commemorative photo!
The cost: $35 for children 1-12, $50 for adults.
Your ticket includes: unlimited BBQ, Vitamin Water, ice cream by Farm Stores, and soft frozen lemonades by Del's Lemonade and an I AM THE MAVEN reusable shopping bag and Gift Cards for the best "Maven-Approved" local businesses.
A $500 package includes: 4 tickets to the event, 1 family membership to the Museum and an exclusive Romero Britto tin. All proceeds benefit the Miami Children’s Museum.
For info, contact 305-373-5437, extension 146.
Shop for a Cause
Celebrated designer, Mayda Cisneros, will donate 20% of the proceeds from her eponymous boutique (4102 Ponce De Leon Blvd.) to the UM Cancer Link from 1 p.m. until closing on Wednesday, September 16. The Link’s Board will meet at the boutique earlier in the day to work on their upcoming fashion show and luncheon, which is scheduled for October 8 at Jungle Island. Both the shopping event and luncheon are open to the public.
Shop the coveted closets of some of Miami’s most fashionable socialites at the highly anticipated annual Fashionably Conscious, which returns for its third year on September 17-18. This year’s host committee - Darlene Perez, Raysa Fanjul, Sarah Arison, Lourdes Jofré-Collett, Natasha and Lena Lowell, Suzy Buckley - have already donated signature pieces.
Some of the grabs include clothing from Catherine Malandrino, Carlos Miele, Dolce & Gabanna, David Meister and Prada, shoes from Chanel, designer bags from Tod’s and Christian Dior and an Angel Sanchez ball gown.
You can bet the stuff is almost like new because these ladies seldom, if ever repeat an outfit. All clothing and jewelry will be on sale to guests at discounted prices, ranging from $1 to $500 - talk about recessionista-friendly. The weekend event will kick off with a VIP cocktail/preview sale on Friday, September 18 at 4 p.m. with a happy hour sponsored by Peroni. That cost is $25.
Saturday’s all-day sale goes from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and has a reduced $10 entrance fee. All proceeds will fund Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center, which offers free after-school and summer Programs for over 250 children, and provides a safe haven for the West Grove community. The shopping spree takes place at Mary Brickell Village (901 S. Miami Ave. Suite 147)
The 12th annual Miami International Fashion Week presents a VIP screening of "Valentino the Last Emperor" on Thursday, September 24th at the Lincoln Theater (541 Lincoln Road) in Miami Beach. The movie’s director, Matt Tyrnauer, will host a VIP cocktail and be in attendance to share some of his experiences with Valentino, one of the world's biggest designers. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the scholarship fund awarded to the top designer, photographer, graphic artist and filmmaker in the competitions to be awarded in March 2010. Tickets for the screening range in price from $25 to $125. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively; the director’s discussion starts at 8 p.m., and the movie will be screened at 8:30 p.m. An after party will take place following the screening at SET nightclub on Lincoln Road (320 Lincoln Road), where actor Vincent De Paul will celebrate his birthday.
For more info, visit www.miamifashionweek.com.
Great reason to Wine
The 8th Annual Miami International Wine Fair invites you to “uncork the fun” from September 26–27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Nearly 500 wine producers will be on-hand to showcase more than 1,500 wines from 20 different countries, making this event one of the largest wine fairs in America. Wine tastings and seminars are only for oenophiles 21 and over. Tickets are $75 per person, with the proceeds benefitting Educate Tomorrow.
You get unlimited wine tasting and food sampling from Miami's fine restaurants with your entry.
For more info, visit http://www.miamiwinefair.com.
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