"Beyond the Bowl" Socialite Guide

By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

  • A Jump-start on Valentine’s Day

If waiting two hours for a table and overpaying for a “prixe fix” menu are not exactly your idea of romance, consider The New World Symphony’s (NWS), first annual Vivace benefit, bringing the glamour and romance of old Hollywood to 21st century Miami this Saturday, Feb.13. This pre-Valentine’s celebration begins at 7 p.m. at the Gusman Center (174 East Flagler Street) with a performance titled “Great Loves of the Silver Screen.”   
Immediately following the concert, Vivace patrons will enjoy a Golden Era-themed red-carpet party at The historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, where they will get a chance to mingle with the NWS Fellows, sip classic cocktails, dine on exquisite cuisine, bid on unforgettable silent auction items and share a dance with their Valentine. 
Adding to the Hollywood Glamour of the evening, Academy Award-winning director David Frankel will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Individual tickets for the Vivace benefit, which include the concert and the post-performance party, are $750 with special packages available from $5,000 to $50,000. Concert-only tickets, priced at $77 and $42 are also available by calling 305.673.3331.  For additional information on Vivace, contact Rebecca Mandelman at 305.428.6733.   

  • Cocktails for a Cause

On Friday, Feb.19th, the Gansevoort South Hotel (2377 Collins Avenue) will host Cocktails for a Cause at the rooftop lounge Plunge to benefit The Melanie Finley Ovarian Cancer Foundation, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The party includes an open bar,  hors d’oeuvres, a DJ and a silent auction. Items up for bid include a 4-day/3-night all-inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico; two round trip airline tickets on Spirit Airlines; luxury jewelry; Romero Britto art work; and various hotel, spa and restaurant gift certificates.  For more information, call 954.336.6733. Advance tickets cost $65 and are available at www.mfocf.com, or $75 at the door.

  • MOCA’s Boho Bash  

The Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125 St.) is just about the hippest art museum in town. On Feb. 20, from 8 p.m.to midnight, MOCA presents the Bohemian Bash, the season’s most imaginative fundraiser celebrating the spirit of creativity- pretty appropriate for a modern art museum. Past years’ galas have included themes such as 007, and Bollywood. Guests will be surprised as they enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and performances throughout the museum’s galleries, which will be transformed by Miami artists into a series of surreal environments.
The Bohemian Bash takes its inspiration from the Dadaist art movement of the early 20th century that embraced the sense of the absurd and the role of the unconventional in artistic creation.  Among the unexpected elements planned by Miami artists Kevin Arrow, Bhakti Baxter, Beatriz Monteavaro, and Wendy Wischer are an upside down lounge complete with furniture dangling from the ceiling, an indoor garden café populated by phantasmagoric flora and fauna, an Op Art room, and  Madness night club.
Guests will enjoy cocktails by Grey Goose Vodka and dine on  Spanish cuisine from Solea at the W South Beach, Shiraz Catering, Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi, Maxine’s Bar & Bistro, LeBasque and Adriana Restaurant.  An after party will be held at SET nightclub on Lincoln Road from midnight until 2 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit MOCA’s education programs and collection.   
Tickets to the Bohemian Bash are $150 in advance, $175 after February 5 with packages of 10 tickets for $1,250.   For more information, call 305 893 6211 or visit www.mocanomi.org. To get a leg-up on the auction items, online bidding is already available at www.mocanomi.cmarket.com.    

  • Purina Walk for the Animals

The Purina Walk for the Animals, scheduled for February 20, at Bayfont Park (301 North Biscayne Boulevard) promises fun for the whole family, including its four-legged members. The Walk is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s largest annual community event, attracting over 3,000 people, and the only fundraising walk-a-thon for dogs and their owners in Miami-Dade County. This year’s Grand Marshall is Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and University of Miami President Donna Shalala is the Leader of the Pack. 
Enjoy fun-filled activities including: a bounce house, an inflatable basketball court, face painting, arts and crafts, games– and more for the kiddies and the dogs. Of course, sponsors will be offering music, games, prizes, product samples, great food and there will be a special Bakery Tent filled with mouth-watering pastries to be enjoyed with a fabulous cup of Coffee Break coffee. 
The event starts at 8:30 am with the actual one-mile stroll around the park (with or without a dog) beginning at 10 a.m. Following the Walk, various awards will be presented. The cost is $50 per walker, $100 per family-up to four people-adult pack $1,000 and kid pack $500–kid packs are for children under the age of 18.   
For more information email Laurie Hoffman at laurie@humanesocietymiami.org.
To register go to: http://www.humanesocietymiami.org/walk08.htm.      

  • Lunch in the Garden 

The Second Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon at the historical gardens at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (3251 South Miami Avenue) will take place on Friday, Feb.26, 2010 starting at 11 a.m. on The Casino Mound for cocktails and garden tours and continue at the Formal Gardens, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., with a luncheon al Fresco. Women are encouraged to wear hats and men to dress “dapper.” Neiman Marcus will be providing an informal fashion presentation showcasing spring 2010 collections from luxury brands and Atlantico Rum will provide the cocktails.  The goal of the Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon is to introduce guests to the splendor of Vizcaya’s gardens as originally intended, and raise funds to further the mission of The Vizcayans: to protect, preserve and restore the estate including the gardens.   Ticket prices are $250 for individuals. For more information, please contact The Vizcayans’ office at 305.856.4866 or www.vizcayans.org.  

  • Marian Center Luncheon at Surf Club

The Marian Center Auxiliary’s annual luncheon and fashion show takes place on Feb.25 at The Surf Club (9011 Collins Avenue) starting at 11 a.m. with a bazaar during the cocktail hour. Lunch follows at noon with a fashion show courtesy of Charlie Girls, and a performance by the Bell Choir, a group of teens and adults who attend the Marian Center. The winner of the Frank Crippen Memorial Scholarship, a $2500 award given to a deserving student, will be announced.  The Marian Center provides educational, residential, clinical, vocational and recreational services to over 150 students and adults with developmental disabilities ranging in age from birth through middle adulthood. The costs are as follows: Friend: $75 per person; Angel: $225 per person; Patron: $750 for table of 10; Benefactor: $1,500 for table of ten. For further information and reservations contact Maria Farrey at 305.756.6202.   

  • Blacks are Back

The Blacks’ Annual Gala benefiting at-risk kids in need through The Consequences Charity & Project Medishare for Haitian relief efforts will take place on Feb.27th, at the Fontaine
bleau on Miami Beach. This is one star-studded gala you won’t want to miss. This year’s celebrity performers include Grammy Winner Natalie Cole and Platinum recording artist Rick Ross in addition to appearances by Real Housewives from Bravo Network, an exhibition boxing match and a host of celebrities, business dignitaries and philanthropists.

For a recap of last year’s gala, go to http://miamisocialholic.com/2009/04/back-in-black/
100% of the ticket sales and auction proceeds go directly to Educate Tomorrow, I Have a Dream, and Project Medishare founded by Dr. Barth Green. Individual tickets go for $500 per person/$1,000 for preferred seating and VIP packages range from $2,500-$25,000.
For more information please visit www.theblacksannualgala.org. For tickets please email jasonfclarke@hotmail.com.


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