The Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Drive) is celebrating American Heart month this February by donating the proceeds from the sale of select Ehlers Estate wines served at its restaurants- Azul and Café Sambal to the Leducq Foundation for cardiovascular research. There will be a tasting party on Friday, February 11 at the hotel’s Azul Champagne Bar from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres paired with Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon “1886,” and a Cabernet Sauvignon blend called “One Twenty Over Eighty” – all crafted by Kevin Morrisey of Ehlers Estate. During the party, a gift will be made to the Miami chapter of the American Heart Association. Tickets cost $30 per person. For more information call 305-913-8386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart and Stroke Ball
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the American Heart Association presents its Heart & Stroke Ball, this Saturday, February 12, at the stunning and shiny-new JW Marriot Marquis Miami (345 Avenue of the Americas). Festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a dinner program and brief stage presentation beginning at 8 p.m. and dancing throughout the evening. Proceeds raised will help fund lifesaving research, education and community programs. Currently, more than $5.6 million have been reinvested into the South Florida community, funding highly meritorious research projects. Tickets cost $1, 000. For more information, call 305-631-4759 or visit www.heart.org/miamiheartball.
Wine at Villa Woodbine
Sip wine and enjoy savory food while basking in a bit of South Florida history at a wine tasting and auction at the historic Villa Woodbine (2167 S. Bayshore Drive) in Coconut Grove on Thursday February 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Some of the top chefs in town will be creating dishes to be paired with fine wines, including: Tim Andriola from Timo; Aaria Kagan, Food Network’s next celebrity chef; Timon Baloo from Sugarcane; Howard Kleinberg from Bull Dog BBQ; Michael Gilligan from the W Hotel; Vito de Salvo from Park Central Café; Steve Mosley from S&J Catering; Lindsey Richman from Por Fin and Stephanie Lim and Shaneil Sibblies from Bill Hansen Catering. The event will benefit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization started in 1987 to provide entrepreneurship education to young people from low income communities and empower them to change their lives. The organization has impacted over 10,000 young people. In addition, there will be live and silent auctions. Tickets go for $75 per person. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit their website or email Southflorida@nfte.com .
The Museum of Contemporary Art, a.k.a. MOCA, knows a thing or two about throwing a party. This year’s gala takes place on February 19, featuring a “Surf’s Up!” theme. The gala is a bargain, at only $175 per ticket. As anyone who’s been to a MOCA Bash will attest, this is one of the highlights of the social season every year, as the museum is transformed to fit the theme- a casino one year, a bohemian pad another, a Bollywood stage set another- and the artsy guests dress to fit the theme. This year, Miami artists will transform MOCA’s galleries into a far-out celebration of surf culture with surfboards, simulated ocean waves, lifeguard stands, bonfires, classic surf films, dances, fire-eaters and beach bunnies. Guest DJs will keep the dance floor packed and top Miami restaurants China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Blue Door Delano, Adriana Restaurant, Meat Market, Sushi Samba and Shiraz Catering will have guests wishing their bikinis were a couple of sizes larger. Fortunately, Grey Goose will provide enough libations to make the unwanted bulges a little less noticeable. To purchase tickets, call 305-893-6211 or visit www.mocanomi.org. You can also start taking advantage of the silent auction, featuring a fantastic array of unique experiences and luxury items at their site.
Be a Voice
On Saturday, February 19, Voices for Children Foundation will host its largest and most elegant fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental, (500 Brickell Key Drive) attracting over 500 of South Florida’s most influential and prominent members of the community. Emceed by CBS 4 News Anchor Shannon Hori, the gala will feature a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, dancing and a special performance by the Miami City Ballet. The mission of Voices For Children Foundation is to raise funds to ensure that every abused and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational and social needs. Sponsorship opportunities for tables range from $5,000 to $15,000 with single tickets at $500 per seat. For more information and to purchase tickets or tables, contact Iris Ardon at 305-324-5678 or visit www.beavoice.org.
Football Players at Play
Wonder where you can spot NFL football players after the season? Well many of them will be at Club Play (1045 5th Street) on Saturday, February 19 to help Philadelphia Eagle, Asante Samuels launch his Bring it Home Single Moms Foundation. The organization’s vision is to provide hard working, low income single mothers with a home to restore each woman’s pride optimism and stability. The party goes from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is free and all proceeds from drink purchases throughout the evening will go to the foundation. There will be a swimwear fashion show, body painting, entertainment and a bevy of confirmed NFL and NBA players with whom to mingle. RSVP is requested to: email@example.com or call 305-532-4340 for table reservations.