July Social-lite Guide

SoBe Institute of the Arts at the Riviera
On Thursday, July 8 the Riviera South Beach Hotel’s (2000 Liberty Ave.) pool garden will be transformed into a series of surreal environments to benefit the SoBe Institute of the Arts.  Expect live musical performances by Latin Grammy Award Winning Artist Jorge Moreno, SoBe Arts students and faculty Rebekah Diaz and Viktor Nikolov.

For a $25 donation, guests will enjoy cocktails courtesy of Stoli vodka and delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi.    Additional VIP ticket options are available including a $50 VIP table and a $200 premium VIP package for two, which includes open bar, table service and a one-night stay in a one-bedroom suite at The Riviera.  Guests will also have the chance to bid on silent auction items including South Beach hotel packages, restaurant certificates, a Miami HEAT 2009-2010 team signed basketball, a VIP Dolphins ticket package and paintings from Romero Brito, to name a few. 

All proceeds from the auction and event will go to support the cost of tuition and resources needed to provide all students with the same opportunity to learn and perfect their talents. The party starts at 7 p.m. To pre purchase tickets for the event  click here. For information please contact 305-535-8284, ext. 3008. 

Lilac and Lilies for Michael J. Fox Foundation
Lilac And Lilies (229 B Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale by the Sea) is hosting a Fashion Fundraising Night on Wednesday, July 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  You are invited to an evening of shopping, cocktails and catering by Pizza Fusion and to browse the latest collections of their favorite designers including Trina Turk, Black Halo, Rebecca Taylor, BB Dakota, Jay Godfrey, LnA, ZAD and more.  Twenty percent of sales (on non-sale merchandise) will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has raised more than $179 million for Parkinson’s treatment research.  This special Lilac and Lilies event is being hosted by Liz Camp in an effort to help her reach fundraising goals for fellow Team Fox runners participating in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7.  For more information, contact:  954-530-3109.

Get Into the Groove
NBA Champions Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade have joined forces once again to host the largest event of the summer –The Summer Groove, taking place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl.) from July 14-18.  The Groove is a five-day weekend event that features something for everyone: golf, comedy, music, a benefit dinner, youth summit, youth sports conference and basketball clinic.  There’s also a free block party, an all-star basketball game and numerous exclusive functions. Now in its 14th year, proceeds benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Wade’s World Foundation. For more information, visit www.TheSummerGroove.com.

Eat Up for Share our Strength
In conjunction with South Florida’s premiere culinary event, Share Our Strength’s 2010 Taste of the Nation Miami (2010 TOTN), slated for Thursday, July 29 at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, longtime sponsor Whole Foods Market (WFM), announces a roster of top chef participants who will be conducting complimentary cooking demonstrations at the Aventura and Coral Gables stores, every Tuesday in July from 7 to 8 p.m.  Each live cooking demo is free of charge and will last approximately one hour, including cooking and time for Q&A. This is a unique “sneak peak” of the astounding talent that TOTN Miami brings together to raise critical funds needed to help end childhood hunger. Making the demos even more exciting, all attendees will have a chance to win VIP entrance to 2010 TOTN Miami.  Two gift certificates for VIP entrance for two will be selected from a drawing of all attendees at the final demo at both stores on July 27.  Winners need not be present at drawing.

To purchase tickets to this year’s Taste of the Nation event on July 29 at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle, call 1.877.26.TASTE or visit www.strengthflorida.org. General admission is $95 per ticket; VIP tickets are $195 each. 

Kick-Off Party for Miami Spice
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the first Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser, to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Hall D, on Saturday, July 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. which will showcase a sampling of delicious culinary specialties from Miami Spice participating restaurants, including: Michy’s, SRA. Martinez, BLT Steak, D. Rodriguez Cuba, Red -The Steakhouse, and Ocean Prime. A VIP reception, hosted by presenting sponsor American Express, and official sponsors Moët Hennessy USA and Stella Artois, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and will include an open bar and complimentary valet service.  Advance tickets, available now for purchase via TicketMaster are priced at $35 for general admission; $75 for the VIP reception. Tickets available at the door, will be priced at $50 for general admission; $100 for the VIP reception.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength and Madison’s Wish.  For more information, contact: www.strengthflorida.org.

Clean out your Closet
The Girl Scouts Council of Tropical Florida will launch Juliette’s Closet, in September – a unique and fun fundraiser for ladies looking to downsize their closets or looking to pick up a stylish look while supporting the Girl Scouts.  Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, famously sold her strand of pearls in order to launch the first Girl Scout troop in America.  Juliette’s Closet is named in her honor. To help fill Juliette’s Closet, the Council is looking for donations of high end, gently used designer clothing, such as evening gowns, purses, clutches, high quality costume jewelry and shoes. All donations are tax deductible.
Items may be mailed or dropped off at the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida (11347 SW 160 St.) attention Sally Boggess.  To have items picked up at a central location, contact Sally at 305.253.4841, ext. 233 to arrange a pick up.   For more information on the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, please contact 305.253.4841. To learn more about the organization visit www.girlscoutsfl.org.

Merrick Park Goes to the Dogs!
The Village of Merrick Park (358 San Lorenzo Ave) invites you to Doggy Days of Summer throughout July and August. Bring your pooch to The Garden at the Village of Merrick Park and enjoy special promotions and doggy treats at select retailers and restaurants. Receive a complimentary professional photo of your four-legged friend with a purchase of $25 or more. With a $5 donation enter your pooch in the doggy parade and receive a complimentary bandana. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami, which will be taking part in the kick-off with an adopt-a-thon on site. The doggy parade will begin at 3:00 pm in The Garden. Prizes will be awarded for top 3 categories: 1. Best attire 2. Best owner/dog look alike 3. Best personality.   Doggy Days will be held on the following dates:  Sunday July 18, 25 and August 1 from 2 to 6 p.m.  For more information visit: http://www.villageofmerrickpark.com/.

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