Five Miami-Dade high school seniors have been awarded $1,000 college scholarships each for their exceptional community service achievements and high academic accomplishments. The awards were given at the first annual Stonegate Charitable Foundation Community Service Award & Scholarship luncheon.
Honored were Rainier Vicuna from Miami Palmetto Senior High School; Hope Wilcox from Miami Lakes Educational Center; and Joanne Jean-Baptiste, Kiana Rouchon and Karla Villalta from Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High. Scholarships also were awarded to five students each in Broward, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, and Palm Beach counties for a total of $30,000.
“Stonegate Bank is proud to support students who are passionate about making a difference and dedicating their time and talent to helping others. We are passionate about recognizing the young leaders of tomorrow who endeavor to make lasting and powerful impressions on the communities we serve,” said Erin D. Knight, Stonegate Bank’s Miami market president and chairwoman of the foundation in a news release.
The winners were chosen by a committee comprised of the Stonegate Charitable Foundation board of directors and representatives of the school districts Stonegate Bank serves.
Help your child discover the joy of music at a summer string program at Allegro Music Center. For the second year in a row, violin instructor Aileen Tinley will teach the two-week intensive program that begins July 16 and runs through July 27. Tinley was recently certified to teach the Suzuki violin method and will be head instructor for the program at Allegro in the fall.
Stringavaganza includes violin instruction as well as music theory, music history and music games to reinforce what the children are learning. There are two streams in the program – one for children who have never before touched the violin, and a second group for kids who have been playing for at least a year or so.
“Surprisingly, there are very few Suzuki instructors in Miami-Dade county,” said Phil Berberian of Allegro Music Center. “We hope to help fill this void, now that one of our most successful and popular teachers has become certified.”
His father, Manuel Berberian, writes a very interesting music blog that includes information about the importance of music education and why the violin is best suited for children. You can read more at blog.allegromusiccenter.com. For more information on classes contact Allegro Music Center, located at 6869 SW 8th St., at 305-740-9400, ext. 305, or visit www.allegromusiccenter.com.
Ronald Lieberman, newly installed president of the Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland Pinecrest, was named Rotarian of the Year at the club’s installation dinner held recently.
A lawyer, Lieberman has been a member of the club since 1988 and previously served as its president in 1992-1993. The award was based on his leadership in the club’s membership recruitment and his chairmanship of the program committee.
Lieberman just returned from a week in Bangkok, where he attended the annual Rotary International Convention with Rotarians from all over the world. At a club meeting he reported on Rotary’s latest efforts to end poverty and eradicate polio from the planet.
THE ORANGE GALA
Almost 600 guests, a record attendance, attended the 11th annual Orange Gala hosted by the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to honor corporate and individual sponsors for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity in South Florida. The event was held at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel.