A 15-foot black Eiffel Tower completed the look at the Junior Opera Guild’s “Springtime in Paris” benefit fashion show held recently at Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. The volunteer group of high school girls raised money for music education programs at the event.
Fundraising was just one of the day’s objectives. The students also recognized the hard work of some of their own members. Honored were JOG President Julie Salzinger, a senior at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, who will be attending Harvard in the fall; Sara Tillett, a senior at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay, who plans to major in classical voice performance and international relations; Stephanie Pinon, a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove, who plans to major in journalism; Leah Schwartz, a high school senior at the School for Advanced Studies; and Katherine Flinn, a senior at Coral Reef Senior High School in West Kendall, who will major in agriculture.
These active students also usher for Florida Grand Opera performances and raise money for Girl Scout music workshops and scholarships for the Young Patronesses of the Opera National Voice Competition.
The Centro Mater Foundation marked 45 years of helping economically disadvantaged youth through care and education at the recent “A Night of Heaven on Earth” event at The Temple House in Miami Beach.
Community leaders and longtime supporters attended and celebrated the South Florida institution’s efforts through its Centro Mater Child Care Services Inc., founded in 1968 by Mother Margarita Miranda Otero after her immigration to Miami from Cuba.
Funds raised through the event will help Centro Mater’s summer programs and supports the maintenance of all five centers. Members of the host committee include Chair Brenda M. Moreira, Antonio Ardila and Luz Angela Sarmiento de Ardila, Ana L. and Ernest Bachrach, Olga and Alberto Beeck, Miriam and Marcio Cabrera, Zady and Eugenio Cosculluela, Maria Elena and Tony Costa, Remedios and Fausto Diaz-Oliver, Mariana and Mario Fernandez, Helen and Jose Luis Ferre, Aurora and Jose Antonio Garrido, Lillian and Gus Machado, Brenda and Domingo Moreira, Claudia Puig Amundsen and Richard Amundsen, Monica Rabassa, Gustavo Leon, Frances and Eugenio Sevilla Sacasa, Vivian and James Williams, and Jania and Dean Ziff. For more, visit www.CentroMater.com.
SOUTH FLORIDA WRITERS
Novelist and psychologist Dr. Holly Schwartztol will speak about her latest book, What We Tell to members and guests of the South Florida Writers Association starting at 10:30 a.m., April 6 at the Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111th St. The event cost is $10 for members and $12 for guests and includes brunch. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. For more about the group check out www.southfloridawritersassn.org.
Schwartztol’s latest is about the complicated experiences of friendship and its accompanying joys and sorrows. The three characters are accomplished women psychologists facing the challenges of midlife. The book is available online. It has a five-star rating from reviewers on Amazon. Schwartztol has a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and has practiced psychology for 30 years.
FREE CLASSICAL CONCERT
The community is invited to hear a free program of romantic Russian masterpieces when the Alhambra Orchestra performs at 7 p.m., April 7 at Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. Zoe Zeniodi will conduct the concert featuring pianist Mia Vassilev in the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2, together with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.