Two exceptional “Amigos” were honored recently for their dedication to children’s causes. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College and Jorge A. Plasencia, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Amigos For Kids were recognized at an annual luncheon held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Padrón received the Amigos For Kids Celebration of Friendship Award and Plasencia was honored with this year’s Amigos For Kids’ Lollipop Award. This is the third year the group has held the awards luncheon. Donors, sponsors and collaborators who have supported Amigos For Kids were also recognized at the event.
Amigos For Kids had its beginnings in South Florida in 1991. A few friends who had been volunteering with several child welfare organizations, including the Children’s Home Society, were asked by CHS to form an auxiliary volunteer group. The first Celebration of Friendship Luncheon was in 2011 to commemorate the group’s 20th anniversary. Volunteers promote a platform to raise awareness and prevent child abuse through the organization’s “There’s NO Excuse For Child Abuse!” campaign. To donate and get involved, go to www.amigosforkids.org.
HELP OUR FURRY FRIENDS
If your dog needs to get off the couch, bring him or her to the “Culture Your Canine” event to benefit the animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. The young professionals group, PetNet, is hosting the event.
You and your dog, well behaved, vaccinated and leashed, are invited to a magical shopping spree from 6 to 10 p.m. on May 2 in Coral Gables. Guests can browse items at Fine Line Furniture and Accessories, Filomena Fernandez Clothing Boutique, The Americas Collection Fine Arts Gallery, and Gallilani, all located at 4217 and 4213 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Each showroom will have music, drinks and light bites. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.
There is a $15 fee at the door and 15 percent of all sales made that evening will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Write to RSVP@Fineline.us. And visit www.humanesocietymiami.org to pre-register and make your donation online. For more information, contact Dani Kandera at PetNet@humanesocietymiami.com.
PetNet is a diverse group of young professionals united by a love for animals who “party with a purpose to create awareness about responsible pet ownership and raise funds for homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.” PetNet members meet monthly at different Miami hot spots for “yappy hours,” mixers and themed get-togethers.
Do you know a great philanthropist? The Association of Fundraising Professionals–AFP Miami is seeking nominations for extraordinary individuals, corporations and foundations. The deadline is April 30.
Honorees will be announced at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon Nov. 12. Each year more than 500 guests gather to recognize and pay tribute to the contributions of active philanthropists in Miami who strive to help others in our community. To view the categories and make a nomination, visit www.afpmiami.org or write to the NPD co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELEBRATE WITH DESSERT
Daniele Mastagni , owner of the neighborhood gem restaurant Trattoria Luna, is celebrating 12 years of serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine seven days a week. He wants to thank his customers with free dessert with every dinner entrée purchased from April 19-30.
Trattoria Luna, at 9477 S. Dixie Hwy. in Pinecrest, has well-earned high reviews on Yelp, Urban Spoon and Trip Advisor. Mastagni said he is happy to send his patrons home on a sweet note. Open for lunch weekdays and dinner every night. Call 305-669-9448.
In difficult and sad times it is sometimes necessary to find help. There will be a community Healing Service at 2 p.m., April 21 at the Silver Palm United Methodist Church, 15855 SW 248th St. in Homestead.
Visit for yourself or for someone you know. Call 305-247-3769.