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Coconut Grove woman to appear in People magazine for campaign

 

When Alison Thompson has a headache or other bodily pain, it’s not from a stressful day at the office.

The Coconut Grove-based volunteer humanitarian has been called into action time and time again over the years, from the Sept. 11 attacks and Asian tsunami to the Haitian earthquake and Superstorm Sandy.

See the native Aussie’s deserved moment in the sun in an advertorial running Monday in People magazine. She is one of the faces of the Advil Relief in Action campaign, which recognizes everyday heroes. For every bottle of the pain reliever sold, Advil will make a donation to Habitat for Humanity and the Wounded Warrior Project.

So much good has come out of Thompson’s work, even on the romantic front. In 2010 while in Haiti, Thompson met fellow volunteer Albert Gomez, of the Miami Beach charity 1st and Alton. “We fell in love over two yellow towels and 12 bottles of lemon juice,” she says.

No kids yet, but “hundreds of refugee children I call my own.”

Housing authority

TMZ reports that A-Rod has left the building — that is, his 9 bedroom, 11 bathroom Miami Beach manse, which he just sold for $30 million. Though the Yankee slugger took an $8 million pay cut in the price of the home, originally listed at $38 mil, he bought it in 2010 for $7.4 million, raking in a pretty impressive profit nonetheless. The buyer, TMZ says, is a Palm Beach celeb. Rush Limbaugh? Rod Stewart? G-d forbid Donald Trump? No one knows. Says our real estate mole, “It’s a couple from Palm Beach.” The home is not so far from Matt Damon’s, which is currently on the market for the bargain basement price of $20 million. True high rollers, however, may want to consider the Versace mansion, which just dropped its asking price today from $100 million to $75 million.

Christian Slater is also making housing news. The Daily Business Review reports that the actor bought a Coconut Grove four bedroom home on St. Gaudens Road for $2.2 million.

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