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Crochet show set for Oct. 26 at Cauley Square

Suk He Kim will give away hats to chemotherapy patients at her upcoming crochet fashion show. The show is dedicated to her daughter, Susan Ann Leon, and her friend Mary Ann Ballard, the former owner of Cauley Square, shown in the framed photo with Suk He. She still crochets with her two original needles.
Suk He Kim will give away hats to chemotherapy patients at her upcoming crochet fashion show. The show is dedicated to her daughter, Susan Ann Leon, and her friend Mary Ann Ballard, the former owner of Cauley Square, shown in the framed photo with Suk He. She still crochets with her two original needles.

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For 21 years, crochet artist and former storeowner Suk He Kim has waited to have her Crochet Fashion Show at Cauley Square Historic Village in South Miami-Dade.

The original show was scheduled for Sept. 5, 1992. But then Hurricane Andrew devastated the area just two weeks before the event. The fashion show, along with many other plans, was put on hold.

There were a lot of tears and a lot of rebuilding. Then Suk He’s daughter, Susan Ann Leon, who always wanted to make a new fashion show, got sick. A registered nurse, she passed away from cancer in 2009. She was 36.

Mary Ann Ballard, Cauley Square owner at the time of Hurricane Andrew, passed away too. She had been a constant and encouraging light in Suk He’s life.

Now the promise made to her daughter and “Mrs. Ballard” will be fulfilled. The “Original Crochet Special Fashion Show” will finally be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 26 in the courtyard at Cauley Square Historic Village, 22400 Old Dixie Hwy.

Suk He’s new friend, the current owner of Cauley Square, Frances Varela also wants to make sure the show goes on. In August she officially welcomed Suk He back to the village of shops to show her amazing crocheted creations.

At the fashion show, Suk He will also give away crocheted Angel Hats for chemotherapy patients. Since 2005, she has made and given away almost 6,000 hats. Most go to pediatric cancer patients at children’s hospitals around the United States. The thank you letters from hospital staff and others touched by her kindnesses fill a large binder.

“Anyone who comes to the show can get a hat if they need one for a cancer patient,” Suk He said.

Suk He still has her first crochet needle that she got when she was 13 after moving to upstate New York from South Korea. Her English tutor showed her how to hold the needle. She always carries that first one, and her second one. Both needles are worn and faded blue from use. Suk He puts them in her Bible at night. She calls them her gift.

“I am so thankful every morning to get out of bed. I want to let people know that everyone has a gift from the Lord,” she said. “Search your heart and do good for one another. You’ll feel better.”

For more on the Suk He Crochet Fashion Show visit


For an extra $10, dogs can do their part to help out victims of domestic violence. In their own Dog Walk, part of the 15th annual Women in Distress SAFEWALK-RUN 5K, the furry friends can walk alongside their humans to raise funds for the cause.

Presented by Pollo Tropical, the event will start at 7 a.m. on Oct. 26 at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Proceeds of the $10 dog sign-up fee will go toward building an animal shelter on the grounds of the family shelter for domestic violence victims.

“Because of the enormous success of last year’s SAFEWALK and DogWalk we decided to allow pets to take pledges to help raise money for the shelter,” said Mary Riedel, the president and CEO of Women in Distress. Seventy-five percent of Americans know a victim of domestic violence. Often those victims won’t leave abusive partners because they fear leaving their pets behind. This walk allows victims to bring their pets along with them, Riedel said.

Morgan Marquez, the teen chairperson for the Dog Walk said, “I’m so excited that pets can take pledges this year. I think it’s really going to push the pet shelter fundraiser forward and enable us to start construction in the near future.”

Women In Distress has a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter program, individual counseling, support groups and professional training aimed at educating the community. Its confidential services are offered free to victims of domestic violence. The group also operates a 132-bed shelter, an outreach center called the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center, and a thrift store.

For more, check out or send e-mail to


Join the active and involved members of the Coco Plum Woman’s Club for “Dancing with the Stars” by Fashion Designer Rosaura Sias Pipenburg, starting with social hour at 11 a.m. on Oct. 30 at 1375 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables. Lunch will start at noon.

As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, all proceed will go to Safespace Miami. Admission is $30 and to make a reservation contact Pat Rivas at 305-595-4293 or 786-547-0429 or by email to by Oct. 25. For more about the service club visit


All are invited to the free Miami Shores Green Day Street Fair from 3 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 on Northeast Second Avenue, between 94th and 100th Streets. This year, the large outdoor fair’s activities will focus on recycling, reusing and repurposing.

Hosted by the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce with the sponsorship of North Shore Medical Center, the fair will include food, music, art, community groups and family-friendly activities. Among these are the Bakehouse Art Complex with a multi-media exhibit, along with other artists’ works and galleries embracing the beauty of nature.

Also included will be energy-wise vehicles in a solar and hybrid smart car area. There will be healthy food vendors, bands and DJs, free health screenings, a fashion show, organic spa services, bike and alternative transportation displays, gardening and composting information, yoga, Pilates, and “green” jewelry and clothes.

The children’s area will have a rock climbing wall, golf games, tennis, basketball and tot’s Zumba classes. For more visit


Get involved in this fun mystery-style event to help raise money for the Florida Heart Research Institute. Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 participants in the sixth annual Limo to Lunch event will gather at Neiman Marcus in the Village of Merrick Park for brunch bites and fashion modeling and a raffle. Participants will then select from envelopes to learn the limo they will ride in to a surprise restaurant for lunch.

For the second year one of the limos will go to the Ritz Carlton Spa on Key Biscayne for some mini-treatments and a light lunch. This is the mystery part of the event and no one knows which restaurant they are going to until they arrive. After lunch guests return to pick up their special gifts from Neiman Marcus. The cost is $200 per person or $2,000 per limo.

The mission of Florida Heart Research Institute is “to stop heart disease through research, education and prevention.” Visit and look under the Fundraising tab for Limo to Lunch or call Sallie Byrd at 305-674-3020 ext. 5823.

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