Friends and Neighbors

Scholarships honor young businesswoman

When Jacki Tuckfield died suddenly in 1997 at age 25, her grieving parents established the Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund (JTMGBS) to help keep her legacy alive.

Jacki, who had a master’s degree in business administration, was wise beyond her years. Early on, she understood that diversity was an asset for strengthening human relationships and fostering the concept of one community. When she died, she was an assistant project manager for the Codina Development Corp.

After her untimely death, Jacki’s parents, Gloria Smith Tuckfield, Ph.D., and the late Jack G. Tuckfield, Ed.D. and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, established the scholarship fund as a way to carry forward their daughter’s vision of improved diversity of career professionals in the executive, administrative and managerial levels of the South Florida work force.

Since the fund was started in 1997, more than $400,000 has been awarded to deserving graduate students. For the 2013 Spring and summer term, 25 students from eight Florida universities were each awarded $1,200 to further their education.

They are: Tonette Shunta Davis and Marcus J. Smith, Florida Atlantic University; Chae M. Boyd, Dorothy Cassandra Brown, Zachoria Crockett, Kentley Kent Ferne, Shane Anthony James, Aldwine L. Joseph, Joycelyn, Michelle Lee, Charles Kevin Mitchell, Leslie Nairi Smith and Jason Webster, Florida International University; Jolaine Barlatier, Florida Memorial University; Christiana Belvant, Sharon Elizabeth-Ann Coleman, Gloria Docilait, Timothy Duncan, Christina Danita McKiney, Brittney Richelle Robinson, Joyce Robinson, Kimberly Wright, Nova Southern University; Tavares E. Scott, St. Thomas University; Shan-nee Janae Cummings, University of Central Florida; Dan Mathis, University of Florida, and Denis Loubens Rimsky, University of Miami.

Gloria Tuckfield said $52,000 in $2,000 tuition scholarships are being offered for the 2014 spring/summer terms. A copy of the Scholarship Requirements/Application Form packet may be downloaded at:, or

Applications must be received by Nov. 18, 2013. For more information call the Miami Foundation at 305-471-2711.

‘Lifelong Learning’

To prove you are never too old to learn, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a magnet school for seasoned adults who are 50 years and older, is open for enrollment.

The institute is the brainchild of businessman and philanthropist Bernard Osher and is partially funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation. To date, OLLI programs can be found on nearly 120 college campuses nationwide. As many as 328 students are registered at Florida International University’s North Dade campus. The year-round classes are taught by professionals in their fields.

For those seeking intellectual stimulation, enrichment and socialization in a noncredit classroom, the OLLI@FIU program is a welcome adjunct, said Norma A. Orovitz, who has been enrolled as a student in the OLLI program for the past four years.

There is an annual membership fee of $40, with individual courses ranging in cost from $85 to $160 each. For more information, visit OLLI@FIU at http// or call the office at 305-919.5910

Woman’s Club to host fashion show

The Coco Plum Woman’s Club at 1375 Sunset Fr. in Coral Gables, will present a Dancing With the Stars Fashion Show on Wednesday at the clubhouse.

The social hour starts at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the fashion show at 1 p.m. Admission is $30 per person (no credit cards). The event will benefit SAFESPACE, a domestic violence shelter.

To make your reservations call Pat Rivas at 305-595-4293 or 786-547-0429, or send an email to

Haircuts to help fight breast cancer

Want to get clipped? From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3, in Losner Park in Homestead, volunteer hair stylists will unite in a "Cut-A-Thon’ in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the Homestead Soup Kitchen.

The inspiration for the event came from Nancy Torres, owner of Hair Now Salon, to honor her close friend, who died in 2006, of breast cancer. She and her staff will be joined by stylists from Cuttin’ Loose and Ralph’s Salon, to perform wet and dry cuts for a $20 donation.

"Raising awareness of cancer and contributing to the Susan G. Komen Foundation is a way to help all women and it gives back to the community," Torres said.

Losner Park is at 104 N. Krome Ave. in Homestead. For more information call Torres at 305-989-2777; Julie at 305-248-7441, or Ralph at 305-247-62380.

Civic Chorlae to perform

St. Andrews Episcopal Church at 14260 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay, will host the Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus and The Civic Chorale of Greater Miami in a musical program entitled "Cool Waters", at 4 p.m. today, Oct. 27.

The program will feature the Spirit of Excellence Singers, a gospel choir under the direction of Terence Clayton. If you go, you are invited to arrive early to learn about the church’s unique water-related architecture. Tickets are available online at: and at the door.

Admission for adults is $10; $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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