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Beach Buzz: A beautiful day for cancer patients


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Four local patients currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer at La Liga Contra el Cancer were treated to a day of pampering on Oct. 28 at Studio 255 in Wynwood.

The women — Beatriz Zamora, 48; Norma Osorio, 61; Gilda Napoles, 59; and Benita Alexis, 64 — were selected by the nurses at La Liga for their courage and spirit.

The makeovers, courtesy of Procter & Gamble’s Orgullosa campaign (in support of breast cancer awareness month), included chauffeured travel to the site (a photo production studio), as well as manicures, makeup applications by Leslie Munsell and fittings for custom designer wigs by Hair-U-Wear.

Afterward, the women revealed their new looks to family members and La Liga staff. Each left with a gift bag full of beauty products and a wig-care kit to help recreate their new looks at home.

“I feel so spoiled and so ‘Orgullosa’ (it means “proud” in English) and happy,” Zamora said. “I feel like someone else. Like someone brand-new and beautiful.”

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Over 300 women CEOs, entrepreneurs and executives are expected to attend the 10th annual Leadership Luncheon hosted by The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) South Florida. The event — which takes place on Nov. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at Jungle Island in Miami — will feature a conversation between Sarah Robb O’Hagan and Katie Kempner.

Robb O’Hagan has served as president of Equinox since 2012. Under her leadership, the fitness/lifestyle company is aggressively expanding its brands worldwide. Previously, Robb O’Hagan was global president of Gatorade. Kempner is head of global communications for CP+B and is creator and host of the online show Perspectives with Katie Kempner.

A nonprofit organization, The Commonwealth Institute helps women business leaders through peer-to-peer mentoring forums, education and high-level networking. TCI also raises money to provide scholarships for emerging women business owners and not-for-profit executive directors.

Founded in 2004, The TCI South Florida Chapter (based in Sunny Isles Beach) currently has over 100 members throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Executive director is Miami Beach resident Laurie Kaye Davis.

Luncheon tickets are $150 each. For details, contact Katie Doyle at 305-799-6547 or To purchase tickets online, visit


The Miami Beach Senior High Class of 1983 is planning to host two events as part of its 30-year reunion.

On Friday, Nov. 15, from 7-11 p.m., all of the graduating classes from the 1980s are invited to a get-together at Lucky Strike Lanes in Miami Beach. There is no cover charge to attend, and happy-hour prices will apply for food and drinks.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Class of 1983 (only) will celebrate with Dinner/Dance at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, 2550 NW Second Avenue in Miami (also from 7-11 p.m.). Cost is $125 per person, including dinner, music, unlimited wine/beer, soda/coffee and tax/gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance with a credit card by Nov. 6. To order, call Wynwood Kitchen & Bar at 305-722-8959.

“If we don’t get a commitment of at least 100 people for Saturday night, that portion of the celebration will have to be canceled,” reunion chair Annette Epelbaum Cannon said. A life-long Beach resident, Cannon also chaired Beach High’s 1983 prom — and the 10- and 20-year class reunions.

Reunion committee members include Corina Biton, Shari Vance Lombardi, David Lombardi and Susan Rosenberg Rolnick.

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Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) PTSA will host the sixth annual “Taste of Design” on Friday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Moore Building in Miami. It will feature samplings from top restaurants, plus fashion, art, music, film and an extensive silent auction. Emcee will be Deco Drive’s Lynn Martinez, with entertainment by Vinizio Ludovic and DJ DannyO. DASH is an A-graded Miami-Dade County magnet school. Tickets are available for a donation of $75 (VIP $100). To attend or sponsor, email or go to

Hundreds will gather to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht — the Night of Broken Glass — at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach. Free and open to the public, the ceremony will feature inspirational addresses, poetry readings and musical performances. For further details, visit or call 305-538-1663.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami will host its 17th annual Brunch for the Animals on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Deco Drive’s Louis Aguirre will emcee. Event chairs are Alan G. Randolph, Amy Zakarin and Isaac Rosenberg. Admission is $150 per adult; $35 for children ages 3-10; dogs are free. Purchase tickets online at or RSVP to 305-749-1825.

Beach Buzz runs every other Sunday, and focuses on people and businesses throughout the Beaches, Aventura and Miami. To reach Debra K. Leibowitz, call 305-531-7887 or email, or become a fan of her Beach Buzz page on Facebook.

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