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Lawyers and staff spend Valentine’s Day with sick kids

 
 
From left, Nicole Veliz, age 8, and Rachel Paul, GT associate. 2-12-2014, Miami Children's Hospital. Attorneys from the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig partnered with Miami Children’s Hospital to help make this Valentine’s Day a fun, heart-warming one for pediatric patients at the hospital. The firm’s associates and staff members volunteered their time to create the first-annual “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance” on Wednesday. The children enjoyed music, a pasta lunch, a candy station and creative activities such as cupcake decorating, a photo booth and Valentine’s Day-themed arts and crafts. The event is part of the firm’s “GT Cares” program, which the firm kicked off in 2012 as part of its long-standing commitment to help those in need in the community throughout the year both in raising money and hosting events.
From left, Nicole Veliz, age 8, and Rachel Paul, GT associate. 2-12-2014, Miami Children's Hospital. Attorneys from the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig partnered with Miami Children’s Hospital to help make this Valentine’s Day a fun, heart-warming one for pediatric patients at the hospital. The firm’s associates and staff members volunteered their time to create the first-annual “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance” on Wednesday. The children enjoyed music, a pasta lunch, a candy station and creative activities such as cupcake decorating, a photo booth and Valentine’s Day-themed arts and crafts. The event is part of the firm’s “GT Cares” program, which the firm kicked off in 2012 as part of its long-standing commitment to help those in need in the community throughout the year both in raising money and hosting events.
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Young patients at Miami Children’s Hospital were recently treated to a heart-warming Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance by attorneys and staff of the law firm Greenberg Traurig.

Preschoolers to teens danced to their favorite tunes, decorated cupcakes, enjoyed a pasta lunch, and had fun at a candy station and photo booth. Almost a dozen volunteers from the law firm gave of their time for the children, parents and hospital employees who attended the party.

“The Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance was a wonderful opportunity to join forces with Miami Children’s Hospital to give the children a Valentine’s Day to remember,” said Jaret L. Davis, Greenberg Traurig Miami co-managing shareholder and vice chair of the Miami Children’s Hospital Board of Directors, in a release.

“We were honored to participate in the true magic of the hospital – combining world-class clinical service with a never-ending compassion and love for our community’s children,” Davis said.

This was the first time the dance was held and the firm hopes to continue the event each year as part of its GT Cares program that began in 2012. The program makes its mission “to help those in need in the community throughout the year.”

35th ST. PAT’S FEST

It’s almost time to wear the green and take part in the annual traditional Celtic celebration at the 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

Hosted by The Emerald Society and organized by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee, the fun will be from noon to 6 p.m., March 8 at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., just five blocks south of Miracle Mile.

As always, admission is free and open to all. This is a family fun event and there are many children’s activities. Irish food and spirits for sale will include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, authentic Irish coffee, Irish soda bread, and whiskey cake as well as Irish whisky and Irish stout. Vendors will also be selling Irish crafts.

Entertainment provided by Avalon features the popular Irish singer and harpist Tricianne Garrihy, The Paddy Kelleghan Band, Dan Fitzgerald with his Ballads and Blarney accompanied by Peter Fuchs, The Cool Old Dudes, and the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band.

Irish dancers from the Breffni Academy of Irish Dance, led by Michael O’Hara, will show off their fancy stepping and gravity-defying leaps. Participants in The Miss Colleen Pageant will be celebrated onstage.

For more you can call 305-949-8400 or e-mail stpatrickssf@gmail.com or check out www.emeraldsocietysfl.com.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

Congratulations to Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, the only all-female school in the Archdiocese of Miami, currently celebrating 50 years in education. The school’s mission is “to educate young women to face the future, strengthened by their faith, prepared and confident in their abilities to achieve their goals, and committed to their Catholic and American heritages.”

The school is hosting an anniversary celebration at 7:30 p.m., March 1, at Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Rd. General admission is $50 and reserved seating is $100. Those interested in attending should contact the school’s Event Coordinator, Martica Castellanos, at mcastellanos@olla.org.

“This year we have lots to celebrate,” said Principal Sister Kathryn Donzé in a release. “We celebrate the gifts of the past, the blessings of the present, and the hope of the future.”

The school was founded in 1963 to educate Cuban refugees who were under the care of the Catholic Welfare Bureau. The first year there were 69 freshman girls and two teachers housed in one of two classrooms at a neighboring elementary school.

Through the years the school has been a foundation for the success of many young women who have excelled locally, nationally and internationally. To learn more about ongoing celebrations visit www.olla.org or the Facebook page.

WRITING CONTEST

Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association of South Florida are calling on fifth-grade students to enter a creative writing contest to discuss their personal challenges, family histories and immigration experiences.

The winner of the local contest will be entered into the 17th annual Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest that is open to fifth-graders nationwide.

South Florida teachers and students should submit entries by the recently extended deadline of March 14. Visit www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/community/celebrate-america-creative-writing-contest for online submission information and more about the history of the contest and awards.

If you have news for this column, please send it to Christina Mayo at ChristinaMayo05@aol.com.

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