The prestigious 21st annual Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards For Women were announced at a luncheon ceremony held by The American Red Cross South Florida Region at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
The highest award was given to Pamela Rauseo who made headlines around the world when, on a busy Miami highway, she performed CPR learned through the Red Cross to save her 5-month-old nephew Sebastian de la Cruz, who had stopped breathing.
Rauseo received the Presidential Medal and Certificate of Merit. Alfred Sanchez, executive director of the American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter, presented her with the honor.
Also honored with Spectrum Awards for Women were: Florida Blue Philanthropy Award, Pam Garrison; Trish and Dan Bell Chairmen’s Award, Alesia Mogul (in memoriam) accepted by Cristina Cartaya; Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award, Allison Sokol; Bank of America Cultural Award, Mindy Shrago; White & Case LLP Education Award, Loreen Chant; Mercantil Commercebank Entrepreneurial Award, Mayi De La Vega; Baptist Health South Florida Healthcare Award, Marjorie Evans; Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award, Peggy Benua; The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award, Elizabeth Baker; Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award, Patricia Alderman; Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award, Julie Goldstein and Maia Suazo-Maler.
Emmy Award-winning television journalist Ileana Bravo was the Mistress of Ceremonies. The presenting sponsor was the Leonora B. Hopkins Foundation, the Honorary Chair was Swanee DiMare, and the Philanthropic Chair was Penny Stamps.
“We are so proud and honored to congratulate all of these distinguished ladies,” said Phillis Oeters, president of the Council of Chairmen for the Spectrum Awards Committee. “Their tireless devotion and charity will continue to have such an outstanding impact in our South Florida community.”
SEARCH FOR A QUEEN
The Junior Orange Bowl is seeking its next Queen, Princesses, and Little Sister to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the 2014-15 Festival Season. The Royal Court Search is more than a beauty pageant. The four girls are chosen for their personalities, poise, and desire to be involved in their community.
“Our goal is to encourage these young ladies to be future leaders and role models in our community,” said Royal Court Search Chair Isa Goenaga in a news release. “The Royal Court Search is a wonderful opportunity for all young girls to experience. Not only do they gain self-esteem, confidence, and compassion; they learn the importance of selflessly serving the community.”
The Royal Court also rides on the celebrated float at the beloved Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. Registration is open for girls between the ages of 11-14. Contestants must be in a preliminary event to be eligible for the final honors.
Five preliminary contests take place around South Florida on April 20 in South Dade, April 12 in Miami Springs, April 19 in Coral Gables, April 26 in Broward, and May 18 in the Keys. Visit www.jrorangebowl.org for more and registration information.
All girls who participate will be invited to “The Queens Ball” at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. For more about the Junior Orange Bowl, you can also call 305-662-1210.
Watch the final round of the LEAVE A LEGACY© of Miami-Dade Shark Tank Competition Philanthropy Miami from Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at A Day of Dynamic Ideas Conference at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Trail, Miami. The cost is $75 per person and includes lunch. The event is open to the public.
A winner will be announced after the five finalists make their presentations. The Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank set out to inspire nonprofits to develop partnerships with organizations, businesses and even private citizens to solve a community need. Over 58 projects were submitted and the winning team will get $5,000 to start their project.
The final five include Team: Disability Independence Group, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Miami and Coral Gables Police Department; Team: Hope for Miami, Waving Hands and New Jerusalem Ministries; Team: Learning for Success, Center for Efficacy and Resiliency, Homestead Senior High School; Team: Switchboard of Miami and MDC Suicide Prevention; and Team: Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Homeless Education and Neat Stuff.
To reserve a ticket, call 305-379-0800 or write to Edwina Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will also feature Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, who will speak on the creation of a co-work space for nonprofits; and an “Ask an Expert” panel that will respond to questions from nonprofits needing assistance.
GARDENS IN FAR EAST
An experience not to be missed is hearing Dr. Kiat Tan of the Gardens by the Bay Singapore at the next meeting of Tropical Flowering Tree Society at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables.
The gathering will focus on the inspiring Far East Organization Children’s Garden. This amazing project for children 1-12 years old includes water tunnels and rainforest tree houses with climbing to involve youth in the wonders of nature. See its beauty at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.
Visitors are welcome at no charge. Monthly TFTS programs include speakers, rare flowering tree auctions, a bloom table, and refreshments. Become a member for $30 a year. For more call 305-389-5404, or check out www.tfts.org or the group’s Facebook page.
ORCHIDS OF CUBA
Collectors and enthusiasts alike will want to be at the next meeting of The Coalition for Orchid Species Club of Miami when member and orchid culture expert Betty Eber shares her knowledge of the orchids of Cuba. The free event is at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables.
Eber, a member of the Orchid Society of Coral Gables and the South Florida Orchid Society, has conducted orchid culture classes at Fairchild for many years and is recognized for her expertise. Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle and silent auction of species orchids.