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Beach Buzz: Little Dreams Foundation to host U.S. kickoff at Joe’s Stone Crab


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Orianne and Phil Collins’ Little Dreams Foundation will host a “Keep Dreaming” brunch at Joe’s Stone Crab from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 4.

Co-founded by the former couple in 2000, the international organization helps to fulfill the dreams of underprivileged young artists (ages 4-16) in music, sports and art by providing private lessons, scholarships and mentoring (by such notables as Phil Collins, Natalie Cole and Tina Turner, to name a few). To date, the Foundation has helped hundreds of children in Europe and Africa.

The brunch will be the group’s inaugural kick-off event in the United States, after announcing the opening of their Miami-based chapter in December 2013.

“I’ve lived in South Beach for the past two years,” explained Orianne Collins. “After seeing so many talented children in need in this community, we thought it would be wonderful to bring the Little Dreams Foundation here as well.”

VIPs slated to attend the open-to-the public brunch include artist Romero Britto, who recently became an ambassador for the Foundation.

Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,300. Proceeds will benefit talented children in need in South Florida.

Little Dreams participants are selected through an audition process by a variety of celebrity judges (including producer Mark Hudson and technologist/engineer David Frangioni). A special concert featuring Little Dreams artists, along with Phil Collins, vocalist Laura Pausini and other celebrity performers is in the works for Dec. 6 at The Fillmore in Miami Beach.

For brunch tickets or sponsorship, call (305) 853-6411 or email To learn more about the organization and its upcoming events, visit


Polo returns to the sands of South Beach (20th to 22nd Streets) for its 10th anniversary, from Thursday through Sunday.

The event features leading polo players from around the world competing in tournaments for men and women, a retail village, fashion shows and evening parties.

Title sponsor again this year is polo apparel/gear manufacturer La Martina, with support from the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority.

The competition begins April 24 with the South Beach Women’s Polo Cup VI, a one-day series of round-robin matches among eight women’s teams.

Friday through Sunday, six men’s teams will vie for the 10th annual Miami Beach Polo World Cup. Top-ranked players participating include three-time MVP John Gobin, Luis Escobar and Brandon Phillips.

“This year’s event is our most prestigious to-date. It’s the culmination of an entire decade of great Polo on Miami Beach,” said Bruce Orosz, president/co-founder of The Polo Life, event producer.

New this year: Auto Art Miami, an installation of 50 privately owned vintage automobiles valued at over $50 million. Show will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

General admission to Miami Beach Polo is free. VIP tickets (including shaded grandstand plus food and drinks) are $100 to $150 (Saturday/Sunday). A portion of tickets sales will benefit Little Dreams Foundation.

For tickets and complete schedule, call 305-538-3809 or visit


National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Greater Miami section will host its annual Mother’s Day Luncheon & Boutique Tuesday, April 29 at La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach. The boutique opens at 10:30 am; the program begins at 12 noon.

Keynote speaker will be Good Morning America contributor/bestselling author Tory Johnson, who graduated from Miami Beach Senior High. Johnson transitioned from employee to entrepreneur, building two multi-million dollar businesses (Women for Hire and Spark & Hustle) following a painful firing. After losing 60 pounds, she’s on a mission to help others improve their lives.

Honoree will be Miami Beach resident Shelley Niceley Groff, who will receive the 2014 Hannah G. Solomon Award for Community Service.

Event co-chairs are Stefanie Grife and Lori Sobel; committee members are Moni Cohen, Ondene Jaffe, Leslie Rosenfeld and Heidi Tandy. Tickets are $90 each. Proceeds will benefit the NCJW Scholarship Fund & other educational programs. To attend, call 305-538-4744 or register online at


Lotus House will host a charity bike ride and Family Fest on May 4 at Merrick Park in Coral Gables. The event offers three rides (20, 40 and 62 miles) through various Miami-Dade locales beginning at 7:30 a.m. All will include a stop/tour of Lotus House in Overtown.

The festival (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will feature activities for children and non-riders including a bicycle rodeo, yoga and health screenings. The Lotus House Thrift Store’s “Big Pink Truck” will be on site to accept gently used clothing and household goods.

Established in 2006, Lotus House provides free shelter and support services to more than 160 women, youth and children experiencing homelessness daily.

Cost is $45 for riders (includes snacks and lunch); $25 for non-riding families. Pre-register at (search: Ride for Lotus House) or at the event. To learn more, call (305) 389-5156 or visit

Beach Buzz appears 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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