Friends and Neighbors

Organizations having shoe drive for Haitians in need


I’ve been blessed to have worn shoes all my life. Even as a child, when most children like to run around in bare feet, I reserved that for the days when I was at the beach. And even then, I’d sometimes step on a broken shell and, boy, did it hurt.

So, I can’t imagine having to walk on rough terrain in my bare feet because I have no shoes. In Haiti, however, many people don’t have the relief of shoes to protect their feet from the harsh terrain.

Because of this, Casting Couch Productions in conjunction with the Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation, launched a “Footprints Across Haiti” campaign to provide much-needed shoes to people of all ages in Haiti.

Calling the campaign the Shoe Drive for Haiti, the organizations will collect slightly used sneakers, work boots and children’s shoes on June 14 at the William H. Turner Technical Arts Adult Education Center.

The groups will inspect the quality of the shoes and sanitize them, then package them for shipping to Haiti partners who will distribute the shoes to deserving individuals.

If you want to help, and need more information, call Keith Harrell at 786-777-8480.

Benefit for

Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is one of those organizations that reaches out to our youth, giving them a place to spend their after-school hours and summer days in a safe and healthy environment. I know this because my little great-grandson Jaylen, 7, has benefited from its summer programs.

At 11:30 a.m. June 1, Joe’s Stone Crab at 11 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach will open its doors to supporters of the organization for its third annual Claws for Kids fundraising brunch to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s South Beach location, which has served South Beach youth for 27 years.

The prior 2,500-square-foot facility was demolished in September 2011 to make way for the new facility, which is under construction. Once completed, the club will feature a teen center, state-of-the-art computer lab, a teaching kitchen for children, homework rooms, game rooms and a creative arts room. The club will serve about 400 children.

The event will honor Alfonso Macedo and his wife, Miriam, who are longtime supporters of the organization. Alfonso Macedo is president of Ocean Bank, which in 2005 donated funds to name the Teen Center at the Alex Rodriguez Educational Building at Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Campus. The building now houses the Mater Grove Academy/Charter School, and serves 300 children in grades K-8. Fifty percent of the children participate in the Boys and Girls Clubs after-school program as well as the after-school teen center. The “Main Claw” sponsor of the event is Dr. Michael Gordon.

Sponsorship opportunities for Claws for Kids include table sponsorships that range from $1,750 to $10,000. Underwriting opportunities are also available for individual tickets at $200 each.

Entertainment for the event will be provided by Frank Sinatra impersonator Jeff Grainer of Sinatra Sounds Entertainment. The event will also feature vendors showcasing merchandise, including Santayana Jewelers.

Jessica Goldberg, committee chairwoman and board of directors member said: “The funds raised from this event are playing a huge role in creating the South Beach location, which will be a wonderful place for area youth to enjoy Boys and Girls Clubs’ life-changing programs.”

For more information about this event or about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, visit

Angels from

Heaven banquet

Angels From Heaven, which collects and distributes clothing, school supplies, hospital needs and other items for the less fortunate in Jamaica, will have its Sixth Annual Benefit Banquet at 6 p.m. June 21 at the Sunshine Ballroom, 4301 Rock Island Rd., Lauderhill.

Members of the organization travel to Jamaica to distribute the clothes, school supplies and medical goods that include linens, bandages, anti-bacterial anointment and other items.

Individual tickets cost $45 each and sponsorships are available at the following levels: Platinum, $50 and more, and gets a half-page page ad in the program; and Gold, $30, gets a business card in the program.

People who donate a toy or school supplies, and direct donations from nonbusiness individuals will have their names printed in the program.

For more information, call Cecile Dixon at 954-593-6520 or Nesta Vassel at 954-913-6094.

Women’s Clubs

monthly meeting

The Dade County Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its monthly meeting May 28 at Coco Plum Woman’s Club, 1375 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables. Networking and fellowship starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon.

The event will feature the Annual Club of the Year Awards and installation of the 2014-16 officers. The theme is: “Follow Your Heart.” If you go, sign up with Ruth Perry, reservations chairwoman, at 305-484-5934 or 305-245-9255.

Booker T.

service today

All former graduates of Booker T. Washington High School are invited to the annual Memorial Day Service at 4 p.m. Sunday in the school’s auditorium at 1200 NW Sixth Ave., Overtown.

The service is sponsored by the BTW Alumni Association and will celebrate the classes of 1934, 1944, 1954, 1964 and 2004.

New Neighbors

luncheon June 11

The New Neighbors Club of South Dade will present singer Errol Dante at its luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. June 11 at the Killian Palms Country Club, 9950 SW 104th St.

In a press release, Dante is described as one who will “... always leave you with a feeling of time well spent.” He is an entertainer who came up through the ranks of show business, launching his career as a musician and dance band singer.

The cost is $26 and reservations are required. Make yours by 6 p.m. June 5 by calling 305-595-0213 or emailing

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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