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A lack of clarity becomes a good (and beautiful!) thing this season.
On a recent, perfectly moonlit evening, Hollywood had nothin on Miami. It was right here where glitz and glam reigned supreme, as two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey delivered an outstanding performance before the well-heeled crowd at the Adrienne Arsht Centers Eighth Annual Gala. The debonair House of Cards actor surprised and dazzled with powerhouse renditions of Youre Nobody Til Somebody Loves You and New York State of Mind, and even a cheeky interpretation of Frank Sinatras My Kind of Town. (He rewrote the lyrics to replace Chicago with Miami, highlighted our fair citys poolside views, its vibrant cultural population and even its past ballot box challenges, all of which drew roars of laughter from the crowd.) Spacey shared the stage with some serious local talent toothe University of Miami Frost School of Musics Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, directed and conducted by multi-Grammy Award winner Gregg Field, with multi-Grammy Award nominee Shelly Berg on piano. Gala chairs Swanee and Paul DiMare, honorary chair Adrienne Arsht, sponsors Margaret and Mike Eidson, Sue Miller of the Miller Family Foundation, and Margarita and Armando Codina were among the luminaries who danced into the night, which was deliciously capped off with creamy milk shakes, by Barton G, being passed around at evenings end. A sweet affair indeed.
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More than 800 local luminaries, community leaders and cancer survivors turned out for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Centers signature annual benefit, the impossibly stylish Designed for a Cure, held at downtowns Ice Palace Studios and chaired by Jamie McKinney Rusk and Denie Freyer Harris. The well-heeled revelers started their evening by snacking on some of Miamis best eats, courtesy of 30 fabulous local restaurants, including The Federal, Zuma, Mandolin, MC Kitchen and more, all of whom offered an endless supply of tasting dishes. Even former Top Chef contestant Fabio Viviani, scheduled to open a Miami outpost of his Chicago Siena Tavern later this year, was on hand to feed the glamorous crowd. But the evenings centerpiece took place a few feet away from the delicious treats, on a catwalk where attendants got a glimpse at celebrity designer Oscar de la Rentas Spring 2014 collection in a fashion show hosted by the big guy himself. A cancer survivor, patient and fan of Sylvesters Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, de la Renta braved a New York City snowstorm to fly down, saying he was determined not to miss the special event. The true stars of the night? The real-life cancer survivors who strutted their stuff on the catwalk, dressed by de la Renta and accompanied by their doctors. Their powerfully symbolic stride brought the house down. As if hed not yet done enough, de la Renta spontaneously announced a $100,000 gift to the cancer center, which added to the nearly $1 million raised that evening.
No slam-dunks. No three-pointers. Just plenty of out-of-bounds laughs. Thats precisely what went down as a bevy of Miami Heat starsplus a few hundred of their closest friendsgathered at the Fillmore Miami Beach for Shane and Heidi Battiers third annual South Beach Battioke benefiting The Battier Take Charge Foundation, which provides educational resources for underserved kids and teens. Just picture the tip-off: Shane Battier and teammate Greg Oden take the stage with The Hangover star Ken Jeong for a hilariousand totally off-keyrendition of The Backstreet Boys I Want it That Way. Of course, the trio was not to be outdone, as evidenced by another trio: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, who named themselves The Heatles, and took a shot at belting out the hit song Blurred Lines. The undeniable highlight of the evening was watching award-winning rocker Jimmy Buffett join Heat President Pat Riley for a gut-busting performance of I Heard It Through The Grapevine. And while it was a mostly male review, the ladies didnt fall behind: actress Gabrielle Union, Heidi Battier and Adrienne Bosh sang Friends In Low Places in a fantastic girls-only number. Between songs, Shane Battier auctioned off a championship finals champagne bottle signed by the team (which sold for $24,000) and a day trip on an 80-foot luxury yacht with the Battiers and several Miami Heat teammates (which sold for $35,000.) All in, close to $300,000 was raiseda slam-dunk after all.
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