It’s almost Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and now is a good time to get involved in helping to save lives.
Cancer Link, an all-volunteer organization, has been doing just that for 29 years. The group’s members raise funds for breast cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. All money raised is donated locally.
Coming up is the Cancer Link fundraiser “Rumble in the Jungle” for 750 attendees. The reception and auction begins at 10 a.m., lunch and a Julian Chang fashion show start noon Oct. 13 at Jungle Island.
Luncheon tickets start at $130 and can be purchased at https://advancement.miami.edu/netcommunity/sslpage.aspx?pid=1650.
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Last year — through the efforts of founder Marlene Berg and co-presidents Mary Rosenberg and Harriet Shapiro, a hard-working committee of 80 volunteers, generous sponsors and community partners — Cancer Link was able to raise nearly $350,000, Diane Madden, past co-president of Cancer Link, said in a release.
“None of the money raised was used for salaries or overhead since Cancer Link has no paid staff and it partners exclusively with Sylvester,” Madden said
“These monies were donated locally to Drs. Joyce Slingerland, Diana Lopez, Zafar Nawaz, Ralf Landgraf, Tan Ince, Fred Moffett, Eli Avisar, Danny Yakoub, Marzenna Blonska, Luis Morey, Mingjang Xu, and Feng-Chun Yang, who are all doing research to find a cure for breast cancer.”
The group also partners throughout the year with other organizations with a common mission, including the Rock ‘N Run — Fight ‘N Heal Pink ‘N Teal event at Beth Am, and the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club annual women’s golf tournament.
If you can’t attend the luncheon, you can still purchase raffle tickets by calling 305-243-9088. Prizes include a seven-night Celebrity Cruise to Alaska, a two-night stay at the W Hotel South Beach and a beautiful necklace donated by Jae’s Jewelers. Interested sponsors and volunteers also can call or learn more at http://sylvester.org/community/community-partners/cancer-link.
MIAMI FILMMAKERS AWARDED
It’s a great year for the just-announced 2016 Miami Film Development Project grant winners.
The awarded filmmakers are Faren Humes, Afro-Diasporic Film Fund; Julian Yuri Rodriguez, South Florida Film Fund; Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Women’s Film Fund; Rachelle Salnave, Artist-In-Residence (AIR Grant); and Danniel Rodriguez, Filmmaker Fellow Fellowship Grant.
MFDP, founded in 2015 by the Coral Gables Cinemateque, is a nonprofit film production, education and outreach organization dedicated “to the construction of a new, internationally-acclaimed tradition of independent cinema production in South Florida.”
The group works with many private and non-profit organizations to help South Florida storytellers, filmmakers, multimedia artists and technicians, Artistic Director Ronald Baez said in a release.
“We are dedicated to the support and production of touching, inspiring and engaging works of art, right here at home,” Baez said.
“MFDP was designed to be a collective environment, conducive to the sharing of resources, contacts and know-how between artists,” he said. “This spirit is very much at the center of everything we do, thus all of our programs are curated and led by artists in our community, including myself. Our greatest practical asset as an organization is unquestionably the community we service.”
To learn more, visit http://www.filmprojectmiami.com/
South Florida resident David Fried has been called an integral part of the success of Camp Shalom of Central Florida as the summer camp director. Now he will serve as its executive director overseeing all operations including camper recruitment, marketing and planning.
“Fried is known for his detailed planning, fun demeanor, exciting programming and overall gregarious personality,” camp founder Shelley Sokol said in a release.
“We are so proud to have David Fried on our full time staff. David’s expertise will surely take Camp Shalom to the next level,” camp owner Mike Sokol said.
Fried also has spent the past 21 years working for the Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Dade most recently as athletic director, and he is head coach of the USA Football adult division, an international flag football program.
Camp Shalom is located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest. Summer 2017 will mark its 47th year. You can learn more at http://campshalom.net/
FAIR TO HELP LIBRARY
Bring family and friends to the Fall Artisan Fair, where local artists will feature jewelry, sewn and knitted items, paintings, mobiles, hand-created greeting cards, home and holiday décor, wood-crafted items, baked goods, leather pouches, herbal and botanical products and kid’s items including accessories, rag dolls, fabric toys, origami and more.
The fair is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Brockway Memorial Library, 10021 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Free admission.
Brockway, independent from the Miami-Dade Library System, is in need of an addition to the children’s room. Proceeds from the sale of table space will go toward the building fund. Live music by “Box of Light” starts at 11:30 a.m.
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