Loews Miami Beach Hotel hosted its 4th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on November 7 at the Miami Beach Golf Club. The event – and its online auction – netted $50,000 for two educational charities: DonorsChoose.org, an online organization which connects donors to Miami-Dade County classrooms in need and The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, a Miami-Dade County School Board program created to enhance student achievement and community engagement.
VIP golfers included Alonzo Mourning, Shane Battier, Dr. J., Zach Rance. and Victoria Rafaeli of Big Brother, Nat Moore and Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres. Miami-Dade County Public School SuperintendentAlberto Carvalho and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez were also on hand to support the day’s fundraising events.
Participants enjoyed gourmet cuisine prepared by Loews Miami Beach Hotel’s Executive Chef Frederic Delaire and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Lure Fishbar. The hotel’s new exhale Spa provided mini massages and acupuncture, plus an array of surprises at each hole.
“We’re proud to support Donorschoose.org and The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, helping our educators get the supplies and instructional materials needed to succeed,” said Alex Tonarelli, Managing Director of Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Since its inception in 2010, the golf tournament has raised more than $200,000 in resources for classrooms and students across Miami Dade County.
To check out the online auction, which runs through November 25, visit: http://www.charitybuzz.com/loewsgolf.
Book it to the fair
The 31st annual Miami Book Fair International runs through Sunday at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave. in downtown Miami.
Over 600 authors will participate in this year’s Fair including John Cleese (closing presentation Sunday night at 7 pm - Chapman), Susan Minot, Cristina Saralegui, former Miami Beach resident Myra McPherson, Ben Greenman with Questlove and George Clinton (Chapman) and Dana Cowin.
Locals in the spotlight include Michael Love, specialty chef at Epicure Gourmet Market and Café. His new book, The Salvage Chef Cookbook, includes over 125 recipes, with tips and secrets about how to increase the shelf life of food already in your kitchen and transform it into delicious dishes. Love will appear on a panel (and sign books) on Sunday (Room 8202).
NBC 6’s Roxanne Vargas (host of 6 in the Mix) and Maruchi Mendez have teamed up to promote their new book, 100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die. It features a variety of activities (by category) for locals and visitors of all ages. Tip #44: Explore the Everglades; #85: Go Salsa Dancing (with a list of potential places to try it). Vargas and Mendez will also be on hand to discuss their bookSunday (Room 7128).
Also Sunday, 11 am to 12:30 pm at The Swamp (the Fair’s new pop up performance stage):
A Reading Queer literary performance: This is for the Ladies Who Brunch. The event is designed to add a literary twist to the popular concept of Drag Queen Sunday Brunch, according to Program Director Jose Villar Potela. Suggested for adults only, the event (free and open to the public) will feature performances by local drag queens Juleisy and Karla, as well as local writers Carla Louis, Cathleen Chambless, Caridad Moro McCormick, Parker Phillips and more. There will be mimosas, belinis and parfaits served (courtesy of Urban Oasis Project) as well as a pop-up boutique for those interested in donning “gender bending attire” and accessories. Founded two years ago, Reading Queer is funded by the Miami Foundation and a Knight Arts Challenge grant.
In addition to the Swamp, new this year to the Fair: Play Time!, an international children’s theatre festival presented by Teatro Prometeo; and #6WordsMiami, a community project which invited members of the public to submit six-word stories inspired by Miami life. Some “stories” will be paired with original photography and published in a limited-edition postcard set.
The Street Fair opens at 10 am and closes at dusk. For a complete schedule of Book Fair events, tickets and prices, visit www.miamibookfair.com.
Brunch for animal lovers
This is a totally different variety of Sunday brunch — for dog owners and lovers. It’s the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Brunch for the Animals, hosted for the 2nd for the second year in a row at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Now in its 18th year, the event combines an array of gourmet goods for dog owners, as well as fabulous shopping (Fontainebleau hotel retailers). Unfortunately, due to a negative weather forecast, the event, previously slated to be held outdoors in the garden, will take place indoors (in the oceanfront Glimner Ballroom), which means that dogs are not allowed.
Chairs for the event are Alan G. Randolph and Steven Rodriguez and Amy Zakarin and Isaac Rosenberg. Emcee will be Emmy-award winning Channel 7 personality Belkys Nerey.
Cost to attend is $200 per person; $50 children (3-10). Proceeds assist the care, medical treatment and shelter of more than 400 animals cared for on a daily basis by the Humane Society of Greater Miami, as well as its foster care program.
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