Things To Do

January Social-lite Guide

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

  • Honoring Designing Minds

Spend your evening at Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, Florida) DCOTA, Tuesday January 12, for a night of high design and philanthropy celebrating the fourth annual Stars of Design Awards, and the opening of the inaugural DCOTA DesignHouse.

At 5 p.m., join the South Florida design community as it honors its most distinguished design luminaries, including: Vladimir Kagan (Lifetime Achievement), Sam Robin (Interior Design), Max Strang (Architecture), Robin Hill (Photography), Nicholas Varney (Jewelry Design), Carlos Betancourt (Art), Jeff Blakely (Landscape Architecture), and Laura Paresky Gould (Graphic Design).

At 7 p.m. during a private reception, guests will be the first ever to view DCOTA DesignHouse – a 9,000 square foot, 15 -room penthouse, featuring the work of 14 top design firms, thousands of décor concepts, which benefits three premier cultural institutions: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Norton Museum of Art, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Tickets: $100/individual ticket, $150/pair of tickets, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting your choice of one of the three beneficiaries.  

For more information + reservations, call 954.920.7997 EXT 220 or email 

  • A Barry Special Founders’ Ball

Barry University will celebrate its 70th anniversary at its annual Founders’ Ball on Saturday, January 16, at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa (4400 N.W. 87th Avenue) in the Legend’s Ballroom. This year’s event, a Polynesian themed “South Seas Adventure,” will be emceed by CBS 4 personality Jim Berry. The Polynesian voyage will feature the mysteries of the South Pacific encapsulated in an elegant and memorable evening. The festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. with a cocktail reception courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka and a silent auction followed by dinner and dancing at 8.  Ticket prices range from $300 to $500.

For more information, including the Polynesian-inspired dress code, visit or email

  • An Evening with Zingara

On Wednesday, January 13, ZINGARA boutique (19501 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 2001, Aventura, FL) will celebrate its grand opening with an exclusive cocktail reception from 6:30–9:30 p.m. The event is hosted by managing directors and designers Nathalie and Jeaninne Azoubel along with Miami’s influencers including founder of People for the Children Foundation and shoe designer, Lisa Pliner and Miami socialites, including, Jamie Jo Harris, D. Ashlee Harrison, Michelle Pooch and Donna Anderson Scharer.

Guests are invited to enjoy signature strawberry and peach bellinis and hors d’oeuvres compliments of Thierry’s Catering.  The event is free and open to the public, with all proceeds of the evening’s sales going toward the People for the Children Foundation

For more information or to RSVP, contact: 305.405.1212.

  • An Affair of the Arts

On January 16,  An Affair of the Arts: Downtown Deco benefiting YoungArts – the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) – will take place at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.)  starting at 6 p.m. The evening begins with a concert where a select group of YoungArts awardees will perform, alongside Desmond Richardson, a 1986 YoungArts winner in Modern Dance, a Presidential Scholar, and one of the great modern dancers of our time. 

The party continues across the street at the Alfred I. DuPont Building, where guests will enjoy dinner, tour the exhibits of the YoungArts visual artists and dance the night away.

Tickets range in price from $650.00 to $1,000.00 and table prices range from $6,500 to $50,000. Contact Megan Ann Harmon at 305-377-1140, or email her at

  • MS Gala and Fashion Show

You are invited to be a part of one of the largest women’s luncheons in the country with over 1,200 women on January 19 at the Broward County Convention Center as the National MS Society celebrates its 27th Annual MS Gala and Fashion Show presented by DBS Financial at 10:00 a.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with fascinating women and enjoy a fashion show presented by designer Rene Ruiz. In addition, silent auction items and raffle prizes such as a Rolex watch from J.R. Dunn Jewelers will be available for bidding.

For more information on the MS Gala and Fashion Show contact Monica Whiting at 954-731-4224 or visit Tickets are $150 per person. 

  • Calling All Dogs and their Humans

Pawpurrazzi 2010, an event to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet, is scheduled for January 22.  Pooches and their favorite peeps will take over Jungle Island for an unforgettable night of fun, food, fashion and music.  All four-legged guests will enjoy pampering, doggie makeovers, an ice cream bar and a gourmet buffet. The highlight of the event is sure to be the “Great Pets Who Walk in Front of Great People” show where select guests and their dog(s) walk the “catwalk” for the runway show.

Our favorites last year: Rene Ruiz and his adorable pup, Dexter Rosenblatt, in matching outfits and Charles and Fannie Dascal of South Motors, with celebrity spokes-dog Luky. This year, the University of Miami Theatre Arts Department will treat guests to a special performance.  You guessed it, CATS! Ironic but true!  Ticket prices go for $350, $500, $750 or $1,000 per person. 

For additional information contact Laurie Hoffman at 305-749-1815 or email her at