Things To Do

April Social-lite Guide

Sounding Off For a Cure: VABC Benefit Concert

Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m., The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theatre will host a star-studded charity event for Voices Against Brain Cancer.  The benefit will feature performances by artists whose lives have all been affected by brain cancer including The Beach Boys, Gloria Gaynor, Lou Gramm, and The Osmond Bothers. All of the evening’s performances will be accompanied by the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Additionally, performers will make a special tribute to George Harrison, Celia Cruz, Bob Marley and Nara Leão, all of whom have lost their battle to brain cancer.  Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a live and silent auction followed by unforgettable performances. Voices Against   Brain Cancer is a non-for-profit public charity; one hundred percent of the ticket sales and auction proceeds will support innovative research and programs for brain cancer.  General Admission tickets cost $150/ $300 for VIP tickets and may be purchased online at www.voicesagainstbraincancer.org   or by calling 800.745.3000.

The World is Not Enough to Give- for Capponi

Break out your best Bond attire or anything fabulous, skimpy or gold for philanthropist/entrepreneur,  Michael Capponi’s: The World Is Not Enough Birthday Celebration, on Saturday, April 16, on- board the 230 foot private yacht, Allure Shadow, which will be anchored in a secret location.  A charity tax must be prepaid to receive a VIP band to be admitted for entrance to the ship to benefit Capponi’s humanitarian community in Jacmel, Haiti.  100% of the proceeds from the party will be earmarked for the United Way of Miami Dade.  Minimum donations cost: $150 for men (advance purchase, $200 at the door) and $20 for women. RSVP early, as space is limited.  The price includes an after-party at LIV starting at 11 p.m. Due to limited yacht capacity (750 available tickets) you should purchase tickets in advance.  Contact Lena or Felicia at 305-695-4410 or rsvp@capponigroup.com for more information.  James Bond attire is mandatory!

Be a Kid Again- Go Play at MCM

On Saturday, April 16th the Annual Be a Kid Again 2011 Gala will commemorate the Miami Children’s Museum’s (MCM) commitment to providing an exciting learning environment with the theme “It’s Never Too Late to Have A Happy Childhood.”  Hosted by Gala Chairpersons: Gisela and Diego Lowenstein and Board President Jeff Berkowitz, the Museum (980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island) invites you to enjoy a celebrated evening of culinary delights and spirits amidst the museum’s galleries followed by a one of a kind performance by the legendary Village People.  Major benefactors will get the chance to celebrate in the Moet Chandon VIP Lounge, where magnums of champagne will be available at each lounge table.  All proceeds of the event benefit the Museum’s educational programming. Tickets are $500 per person (lounge tables for ten people cost $5,000); $1,000 per person (lounge tables for ten – $10,000) for special benefactor seating. To RSVP for the event, contact Kelly Bresnahan at 305.373.KIDS (5437), ext. 142 or email kelly@miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Driven to Dine

Embark on a unique culinary journey to the finest restaurants and chefs in South Florida on Saturday, April 16, during Driven to Dine, which benefits the Florida Heart Research Institute.  The mystery and excitement begin with a cocktail reception at the fabulous home owned by Joanne and James Mitchell in Coco Plum (24 Tahiti Beach Island) where a representative from each limo will draw an envelope, which holds the group’s dining destination.  Relinquishing their envelopes to the limo drivers before seeing the restaurant name, each group is driven to their dining destination in suspense.  Upon arrival guests are pampered by the chefs and restaurant staff with a special meal prepared just for them. Priced at $5,000 for the limo of 8, this event promises unparalleled food and fun—all for a great cause. Individual tickets cost $625. For more information and to buy tickets, contact Sallie Byrd at 305.674.3020 ext 5823, or visit www.heartofachef.org.

Bingo every Wednesday

Forget the dingy, smoky, cavernous Bingo halls of yesteryear and head for the Shane Center (6500 Indian Creek Drive) in Miami Beach on any Wednesday night for a different kind of Bingo experience. This locale overlooks the Indian Creek Waterway and offers players state-of-the-art equipment, (who knew such a thing existed?) including top-of-the-line Bingo King blowers, flashboards, wireless flat-screen TV monitors and large hi-definition projection screens. In addition, there are large jackpots, a guaranteed prize board, free parking in an adjoining lot, and complimentary refreshments. Fortunately, smoking is allowed only on the terraces surrounding the building (but don’t do it, just don’t!).

The admission fee is $25 per person for traditional paper Bingo (less than $2 per game for 14 games) and $35 for a wireless electronic hand set that almost guarantees you will never miss a call. Players must be 18 years old or older to play. Funds earned from Bingo contribute to scholarships for underprivileged youngsters at the Shane Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games start at 7. For further information call 305.864.8293 or visit  www.beachbingo.org.

A Night at the Museum

The Bass Museum of Art (2100 Collins Avenue) will host its annual fundraiser, “A Night at the Museum,” on Thursday, April 28 from 7-10 p.m. No word on whether fans of the movies by the same name will be treated to sightings of Amelia Earhart or Teddy Roosevelt, but they will definitely get to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, Grey Goose vodka cocktails and beats by ESS & EMM.  In addition, attendees will have the chance to explore the museum’s new exhibit, “An Invitation to LOOK/Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Bass Museum of Art,” featuring more than 40 works from its permanent collection, including portraits spanning 300 years, painted in varying styles by English, American, Dutch, French and German artists. Admission costs $125 for two and includes a Sustaining Membership to the Bass Museum of Art for one year. To RSVP email rsvp@bassmuseum.org, visit www.bassmuseum.org, call 786.800.6302 or visit the museum.

 

Rally for a Cure

JR and Loren Ridinger will join forces again this year with honorary chair Eva  Longoria and a multitude of celebrities to co-chair the second annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup in Miami to benefit the Jackson Memorial

Foundation, International Kids Fund (IKF) and Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Here’s how it works: Each participating team must raise a minimum of $25,000 online to enter a personal car in the rally.  Next, each team gets to draft a “Celebrity Navigator” from a star-studded p

ool during the Qualifiers Celebrity Draft Party on Friday, April 29, at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach (4525 Collins Avenue).  Each team’s fundraising total determines its draft position.  Sounds like fun, huh?  This year’s pool includes:  Eva Longoria, Sofia Milos, Bai Ling, Bridget Marquardt, Christina Milian, Eric Roberts, Greg Vaughn, Ivan Sergei, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jessie Camacho, John Salley, Michael Yo, Winsor Harmon, Matt Goss, Eric Roberts, Dr. Bill Dorfman, Jaime Camil, Joanna Krupa and Maria Conchita Alonso, and several yet-to-be named stars. The day of the actual Scavenger Cup Rally will begin with the “Start Your Engines” brunch on Saturday, April 30, where participants will receive a Driver’s Manual filled with maps, tips and their first clue, as well as all-access passes to the worlds of sports, food, media, entertainment, travel and fashion in up to seven unique pit stops throughout the Miami area.

Later that night, The Winner’s Circle gala dinner, “Jeans & Jewels,” takes place at the Eden Roc, featuring a live auction, extravagant dinner and world class entertainment. For more information visit www.rallyforkids.com and click on “Miami.”

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