Miami-Dade County

Friends and Neighbors: Pinecrest 5K to aid cancer research

Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Rylee Hollub, Aliya Hollub, Amy Hollub and Harry Hollub are all smiles at the first Rock ‘N Run in 2013. The event raised over $40,000 last year for breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness.
Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Rylee Hollub, Aliya Hollub, Amy Hollub and Harry Hollub are all smiles at the first Rock ‘N Run in 2013. The event raised over $40,000 last year for breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness.

To feel the love and support of family and friends during cancer treatment means everything to patients engaged in the fight to return to good health.

Five-year survivor and Pinecrest resident Amy Hollub said so many people reached out to her and her family that they decided to start a nonprofit initiative to help others.

Their second annual Rock ’N Run Think Pink Feel Teal 5K event is scheduled for Oct. 12 at Temple Beth Am, 5950 N. Kendall Dr. Last year the effort raised more than $40,000 for breast and ovarian cancer causes involved in research, awareness and support.

Hollub said they have “lofty goals of surpassing last year’s numbers.”

“I am so fortunate to have survived ovarian cancer. My family and I wanted to give back to the community that was so supportive of us. Besides raising money for research and giving assistance to women in our community, the event’s objective is to raise awareness of breast and ovarian cancer to enhance prevention and early detection. Knowledge is power,” she said.

Hollub co-chairs Rock ’N Run with her husband, Harry, and Meredith and Carlos Wolf. Rylee Hollub and Aliya Hollub serve as student co-chairs. Amy Hollub said last year they joined forces with Temple Beth Am Rabbi Rachel Greengrass and “many amazing breast and ovarian cancer survivors and their friends and family.”

This year, Rock ’N Run will support the same charities: University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center-Cancer Link, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Women’s Breast Health Initiative, Sandy B. Muller Breast Cancer Foundation, Sharsheret, and FORCE.

The event is a day of health, strength and spirit, Hollub said. It will feature a challenging and fun 5K Orange Theory Fitness Run/Walk and a cardio-blasting dance class with Videosync’s Jay Marcos. There will be a breakfast buffet after.

Hollub is an inactive attorney who works with her husband at Hollub Homes. She has four children and a new daughter-in-law.

“My family and I spearheaded the not-for-profit initiative last year as part of a mitzvah project. The community has responded to the event because everyone has been touched by these women’s cancers in one way or another. It truly is a community effort,” she said.

Visit for registration, sponsorship and a schedule of events. On Oct. 7 at Temple Beth Am, there will be a showing of N.E.D., No Evidence of Disease, the award-winning film about six GYN cancer surgeons who start a band and the patients who become their biggest fans. Be sure to watch the emotional trailer at


Students involved with Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Racing to Read program are on a fast track to improve their education skills.

The program, through Oct. 10, is challenging second-grade students from 25 public schools in Miami-Dade County to read 10 books or more during a five-week period. The students who meet the goal will receive two complimentary tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 Championship Race Nov. 15.

The student who reads the most books will be driven to school in the Official Pace Car. The school with students reading the most books will receive $1,000 from the NASCAR Foundation’s Driving for a Cause, to purchase supplies for their school. The top reading class will also receive a pizza party.

“It is important for kids to develop a love for reading at an early age, and this program provides our area youth this opportunity,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “At the same time, we also hope to cultivate the next generation of NASCAR fans, with many of the unique prizes that are offered.” More can be found at


Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program is back for the second year with to help raise $500,000 for public school teachers to purchase supplies needed to make learning come alive. Sometimes that means literally. One science teacher requested live tarantulas for the classroom.

Representatives visited Jose de Diego Middle School at 3100 NW Fifth Ave. in Miami on Oct. 1 to make an in-person delivery of science gear, including lab coats and goggles for the students to conduct experiments.

The program started in September when teachers in Miami-Dade County submitted projects and materials they needed for funding at During October, Chevron is donating $1, up to $500,000, each time consumers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron stations. The funds raised then go to the eligible classroom projects. To track project progress visit or Facebook and Twitter at #FuelYourSchool.


New Neighbors Club of South Dade will give out prizes for best hat decorated for Halloween or other holiday at the next lunch, starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at Killian Palms Country Club, 9950 SW 104th St. Members should also bring their baby picture for a guessing game. Cost is $26, and the reservation deadline is 6 p.m. Oct. 2.

Residents looking to meet new friends can check out this fun-based group active since 1949. Send email to or call 305-595-0213.


Kevin Sharpley, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Film and Advisory Board, will speak at the South Florida Writers Association meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111th St.

Sharpley is president and CEO of Kijik Multimedia Inc. and executive director of CineVisun TransMedia that supports the independent film, media and entertainment industry. He is an accomplished actor and producer of film documentaries and television programs. Sharpley will talk about writing for the new era.

The cost for the brunch program is $10 for members and $12 for guests.

RSVP by Oct. 9 to More details are at


Get out to see the moon, planets and stars from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 10 at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. The event is free and is hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society Astros. There will be a campfire, refreshments and telescopes set up by the group’s members. Call 305-247-5727.

The Astros will celebrate national Astronomy Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave. Planetarium shows and special programs are planned. Visit for more.


Learn all about growing flowering trees at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, when Paul Gehrke, head grower at Pure Beauty Farms in Homestead, speaks on “Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition for Flowering Trees.”

The Tropical Flowering Tree Society, of which Gehrke is also a board member, is hosting the event. TFTS meets on the second Monday of the month. Visitors are welcome at no cost. Become a member for $30 a year. For more information, call 305-389-5404 or visit


The Coco Plum Woman’s Club will host a fashion show and luncheon starting with social hour at 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables. Proceeds of “Mademoiselle Couture” will go toward SAFESPACE, a domestic violence shelter.

Admission is $30. For reservations call Ann Robson 305-662-9453 or write to not later than Oct. 10. For more on this historic and involved social and community service organization, visit

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