Miami-Dade County

Friends and Neighbors: A successful Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Florida

As part of a Women’s Breast Health Initiative event, Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep students went into the North Miami community to schedule free mammograms and heart screenings for low-income women. From left to right are Naika Imbert, Briana Gaspard, Melissa Gabriel, Maniola Mompremier, Ashley Savain and Samantha Jean.
As part of a Women’s Breast Health Initiative event, Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep students went into the North Miami community to schedule free mammograms and heart screenings for low-income women. From left to right are Naika Imbert, Briana Gaspard, Melissa Gabriel, Maniola Mompremier, Ashley Savain and Samantha Jean.

South Florida community involvement in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been significant and successful.

Here are just some of the groups and dedicated volunteers that helped make a difference:

▪ B Fore Pink Golf Tournament, hosted by the Women's Breast Health Initiative, was a sold-out event at Shula's Golf Club in Miami Lakes. The event raised awareness and funds for door-to-door outreach to provide information and screenings for breast cancer and heart disease for under-served and uninsured women in South Florida.

▪ Orgullosa’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month partnership with Liga Contra el Cancer, and actress and breast cancer survivor, Adamari Lopez, encouraged all Latinas to “extend a hand and invite all the women in their life to win the battle against breast cancer before it begins.” According to the American Cancer Society, one Latina in the U.S. dies of breast cancer every 90 minutes.

▪ Students from the Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep’s French Honor Society and the TEEM science club volunteered for an event held by the Women's Breast Health Initiative. The students went into the North Miami community and scheduled free mammograms and heart screenings for low-income women. The guiding moderators were french teacher May Wassaf, and science teacher Lorena Rosero.

▪ Awareness foundation Susan G. Komen was helped by many customers of Winn Dixie who donated every time they shopped. “Winn-Dixie and Winn-Dixie’s customers are changing the lives of women and men facing breast cancer in communities across the U.S. by donating to Komen and the fight against breast cancer,” said Norm Bowling, chief revenue and marketing officer of Susan G. Komen in a release.

▪ For more visit www.flbreasthealth.com, http://ligacontraelcancer.org, and http://ww5.komen.org.

50th ANNIVERSARY

This year marks the 50th anniversary of McGlannan School. The specialized learning institution has given hundreds of children struggling with dyslexia and other educational challenges the tools needed to persevere and overcome difficulties.

The Frances McGlannan Foundation will host its inaugural “The Pearls of Wisdom Gala” starting with cocktails at 7 p.m., Nov. 8, at Riviera Country Club, 1155 Blue Rd., Coral Gables. A silent auction, dinner and dancing will follow the opening reception.

The event will raise funds to provide tuition assistance for students whose families could not otherwise afford the programs necessary for specific learning needs. Tickets are $175 and can be purchased online at http://francesmcglannanfoundation.net/

Alumni, parents, community leaders and other friends of McGlannan School are invited to celebrate the many successes achieved over the years through the dedication of Frances McGlannan and her teachers and staff.

DANCE TO HELP KIDS

Be sure to check out the special Dance to Life event at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Body & Soul Fitness, 3183 SW 38 Ct., Coconut Grove. Proceeds from the gathering will benefit seriously ill children and their families.

The fundraiser is the creation of Gulliver Prep Senior Remi Beek who started the charity Dance Chai to raise funds for Chai Lifeline, an organization that helps children suffering with cancer enjoy kid experiences.

Everyone is welcome. For more on attending and donating to the cause visit http://www.chailifeline.org/events/southeast/dance/

RUN TO HELP KIDS

It’s time for the eighth annual Waterford 5K at Blue Lagoon: MEGA Glow Edition that raises funds to benefit the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital. The title sponsor this year is Comcast Business in Florida.

The 3.1-mile walk/run will start at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 7 at Waterford at Blue Lagoon Office Park. The site opens at 3 p.m. Taylor & Mathis and TeamFootWorks are again producing this fun community event.

Registration is now open. The entry fee is $35 through Nov. 6, and $40 on race day. For more information and to register, visit http://www.waterford5k.com or www.facebook.com/waterford5k. You can also contact TeamFootWorks at 305-666-RACE (7223) or http://teamfootworks.org/

“It’s incredible to be part of a run and company that continues to make strides in South Florida by giving back to organizations that touch the lives of so many individuals in the local community,” said Peter Romero, race organizer and senior property manager at Taylor & Mathis. “The Comcast Business Waterford 5K at Blue Lagoon is more than just a run and last year’s record participation proves that. With the help of our corporate partners and the dedicated race participants, we’re able to give back year after year.”

The event is open to individuals, families, companies and businesses. After the race, there is a MEGA glow-themed after-party featuring DJ entertainment. There will also be interactive kids zones, food trucks and giveaways.

MUSEUM CELEBRATION

The Coral Gables Museum will host its annual fundraiser, “An Evening on the Plaza,” starting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Giralda Plaza, 285 Aragon Ave. Proceeds will support the museum’s educational programs, events and exhibits.

The highlight of the event will be a recognition of the accomplishments of civic leaders David Evensky, Thelma Gibson, H.T. Smith and Judith Weissel. All will be honored with Community Achievement Awards.

The open-air celebration will feature cocktails, dinner and live music. Tickets are $250 and sponsorships are offered at three levels. To learn more about tickets, advertising, sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, contact Christine Rupp at 305-603-8067, e-mail info@coralgablesmuseum.org. or visit www.coralgablesmuseum.org.

If you have news for this column, please send it to Christina Mayo at ChristinaMayo05@aol.com at least three weeks in advance.

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