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Friends and Neighbors: Virginia Key Beach Park walk to honor those lost to pancreatic cancer

From left, Lindsey Lazopoulos, Gabriel Telleria, Justin Telleria, Todd Friedman, and Janet Stearns raise funds for pancreatic cancer research and awareness in memory of Stearns’ husband, and the twins’ dad, Carlos Telleria. They are shown here at the 2012 PurpleStride.
From left, Lindsey Lazopoulos, Gabriel Telleria, Justin Telleria, Todd Friedman, and Janet Stearns raise funds for pancreatic cancer research and awareness in memory of Stearns’ husband, and the twins’ dad, Carlos Telleria. They are shown here at the 2012 PurpleStride.

Community leader Vickie Frazier-Williams, known for her 18 years as an award-winning journalist, will serve as special guest and emcee at the upcoming 5K PurpleStride Miami event hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Frazier-Williams will walk with her 81-year-old mother and four siblings in honor of her dad, Leon Frazier II, who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer.

More than 1,000 are expected to attend the 6 a.m. April 12 event at historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Organizers are hoping the event will raise $150,000 for research and support for patients and their families.

A top fundraiser, Janet Stearns, and her twin 16-year-old sons, Justin and Gabriel, will be there to honor her husband and their dad, Carlos Telleria, who died after a 13-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. He passed away just before the boys turned 13.

“We continue to walk/run in Carlos’ memory and with the goal of raising critical research dollars that can help other families like ours,” Stearns said.

The family friendly event will have children’s activities, entertainment, and refreshments.

Form a team or join one to get involved. You can learn more at www.purplestride.org/Miami

Horses help

More than $20,000 was raised recently by Miami-based Give a Buck for Special Equestrians at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival Jump for the Children Pony Derby event. The nonprofit Give a Buck supports therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted programs throughout Florida and in North Carolina.

There were more than 50 young riders attired in traditional shadbelly tailcoats and breeches, competing in three Pony Derby Classics with small, medium and large divisions. A party at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center followed the daylong derby. This was the second year for the event.

“It was so rewarding to see the young members of the equine community join together in support of such a worthy cause,” said Sissy DeMaria, founder of Give a Buck and event co-chair in a release. “This event introduces horse lovers to philanthropy and enables them to share their joy of horses and horsemanship with those in our communities facing difficult physical and emotional life challenges.”

Give a Buck recently added a seventh partnership with a therapeutic riding center. Whispering Manes, Give a Buck’s second therapeutic riding partner based in Miami, was founded on the belief that the bond between humans and horses “can improve core and overall muscle strength, balance, verbal and nonverbal communication skills and develop a sense of self-accomplishment.”

To learn more, call 305-608-5350, visit www.giveabuckeq.org or check out their page on Facebook.

Tea in the garden

Visit the tea garden for blended teas, scones, savories and sweets served at beautifully set tables. The event will be included in the Spring Garden Festival, April 11-12, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. First seating is at 10:30 a.m. and the last is at 3:30 p.m. both days. Rob Friedman will entertain on guitar.

The tea garden will be set up in the Baobab Courtyard beside the Historic Gate House. Cost is $15 per person after paid admission to the garden. Reservations will be accepted prior to April 8 by calling Marnie Valent at 305-663-8059. Walk-ins are welcome pending availability on the festival days.

The festival will feature the 36th annual Spring Plant Sale. For more on the tea and other events, including tips on gardening and cooking demonstrations, look at http://www.fairchildgarden.org under the Events tab.

Rotary talks

Members of the Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland-Pinecrest invite residents to learn more about the group and hear interesting speakers at two upcoming breakfasts.

On April 14, they will hear from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. On April 28, Michael Kesti will talk about his “Life as an Undercover Agent.”

The breakfast meetings are 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Dadeland Marriott hotel, 9090 S. Dadeland Blvd. Club members meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to hear speakers and discuss service projects. Interested residents are invited to attend.

The spring membership drive is now open. The club is looking for members to fill classifications of journalist, dentist, veterinarian, optometrist, chiropractor, psychologist, publicist, computer technician, plumber, printer, architect, electrician, clergy, automotive mechanic and several attorney sub-classifications. To learn more, contact Howard Horowitz at 786-346-6661 or hhtheman@yahoo.com; or Ron Lieberman, 305-613-6744 or miamilawyr@gmail.com.

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

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