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Twelve Good Men honored by Ronald McDonald House Charities

The 2018 Twelve Good Men were honored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida for their civic involvement. The awards luncheon made more than $78,000 to help ill children and their families.
The 2018 Twelve Good Men were honored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida for their civic involvement. The awards luncheon made more than $78,000 to help ill children and their families.

For 26 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida has honored a select group of men who have made considerable contributions in their communities.

They are the Twelve Good Men.

Previous award recipients nominate honorees and event committee members select the 12 finalists. This year’s event raised more than $78,000 to benefit RMHC children and their families.

“Year after year, it is an honor to celebrate these men who have worked hard for the betterment of our community and who share our passion in helping those who are less fortunate,” said Soraya Rivera-Moya, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, in a release.

Congratulations to the 2018 Twelve Good Men: David Carlson, owner, WashClub & LaundroXpress; Marco Contreras, M.D. , Dentist; Manny Hernandez, photographer, blogger and journalist, Manny of Miami; Danny Jelaca, president, Danny Jelaca Salon; Rudy Kranys partner, Syntheon LLC; Brad McMorris, vice president of investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; Brad Meltzer, president, Plaza Construction; Matthew Pinzur, vice president & chief marketing officer, Jackson Health System; Rene Ruiz, fashion designer; Seth R. Thaller, M.D., D.M.D., pediatric plastic surgeon, University of Miami Health System; Jonathan Vilma, ESPN analyst and former NFL player; Timothy Walker, assistant director of advancement, Ransom Everglades School and principal, Walker Cultural.

The luncheon event, with more than 300 in attendance, was April 12 at the Coral Gables Country Club. WPLG Channel 10’s Calvin Hughes served as the master of ceremonies again this year.

“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s event, and I would like to extend a very special thanks to our event chairs James Murphy, Linda Levy-Goldberg, and Sonia Gibson who worked tirelessly year-round to ensure our premier fundraising event was perfect, once again, and our main sponsors, Trish and Dan Bell,” Rivera-Moya said.

The funds donated during the annual luncheon help RMHC support the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Ronald McDonald Houses. The centers provide a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children who are receiving medical treatment at pediatric facilities in South Florida.

For more about RMHC of South Florida, visit rmhcsouthflorida.org.

Walk your Miami neighborhoods

An exciting, free, family-friendly movement of neighborhood walking tours is growing fast in Miami. The event #MiamiWalks is led by local residents, and the event is part of a global movement called Jane’s Walk.

The goal is for people of all ages to get to know each other better and create a walking culture in South Florida.

Walks will take place May 4-6 with 16 tours in the Miami-Dade neighborhoods of Doral, Miami River, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Allapattah, South Miami, Little Havana, Design District, Overtown, Little Haiti, North Miami, Shenandoah, and downtown Miami. The walks are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Hundreds of cities will be participating at the same time around the world. It is also the “Neighborhood Walks” event for the #10DaysofConnection programs taking place in Miami, May 1-10.

Naomi Ross, who is serving as city organizer for Jane’s Walk Miami for the second year, said the tours and attendee counts are growing.

“For 2018 we have 16-plus neighborhood tours, which is made possible thanks to a growing number of community partners, including Connect Miami's #10DaysofConnection. MIA Shooters is helping us recruit photographers to document each walk. Plus, the Knight Foundation is an ongoing local sponsor,” Ross said in an email.

You can get involved as a host or as a walker or join in other events. Learn more at 10daysofconnection.org. To explore your own neighborhood, or pick another and make new friends, go to miamiwalks.eventbrite.com to see the schedule and sign up for the #MiamiWalks tour of your choice.

Scholarship winners

The 2018 Rotary Club of Coral Gables awarded $24,000 in scholarships to 11 outstanding seniors at Coral Gables Senior High School. A committee of Rotarians chose the students based on academics, community service and leadership.

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The Rotary Club of Coral Gables awarded scholarships to 11 outstanding seniors at Coral Gables Senior High School including front row: Yanik Ariste, Valeria Gutierrez, Melanie Wu. Back row: Lior Colina, Yara Faour, Leila Iskandarani, Catherine Healy, Paula Marroquin, and Vanessa Vazquez. Not pictured: Stephanie Revuela, and Paula Gonzalez.

The winners are Yanik Ariste, Valeria Gutierrez, Melanie Wu, Lior Colina, Yara Faour, Leila Iskandarani, Catherine Healy, Paula Marroquin, Vanessa Vazquez, Stephanie Revuela and Paula Gonzalez.

The program is open to all seniors at Coral Gables High starting in October each year with applications due in February. The amount of the 2018 scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $5,000. All of the students will begin their college careers in the fall. For information, contact Terry Long at rotarycoralgables@gmail.com.

Fundraiser features Dave Barry

In honor of its 40th anniversary, the South Miami-Dade Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will host an "Evening with Dave Barry," 7:30 p.m. May 8 at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd. A dessert reception will follow the talk.

Proceeds go toward the group’s scholarship fund. Tickets are $40-$60. Send checks, payable to BNC, by April 30 to Phyllis Walker, 13120 SW 92nd Ave., Apt. B405, Miami, FL 33176. Call her at 305-253-4662, or contact Barbara Bulbin at 305-274-0206.

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

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