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Friends and Neighbors: ‘Fifty Shades of Pink’ luncheon to celebrate women warriors

Honorees from the 2014 Miami Women Who Rock luncheon celebrate in the pink last year. This year’s event is Oct. 21 at Coral Gables Country Club.
Honorees from the 2014 Miami Women Who Rock luncheon celebrate in the pink last year. This year’s event is Oct. 21 at Coral Gables Country Club. Via Miami Women Who Rock

Exceptional women warriors will be celebrated at the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Pink” awards luncheon in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Miami Women Who Rock, a network of women and businesses that support health-related causes and initiatives, will host the event.

Among the honors to be given include the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Cuban songwriter and Latin Grammy artist Concha Valdes Miranda.

MWWR will also present awards to these honorees: Gloria Barbier (Determination), Linda Burrowes (Pink Warrior), C.L. Conroy, (Trailblazer), Maria Freed (Advocate), Pilar Montes (Integrity), Elena Linares (Empowerment), Detra Shaw-Wilder (Impact), and Norma Trabanco, (Community Involvement).

The women are being recognized for their strength, resilience, compassion and commitment to their families and the Miami community.

Miami businesswoman Emily Zubizarreta established this group in 2007. She created MWWR to serve as a platform to help other women succeed in business and honor those women who make a difference in our community.

“We have evolved tremendously since our first awards event in 2008 and are thrilled to introduce several new categories this year ranging from the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to the ‘Pink Warrior Award,’” Zubizarreta said in email.

“Because breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, the ‘Fifty Shades of Pink’ Awards Luncheon is the embodiment of MWWR’s global vision with a local mission. Our signature events are where heels and hearts meet to benefit imperative women’s health initiatives,” she said.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate that assists at-risk women with early detection awareness necessary to fight breast cancer and heart disease. It was founded by one of MWWR’s 2014 notable honorees Andrea Ivory.

Each honoree will receive an award inspired by the mosaic work of local artist Jacki Gran.

The “Fifty Shades of Pink” luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 21 at the Coral Gables Country Club. To sponsor a table or purchase tickets visit And for more information write to

Honoring Vietnam War vets

The Coral Gables Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a commemorative partner with the national organization, will host a reception in partnership with the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club to honor Vietnam War veterans to thank them for their service.

The military recognition event will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at the historic Coco Plum Woman’s Club, 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables.

There is no charge for veterans and their immediate family members. A donation of $5 is suggested for other people attending. Proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors organization.

Vets are asked to send an email with name, contact information, dates of service in Vietnam, and the number of people who will attend to Call 786-473-1409 with questions or to submit information.

Tales of triumph

Calling all book lovers! Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale, will speak at Book Club Night at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29 at Alper JCC Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112th Ave. Admission is $10 for the presentation and refreshments.

The talk is part of the 35th Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival.

Hannah’s blockbuster novel about the resilience of two sisters separated by World War II was on the New York Times bestseller list for eight months.

Also scheduled is Israeli author Naomi Ragen who will share her newest release, The Devil in Jerusalem, at 11 a.m., Nov. 4 at Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th St. Tickets are $10 and refreshments are included.

Marcy Levitt, the Alper JCC director of Literary and Performing Arts, has partnered the Ragen event with JCS Shalom Bayit, the domestic abuse program of the Jewish Community Services of South Florida. Attendees can bring a $10 gift card to Publix or Target for clients of Shalom Bayit.

Levitt and her committee members — Nadine Barocas, Renee Greenstein, Elaine Katz, Cheryl Rosen, Anne Sheldon and Susan Spatzer — have scheduled a full lineup of authors. To learn more visit or call 305-271-9000, ext. 268.

Learn about plants

“Haitian Plants for Cultivation” is the topic of the next talk at the Tropical Flowering Tree Society meeting at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. The group meets in the Corbin Building next to the Garden House. Enter at the garden’s south gate.

Everyone is invited to learn from these plant enthusiasts. Brett Jestrow, herbarium curator at the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at Fairchild, will lead the discussion.

This community group meets on the second Monday of each month. Programs include speakers, rare flowering tree auctions, bloom tables and refreshments. Visitors are welcome at no cost. Become a member for $30 a year. For more call TFTS at 305-389-5404 or check out

Remembering Marshall Waldman

Marshall Waldman passed away on Sept. 9. He was a frequent contributor of information to my Friends and Neighbors column.

Marshall, along with Carole, his wife of 57 years, helped raise scholarship funds for many theater students at the University of Miami’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.

Marshall’s enthusiasm for all things theater was irresistible.

For years, his emails on behalf of Friends of Theatre would greet me with happy news of the volunteer group’s accomplishments and the events created for young actors to achieve their dreams.

I still keep Marshall’s first note to me, from 2010, in which he said, “I’m lucky enough to be President of Friends of Theatre at the U of Miami.” How lucky we are for his service.

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