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Friends and Neighbors: Rock ‘N Run raises more than $55,000 for cancer research

Members of the Hollub and Wolf families co-chaired the third annual Rock 'N Run that raised funds for breast and ovarian cancer awareness and research.
Members of the Hollub and Wolf families co-chaired the third annual Rock 'N Run that raised funds for breast and ovarian cancer awareness and research.

Participants at the third annual Rock ‘N Run raised more than $55,000 to help women in our South Florida community through breast and ovarian cancer research, awareness and assistance.

“It was a huge success with over 500 participants,” said Amy Hollub, one of the organizers. Members of the Hollub and Wolf families hosted the Oct. 4 event.

“Rock ‘N Run plays an important role in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer by bringing passionate community members together to raise awareness about the diseases, while providing education and vital resources for local organizations serving women in our community,” said Andrea Ivory of Women’s Breast and Heart Health Initiative in a release. “This effort helps to save and change lives. We are so honored to be a part of it!”

Hollub said everyone was “Thinking N Feeling Pink N Teal,” the event theme, as they geared up to dance, walk or run at Temple Beth Am.

“Rock ‘N Run, an incredible day of health, strength and spirit, was created to unite our community in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer and raise awareness to enhance prevention and early detection,” she said.

“Rock ‘N Run is again supporting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, through Cancer Link, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Women’s Breast and Heart Health Initiative, Sandy B. Muller Breast Cancer Foundation, Sharsheret and FORCE.”

Presenting sponsor, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, kicked off the morning with a welcome by Dr. Felicia Knaul, professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the director of the Miami Institute for the Americas. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

“As a woman living the survivorship phase of breast cancer, a health economist and advocate for women’s health, I am very grateful to the organizers of this year’s Rock ’N Run and to all the incredible people who participated actively in the event,” said Knaul in a release.

“I was very moved to see the strong group of supporters from the U, led by Sebastian, who wore a huge pink ribbon, and I was tremendously inspired because the event is fun, inspirational and cathartic for patients, friends, families. Raising awareness is crucial and I am proud and grateful to be a part of it and to know that the University of Miami is dedicated to supporting the health of women.”

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Bringing energy and healing inspiration to the community is the goal for the next performance hosted by the Civic Chorale and Miami Dade College Kendall Campus.

And in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Month, the event will feature the Heroine’s Choir, made up of women who are either going through cancer treatment or have in the past, singing their theme song, We Are Heroines.

The second annual “In The Pink” music and food event will be at 5 p.m., Oct. 25, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 14260 Old Cutler Rd., Palmetto Bay. Prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. Children under 6 are admitted free.

“As an organization, we believe strongly in the healing power of the arts,” said Phee Price, executive director. “This concert is giving us the opportunity to partner with like-minded arts organizations and present choral music and dance that will entertain a diverse group of our community. What could be better than that — music, dance, food, wine and healing inspiration.”

Price said the chorale will perform several pieces, including The Singing Heart with the bell choir from St. Andrew’s Church and I’ll Make The Difference, a Moses Hogan work commissioned by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Celebration.

The choirs will perform together on Heart to Heart and Lean on Me/We Shall Overcome.

This is the 45th year of bringing song to the community for the Civic Chorale. To learn more, and to join in, check out,


Do you have what it takes to quickly create a cool invention — using various parts, tools and instructions in a patent registration — before your competition finishes?

The sixth annual Patently Impossible Project to Benefit Legal Aid will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 5, at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32 St., Wynwood.

According to the Legal Aid website, more than 300 guests including “judges, intellectual property counsel, brand owners, engineers and others in the legal and business communities attend the event and the event offers outstanding networking and sponsorships opportunities for businesses and organizations to gain access to an elite group of attorneys in the field of intellectual property law as well as other professionals.”

Join in for a great time raising money for a significant cause. This innovative charity race also involves “betting” on your favorite contestant through raffle tickets for door prizes.

Organizers will put you on a team, but if competition is challenging for you, you can watch the action from the sidelines and cheer on the contestants.

Suggested donation is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. A complimentary cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres will be provided as well as a silent auction.

The Intellectual Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association and the South Florida intellectual property community are hosting the event.

The Legal Aid Society is the oldest civil legal services provider for the indigent in Miami-Dade County. The group helps foster children, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, families needing to open a guardianship case for an incapacitated child or parent, and indigent individuals facing foreclosure and bankruptcy.

To learn more and RSVP, visit To help through sponsorship, contact chair Jaime Rich Vining, at or 305-777-1720.


Young Patronesses of the Opera, one of the oldest arts organizations in Miami, is celebrating its 60th year. The volunteer group is also celebrating its 40th anniversary of the in-school program that brings opera straight to the classroom in our South Florida schools.

Each year, about 30,000 children take part in YPO’s opera programs that are funded through the upcoming gala and procured grants. The impact has been tremendous. Numerous students of the program have gone on to study opera in college.

The 60th anniversary diamond jubilee gala, “Diamonds and Divas,” will be a night of dinner and dancing starting at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 7, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Coconut Grove. A single ticket is $400 and attire is formal.

YPO’s co-presidents, Debbie Campbell and Barbara Reese, who are also past presidents of YPO, are serving as gala chairs.

“Every year our gala raises pivotal funds toward arts education,” Reese said in email. “With the help of countless supporters and sponsors, we are committed to keeping YPO’s educational programs shining bright like a diamond for years to come in our community.”

Master of Ceremonies for this historic event will be Florida Grand Opera’s Justin Moss. The Diamond Divas include Betty Brody, Bunny Bastian, Trish and Dan Bell, Brenda Nestor Castellano, and Swanee and Paul DiMare.

For more on how to attend, sponsor, or help underwrite, contact Campbell or Reese at or at 305-778-8791 or 305-773-1543. For more on YPO, visit


Dress up in your best square dance clothes to do-si-do, swing your partner, and promenade at The Barnacle Historic State Park. The upcoming Old Time Dance will feature a caller and live band.

The cost for this fun event is $10. Kids 9 and younger are admitted free. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and a pre-dance lesson will be at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 25, at The Barnacle, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. Dancing will continue until 10 p.m.

For more, call 305-442-6866 or visit

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