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Beach Buzz: Twin North Bay Village boys host Pelican Harbor fund-raiser

L to R Ethan and Benjamin Morris with Pelican Harbor Seabird Station Administrative Manager Jan Pye (center)
L to R Ethan and Benjamin Morris with Pelican Harbor Seabird Station Administrative Manager Jan Pye (center)

Eleven-year-old twins Ethan and Benjamin Morris — sons of Jack and Deborah Morris of North Bay Village — hosted a fundraiser for Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on March 1.

The event took place at Luna Star Café in North Miami. Restaurant owner Alexis Sanfield donated the venue; six musicians donated their talents. Guests paid $10 per person to attend.

Ethan and Benjamin, students at Nautilus Middle School, helped create fliers and obtain donations for the raffle prizes. The event, which started as a service project required by the school, ended up raising more than $1,200 for Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. The boys, who live near the station, had visited the facility with their parents several times over the years.

“We’re really happy that our Benefit for the Birds will help take care of injured birds. We had so much fun, and I can’t believe how much money we made,” said Benjamin.

Located at 1279 NE 79th Street Causeway in Miami, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station was founded in 1980 to care for injured brown pelicans. Since then, it has grown into a nationally recognized center for seabird rehabilitation. The nonprofit (not a government agency) operates solely on donations.

To learn more or donate, visit or call 305-751-9840.


More than 500 guests are expected to attend Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options’ 17th Annual Luncheon, “Live Laugh, Lunch” on Tuesday at Jungle Island.

The event will feature comedian Cory Kahaney, best known from her performances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Kahaney has a personal connection to JAFCO as four of her close friends have adopted children through the organization.

In addition, JAFCO will honor its chapter presidents from Miami to North Palm Beach for their years of dedication. Luncheon chair is Glenda Krongold of Miami Beach.

Established in 1992, the nonprofit JAFCO provides services to abused and neglected children and those with developmental disabilities in South Florida through its Children’s Village in Sunrise, a 5.6-acre residential facility including a 24-hour emergency children’s shelter and six group homes for children ages newborn to 21.

In 2014, JAFCO opened a Children’s Ability Center (also in Sunrise) that offers programs for children with developmental disabilities such as autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities.

Luncheon tickets are $75. For information, call 954-315-8671 or purchase tickets online


More than 500 attendees had their martinis “shaken, not stirred” at the James Bond-themed Be a Kid Again Gala hosted by Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) on Feb. 28. Nearly $1 million was raised to support educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors, an extensive silent auction and a high-end live auction emceed by Big 105.9 FM Morning Host Paul Castronovo, according to MCM CEO Deborah Spiegelman.

Guests danced to music by Party on the Moon, and enjoyed a Casino Royale featuring charitable games of baccarat, poker and roulette. Live auction highlights included a unique “Training Day with the Navy Seals,” Aston Martin 007 Race Adventure in Sonoma and a private dinner hosted by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning.

Chairs for the event were Richard and Susan Lampen and Adam and Jackie Malamed.


Fish Fish Restaurant Bar and Market will host a mixology night from 6 to 9 p.m. March 23.

Fish Fish mixologist Colin Brown and executive chef Jonathan Pierson will provide participants with fresh spring ingredients (vanilla bean, rosemary, watermelon, lychee and egg whites) to prepare their own cocktails (and enjoy bar bites while doing so). The best new drink will be featured as the restaurant/bar’s April cocktail of the month.

Cost is $40 per person. Fish Fish is at 13488 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami. For reservations, call 786-732-3124 or visit


The Lymphoma Research Foundation will host “Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event” from 6:30 to 9:30 March 26 at La Gorce Country Club, 5685 Alton Rd.

Based in New York, LRF was founded by Jerry Freundlich, a non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor, and his wife, Barbara Freundlich. In addition to the Freundlichs (who winter in Miami Beach), co-hosts for the evening are Walter Andrews, Debbie and Kevin Fennessey, Leigh and Cory Olson and Florence and Bob Werner.

The event is open to the public. Tickets, starting at $100 each, include hors d’oeuvres plus unlimited tastings of a variety of red, white and sparkling wines donated by Southern Wine & Spirits.

More than half a million Americans are living with, or in remission from, lymphoma, the most common form of blood cancer. The LRF is the nation’s largest nonprofit devoted to funding research and serving the lymphoma community.

For details, contact Taylor Zitay Kahn at 646-465-9103 or or RSVP online at

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