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Beach Buzz: Golfing in memory of former Beach leader

William “Billy” Shockett
William “Billy” Shockett

The fourth annual Billy Shockett Memorial Golf Tournament takes place at 1 p.m. Friday at Normandy Shores Golf Club (2401 Biarritz Dr., North Beach).

A four-term Miami Beach commissioner and former chairman of the board of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, William “Billy” Shockett died in 2011 of brain cancer. He was 72.

“Billy loved to play golf at Normandy Shores. This tournament is a wonderful way to keep his memory alive while benefiting underprivileged children,” said Shockett’s widow, Jill. “Special thanks to Gene Howard, who has been instrumental in memorializing Billy through this event.”

Proceeds benefit Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Youth Golf Clinics at Normandy Shores and other facilities throughout the city.

Shotgun Scramble costs $125 per single player ($450 per foursome) including box lunch, beverages, favors and cocktail/buffet awards party.

To attend, sponsor or donate, contact Steve Farrell at or call 305-532-3350, ext. 5.


The Girl Scouts of Miami Beach’s Troop 1239 had a busy school year. Each month the troop of 40 (ages 7 to 18) gets together for a social service project — ranging from hosting a play date with kids living at the Miami Rescue Center to collecting/distributing school supplies, books and toiletries to various area nonprofits.

This year, the scouts collected pledges to make Care Bears, donating 30 bears to the Miami Beach Police Athletic League and 30 bears to the city of Miami’s PAL for officers to give to scared young children.

“I’m so proud of these scouts, and what they have accomplished. I’ve had the privilege of watching them grow up to become amazing young ladies with incredibly big hearts,” said Marice Cohn Band, the 23-year leader for Troop 1239.

Band, a longtime Beach resident (and former staff photographer for the Miami Herald), says she is particularly proud of those troop members who took their passion for helping others a step further by striving to earn the Gold Award, the highest award that the national organization, GSUSA, bestows upon a scout.

Recipients of Gold Awards at the Troop’s May 20th closing ceremony: Hailey Cannon, 17, who created a mural for the play area at a local homeless shelter for women & children; Isabella Cooper, 18, who installed a “Sea Level Awareness Project (SLAP)” in her Surfside community; Alexia Gallian, 18, who collected used cell phones to distribute to local victims of domestic violence; Olivia Herrera, 17, who helped stray dogs get adopted, brought dogs to visit the elderly; Cheyenne Mueller, 17, helped visually impaired children by texturizing and creating audio recordings of books; Gabriela Ramesar, 17, who collected school uniforms for Miami Beach children in need; Valeria Sarto, 17, collected sport shorts for the Mariposa Center for Girls in the Dominican Republic, and Valeria Sonderegger, 17, who knitted caps for premature babies at a local hospital and created a bilingual brochure for preemies’ families.

Congrats to all.


Of 4,000 entries, the Miami Beach-based Sabrina Cohen Foundation (SCF) has been selected as one of 200 finalists in the State Farm Insurance National Competition. The top 40 organizations to receive the most online votes will each win a $25,000 grant.

“Funds from this grant would go a long way in helping to support our accessible beach project,” said Sabrina Cohen, who started the foundation in 2006.

Supporters can help SCF by voting online via Facebook through June 3 (up to 10 times daily) at

The nonprofit, at 6475 Collins Ave., is dedicated to developing adaptive fitness and recreational programs and funding therapies to improve the quality of life for individuals living with a disability.

Construction for the beach modification and adaptive playground is slated to begin by winter.


▪ The Miami Symphony Orchestra and music director and conductor Eduardo Marturet will host a fundraising brunch, “Big Hats & Bow Ties” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at Milos, 730 First St. Food, live music and fashion will be featured. For tickets ($350 each), call 305-275-5666 or purchase online at

▪  H3 (Health, Hope, Healing), a nonprofit breast cancer organization, will host a free lecture, “Healing Herbs,” featuring Dr. Janet Galipo, from 10 a.m. to noon May 30 at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. For details, call 305-531-2046 or visit

▪ AMIT SE Region will host two Miami Beach events: “Sugar,” a cake decorating class with Dessert Diva Terry Lefkowitz, at 7:30 pm June 3 ($25); and “Spice.” a cooking demonstration with Amit SE Cookbook Chefs, at 7 p.m. June 8 ($36). RSVP (required) by calling Robin Isaacson 954-922-5100 or online at

Beach Buzz, which appears every other Sunday, focuses on people and businesses throughout the Beaches, Aventura and Miami. To reach Debra K. Leibowitz, call 305-531-7887 or email, or become a fan of her Beach Buzz page on Facebook.