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Beach Buzz: Design On A Dime hosts kickoff in preparation for Miami event

Design on a Dime 2016 Launch Party at Wynwood Lab
Design on a Dime 2016 Launch Party at Wynwood Lab World Red Eye

Hundreds gathered at Wynwood Lab Monday night for a kickoff party to celebrate the inaugural Design on a Dime Miami, which takes place Feb. 5-7 at the Moore Building in Miami’s Design District.

Design on a Dime was founded in 2004 by interior designer James Huniford in conjunction with New York-based Housing Works, a leading AIDS-service and advocacy organization. The popular fundraising event has taken place solely in New York for the past 12 years.

“Design on a Dime NYC raised $1.3 million for Housing Works’ mission in 2015,” said Andrew Greene, Housing Works’ senior vice president for Development and Marketing. “With such a large and progressive design community, expanding to Miami is a natural fit for the benefit.”

For Design on a Dime Miami, Housing Works has partnered with 25 top local interior designers, including Brown Davis Interiors, MacDonald Design Associates, Fava Design Group, Wade Allyn Hallock, and Taylor & Taylor. Each will create a one-of-a-kind room vignette filled with new donated designer, contemporary and vintage furniture, art and home décor items available for purchase at the event for up to 80 percent off retail.

Proceeds will fund Housing Works’ AIDS-FREE USA 2025 campaign, an initiative committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2025.

National Media sponsor for the event is Elle Décor. Hosts for Design on a Dime Miami’s Preview Evening (5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5) include The Insider’s Louis Aguirre and Co-Chairs Michael Boodro (Elle Décor’s editor-in chief), designer Ken Fulk, Cultured magazine editor-in-chief Sarah Harrelson, The Jills Realtors and “The Points Guy,” Brian Kelly.

Tickets are $100 to $1,000. For details, call 347-473-7457 or go to


More than 1,000 people are expected to attend Flamenco Sephardit III a performance celebrating two distinct Spanish cultures (Ladino and Flamenco) through music, dance and poetry. Produced by orchestral and opera conductor Jeffrey Eckstein and Siempre Flamenco, the show features international opera stars, guitarists, flamenco masters and members of the New World Symphony. It takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Cost is $18 in advance; $25 at the door. For tickets or information, call 305-538-2503 or go to


It will be a busy several weeks at Miami Beach’s Temple Beth Sholom, with three major open-to-the public events scheduled:

▪  Jan, 31: The 21st annual Mitzvah (“Good Deed”) Day features 43 different community service projects at locations throughout Miami-Dade County. There’s also a blood drive, bone marrow testing and Better than Bubbe’s Soup Cook-Off ($5 adults; $1 children, with proceeds to benefit Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Bend the Arc). This year’s Mitzvah Day theme is “Economic Justice.” Co-Chairs are Jaleh Bast and Cheryl Zuckerman. Free; pre-registration encouraged.

▪ Feb. 6: ’70s-themed fundraiser, “House of Rock” from 7 p.m. to midnight, featuring live music from The Garage Band, a lip sync battle, open bar and dinner. A DJ takes over at 10 p.m. for the after party. Chairs are Chris and Mike Weinberg. Tickets range from $36 to $150.

▪ Feb. 16: A 6-8 pm reception for opening of art exhibit featuring works by internationally renowned artist (and longtime Miami Beach resident) Mira Lehr. The artist ( will also sign copies of her new coffee table book, Arc of Nature (with forward by former PAMM Director Thom Collins). Lehr’s works will be on display at the Temple through April.

Temple Beth Sholom is at 4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach. To attend or learn more about these events, visit


Emunah South Florida will host its Circle of Life dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Young Israel of Bal Harbour (9580 Abbott Ave., Surfside).

Guest speaker will be Rhoda Dermer, wife of Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer.

Four locals will be honored as “Women Who Make a Difference”: family law attorney Deborah S. Chames of Hollywood; Miami Beach resident Gita Galbut (co-creator of the Nof Tzion Project in Israel); Dana Tangir of Aventura (co-founder of The Closet, a clothing boutique at Skylake Synagogue for those in need) and student leader Ella Herman of Bal Harbour (a senior at Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca).

“These amazing women are being recognized for their impressive acts of “chessed” or kindness by an organization which excels at performing “chessed” for Israel’s people,” said co-chair Helene Berkowitz.

Along with Berkowitz and her husband Abbey Berkowitz, co-chairs include Elle & Jamie Bienenfeld, Bal Harbour Village Mayor Martin Packer and his wife Susan and Sandra and Arthur Spolter.

Founded in 1935, the nonprofit Emunah helps the people of Israel by providing education and social services as well as emergency assistance during times of crisis.

For tickets ($180 each; $125 ages 29 and under) call 305-538-1222 or go to

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