Miami Beach

Billy Shockett tournament May 13 to benefit young golfers

Children at Scott Rakow Youth Center enjoy SNAG golf clubs, purchased with proceeds from Billy Shockett Memorial Golf Tournament and grant funds.
Children at Scott Rakow Youth Center enjoy SNAG golf clubs, purchased with proceeds from Billy Shockett Memorial Golf Tournament and grant funds. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The fifth annual Billy Shockett Memorial Golf Tournament takes place 1 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Normandy Shores Golf Club, 2401 Biarritz Dr., North Beach. Driving range opens at 11:30 a.m.

A four-term Miami Beach commissioner and one-time Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce board chairman, William “Billy” Shockett died in 2011 of brain cancer at age 72.

“Billy loved golf and playing at Normandy Shores. This event honors his memory while benefitting underprivileged children in the city he loved so much and did so much for,” said Shockett’s widow, Jill. “Thanks to volunteer chairs Gene and Elsie Howard and our long-term sponsors for continuing to make this tournament a success.”

To date, the event has raised over $50,000 for golf instruction and equipment at Normandy Shores and other Miami Beach parks/recreation centers for children who otherwise could not afford to participate.

Shotgun Scramble cost is $150 per single player; $550 per foursome (including lunch, favors and cocktail/buffet awards party). Raffle prizes include a Celebrity cruise for two to Europe or Alaska. Raffle tickets ($25 each; five for $100) are available at Normandy Shores or Miami Beach Golf Club pro shops. Winners need not be present to win.

For reservations or to make a donation, contact Steve Farrell at or call 305-532-3350, ext. 5.


Congratulations to 9-year-old Elizabeth Palma of Miami Beach’s Girl Scout Troop 1239.

A fourth grader at North Beach Elementary, Elizabeth was honored May 1 by the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida as the Top Cookie Seller in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. She sold 2,660 boxes — at the Publix in North Beach — and everywhere else she went (Thin Mints and Samoas were the favorites). For her efforts, Elizabeth won a Go Pro, iPad mini and the opportunity to swim with the dolphins at Miami Seaquarium.

Troop 1239 was also honored for selling the most cookies in Dade and Monroe counties: 14,660 boxes.

“I am so proud of my girls — and grateful to Publix for their help,” said Marice Cohn Band, a long-time Beach resident and the Troop’s leader for 25 years.

Cookie sales help Troop 1239 execute monthly service projects including collecting/donating books for students at Biscayne Elementary, cooking dinner at Miami Rescue Mission and providing supplies for Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Girls (fourth graders and up) interested in joining should email Band at


Dance Now! Miami (DNM) will present three performances of Lacrymosa, the 1988 landmark work of Edward Stierle, originally commissioned and performed by the Joffrey Ballet, as a commentary on the AIDS epidemic of the time. Sadly, the emerging choreographer (a Hollywood, Florida, native) died from the disease at age 23.

“The work brings to light the fragility of the human condition and casts attention on the growing epidemic of new cases of HIV in Miami-Dade and Broward counties today,” said Kim Sagami, an original Lacrymosa cast member, who traveled from Chicago to Miami to stage the work (and reunite with Stierle’s parents, who still live in Hollywood).

In a return to the stage after a five-year hiatus, DNM Artistic Director Diego Salterini will play the role of Death in the performances. Also on the program: Drawing Circles, Salterini’s homage to MIMO Architecture, and Artistic Director Hannah Baumgarten’s Unburden.

Lacrymosa will be presented at 8:30 pm at The Gleason Room, Backstage at the Fillmore on May 19, 20 and 21. The May 19 performance is a special, closed evening free to LGBTQ youth. Tickets for the May 20 and 21 performances are $35 each ($20 students/seniors). To attend, call 305-673-7300 or visit


▪ Miami Beach resident Nick Spill will read from his new novel, The Jaded Kiwi, at Books and Books Coral Gables at 8 p.m. Monday, May 23. Spill describes the novel — his first — as “a sick twisted tale of marijuana, murder, rape and mayhem set in 1976 New Zealand, inspired by true events.” A former body guard for 15 years, Spill, 65, currently works as a chief investigator for a state agency. He says Books and Books owner Mitch Kaplan urged him to write the tale when the two met in a Seattle airport 11 years ago.

▪ By day, Merari Motola of Surfside works as a legal assistant at Akerman LLP, sporting a bun and (self-proclaimed) nerdy eyeglasses. On the weekend, she lets her hair down and becomes DJ Moto, serving up dance music from the 1970s, ‘80s and early ‘90s. From 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 21, DJ Moto will host a “Tribute 2 Prince Dance Party” at Miami Beach’s Purdy Lounge (no cover charge). Her advice to attendees: “Wear something purple and comfortable dancing shoes because we’re gonna party like it’s 1999.”

▪ On a personal note, Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Beth Krieff of Delray Beach. I love her, even though I don’t call her enough (so she tells me).