The Villa by Barton G. was aglow in purple light on Saturday night for the Kids Hear Now Foundation’s second charity gala. With six-foot centerpieces comprised of unique stone pots filled with roses, hydrangeas, and cherry blossoms (leave it to Barton!) atop golden brocade tablecloths- we can honestly say we’ve never seen the former Versace manse look more beautiful. The food wasn’t too shabby either: shrimp as big as your head, bone-in filet and a dessert bar right out of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. Among the highlights of the evening was the touching video of the foundation’s success stories, the soundtrack of which guests listened to via state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen headsets which they later got to take home (not bad for a parting gift, huh?). Lucky guests were also given an authentic, limited edition Versace plate. Another highlight was a unique performance by a capella group, Naturally 7, which employs “vocal play,” in which instrumental sounds are made using only their voices- which sound exactly like a full band (remember the guy in the Police Academy movies?). In all, $750, 000 dollars was raised for the cochlear implant charity- which provides surgery to deaf children, enabling them to hear right away- hence the name: Kids Hear “NOW!” This wonderful fundraising effort adds to the already generous 5 million dollar donation which the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation has committed to establishing the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center.
Head to the “Cane”
Kick back, eat well and stay a while at Sugarcane raw bar and grill in Midtown Miami. The freshly muddled cocktails and signature tapas have turned Sushi Samba’s little sister into Miami’s sweetest spot. Sugarcane and Ocean Drive magazine are celebrating the official opening of ‘the Cane” with South American spirit and live music by the Spam Allstars on Thursday April 29th from 7-9pm. Confirmed VIPS include: Tracy Wilson Mourning, Suzy Buckley, Lisa Pliner, Laura Posada, Andrew Frey, Kevin Bruk, Max Pierre, Tony Cho, Jim Jonsin and Ariel Stein. Got a sweet tooth? RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk like an Egyptian
The Bass Museum of Art invites members to experience the ancient world on Thursday, April 29, when the museum inaugurates the only Egyptian Gallery and mummy in Florida at their premiere event, A Night at the Museum. The evening will feature curator-led tours by Bass Museum’s Executive Director Silvia Cubiña and Brooklyn Museum’s Egyptologist (yes, there is such a thing) and special exhibition curator, Dr. Edward Bleiberg, which will take guests on a journey to learn about one of the world’s oldest and most mysterious civilizations from its surviving objects including an Egyptian sarcophagus and mummy! Membership costs $125 and admits two people to this private opening event, during which guests can enjoy cocktails by Grey Goose Vodka and Bervini Prosecco, special desserts from Stella’s Sweet Shoppe and raffle prizes. Bass Museum’s Egyptian Gallery opens to the public on April 30. The opening night party takes place on Thursday, April 29th, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at the Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Avenue on Miami Beach.
Get Your Prescription Filled
The Gansevoort Miami Beach has got your Saturdays planned out. Start the day at Plunge’s new RX Pool Party where the genetically blessed sip on Pink Elephant cocktails while listening to ear candy by DJ Justin Sheppard before taking a dip in the rooftop pool. After a power nap it’s time for dinner at Miami’s sexiest steakhouse STK where Miami’s finest rub elbows with celebs like Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Adam Sandler and Jenny McCarthy. Had a few too many Lil Big Macs? Dance them off next door at Coco de Ville, the small and intimate lounge makes you feel as if you were in your own living room…where dancing on couches IS encouraged! All this fun can be yours at 2377 Collins Avenue.
Nigel Barker was on-hand on Thursday night at the Humane Society/Chefs for Seals Earth Day celebration to promote awareness and work towards ending commercial seal slaughter. The party took place in the Moore Building and highlighted Nigel Barker’s photographs of the harp seal nursery.
Tony Allen of the Boston Celtics, Nacho Figueras and Ric Pipino had dinner at Mr. Chow Thursday night.
Gloria Estefan was spotted with girlfriends this weekend eating at Hakkasan. The three ladies enjoyed dinner and drinks and headed out early.
Paulina Rubio came dined at STK on Saturday night with some of her best friends, JR and Loren Ridinger.
Over the weekend, Tony Brown of the Tennessee Titans proposed to his girlfriend at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar. Of course, she said “yes!”
Lucy and Ethel, Laverne and Shirley, Sam and Iran: they’re stylish, they’re fun and they’re everywhere! In a word, to quote Iran’s raspy, trademark expression: “FABULOUS!” Because we love them, and we love the people who love them, we suggest you head to Cafeina on Thursday, April 29 for the 3rd installment of the “People We Love” party series, honoring Miami’s tastemakers, influencers and philanthropists. Sam Robin is Miami’s “Queen of Design,” who earned top honors from DCOTA this year and Iran Issa Khan is a celebrated photographer, artist and columnist. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres by our favorite executive chef Guily Booth along with complimentary cocktails from 9 – 11 p.m. International mash-up master and “People We Love” resident DJ Joe Dert will keep you dancing. So whether you already love or have yet to meet Sam and Iran- head to Cafeina on Thursday. RSVP to email@example.com or 305.864.3434 ext. 125.