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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 31 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

grove isleGibraltar Bar at Grove Isle Launches Happy Hour

Every Thursday, Gibraltar Bar at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove will be offering happy hour specials for guests who crave light bites and cocktails after the daily grind. Whether catching up with a friend or co-worker, Gibraltar Bar is setting the scene for the idyllic post-work wind-down amongst spectacular views of the bay. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the happy hour will feature two-for-one champagne flutes and two-for-one well drinks, in addition to a select menu of signature small plates. Gibraltar is located at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, Florida. Open seven days a week, Gibraltar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is also available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bar opens Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. For reservations or more information, please call 305.857.5007 or visit


Beats_AprilHappy Hour at the Bass Museum of Art

On Friday, April 1, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach celebrates another installment of their monthly happy hour “Beats After Sunset @ the Bass.” Launched earlier this year, the successful happy hour takes place at the museum’s terrace and attracts art and music hipsters. Scheduled on the first Friday of every month, the event serves complimentary specialty cocktails generously sponsored by Herradura Tequila, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, and Vitamin Water. Beats will be provided by DJ Yanni Difranco. This week’s “Beats After Sunset @ the Bass” will also serve as the opening reception for the museum’s latest exhibit, Come Together: Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova.  Admission to the museum is free for members, $8 for non-members.  Bass Museum of Art is located on 2100 Collins Avenue, for more information call 305.673.7530 or visit 



bag-homepageAnnual Blacks Gala

Lea and Roy Black present one of the most anticipated star-studded events of the season, The Blacks’ Annual Gala: “That’s What Friends Are For” benefiting the Juvenile Services Department of Miami-Dade through the Consequences Charity & Foundation, with performances by Dionne Warwick, Pharrell Williams, and Pitbull, (strange bedfellows) indeed, at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach on Saturday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m.  The annual gala raises funds for over 7,500 at-risk youths providing funds for educational opportunities. Tickets start at $650 per person for preferred seating, and $1,250 for VIP. Tables are available in varying seat configurations, starting at $3600. Ticket purchases can be made only by phone at 305.443.8980 or by email at or by going on line to  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 


LeonardoCasaliEviteMiami Beach Cinematheque 

 The Miami Beach Cinematheque will host the opening of its latest art exhibit PIMPWAVES by Italian photographer, filmmaker and artist Leonardo Casali, on Wednesday, April 6, from 7 to 10:30   p.m.  Along with PIMPWAVES, Casali will also be showcasing some of his newest imagery including MOONCAP and a video projection entitled ALPHABE DREAM. Guests in attendance will enjoy light fare and drinks courtesy of Nespresso. Exhibit will be on view through May 31. An RSVP to for opening night is necessary. MBC’s gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and before scheduled films.



15001500°Hosts Wine Maker Dinner

1500° at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, the farm-to-table eatery is hosting their first ever wine maker dinner on Thursday, April 7 with Rolando Hererra of Mi Sueño Winery.  Organized by 1500° beverage director Julian Uribe, the dinner explores five Mi Sueno award-winning wines, each accompanied by the exquisite cuisine of talented executive chef Paula DaSilva.  A reception with passed canapés begins at 6:30 p.m., with 7:00 p.m. seating.  The four-course dinner menu with paired wines is priced at $120.00 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.  1500° at the Eden Roc Renaissance is located at 4525 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.  Reservations for the Mi Sueño Wine Dinner are limited and can be made by calling 305.773.1045 or visit



spaSpa for a Cause 

The Seven Seas Aveda Spa and Salon is helping South Floridians celebrate Earth Month with special promotionally priced spa services starting at $50. Guests can feel good about pampering themselves as 20% of all proceeds from eco-friendly spa treatments will be donated to Aveda supported clean water projects at home and around the world.  The spa is also aiding in efforts to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. Spa-goers will be rewarded with complimentary services and Aveda products with every purchase of a Seven Seas ‘beauty-to-benefit’ gift certificate package.  A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to the National Parkinson Foundation. To kick off the month-long promotions and welcome the partnership, the Seven Seas Aveda Spa and Salon will host a Get Pampered for Parkinson’s Disease Cocktail Celebration with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Kitchen 305 and the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort on Thursday, March 31 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. To RSVP, email  For appointments call 305.749.2100 or visit for more information.

Super Moon Over Super Parties

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 29 - 20114 COMMENTS
Rob Sena, Lauren Minasian, RS Schmitt, Aaron Resnick, and Karina Mora

Rob Sena, Lauren Minasian, RS Schmitt, Aaron Resnick, and Karina Mora

 By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Hearts and Stars Shining Bright

It was fitting that the moon shone brighter than it has in 18 years over the Hearts and Stars Gala benefitting the Little Lighthouse Foundation, an organization designed to brighten the lives of South Florida children and families.  It seemed the moon wanted to get close to the 800 generous guests who joined co-chairs Rob Sena, RS Schmitt and Aaron Resnick or to stars such as designer, Luis Valenzuela; singer/songwriter, Shelly Renee, singing star, Nadia Harris, and ebullient local celeb, Buster Cox, at the posh, waterfront Shangri La, (formerly Casa Malinka), home of George Wallner. Read the rest here »

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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 24 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

By: Maryanne Salvat and Mary Jo Almeida-Shore  

bbarThe Betsy Hotel

The Betsy Hotel will be hosting events for the Ultra Music Festival this week starting on Thursday, March 24.  Take in the experience from its picturesque Rooftop featuring unobstructed ocean views and at B Bar, the Betsy’s glamorous yet inviting lounge. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP required via email to, for more information visit    



 Morgans Hotel Group Hosts Ultra Music Favorites red room

The Morgans Hotel Group presents its 2011 line up with performances by Victor Calderone, Carl Craig, Felix da Housecat and many more.   On Wednesday, March 23,   Red Room at Shore Club hosts Carl Craig, Loco Dice, Martin Buttrich and Stacey Pullen. Tickets are available for $20 at   On Thursday, March 24 from 7 to 9p.m., SVEDKA Vodka and Giant Step Present TRON: LEGACY R3C0NF1GUR3D Listening Party at the Sunset Lounge at Mondrian.  From Thursday, late night, through Sunday, The Florida Room at the Delano will be hosting many different events during Ultra Music for a complete lineup or for reservations call 305.674.6152 or email


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Join Radio FG USA, on Friday, March 25 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Setai, for an intimate “Miami Sunset Party.”  World-renowned DJs, along with Michael Capponi, will join together and take turns playing sets, donating a percentage of ticket sales to Haitian relief efforts through United Way.  Guest DJs include: Bob Sinclar, Alex Gaudino, Bingo Players, David Vendetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, EDX, Jérome Isma Ae, Patric La Funk and a very special “Invader” guest playing the closing set.  General admission is $100, for tickets visit




 Miami Music Week 2011 at WALLwall

WALL lounge inside W South Beach will host a series of renowned DJs and performers, and will also introduce new beats from some of the freshest faces in the music industry. Guest DJs include:  Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Third Party, Matteo Di Marr, Swedish House Mafia,  Chuckie + Mync, Yolanda Be Cool, Poet Name Life & Ammo, DJs Dan Castro, Ben DJ, DJ Wady and Staffod Brothers.  Miami Beach boutique Atrium will also design a limited edition collection of tee shirts and scarves that are available for purchase for Miami Music Week at WALL. Tickets can be purchased at  and for a complete line-up visit,  


Opuim Group’s Miami Music Week 

The mayhem brought to you by the Opium Group, which includes clubs such as:  SET, Louis, Mokai, Cameo and Mansion can be found at:



pawpurazziPaw Paw Pawpurrazzi 

Victoria Stilwell will be the special guest at Pawpurrazzi, the-one-of- a- kind event that benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami which takes place at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail) on Friday, March 25.  Born and raised in Wimbledon England, Stilwell is the star of the Animal Planet show, It’s Me or the Dog, and one of the most recognized and respected dog trainers in the world.  The most unique thing about Pawpurrazzi is that it is one event where dogs are not only welcomed; they are the guests of honor. This event continues to bring Miami’s most influential pet loving philanthropists together to enjoy an evening filled with great food, great music, an exciting silent auction, and fun activities for both two-legged and four-legged guests. It will continue the tradition of hosting the “Great Pets Who Walk in Front of Great People” fashion show as well as pampering four-legged guests with makeovers, a gourmet buffet and dessert bars. Individual seats range in price from $550 to $1000 and tables cost between $5,500 and $10,000.  For further information or for sponsorship opportunities contact Laurie Hoffman at 305.749.1815 or email at


 Galaxy-Gala-Logo-2011Galaxy Gala and Big Bang 

Miami Science Museum’s 2011 Galaxy Gala, which will be held March 26 at the new JW Marriott Marquis & Hotel Beaux Arts (255 Biscayne Boulevard Way), promises to be the museum’s most extravagant to date. The 9th annual signature event, which is co-chaired by Nancy & Jonathan Batchelor and Nicole & Edgar Lozano, will not only celebrate the museum’s 60-plus-year history but also toast to its exciting future in MiaSci’s new $275 million home on the waterfront in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, which is expected to break ground in late 2011.The 2011 Galaxy Gala will provide a preview of what’s in store at the new museum, with a virtual underwater tour that simulates the 600,000-gallon aquarium, silent auctions in lunar and solar-themed rooms, and live entertainment by Soul Survivors. The gala starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by the MiaSci Young Patrons’ BIG BANG after party, which will actually start with a “big bang” at 11 p.m.  This portion of the evening pays homage to the museum’s planetarium through spectacular lighting effects and dazzling performance artists. The entertainment will be provided by Latin fusion funk band Xperimento and two DJs and will include a premium open bar and   gourmet dessert bar – all for only $50 per ticket.

There are still a select number of tickets available for the Galaxy Gala ($500/person) but if you want to snag a spot at the “Saturn Ring Head Table” ($2,000/couple) move quickly – only a few seats remain.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit: 


Bieber-Fever and Operation USAbieber 

On Tuesday, March 29, Miami-based Stone Rose Men’s Apparel Company will host a “picture day” where fans are invited to take a photo with locks of Justin Bieber’s hair in exchange for a suggested charity donation that will benefit Operation USA, which provides relief for the tsunami victims in Japan.   The famous tresses were recently auctioned off for $40,668 on March 2, to benefit the Gentle Barn Foundation, a rescue and rehabilitation charity for animals in need.  Justin Bieber posters will be gifted to the first 50 fans to make a donation. The “mane” attraction will be held at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge Miami Beach,   from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 


saksGo Shoe Shopping

Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland (7687 North Kendall Drive) will host a charity shoe shopping event on Wednesday, March 30 along with Big Brothers Big Sisters. The first 100 guests who make a donation of $100 or more to Big Brothers Big Sisters will automatically receive a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card. 

The event will feature a champagne reception along with hors d’ oeuvres while guests shop the latest shoe trends available at 10022-SHOE. On the night of the event, Saks Fifth Avenue will launch the Nicolas Kirkwood spring/ summer 2011 shoe line, whose

Designs have been featured on and Vogue magazines. Celebrities, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Mary Kate Olsen and Sienna Miller have been spotted wearing the “Young Sole Rebel” line. The Nicolas Kirkwood line collaborated with the designers of Rodarte for its latest creations. For more information, contact:  Cristina Menendez at 305.662.8655, ext. 262.  


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MIYO Home, along with co-owner Fati Rosenberg, is pleased to announce the Chair-ity cocktail event on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. To celebrate the launch of the virtual boutique, MIYO Home has commissioned eight local artistic visionaries along with a celebrity interior designer to create a customized MIYO Home Chair.  Artists were invited to translate their visions onto a classic design piece – a chair – using the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation as a reference of inspiration.  The one-of-a-kind chairs will be on display throughout the evening and auctioned off.  The auction will begin prior to the event on the MIYO Home virtual boutique and will end at the event; 100% of the proceeds from all eight chairs will be donated to the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. Among the eight visionaries who have donated their talents: Thom Filicia, Seth Browarnik, Mario Egozi, Iran Issa Khan, Hillary Scrutis, Briggs Solomon, Fernando Wong, and Robert Zemnickis.  MIYO Home is located at 3621 NE Miami Court, f or more information visit


Sushisamba1 Japan Relief Rolls at SUSHISAMBA

SUSHISAMBA restaurants will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from a special, $12 special Japan Relief Rolls (eel, shrimp, tamago, cucumber, yamagobo, kelp paper and eel sauce)  in honor of their country. Available at all SUSHISAMBA locations nationwide, the promotion will run through the end of March and will benefit the Red Cross. You can find more information about the campaign at

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 21 - 20115 COMMENTS

paul-oakenfoldLegendary DJ, Paul Oakenfold took to the turntables at the Tiki Bar at Soho Beach House on Thursday night- spinning some of his best mixes before “folding” at the early hour of 11 p.m., at which time he mingled with members and enjoyed drinks at the bar.  Oakenfold later headed to the Florida Room where he continued delighting fans with his great music.

According to our source, on Thursday, LA Lakers’ Ron Artest “took the sting off his team’s loss to The Miami Heat by letting loose at Mansion, and surprising fans with his prowess on the microphone by performing his new single ‘Peanut Butter’ for the packed house. Lesser known for his rapping skills than his skills on the courts, Artest got accolades from the crowd including Busta Rhymes who toasted Artest with bottles of Remy while partying with Mansion honcho Roman Jones and DJ Bulletproof.”

Busta Rhymes made a cameo at Cameo, on Saturday night, spraying Dom Perignon from the DJ Booth while rapping for over an hour over only to be joined by Hip Hop heavyweight Lil Wayne who joined in -shouting to the ladies that he was “fresh out of jail and on the prowl for female attention,” and belting out hits “Bill Gates” and “Look at Me Now.”  

Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning enjoyed brunch together in the back garden at Eden South Beach on 23rd street.

Ocean Drive is All Grown Up

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 21 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

DSC_1611By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Chairman Jason Binn and Niche Media celebrated the 18th Anniversary of South Florida’s premiere luxury lifestyle publication Ocean Drive magazine with the best party they’ve thrown in a few years.  Billboard chart-topper and international music sensation Enrique Iglesias was the host at the invitation-only bash, presented by Bing at the gorgeous, new JW Marriott Marquis on Wednesday March 9.  Haley and Jason Binn, were joined by Editor In Chief Suzy Buckley and Publisher Courtland Lantaff as co-hosts of the event.

 By 8:00 p.m. the elevators at the JW Marriott Marquis were already packed, with throngs of models (most of whom are younger than the magazine) and other pretty people ascending up to the 19th floor to the hotel’s10, 000-square-foot NBA approved basketball arena, which was transformed into a striking white space, complete with carpeting and enormous white mobiles dangling from the ceiling and adjacent infinity-edge pool area. Read the rest here »

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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 16 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

187963_187793421258689_5616489_nThe Afterparty Auction

On Friday, March 18, The Afterparty will be organizing its first annual fundraiser event, co-hosted by Victoria’s Secret model Nina Agdal & Steve Berke from 9 p.m. to midnight at an undisclosed location that will be announced 24 hours prior to the event to all ticket holders via email. After all, after-parties, whether planned or unplanned, are always at secret locations. The evening will include an action-packed line up of entertainment including a live fashion show, a stand-up comedy show, and a model date auction. Open bar will be available from 9 to 10:30 p.m., followed by a fashion show by designer Luciana Scarabello and a stand-up comedy show featuring comedians, Ramon Garcia and Jamal Hattar. To conclude the evening fifteen beautiful models will be auctioned off as dates.  Tickets to the Afterparty event are $50 (presale and guarantees admission). To purchase tickets  visit   



SUPERCAR_POSTER1[2]Supercar Experience Hits Miami

Supercar Experience, the largest supercar event in existence, is bringing the “Panamerican Concours Miami 2011,” to South Florida. An assembly of the world’s most alluring collection of privately owned supercars, the event is slated for Saturday, March 19,  from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens (10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables).  In addition to a showcasing of rare and ultra-high end automobiles at the lush Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Supercar Experience “Panamerican Concours 2011” features invitation-only events for VIPs including affluent supercar owners, Fortune 500 CEOs, celebrities, political figures and social luminaries. General admission weekend passes for the Supercar Experience “Panamerican Concours 2011 Miami” and the supercar track event the following day at Homestead Miami Speedway are $55. Children under the age of 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available for purchase on-site. Additional parking and shuttle service will be available from The Village of Merrick Park. For additional information and other inquires  visit


Hoosha and Swagger 22

On Saturday, March 19,  join  Vynl &Kai Gastropub &Rock Spot for the launch of their Miami Swagger Party. The South Beach eatery will be offering an “open bar package” from  9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for just $25. Local favorite band, Hoosha, will be playing for the extent of the evening, for more information, visit  


HEARTSHearts and Stars Gala

The second Annual Hearts and Stars Gala will take place on Saturday, March 19 at the stunning, waterfront Shangri La Mansion (17 North Hibiscus Island Drive) on Hibiscus Island from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.  This stellar event benefits the Little Lighthouse Foundation whose goal is to seek, identify and provide support to South Florida children and families suffering from health, educational and financial challenges.  The Foundation raised over $100,000 last year. Miss Denmark 2010, Natalia Averina will welcome guests and kick off the nights festivities. Renowned singer Shelly Renee and Agape with Nadia Harris will provide a live performance and a surprise musical guest will cap off the evening.  Guests will also have the chance to feast on delicious bites, enjoy cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose vodka and participate in an auction. Tickets range in price from $175 for individual tickets to $2, 000 for VIP tables and may be purchased at or by calling 305.438.7941.


natmoorelogo__logolMoore Gives More and More

The Nat Moore Foundation will host its annual Canon Florida Golf Classic from Saturday, March 19 through Monday, March 21 at Doral Golf Resort and Spa.  The golf and gala event includes a celebrity-filled, cirque-themed party (for which guests are encouraged to wear costumes) and auction on Saturday; a Sunday Corporate Skins Game and the Golf Classic Tournament and Awards on Monday.  Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Moses Malone and Rollie Fingers are just a few of the more than 70 current and legendary sports personalities, actors and entertainers who will participate in this year’s festivities, which will enable the Nat Moore Foundation to continue to provide scholarships and support for disadvantaged youth in South Florida. During the Corporate Skins Game on Sunday, the Foundation will host a free Junior Golf Clinic, Presented by Office Depot Foundation and conducted by The First Tee of Miami-Dade County, for disadvantaged children and youth learning to play golf.  Bru’s Room will provide refreshments for the children and their families.  The Golf Tournament just happens to occur in the wake of the PGA tour, so golf aficionados have the opportunity to play on one of the world’s best courses, in its optimal condition. Other celebrities expended to attend the weekend’s events include Hall of Famers Bobby Bell, Nick Buoniconti, Bob Griese, Ted Hendricks, Larry Little, Dwight Stephenson, and newly elected, Super Bowl XX Most Valuable Player (MVP) Richard Dent; actors Danny Chambers, Bruce Locke, Glynn Truman and Fred Williamson;  Miami Dolphins Chad Henne; Sports legends Dick Anderson, Donny Anderson, Super Bowl XXV MVP OJ Anderson, Hank Bauer, Cornelius Bennett, Otis Birdsong, Derrick Brooks, Keith Byars, Harvey Clayton, Jeff Cross, Jeff Dellenbach, Parnell Dickinson, Chris Doleman, Troy Drayton, Mark Duper, Darryl Fullington, Jimmie Giles, Artis Gilmore, Andrew Givens, Reggie Givens,  Jacob Green, Bobby Harden, Gerald Henderson, Ed Jones, Brian Kelley, Bob Kuechenberg, Pierre LaRouche, Fred Marion, Fred McCrary, Don McNeal, George Mira, Tony Nathan, John Offerdahl, James Pruitt, Steve Reese, Dan Roundfield, Bryant Salter, Tony Segreto, Sterling Sharpe, Robert Stevenson, Dan Strock, Lamar Thomas, Dwayne White, Darryl Williams, Gus Williams, Mike Williams and Shawn Wooden.   Gala tickets cost $150 each and sponsorship packages start at $2,500.  Contact the Foundation at 954.770.0995 or for more information and to purchase tickets.


womenWomen of Tomorrow

 On Saturday, March 19, the Women of Tomorrow (WOT) Mentor & Scholarship Program will celebrate its 10th annual gala at the Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Drive) with over 500 of Miami’s leading philanthropists and celebrities. Founders Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo president Don Browne, along with Gala Chair Marisa Toccin and WOT Vice-President and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, will unite to create a special evening to benefit Florida’s at-risk young women. The night begins with a lavish cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvre stations created by the Mandarin Oriental’s executive chef and the renowned silent auction of over 100 premier items by top hospitality, entertainment, fashion and luxury brands. Following the cocktail reception, a four-course meal will be complemented by music from the Soul Survivors and an action-packed live auction.  This year is extra special for the Women of Tomorrow as they host their 10th annual gala and converge with additional sponsors, celebrities and brands for what is expected to be their best production to date.   Individual tickets cost between $350 and $2,500. Tables of 10 range in price from $3,500 – $25,000. To purchase tickets or tables, contact Beatrice Arias at 305.371.3330 or   More information is available at:


logoThis is Fashion Week – MIAMI STYLE!   

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates its 16th season with an amazing line up of shows, benefits, and concerts. The four day-to-evening long event will take over the Miami fashion scene from March 22 through March 26, providing an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive and established designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers,and select style makers.  The, two block long, state of the art fashion tents will be built directly in the sand, with an entrance on 10th Street and Ocean Drive in Lummus Park in the heart of Miami Beach. The venue will feature three unique spaces with a large court yard for sponsor activations in the main area.  For   more details and information visit

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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