banyanBanyan Fest: Teens Against Distracted Driving

On May 16, Banyan Fest will be a 100% community-oriented, charitable event with all proceeds donated to Teens Against Distracted Driving (T.A.D.D.). With the participation of local music talent and the support of Mayor Lerner, the Youth Advisory Council and other local small business owners and sponsors, this evening of music is sure to be a great success! Banyan Fest will be held at the Banyan Bowl outdoor amphitheater in Pinecrest Gardens, located at 11100 Red Road, Pinecrest. Festival will run from 6:30-10:00 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door for $10.00. Banyan Fest is a not-for-profit, community-supported, charitable EDM music event for teens, with proceeds being donated to Teens Against Distracted Driving (T.A.D.D). For more information, visit or





13th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ® where no family ever receives a bill for treatment,travel, housing or food, will celebrate its 13th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The event, co-founded by Daisy Fuentes, is dedicated to support children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Chilean-born television icon Don Francisco will be recognized for his world-wide commitment to giving back to others. Don Francisco is the host of “Sábado Gigante,” Univision’s longest-running program that will end its successful on-air stretch of more than 53 years this coming September. Don Francisco will join approximately 600 guests for an evening of celebration that includes a special testimony by a

St. Jude family, live and silent auctions, and a performance by one the most famous groups of Cuban reggaton in today’s music industry, Gente D’ Zona. The evening will also feature live performances by Latin crossover R&B star Frankie J., and the man known as the “DJ of the Stars,” DJ Africa. Also, television and radio personalities Cristián de la Fuente, Karla Monroig, Ismael Cala, Alberto Sardiñas, Enrique Santos, Gaby Espino, Lili Estefan, and Rashel Diazwill serve as celebrity award presenters.

In the past, the gala has honored some of the most recognized and celebrated artists in Latin music and entertainment for their humanitarian work, such as Romero Britto, Juanes, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Tommy and Thalia Mottola, Chef Adrianne Calvo and Coach Don Shula.

For more information about tickets, sponsorships and auction items, visit or contact Carolina Masri at (800) 278-3383 or


Big Hats and Bow Ties Brunch

The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), together with Conductor Eduardo Marturet, requests your presence for a special “MISO Brunch” presented by estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis at 730 1st Street, Miami on Saturday, May 30.This unique fundraiser will take you on a musical journey into Greece’s hospitality as it’s meant to be experienced – unpretentious in style, uncompromising in service. The islands of Greece are crowned by an unspoiled estiatório, offering the rich bounty of local seas and vineyards. This visual feast will be equally unforgettable, enhanced by Greece’s time- honoured ingredients of sun and salt-flecked surf. Tickets:$350/pp call: 305.275.5666.


RA Sushi Supports “Nicky’s Week”

RA Sushi will host its largest annual fundraiser, “Nicky’s Week,” from Monday, May 25, through Sunday, May 31, to help kids battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In its 11th year, the weeklong fundraiser benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where thanks to community support, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for anything including treatment, travel, housing or food, so that they can focus on helping their child live. During Nicky’s Week, RA Sushi will donate 100 percent of sales from a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude to help support the hospital’s lifesaving mission. Since its inception, Nicky’s Week has raised more than $1.5 million because unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital comes from individual contributions.


chopThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia launches the 2015 Daisy Days Campaign, a month-long fundraising effort in May involving a variety of events and volunteers of all ages.  Daisy Days began more than a half century ago, where volunteers sold daisies on Philadelphia’s street corners to raise money for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This spring, Daisy Days will again celebrate its Philadelphia history and the community that so passionately supports CHOP, inspired this year by fashion partner Lilly Pulitzer.


CHOP Daisy Days Highlights:

Lilly Pulitzer® custom-designed Murfee scarf goes on sale May 1. This limited-edition printed scarf features a unique handpainted daisy print in signature Lilly Pulitzer brights – sapphire, teal and yellow – in a silk and cashmere blend. Can you find the hidden “Lilly loves CHOP” in the print?  This exclusive item will be available to the public on Friday, May 1st at exclusively at and at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. The scarf retails for $118 and proceeds benefit CHOP.

“Hope Blooms Here” Fashion Show at CHOP featuring CHOP patients, presented by Lilly Pulitzer and hosted by 6abc’s Karen Rogers. As the official media sponsor of CHOP Daisy Days 2015, 6abc will capture this private fashion show as part of a 30-minute CHOP Daisy Days TV special to air on May 16 at 7:30pm. Open to media with credentials; scarf available for preview. 

May 2: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival; CHOP booth celebrates Daisy Days. Booth located on the 1700 block of Walnut Street.

May 3: Blue Cross Broad Street runners can join Team DAISY by creating a CHOP fundraising page.

Philadelphia Mural Arts designs custom Daisy Days murals in parlor area of CHOP Main Lobby and the bridge connecting the Colket and Abramson Research Buildings to be on display for the month of May.

May 8: Lilly Pulitzer Shop & Share Day. Make a purchase at their locations in Suburban Square and the King of Prussia mall and 10% will be donated to CHOP.

May 9: Passyunk Shop & Share Day from 12pm to 7pm, featuring 20 stores along Passyunk Avenue. Retailers will donate a portion of proceeds to CHOP.

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair By Paul Labrecque is proud to support the 2015 Daisy Days campaign through the Daisy Delight Pedicure for the month of May. This luxurious pedicure lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and includes your choice of Zents Concreta scrub, hot stone foot massage, and indulgent hydrating paraffin treatment. Twenty percent from each Daisy Delight Pedicure will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To book the ‘Daisy Delight Pedicure’ call 215.790.2500.

Margarita Apparel at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club: Let your inner Yogi bloom with the latest styles from Margarita Apparel. Visit the retail shop at The Rittenhouse Hotel Spa & Club where 20% of the sale price of Margarita Apparel purchased throughout the month of May will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Certain restrictions apply.

Stop by any Norman’s Hallmark from May 15-17 and purchase one of their specially designed daisy totes* to receive 20% off your entire regular price purchase. Visit for locations.* While supplies last. Some exclusions apply.

This May, Duross & Langel will feature a special “Daisy Days” bar soap in their retail location in Center City and online at The soap is made from fragrant plumeria shea butter, inspired by daisies. The scent is a delicate tropical spring floral with mellow notes. The bar sells for $7.50 and 100% of proceeds benefit CHOP.

Shop & Share throughout May: Join Philadelphia retailers Nino Brand, Philly Eyeworks, Elle Lauri, Calypso St. Barth, Nicole Miller, Realm for Shop for CHOP Days during the month of May when 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Campaign.

Tickets on Sale for Fifth Annual Burger Brawl

Tickets on sale for the Fifth Annual Burger Brawl! The Burger Brawl funds literacy programming through technology for Philadelphia’s underserved children in public elementary schools. The event has raised more than $500,000 in the last four years for the cause. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 14 at XFINITY Live. Tickets and more information are available at


The King of Prussia Laundromat Grand Opening Party!

The King of Prussia Laundromat, a 3,400 square foot eco-friendly + energy sustainable laundromat, will be hosting its  GRAND OPENING party on May 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  It’s a  FREE three hours of  good, clean fun for families. There will be music, a gourmet food cart with hot dogs, authentic Philly soft pretzels + ice cream, a balloon artist, face painting + a special appearance from Izzy, the Laundromat’s canine mascot, but the best part, KOP Laundromat will donate a portion of the day’s sales to  Alex’s Lemonade Stand; for more information go to Facebook invite:



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Dream in Green: Living the Dream

On Friday, May 8 from7:00 to 11:00 p.m., Dream in Green’s Living the Dream! The event brings together South Florida’s environmentally conscious community to support educational programs, celebrate Dream in Green’s success and showcase the 2015 Green Innovator Awards recipients. The event’s venue, 1 Hotel South Beach, is the first hotel of SH Group’s new brand, 1 Hotels, which is set to be an industry game-changer, with goals of truly upending the world of hospitality through a socially and environmentally conscious platform in celebration of the beauty and preservation of nature; for more information visit:


Tom on Collins Live Music Event

This Friday night from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., 1 Hotel South Beach will host an evening of live music at the Tom on Collins lobby bar, continuing every other Friday evening through the first week of June. Guests and locals are invited to enjoy the soulful sounds of local singer-songwriter Brendan O’Hara and sip seasonal cocktails. Valet is available for only $5.


Kool & the Gang at Fontainebleau BleauLive

Kick off Mother’s Day weekend at Fontainebleau Miami Beach with an epic Fontainebleau BleauLive performance by Kool & the Gang on Friday, May 8. For the past 45 years, the prolific group has promised a night everyone will enjoy, spanning the music of three generations. Whether treating mom to dinner and a concert or celebrating with a weekend escape, fans will ‘Get Down On It’ when Kool & the Gang takes the stage at the world-famous LIV Nightclub.


Shake Shack Celebrates Moms

Shake Shack wants to show some love to all mothers! On Mother’s Day come into your nearest Shack and receive a gift. Mothers will receive a FREE single cup or cone of frozen custard, just because they know how much you rock! As if it couldn’t get any better…in addition to their vanilla and chocolate custard, red velvet custard will also be available.

Galaxy Gala: a Sensory Spectacle

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 6 - 2015ADD COMMENTS
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Gala Philanthropic Chairs Dan & Trish Bell, & Phillip & Patricia Frost

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Whether or not you are a science buff, the soon-to-be-open Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will be one place you don’t want to miss. If the Galaxy Gala, the museum’s annual fundraiser was any indication, the lights, sounds, and over-the-top experiences the museum is sure to offer must be seen to be believed. Just ask any of the 1,200 guests who gathered at the Hilton Miami Downtown on the evening of Saturday, April 18 to raise over $1 million for Miami’s new science museum. This year’s theme was “Aqua Lumière.” Hosted by Chief Meteorologist John Morales of NBC 6 South Florida, the dynamic evening celebrated the playful and scientific interaction of light and water, and featured a water and light interactive graffiti experience by French artist Antonin Fourneau- reminiscent of the Lite Bright that kept many of us hyper kids entertained for hours. Read the rest here »

Armani Exchange Hosts White Edition Dinner

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 28 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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Trendy fashion label, Armani Exchange hosted an intimate dinner to celebrate the launch of the Armani Exchange “White Edition” Collection at the Soho Beach House on Tuesday, April 21. Attendees included: The Fashion Poet, Annie Vazquez; Ashley Brozic, Kathy Buccio, Julia Ford-Carther, Virginia Gil, Katrina McLaughlin, and Stacey Russell, among others.

The evening began with a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit down candlelight dinner with an Italian inspired menu on the penthouse terrace. The dinner ended with limoncello and espresso.

The White Edition Collection was displayed using white props in the interior of the penthouse with an ocean backdrop. In a restrained palette of crisp whites, this curated collection focuses on breezy silhouettes, airy fabrics, and knit textures that pair easily back to one another. #AXWhiteEdition. Available now in-store and online.

michellebernsteinandkids_lainedossCommon Threads Cooking For Life Festival

Common Threads is bringing together some of the nation’s top culinary superstars for the debut of Cooking For Life Festival, April 17-19, in Miami. Attendees can expect a lineup of chef A-listers for a weekend celebration of healthy cooking full of VIP dinners, culinary bootcamps, beach yoga, a 5-star fundraising brunch and more! Hosted by Chef Michelle Bernstein and Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho, the three-day, star-studded gourmet gathering will benefit Common Threads – a national non-profit empowering children and families to cook for life. To find out more & purchase tickets visit:



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The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County closes its 2014-2015 Free Family Fest signature series with the return of ROCK ODYSSEY, a family-friendly original rock ‘n’ roll musical produced by the Arsht Center based on Homer’s Odyssey. The epic production will bring its thrilling score to the John S. and James L. Knight Concert stage on May 16 at 1:30 p.m. Originally created for fifth grade students as part of the Arsht Center’s Learning Through the Arts education initiative sponsored by Wells Fargo, ROCK ODYSSEY has wowed more than 175,000 students from public and private schools across Miami-Dade County free of charge since its debut in 2010. Admission to FAMILY FEST is FREE. However, First-Access Passes are required. First-Access Passes for the May 16 performance featuring ROCK ODYSSEY will be available beginning April 14. First-Access Passes can be reserved by calling the Adrienne Arsht Center box office at 305.949.6722 or online at (limit four per person). The passes provide patrons with first-access to seating in the theater. Seating is “first-come, first-serve” for the performance and passes do not guarantee a seat.


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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host its stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala: Aqua Lumiere on Saturday, April 18at Hilton Miami Downtown. The dynamic evening celebrates science’splay on the elements of light and water, with exciting technology and innovative features, including a water and light graffiti interactive experience by French artist Antonin Fourneau. The evening begins with a cocktail reception featuring live animals and an auction, followed by dining, dancing and entertainment from Drew T and DJ Blaze Carreras. As a special treat, Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Debi Nova will take the stage for a special performance. Coinciding with the Galaxy Gala is the Museum’s Big Bang 2015: H2Glow after-party, hosted by the Frost Science Young Patrons. All proceeds from both events directly benefit the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and its programs. Visit Attire: Black tie optional/cocktail attire. Parking: Hilton Miami Downtown offers valet parking at their 1601 Biscayne Blvd. entrance. Valet will be available for $12. For your convenience, self parking is also available at the Omni Complex parking garage. Entrances are located at the main hotel entrance at 1601 Biscayne Blvd. as well as on 15th St. between Bayshore Drive and Biscayne Blvd. The hotel ballroom is located on the 7th floor of the parking garage. Self parking is $10.


American Social Brickell

American Social Brickell (AmSo), is known for their eclectic selection of craft beers and creative cocktails. Starting in April, the waterfront gastropub is sharing the breadth of their brew knowledge by giving guests the hop-portunity to meet, greet and learn from local breweries while sipping exclusive flavors on tap. On Tuesday, April 21 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., AmSo is hosting a Funky Buddha tap takeover showcasing South Florida’s largest brewery. Brewery representatives will be available to educate patrons on craft beers and their Oakland Park facility; for reservations, call 786.801.2466.


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On Friday, April 24 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., more than 20 of Miami’s best farm-to-table chefs will unite alongside Ambassador of the Evening Belkys Nerey to raise money for Slow Food Miami Edible Gardens and honor the 2014-2015 Snail of Approval winners. This year’s event, themed Freshest Night Out, will take place at the lush Miami Beach Botanical GardenTickets are $85 and can be purchased at


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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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