Gala Triathlon worthy of Katie Spotz

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On March - 18 - 2010

Malinka Max

 Anyone who’s been to a party at Casa Malinka knows that it’s worth the trip and price of admission.  This Saturday, the first annual Hearts and Stars Gala, a philanthropic effort benefiting the Little Lighthouse Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida takes place there, from 7-11 p.m. and promises to be a night to remember, featuring free flowing cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose vodka, and live musical performance by Pras Michel (Grammy Award winner and original member of the Fugees), and 19 year old Israeli singing sensation Nir, who’s been compared to Justin Timberlake.  Live and silent auctions including celebrity experiences, fine jewelry, and getaways as well as dancing under the stars will add to the already exciting evening.  Casa Malinka has been the location of choice for the many over-the-top affairs. To read about Malinka Max’s outrageous circus-themed New Year’s bash visit: Tickets cost $125 in advance / $150 at the door.  For more information visit:  http://www.rmhcsouthflorida or contact Christin Naab at 305.585.5960;


Jennifer Valoppi

 Women of Tomorrow

 Also on Saturday, the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program celebrates its spring-inspired gala at the Mandarin Oriental. The event will feature a live performance from Latin heartthrob and Billboard nominated singer/actor JenCarlos Canela, music by the Steve Chase Band and an extravagant live auction emceed by WPLG Channel 10’s Calvin Hughes and Neki Mohan, who is also a WOT mentor.  Local VIPs and tastemakers to be expected will include Founders of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program, Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo president Don Browne; Gala Chair Marisa Toccin; WOT Vice-President and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Honorary Chairmen Madeleine and Micky Arison; Legacy Builder Honorees Lora and Fred Drasner;  Empowerment Award Honorees Jason and Haley Binn and many more.  Auction items include tickets to The Jay Leno Show and to Super Bowl 2011, among other fab prizes.  For tickets or more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit


 Heart of Gold Gala

 The Wellness Community will host their annual Heart of Gold Gala on Saturday as well at the Eden Roc Hotel.  We are buyingheart-gold-wallpaper these event planners a calendar as we speak!  This year’s theme, Monte Carlo, sets the stage for an extravagant evening which begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and dancing. Live auctioneer CBS-TV’s chief weather-caster Lonnie Quinn will be back for his second year as emcee. The event is black-tie optional. Tickets cost $350 per guest. For more information and to buy tickets, contact the Wellness Community at 305.668.5900.

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