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.