By: Maryanne Salvat 

Best Buddies 16th Annual Miami Gala

Continuing its active role in Best Buddies, Zenith is sponsoring their 16th Annual Miami Gala, which is to take place at Marlins Park on Friday, November 16. The high-profile event will feature a silent auction, followed by a cocktail party, gourmet dinner and concert by The Far East Movement and SkyBlu of LMFAO. Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of Zenith Watches, will serve as Vice Chair of the Gala, which will have a festive Russian theme celebrating Best Buddies’ expansion into the country. The event will serve as host for more than 800 prominent local and international guests, including business leaders, sports figures, celebrities and select media. Expected attendees include: Gala Co-Chairs Andy Abboud, Romero Britto, Marc Leder, May Liang & Jim Lintott, Tom Murphy, Anthony K. & Alina M. Shriver, and Don Soffer; actors James Caan, Christian Slater, Verne Troyer and Erik Valdez; actresses Vivica A. Fox and Lauren Potter; photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber; Miss USA Olivia Culpo; and Miss Teen USA Logan West.  For more information visit:


BeLive 2012: A Philanthropic Night for Colombia 

On Friday, November 16, join BeLive 2012: A Philanthropic Night for Colombia hosted by Humberto Rodriguez Calderon and Candela Ferrro at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. BeLive announces a spectacular star-studded evening filled with Colombian culture, including 2 stunning silent auctions featuring Project Emerald and artisan pieces by Artesanias de Colombia, an exquisite Runway Fashion Show with the unveiling of the 2013 MOOI collection, by renowned Designer Nicolas Felizola, a private concert by no other than internationally acclaimed, El Caballero de Salsa, Gilberto Santa Rosa and the presentation of the 2012 BeLive Award to Catalina Escobar, semi-finalist for the CNN Heroes Award. After raising over $3M for the past five years, and changing the lives of so many Colombians in need, BeLive has once again brought together four prominent Colombian non-profit organizations-Give to Colombia, Fórmula Sonrisas, Genesis Foundation and ArtNexus Foundation- to change and impact the lives of the most vulnerable communities with A Philanthropic Night for Colombia.



MOCA Mystery Dates

MOCA Mystery Dates is one of Miami’s most innovative fundraisers and has been a sell-out every year since it was first held six years ago. On Saturday, November 17, the evening begins with a cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres and music at MOCA where guests learn which of 12 amazing homes they will be having dinner. Hosts are an interesting mix of business and creative entrepreneurs who share a love of entertaining and art, and have been building their collection for years. Hosts will offer tours of their collection and share with guests how they incorporate culture and design into their lives. After dinner the group will reconvene for a late night rendezvous at The Shore Club on South Beach. All this for ONLY $150 if you are a Shaker member, or $200 if you are not. With all the great events MOCA has planned for members during Art Basel Miami Beach, joining the Shakers is better than ever. Proceeds from Mystery Dates benefit MOCA exhibitions of emerging and experimental art. To purchase tickets visit:


2nd Annual St. Jude Latin Music Half Marathon 

Lace up your running shoes on Sunday, November 18 for the 2nd Annual St. Jude Latin Music Half Marathon taking place on Miami Beach. The course starts on iconic Ocean Drive in South Beach and features more than six miles of oceanfront running. Enjoy spectacular views of the Port of Miami cruise ship terminal, Star, Palm, Hibiscus, and Fisher Islands and the dramatic downtown skyline before return a unique finish line on the sand at Lummus Park. Over 4,000 registered participants are expected in the half marathon and relay; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases, is the new title partner as well as the official benefiting charity of the race.  For more information visit:  


Thanksgiving at Kitchen 305 

Executive Chef Chris Wong has planned a Thanksgiving dinner designed for families and friends to enjoy at Kitchen 305. A combination of international gourmet cuisine and American holiday favorites, Wong is serving a hearty, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast for $35 per person. The holiday meal begins with a choice of starters from the cold bar including cranberry and tangerine compote, Sicilian olive salad with artichoke hearts, imported artisanal and domestic cheeses, an assortment of pates and traditional dilled Icelandic gravlax with champagne mustard sauce. Diners will enjoy a carving station of oven-roasted turkey with Gilbert gravy, clove-studded, Smithfield Ham with maple glaze, prime rib with horseradish mouselline and herb roasted salmon topped with grain mustard cream sauce and salmon caviar. Turkey day trimmings include spicy andouille and oyster corn bread stuffing and toffee candied yams with pecan glaze and apple cured bacon and walnuts. An array of confections from apple and pear cobbler with Jack Daniel’s sauce, mini fresh fruit tartlets, flourless chocolate cake and old fashioned pumpkin pies promise to satisfy the sweet tooth. Celebrate the holidays with the Kitchen 305 family by calling 305.949.1300 for reservations.


Bill Hansen Raises Funds for His House Children’s Home 

Caterer, teacher and entrepreneur Bill Hansen and his Catering Management class at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will hold a fund raiser to benefit His House Children’s Home on Thursday evening, November 29from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kovens Conference Center on FIU”s Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami. Guest will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails during a silent auction with many exciting items. Tickets are $20 per person. His House Children’s Home provides residential care for abused, neglected and drug exposed children in a campus setting. The goal is to restore the emotional and physical well being of children through an array of services in a loving and nurturing environment. For further information contact Hansen at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management call 305.338.1897 or email