Scene + Heard
Scene + Heard
The Cause: The Plunge Beach Hotel in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea hosted the official kickoff party for the sixth annual Bug-Fest-By-The-Sea on July 25. Bug-Fest-By-The-Sea is a weeklong series of fun events and dives centered around Florida's annual lobster mini-season.
Photos courtesy of Diana Hanford
The Cause: Volunteers teamed up with IGY Marinas for its second annual community outreach event, “Inspire Giving Through You,” which helped to expand the Jack and Jill Children’s center’s playground area. The IGY Fort Lauderdale office worked alongside its Miami Beach marina, One Island Park, in addition to Maritime Professional Training, Denison Yacht Sales, National Marine Suppliers, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Lauderdale Marine Center, Suntex Marinas and more.
Photos courtesy of Kristin Soto
The Cause: The First Ever Digital Transformation Forum, presented by AAJ Technologies, took place on June 22 at C&I Studios in FAT Village. Sponsored by MuleSoft, the sold out event included a luncheon, speakers and a cocktail hour with 150 attendees. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales benefitted NVEEE, a local anti-bullying organization for teens. Photos courtesy of AAJ Technologies
The Cause: Neiman Marcus and Auberge teamed up for an intimate jewelry showcase with pieces from renowned designer and former architect, Coomi. The soirée brought buyers and brokers together to experience the designer’s new Antiquity collection while also trying on special handcrafted pieces.
The Cause: This year’s Magnolia Luncheon took place onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox ship, which was docked at Port Everglades. Alice Jackson was honored with the Magnolia Leadership Award for her impact on the community. Each year, the luncheon recognizes women of dignity, strength and perseverance.
The Cause: In partnership with the Lauderdale Yacht Club, the Jewish Federation of Broward County hosted its first-ever Community Unity Cocktail Party, which officially launched the Jewish Federation’s eastside arm in Broward County. More than 200 guests celebrated with kosher hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
The Cause: Barry and Sharon Florescue hosted a reception where The Royal Dames of Cancer Research presented a check for $225,000 to the Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research at Nova Southeastern University. More than 290 guests enjoyed Champagne and danced and dined the night away to raise funds for the study and research of cancer.
The Cause: Held at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, the “Rock Star Party Animals” gala raised more than $120,000 for the Humane Society of Broward County’s programs and services. Supporters donned their best rock ’n’ roll outfits and enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dancing, dinner and a live auction.
The Cause: More than 400 physicians, community leaders and guests helped to raise more than $235,000 for the Phil Smith ALS and Movement Disorders Clinic at the sold-out fundraiser at the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital. The event honored the legacy of local businessman Phil Smith, who passed away in December from ALS. Guests enjoyed live music, dancing, a silent auction and themed presentations of gourmet food, fine wine and specialty beer pairings.
The Cause: Top chefs from South Florida created dishes alongside Arc Culinary students at Arc Broward’s Delish 2017 held at the Gallery of Amazing Things. The event supported Arc Broward’s mission of “Changing Perspectives, Changing Lives.” The Mayersohn Family South Florida Best Chef Award was awarded to chef Adrienne Grenier of 3030 Ocean. Fan Favorite was awarded to chef Josh Del Sesto of Canyon Southwest Cafe, who was also awarded the Greenspoon Marder Facebook Fan Favorite Award. More than $175,000 was raised.
The Cause: A crowd of 150 guests gathered at the marina on Nova Southeastern University’s ocean campus for the research institution’s inaugural Sunset Send-Off. A Caribbean steel drum band played while guests enjoyed seafood bites. NSU student researchers gave tours of the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center building accompanied by informal Q&A sessions about research projects from a variety of NSU’s 18 colleges and centers, including the college preparatory junior-K through grade 12 NSU University School.
The Cause: Friends of Birch State Park held its first-ever “Birdies for Birch” golf tournament at Fort Lauderdale Country Club where 90 golfers enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf and lunch. The outing helped raise $23,000, which will benefit Friends of Birch State Park and its mission of preserving, conserving, enhancing and promoting the 180-acre land.
Photos by: Downtown Photo and Ginny Fujino
The Cause: In its 15th year, the St. Anthony Gentlemen’s Dinner helped raise money to support the programs of St. Anthony Friends for Education. The dinner brought together a diverse, spirited crowd of more than 400 men for an evening of exquisite food, fine wine and spirits, premium cigars and great camaraderie.
The Cause: Barbara and Michael Landry hosted a reception at their Las Olas Isles home in honor of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation Founders’ club members. Guests were treated to music by Diana Huey and Melvin Abston who performed “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The musical was part of the Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale season at the Broward Center.
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