Scene + Heard
Scene + Heard
The Cause: The first-ever LittleBig GlamSlam Fashion Show helped to raise $55,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s BankUnited Legacy Scholarship Fund. The fund offers higher education and vocational opportunities. Models competed for “Woman on the Verge” and “Man on the Edge” top honors.
The Cause: The Coral Springs Museum of Art celebrated the 20th anniversary of its permanent collection opening with a reception for members and the general public. The museum’s permanent collection exceeds 125 works and features artists including Keith Haring, Romero Britto, Andres Desjardin and Pablo Cano among others.
The Cause: More than 150 guests attended the kick-off party for the annual Signature Grand Ghoul benefiting 2-1-1 Broward at Signature Grand Halloween bash, which will take place Oct. 30. VIP guests included event emcee and former Miami Dolphins Player OJ McDuffie, NFL alumni Randal “Thrill” Hill and Kerry Glenn, along with 2-1-1 Broward board members and South Florida notables.
The Cause: Gold Coast magazine hosted a launch party at Seawatch on the Ocean in celebration of the “Best of Fort Lauderdale” summer issue. Guests enjoyed complimentary pours and bites while mingling with the winners of more than 35 “Best Of” categories, voted for by readers during a year-long poll. The evening concluded with a raffle of gifts provided by category winners.
The Cause: The third annual Waterway Soirée took place dockside at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach and raised $205,000, including a $40,000 match from The Mary Jane Harlow Charitable Trust, to benefit Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. Yachting enthusiasts, members of the marine industry and community members enjoyed dinner before embarking on an Intracoastal party cruise.
The Cause: Held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, the Poker Classic raised nearly $145,000 to benefit families at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser helps underwrite expenses at the Conine Clubhouse, a hotel-like facility at the hospital where families can stay free of charge while a child is hospitalized.
The Cause: John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival presented by the University of Miami Health System recently hosted its kick-off celebration at BBX Capital in Fort Lauderdale. Miami Dolphins legends and top local chefs are set to serve up signature grilled entrees during the South Florida premier event on Nov. 11 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, where proceeds will benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation.
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.
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