Stories written by Sandra Rodriguez

Law firms ‘Dare to Dodge’ to benefit the United Way

Law firms ‘Dare to Dodge’ to benefit the United Way

Miami’s top law firms challenged each other to a dodgeball tournament, “Dare to Dodge,” benefiting United Way of Miami- Dade, on Thursday, Mar. 20. Now in its second year, the tournament doubled in size to include eight law firms: Akerman LLP, Berger Singerman, Bilzin Sumberg, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Fowler White Burnett, Greenberg Traurig, Holland […]

Ultimate Miami Weekend winners crowned at Magic City Casino

Ultimate Miami Weekend winners crowned at Magic City Casino

Ultimate Miami LLC — creator of Miami’s talent competitions showcasing local rising stars in the fields of mixology, entertainment and culinary arts — has announced the winners of Ultimate Miami Weekend Fall 2013. The Ultimate Miami Band was named on Nov. 7, Ultimate Miami Bartender on Nov. 8 and Ultimate Miami Voice on Nov. 9. […]

Gin Blossoms, Morgan, Michaels star at Ultimate Miami Weekend

Ultimate Miami LLC — creator of Miami’s talent competitions showcasing local rising stars in the fields of mixology, entertainment and culinary arts — will be hosting Ultimate Miami Weekend, Nov. 7- 9, where finalists will compete for a cash prize of $5,000, paired with performances by nationally known entertainers. • Gin Blossoms headlining Ultimate Miami […]

Sue and Chuck Cobb receive United Way Tocqueville Award

Sue and Chuck Cobb receive United Way Tocqueville Award

Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb received United Way of Miami-Dade’s prestigious Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy durintg the United Way Tocqueville Grand Reception at the Coconut Grove home of Lisa and Victor Mendelson on Apr. 23. The Tocqueville Grand Reception united 300-400 of Miami’s most generous givers who contribute $10,000 or more annually to better […]

Loose change makes difference benefiting three local charities

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, donated a total of more than $15,000 to three local charities in the opening weeks of 2013. The funds donated were generated from loose change left inside slot machines by patrons and collected throughout 2012 by the casino. The three charitable recipients […]

Wilson Phillips to perform Mar. 2 at Magic City Casino’s Stage 305

Ultimate Miami LLC, creator of Miami’s talent competitions showcasing local rising stars in the fields of mixology, entertainment and culinary arts, will present Grammy-nominated pop trio Wilson Phillips on Saturday, Mar. 2, 9 p.m., at Magic City Casino in Stage 305. The concert will be presented as part of the Ultimate Miami Voice finals competition […]

United Way recruiting 300 volunteers to participate in ReadingPals program

United Way of Miami-Dade is recruiting 300 volunteers to become readers at more than 30 early learning centers throughout Miami-Dade County as part of its ReadingPals program. A $116,000 private grant for each of the next three years from Carol Jenkins Barnett, chair and president of Publix Super Markets Charities, and Barney Barnett, Publix vice […]

Cruise on Celebrity Reflection raises more than $550,000 for United Way

Cruise on Celebrity Reflection raises more than $550,000 for United Way

More than 500 community and business leaders joined United Way of Miami-Dade on Dec. 1-3, for a charity cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Reflection. The two-night cruise raised more than $550,000 to support United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health. Charitable contributors had a unique, funfilled experience onboard the newest and […]

Magic City Casino to host premiere of ESPN ‘Friday Night Fights’ season

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, will host the 2013 season premiere of the popular professional boxing series, ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” live from Stage 305 on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. The evening will be headlined by a 12- round super featherweight bout featuring Cuban dynamo […]

The Bangles to perform live at Magic City Casino

Magic City Casino, Miami's first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, welcomes The Bangles to Stage 305, its newest entertainment venue, on Saturday, Oct., 27 at 8:30 p.m. The female pop-rock powerhouse will perform a variety of their chart-topping hits as well as music from their newest album, Sweetheart of the Sun. "The […]

Early education center hosts international literacy meeting

Pictured (l-r) are David Lawrence Jr., Maria Serra, Dr. Lea McGee, Dr. Mel Jurado, Gladys Montes and Evelio Torres.

The United Way of Miami-Dade Center for Excellence in Early Education Early Reading First/Project LEER conducted its premiere professional development event, South Florida Early Literacy Conference, on Saturday, Aug. 4. More than 300 early childhood education directors, administrators, coaches, curriculum specialists and teachers from across the United States and Latin America attended. “This event represents […]

Wine Walk and Shop on the Mile, Sept. 1

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By Sandra Rodriguez…. The United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival and the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID) are partnering to launch Wine Walk and Shop on the Mile on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Throughout the evening, select shops on Miracle Mile, between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Douglas […]

United Way Young Leaders gather to kick off new year

Pictured (l-r) are Harve Mogul, president and CEO of United Way Miami-Dade; Fernando Ruiz; Melissa Davis; Julio Naranjo; Alvaro Sardino and Marielis Aponte.

By Sandra Rodriguez…. United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders kicked off the new year on Friday, Jan. 21, in great company at the Design District’s newest hot spot, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, an urban brasserie offering innovative cuisine and featuring the latest masterpieces from local artists at the outdoor art park, Wynwood Walls. The Young […]

1,000 women gather to mark decade of United Way giving

Pictured (l-r) are Lena and Natasha Lowell, and Sue Kronick.

By Sandra Rodriguez…. The United Way celebrated its 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The event was attended by 1,000 of the most prominent women in Miami-Dade who gathered to celebrate a decade of giving in support of education, income and health programs and services […]