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Red Sneakers for Oakley launched
INTERNATIONAL RED SNEAKERS DAY
at Meat Market Palm Beach

FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL RED SNEAKERS DAY CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD

Sunday, May 20th, 2018, marked the first annual International Red Sneakers Day, with people donning red sneakers and raising awareness about food allergies all over the world. Capitalizing on Food Allergy Awareness Month celebrated during the month of May, Red Sneakers for Oakley succeeded in accelerating the growth of their movement and strengthening their message about the dangers of food allergies by declaring an international day: One day when the simple, yet vivid, symbol of red sneakers is leveraged to underscore the magnitude of the problems facing people with food allergies all over the world.

Supporters across multiple continents participated in the day by wearing their red sneakers, sending messages of support, and posting photos on the Internet. Messages were received from as far away as Russia, Japan, South Africa, and Guam, and photos were posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #internationalredsneakersday. The hashtag trended widely on May 20th, with unique posts, reposts and shares achieving an astounding reach of more than 2.5 million people.

Red Sneakers for Oakley celebrated the conclusion of the inaugural International Red Sneakers Day at Meat Market Palm Beach. More than 100 supporters from Palm Beach attended the event wearing red sneakers. Host Merrill Debbs spoke of the organization’s efforts to expand their reach even further through alliances with other prominent food allergy organizations such as Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), End Allergies Together (EAT), and more. “Our goal is to work together,leveraging our different networks and unique constituencies to build a stronger front to keep people safe from fatal food allergy reactions known as anaphylaxis,” said Debbs.

Donors included Emilio Pucci, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Aristokids, Lori Jayne Monogramming, Starbucks, Private Cask Imports/Sophia and Manny Burnichon, among others. Meat Market graciously hosted the event, and donated 10% of dining proceeds from attendees who stayed for dinner after the event. The video above was courtesy of Alberto Alvarez.  Photos courtesy of Nick Mele

For more information, please visit redsneakers.org or email redsneakersforoakley@gmail.com.

Click here to view photos by Nick Mele 

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Brioni, Emilio Pucci & Woody Michleb Salon
Style Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Man and Woman of the Year

On April 24, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted a gathering at the Contessa Gallery on 247 Worth Avenue. The occasion for the gathering, which brought awareness to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, was a celebration of the “mid-way” point of the 2018 Man & Woman of the Year award. The mid way point of the Man & Woman of the Year celebration followed a fashion-styling session for the campaign candidates. The candidates were treated to couture styling courtesy of Brioni and Emilio Pucci. With professional and tasteful styling by Brioni and Emilio Pucci, the candidates were ready for their spotlight in front of the camera. Final touches to hair and makeup were provided by the prestigious Woody Michleb Beauty Salon.  Finally, to add the finishing touch, Salon Owner, Amy Michleb, herself, added her special high fashion expertise to bring out the best of the candidates in front of the camera. The Salon recently participated in the styling of professional runway models for the new Dolce&Gabbana Design District boutique in Miami.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Brioni and Emilio Pucci styled candidates receiving makeup touchup by Woody Michleb Beauty Salon

2018 Man & Woman of the Year

The Mid-Way Celebration recognized the progress being made in this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ten-week campaign.  Twenty candidates were selected for their community service and dedication to finding a cure. The candidates who raise the most money will win the local title and go on to compete for national honors. Last year, the Man & Woman of the Year campaign raised almost $1.3 million for blood cancer research, patient services, education, and advocacy. This year’s fundraising includes a big push on Social Media by the individual candidates which is why the professionally styled photos are an important element.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Man of the Year candidates and Brioni Team

Click here to view after party at Contessa Gallery

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The 2018 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates include:

Eduardo Balbis, Jupiter – Accenture
Katie Bullard, West Palm Beach – Barry University
Eric Caserta, Palm Beach Gardens – Cheney Brothers, Inc.
Jason DelGrosso, Boynton Beach – Hilton Garden Inn/Kolter Hospitality
Marcio Dias, West Palm Beach – Sterling Real Estate Group
Will Fuchs, Boca Raton – XPE Sports
Carl Gentile, Jupiter – Gentile & Associates, EXP Realty
Stacy Holcroft, Jupiter – Publix
Chris Knapp, Palm Beach Gardens – Merrill Lynch
Yaruska Llontop, Lake Park – Kolter
Monique McCall, West Palm Beach – Monique McCall Productions, Inc.
Laura Neandross, Jupiter – Neandross Estate Homes
Jen Nolin, Palm Beach Shores
Erin Omiatek, Delray Beach – Sotheby’s International Realty
Grant Portier, West Palm Beach – Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Joseph Schulz, Jupiter – Law Offices of Berman & Berman
Eric Sprechman, West Palm Beach – Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
Sahira Sued, Wellington – Sahira Jewelry Design
Christopher Tolbert, Boca Raton – Essex Mortgage
Honorary Candidate Team, Florida Cancer Specialists

Campaign co-chairmen are once again Derek Brock, Jessica Johnson and Troy Rice. For a full list of events and ways you can get support candidates in the MWOY campaign, follow LLS’ local Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/lls.area/.  Winners of the 2018 campaign will be announced at the Grand Finale held on May 19, 2018, at the Hilton, West Palm Beach.  To learn how you can get involved in future LLS events, or for information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please visit https://www.lls.org/palm-beach-area.

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ALI MACGRAW
brings Ibu Movement to Palm Beach

Ali MacGraw transcends borders and empowers women

All my life I’ve had respect for this fabulous down to earth and generous woman. So when I received  an invitation from Lars Bolander, Nadine Kalachnikoff and Todd Hase to meet her and learn about Ibu movement, I was thrilled!  After further research, I learned about her instrumental role in this fabulous organization and my admiration grew to a whole new level.  I look forward to meeting Ms. MacGraw next Thursday, adding fabulous unique and affordable pieces to my wardrobe and more importantly, I look forward to supporting such an important and often too forgotten cause: empowering women most in need.  All proceeds from sales will benefit Ibu Movement.

Ibu Movement

In the Malay language of Indonesia, Ibu means a woman of respect.  The Ibu movement celebrates the imagination and skill of women from around the world, while empowering them and putting money back in to their hands. As an Ambassador designer, Ali Macgraw collaborates with 71 artisan groups in 38 countries, bringing elegant, bold, and powerful handmade luxury for the rest of the world to enjoy.

“When a woman brings money into the household,” says MacGraw. “Suddenly she can’t be treated quite the same way as before.”

The Artisans

Artisans spanning the globe from Guatemala, to Nepal to create, spin, dye and weave their stories in cloth. They create more than beauty as they craft their own independence, educate their children, lead communities and change futures. Just one of these 71 groups crafts and designs in-house about 70% of Ibu’s products, offering unique items found nowhere else. The artisans buy the remaining 30% wholesale, and at a more than fair trade price. This dynamic creates livelihood, collegiality, and bonds of friendship between Ibu allies and artisans.

Ali MacGraw Ibu Movement Collection

Ali’s chic sense of style takes traditional craft from 23 countries around the world, including Ali’s native New Mexico, Uzbekistan, Brazil, to Pakistan to the South Sudan, to a whole other level. “My whole life I have been crazy about wearing and collecting textiles from the four corners of the earth.

In many cases, these things have been passed down for generations. Or at least, the craft has been taught by generations.

So these women live in a cultural continuum that the West doesn’t often see. Our society changes everything immediately, outsourcing things, making things quickly and cheaply. It’s so unappealing in comparison to something made by hand, something that joins you to a group of women from around the globe,” says MacGraw during an interview for interior monologue.

Nadine Kalachnikoff, Lars Bolander & Todd Hase will host Ali MacGraw and her collection at 5013 S. Dixie Highway, WPB Thursday March 29th, 10-5 PM.  Ali MacGraw will be speaking at 3pm (All proceeds from sales will go to Ibu movement). 

 

View video below to fully appreciate Ibu movement.  To view runway show of ali’s collection, fast forward half-way!

 

 

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Gracida Legacy introduces Gracida Wines
at Meat Market Palm Beach

Gracida Wines and Meat Market host kick off for 2nd Annual Equine Salute Invitational

Carlos Gracida Jr. and Mariano Gracida, the two sons of Polo legend Carlos Gracida, along with their business partner and founder of the Arion Group, Nick Valenta are ready to launch the much anticipated Gracida Wines in Palm Beach.  The celebratory event will take place at Meat Market Palm Beach on February 8th, from 6-8 pm. and will serve as the Palm Beach kick-off for the upcoming 2nd Annual Equine Salute Invitational, scheduled Feb. 23.   ‘Carlitos’  ‘Nano’ and Nick will also take this opportunity to introduce the Gracida Legacy Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of community youth through a love of horsemanship and role models dedicated to instilling leadership skills, discipline, and a champion mentality.

Carlos Gracida Legacy grows to 4th Generation

A third generation of polo player, Carlos Gracida Sr. launched The Gracida Polo brand in 2011. The late legendary player and reportedly Queen Elizabeth’s favorite player, was ranked 10 goals internationally for 15 consecutive years.  After his tragic accident in 2014,  the responsibility fell on Carlitos and Nano who along with their buddy turned business partner, Nick Valenta, changed the name to Gracida Legacy and have carried the torch since.

Gracida Wines added to Meat Market Wine List

After three years of research and multiple wine tastings across the globe, the Gracida boys went back to their Spanish roots and chose La Mancha wine region to produce their three wines- a sparkling light rose, a  chardonnay and a Tempranillo Gran Reserva.  Launched in 2017, and familiar to the equine Wellington community, the wines will now be available at Meat Market Palm Beach

“It’s difficult to find wines of this quality without a big price tag. The Gracida wines are affordable, and well-made quality wines for everyday drinking, representative of the Spanish wine culture.  They are wines you can suggest to guests looking for a great bottle but not wanting to leave their life savings on the table. I’m excited to add these wines to our wine list,” says Jonathan Negrin, Wine Sommelier of Meat Market,  “Get ready to enjoy good wine, this is only the beginning for these boys, with their heart, and passion it will only get better and better!

I thought creating Gracida wines would be perfect for the Gracida lifestyle brand.  It not only honors the four generations of horsemen that the name represents, but also, at our price point, everyone can enjoy it and experience the polo lifestyle with each sip,”says Nick Valenta.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

 

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The Do at The Zoo: A Night Under the Stars

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society hosts the “Do at the Zoo” November 10th

If you want to give yourself an animated kick off to the Palm Beach season, attend the Do at the Zoo–‘A Night Under the Stars‘. Chaired by Molly Austin, Ruth Baum, Maura Ziska Christu and Ashley Ramos, this year’s popular fundraiser will take place Friday, November 10 from 6:30 – 10pm. Guests are also invited to dine, drink and dance under the stars as they meet some of the zoo’s most fascinating animals.

The Moveable Feast

Guests will enjoy the celebration as they dine on a movable feast of innovative cuisines from the all-star chefs of nine of the Palm Beaches’ top-rated restaurants.  Palm Beach’s newest restaurant Coyo Taco will be joining Echo, PB CatchSaint AmbroeusTable 26, BolayLeila’sLynora’s and Rocco’s Tacos.

Old Cuban Bacardi

Bacardi

The event’s exclusive sponsor, Bacardi, will additionally be featuring a signature cocktail, The Old Cuban,” created by famed New York City bartender, Audrey Saunders.  The Old Cuban features Bacardi 8 (premier rum), which is complemented by their Martini and Rossi Prosecco, mint and lime. This anachronistic recipe promises to be delicious and refreshing, with a touch of effervescence.

Attendees of this casual-cocktail event will also enjoy dancing to music from the ever-popular DJ Vlad, as well as love coming face-to-face with some of the zoo’s exotic animals.

Sponsors to-date include:

  • Ruth and Ted Baum
  • Julie and Michael Connors,
  • Mary Lou Whitney and John Hendrickson
  • Michele and Howard Kessler
  • Sandra and Patrick Rooney
  • Ashley and Mike Ramos
  • Alicia and Tim Mullen
  • Atlas Party Rental
  • Howard Cox
  • Allison and Stuart Haft
  • Kelly Klein
  • Jeffery Marcus
  • Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross
  • Joan and Alan Safir
  • Gast Construction-Valet Sponsor
  • Bacardi- Exclusive Spirits Sponsor

Julia Duresky/CAPEHART

In order to advance its mission of inciting action on behalf of wildlife and the natural world, proceeds from “Do at the Zoo” will assist the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in recovering over $600,000 in Irma-related losses.

Tickets are $175 each. To request an invitation or to learn more about “Do at the Zoo 2017,” call 561.533.0887 ext. 261.

Email DAZ@PalmBeachZoo.org or read more here.

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More than just the best steaks in town: It’s a full fall calendar at Meat Market Palm Beach

Parties and summer perks roll in to fall at Meat Market Palm Beach

Slow was not part of the deal for anyone who spent their summer in Palm Beach. We had our close calls, our dose of excitement–our fill of events at Meat Market Palm Beach. The prominent steakhouse’s After Dark Thursdays was a consistent ‘not to be missed‘ staple among resident hipsters and professionals. 

Meat Market treated locals with  creative wine pairing dinners, Gold Card member receptions, and an impressive roster of professional charity fundraisers and mixers. 

The most popular summer perks were Steak Sundays (50% off signature steaks), Wine Tuesdays (50% off select wines from 5-10PM), not to mention extended Daily Happy Hours (4-8PM). These events will continue through the month of October.


October Highlights

Here is a peek at some Meat Market Palm Beach Highlights. Happy Hour is available to the public every day, even during private events.

Thursday, September 28 at 8PM: After Dark Thursdays with DJ Rey Verges

Tuesday, October 3 at 6-8PM:  Families First of PB County Mixer 

       For Sex or Revenge 

Wednesday, October 4 at 6-8PM:  Dreyfoos in White Kick off 

Thursday, October 5 at 6-8PM: Book signing of author Amy Minty‘s For Sex or RevengeBooks will be available for sale and signed on site. $1 from each book will benefit Living Hungry.

— 8PM: After Dark Thursdays with DJ Supreme1

Thursday, October 12 at 5PM: ‘Business Exit Strategies Presentation’ presented by Transworld Business Advisors. Light hors d’oeuvres and Tito’s Handmade vodka specialty cocktails.  

— 8PM: After Dark Thursdays with DJ Adam Lipson

Wednesday, October 25 at 6PM: Kid Sanctuary Campus

Call (561)-354-9800 for more information or reservations.

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Hamilton Jewelers Goes Perfectly Pink
October Breast Cancer Awareness

Hamilton Jewelers Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens donate pink proceeds to Susan G. Komen

Hamilton Jewelers of Palm Beach and Princeton announced today that they will be the first jewelry major sponsor of the 8th annual Susan G. Komen’s Perfect Pink Party. which will be held January 20, 2018.

Hamilton has announced a “Perfect in Pink” Breast Cancer Month promotion.  During the month of October, Hamilton will donate 10% of sale proceeds to the Komen organization from all jewelry items sold containing a pink gemstone.   With an array of beautiful options — ranging from precious fancy pink diamonds to pink sapphires, spinel, and tourmaline — indeed there are many collections to choose from to support the program. 

Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G Komen responds, “I am thrilled Hamilton Jewelers has partnered with Susan G. Komen’s Perfect Pink Party, as they too are an integral part of the Palm Beach Community.  The gala culminates several months of outreach for various community programs to fund breast cancer research and meet critical needs in the local community for those fighting breast cancer. “

Hamilton president Hank Siegel announces: “We are proud to support such a worthwhile organization.  My family has always been pleased to offer assistance to the important cause of breast cancer research and awareness, and this event is a wonderful opportunity to provide collaboration at an even more significant level.” 

 

About Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, founded by Palm Beach resident, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker. This national and international organization sets up the infrastructure in thousands of communities in America through their affiliate network and partners, with 1,900 national organizations delivering services, screening, education, financial aid and social support.  Susan G. Komen is also engaged in more than 60 countries. 

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PB Post Notables Season Preview
at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Preview upcoming season highlights at Notables Annual Celebration at Eau Spa Palm Beach October 10

Mix and mingle with your favorite charitable organizations and preview this season’s best events at the glamorous Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.  Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails and be the first to preview the 2017-18 Notables Season Preview magazine. Tuesday, October 10th, beginning at 6 PM.

Click here to purchase tickets

One lucky guest will win the opportunity to designate $5,000 to one of the following nonprofit organizations*
211 Palm Beach Treasure Coast
Achilles International
Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse
American Heart Association
Armory Art Center
Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Morselife Health Systems
Norton Museum of Art
Palm Beach Opera
Palm Beach Symphony
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida
The ARC of Palm Beach County
United Way of Palm Beach County
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Hamilton Jewelers Creates
Piper’s Angels Collection

Piper’s Angels hand engraved charm and customized bracelet unveiled at Crossing for a Cure Launch Party

Hamilton Jewelers’ commitment to philanthropic efforts in Palm Beach County resulted in the creation of a Piper’s Angels Collection to support the local Cystic Fibrosis organization–Piper’s Angels Foundation.   Sterling silver and gold versions of the custom designed bracelet and hand engraved charms were unveiled during the Palm Beach Launch Party for Crossing for a Cure.

Piper’s Wings and Halo

The jam packed event took place at Meat Market Palm Beach May 17th, thirty days prior to the actual crossing.  Over 100 supporters including several brave paddle boarders attended the send off celebration.  In addition to Hamilton Jewelers, sponsors include Chris McDermott and McCloskey Financial Group, Tito’s Vodka, Chasin A Dream Photography and Spark PR Group.  (see photos)

The highlight of the evening was when Sarah Mlostek, manager of Hamilton Jewelers Worth Avenue, presented Piper with her very own 14kt gold bracelet and charm, with the logo’s recognizable wings and halo.

“The energy in the room was electric, and to have such as special a moment with Piper, to bring her front and center to recognize her for the strength and courage she has, was a memory we will always cherish.  A huge thank you to Hamilton Jewelers for making it happen,” said Travis Suit.

 

Twenty percent of all proceeds are donated to Piper’s Angels Foundation.  Piper’s Angels Foundation bracelets can be purchased online at www.hamiltonjewelers.com/piper  or stop by Hamilton Jewelers located at 215 Worth Avenue or at The Gardens Mall to see samples of bracelets and charms and place your order for one of these custom pieces while supporting a very worthwhile cause.  Shipping is complimentary.

Read more about Crossing for a Cure

Photos by Lori Griffith, Chasin A Dream Photography

www.chasinadreamphotography.com

 

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ISABEL SAAD Photographic Exhibit
Benefits Center for Creative Education

Isabel Saad’s Photographic Palm Beach Début Exhibit Sells out

 Those of us who attended the recent photographic exhibit at The Center for Creative Education met the talented Isabel Saad and witnessed first hand the young lady’s impressive collection, which sold out opening night! Isabel Saad’s recent show of her engaging new photographs, curated by Bruce Helander for The Gallery at Center for Creative Education located in historic Northwood, West Palm Beach, opened on May 6th.

The exhibition was completely sold out by the end of her well-attended opening reception, as every one of the photographic

Norka Aron, Isabel Saad, David Aronberg

works from Ms. Saad’s first solo show were snapped up, with a percentage of sales proceeds going directly to the CCE for educational programs. Collectors include Lori Stoll, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Charles Bianco, Aron Family Collection, William Louis-Dreyfus, and artists Bruce Helander and Alex Guofeng Cao. Adjacent to the recently completed Conrad N. Hilton Theater, The Gallery opened in 2013 and is a spacious 1,500 square foot area that presents a spacious and bright platform for ongoing exhibitions that focus on student artworks in addition to established artists with local and national standing.
“Isabel Saad’s photography was a standout amidst the works of many student pieces being exhibited in what has been the most robust collection of student works The Gallery at Center for Creative Education has exhibited to-date.  With varying levels of artistic merit, the artworks and opening reception were well received by art aficionados and casual collectors alike with the stamp of approval being the sold out works by Isabel Saad,” said Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery Manager.
Isabel Saad, who currently is a photography and English literature major at the prestigious New School Parsons School of Design in New York City, has had a strong interest in photography for a number of years. This interest developed into a recognized style, quite often influenced by her discoveries and documentation of urban street activities, from department store windows to pedestrians passing provocative billboards and advertisements. Some of her works concentrate on self-portraiture and other figurative representations, which can elicit a mysterious and pensive depiction. In some examples, Ms. Saad can appropriate an historical or theatrical connection, such as her Red Shoes composition that seems to connect with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. In others, the photographer examines the unusual aesthetics of emptiness, such as an empty classroom where vacant tables and chairs take advantage of shadows and natural light, set up an unexpected minimal composition that is surprising and memorable.

Isabel Saad, who at a young age has lived in and traveled across two continents, has developed an interest not only in photography but in film making, drawing and design, creative writing and acting. She has attended Phillips Academy Andover, Cambridge University, the New York Film Academy, the nation’s only early college Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Boca Raton Museum of Art School, among others.

In addition to her exhibit, The Gallery at CCE is showing photographs of Dreyfoos School students who major in photography and the work of Lot23 students.  The exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm and continues through May 27th.  The Center for Creative Education is located at 425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, Fl 33401. 

For additional information please contact, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery Manager, The Gallery at Center for Creative Education at (561) 805-9927 or jonathono@cceflorida.org

To view photos from opening night, click here.