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Romero Britto Supports
Annual American Cancer Society Benefit

Britto to be special guest at American Cancer Society Benefit

The 59th Annual American Cancer Society’s Palm Beach Benefit is spicing it up this year with Romero Britto.  The Brazilian-born, Miami-made pop artist Romero Britto contributed his bright signature art for the event invitations and has continue to drive the inspiration for what promises to be the most colorful and coolest benefit The Mar-a-Lago Club has ever hosted.

“Britto’s vibrant, bold, and colorful patterns reflect his optimistic view of the world – which is one of the reason we chose to align our event with him. Through its research, the American Cancer Society creates optimism for cancer patients worldwide,” said event co-chairman Shelley Menin.

Chairs: Shelley Menin & Marla Garchik

Menin’s co-chair Marla Garchik added, “We’re grateful to add Romero Britto as a corporate partner this year and are delighted to be collaborating with him for a spectacular, colorful event!”

The third Rock Palm Beach continues in 2017 with another musical extravaganza at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Friday, February 10 at 8:00pm and will feature lavish food stations, VIP Lounges, and several live acts in the Club’s Grand Ballroom.

Also, new this year, the annual event will host a black-tie Sponsors Dinner on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00pm hosted by Fantastic Finishes in the famed Gold and White Ballroom at The Mar-a-Lago Club which will also present several musical acts.

 

Other event corporate partners include the Addison Hines Charitable Trust, Braman Motorcars, Fantastic Finishes, Meat Market, and the Private Client Reserve of US Bank.

If the hard-to-miss, lively invitations requesting “colorful chic attire” are indicative of what’s to come at the event, the crowd will be carousing and dancing the night away until the wee hours!

For tickets or information, please contact Michelle Jaminet at the American Cancer Society in Palm Beach: telephone 561.655.3449 or email Michelle Jaminet

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Experience Mr. LightsAndPaint
Michael Andrew Jacobson

Emerging Artist creates Mixed Media Art with LED Lights, bringing his Art to Life

Determined and ambitious for something new and great, Michael Andrew Jacobson aka Mr. LightsAndPaint has a unique understanding of the mechanics of artistic talent, which he creatively demonstrates through his works of art.    Using various mediums and color schemes, his artwork develops a rhythm of its own. Lights and Paint…more than just a painting and a visual show, it is artwork that comes alive.

“See without the eyes, just thoughts of an open mind”

“I love the mystical world of sacred geometrical shapes and the interconnectivity of color and light theory; which is demonstrated when my work is alive. As my LightsAndPaint creations continue to evolve so will my inspiration, and new bodies of work will awaken.” explains Michael.

Born in New York City, Michael was raised on Star Island in Miami Beach.  Michael’s mother, Roni Jacobson is a Palm Beach resident and an avid art collector as well as a supporter of the local Arts Community.  She noticed and cultivated Michael’s artistic talents from a young age.  “Michael’s teachers recognized his artistic leanings, when he was at Miami Country Day School, the Cushman School, and the University of Miami.” explains his mother.  He worked for a time at the Marlborough Galleries in New York City, and his work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami. 

When asked about the inspiration of color and light theory art, Michael explains, “I came up with it on accident after painting in a color changing LED lit room… When I turned on the actual lights my painting was nothing of what I had imagined; thus MrLightsAndPaint was created.”  

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Art is everything and everything is art; creativity has no limits it’s infinite, unbound, and interconnected. I hope my passion grabs you when you look at my work.  It defines me as I love to hear what people think and feel when they see my work in person.” says Michael. 

Mr. LightsAndPaint is active in Wynwood, and a member of Miami’s Young Artist Initiative.  

His FAVORITE QUOTE:

“If you want to change the world and the world isn’t willing to change, then change a group, and if that group isn’t willing to change, then change a friend, and if that friend isn’t willing to change, then change yourself then the world is bound to follow.”  UNKNOWN

Stay tuned for an upcoming special engagement in West Palm Beach. 

 

 

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Polo Personalities Support Boys & Girls Club

First of a series of events benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County SELLS OUT

In spite of rescheduling due to Hurricane Matthew, the 2016 Wellington Golf Tournament benefiting the Neil S Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club sold out!  The event which takes place at the Wanderers Club was rescheduled to November 13 2016. Leading the charge this year is Chairman Nic Roldan.

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg

 

It’s no secret the celebrity-studded Boys and Girls Club fundraisers are among the most coveted events to attend.  Shoppers, shooters and party-goers should mark their calendars!  A for sure sell out will be the 2017 Wellington Dinner Dance which takes place January 6th– equestrian champions Georgina Bloomberg and Marley Goodman Overman are returning as two of the Chairmen.

This year’s theme is Passport to Paradise and highlights include music by HyRyze, performances by the Club’s dance team, and amazing vacation packages that include an extravagant equestrian experience for auction

 

Mark Your Calendar Now For These Popular Upcoming Boys & Girls Club Events

NOVEMBER:  2016 HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW at Seagate Hotel & Spa

DECEMBER:  2nd Annual Tower Shoot at Pine Creek Sporting Club

JANUARY:  2017 WELLINGTON DINNER DANCE

FEBRUARY:  2017 GALA – THE WINTER BALL at The Breakers Palm Beach

Click here for event ticket and registration information 

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canvas Art Gala set the stage for Second Annual Outdoor Museum Show

Gala kicked off Nation’s Largest Outdoor Museum

A crowd of more than 300 art enthusiasts, celebrities and socialites attended the exclusive gala and after-party for CANVAS, the outdoor museum show, that is gearing up for its second year using Downtown West Palm Beach as it’s “cultural canvas” on November 11-20.  The party took place October 22 at the CANVAS VIP Pop-up Lounge at 1016 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach.  The event was co-chaired by Bettina Anderson, Lizzi Bickford and Chris Leavitt of Million Dollar listing fame.

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

DJ Adam Lipson kept the energy upbeat throughout the night with special performances by Sean’s Dance Factory and four-time Grammy nominee, Ja Rule.

Guests enjoyed drinks courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and a sit-down dinner from Wellington Hospitality Group.  Proceeds from the event benefit CANVAS Art Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding visual arts to enrich public spaces and foster social and economic outcomes.

The competition was fierce during the live auction as guests had the chance to bid on sought after items including a Cuba Experience trip hosted by CANVAS founder, Nicole Henry; a one-week lease of the newest, sleekest, Aston Martin; a VIP package to the Kentucky Derby; and tickets for two to Hamilton with five-star accommodations at The Plaza Hotel, just to name a few of the outstanding items available for bid. Ja Rule went home with a one-of-a-kind original painting by Pipsqueak Was Here!!!, part of the 2016 official CANVAS artist lineup.

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Nicole Henry and Ja Rule

“I am so grateful for everyone who attended and graciously donated to this important cause,” said Nicole Henry, founder and curator of CANVAS. “Through their generosity and sponsorships, we will be able to create a curated show filled with visionary masterpieces that will broaden the mind and inspire creative excellence. I can’t wait to show you what these internationally acclaimed artists will bring to our city.”

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Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS will transform Downtown West Palm Beach on November 11-20, 2016. Starting this year, CANVAS will be centrally located along the busy Flagler Drive, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach. The green space will be built into a world-class outdoor museum accessible to the public year-round with rotating exhibitions and its annual show in November. Artists from across the globe will create monumental installations and murals in the Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, and Installation Park, part of the multi-phase project launching this November. Similar to last year, there will be a menu of exciting free and ticketed events:

CANVAS schedule of events:

 Nov. 11, 7 – 11 p.m. – CANVAS Local Showdown in Northwood

 Nov. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – CANVAS Sip + Stir

 Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – CANVAS Kids Day

 Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 6 – 9 p.m. – CANVAS Art + Fashion Engaged   featuring Marchesa Trunk Show

 Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – CANVAS ‘Be Art’ Closing Brunch

For more information or to purchase tickets http://www.canvaswpb.org

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‘THE IMMORTALS’
by Tori Eversmann
Wife of BLACK HAWK DOWN Hero

Tori Eversmann, author of ‘The Immortals’ will be at Meat Market Palm Beach for a book signing Tuesday, November 15th. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet her husband, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the epic film Black Hawk Down  and inspired the lead character in her book.

A portion of proceeds raised at the event from book sales or dinner will benefit American Humane- American Humane provides a) lifesaving service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress;b) protects America’s hard-working military dogs and recognizes their heroic contributions to our country- both on and off the battlefield. 

I had the pleasure of meeting this talented author and her honorable husband on several occasions. Extremely impressed by an inexplicable bond between the two of them, I purchased a copy of The Immortals .  It was not only entertaining but enlightening to realize how little we know about the challenges faced by the family members left behind.

About the Immortals:

Eversmann’s semi-autobiographical character, Calli Coleman, abruptly lands in the role of Army wife in provincial Sackets Harbor, New York, when her husband is recalled to active military duty during the Iraq War. Calli and her young family face the adversity of transitioning to their new military life and the complicated social hierarchy that goes with it. Uprooted from their hometown, family and friends, their new life as an Army family becomes even more unsettling when Calli learns that her husband will soon be deployed to Iraq.

“New friendships sustain Calli through loneliness and the ever-present specter of widowhood. ‘The Immortals’ is an examination of marriage, friendship, war and death,” said Eversmann.

About the Author

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann, wife of retired First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, the soldier who inspired the lead character in the book and Jerry Bruckheimer’s movie Black Hawk Down, has captivating stories of her time as an Army wife and its aftermath in the post-9-/11 world. Amid adversity, Tori worked tirelessly as a single parent, a cheerleader for her husband’s wounded men at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and as a conduit of information from the front lines during her husband’s 15-month deployment in the Iraq war, all to keep her and the other Army wives afloat. Tori received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Skidmore College and currently lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

 

 

 

Trailer Video of Black Hawk Down

 

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Friend of The Devil-
A Culinary Thriller by Mark Spivak

The name Mark Spivak has been synonymous with wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel for years.  Honored for ‘excellence in wine criticism’ during his stint as wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, the award winning author and former Sommelier recently completed his first culinary thriller—  “Friend of the Devil’, published by Black Opal Books in May 2016.  Set in Palm Beach in 1990, the novel tells the story of American’s most famous chef, who sold his sold to the Devil for fame and fortune.

Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.

Here’s what they’re saying on Amazon:

A little Kitchen Confidential, a little Real Housewives of Palm Beach, and a little Faust.”

Sex, drugs, and an upscale version of terducken called Bedouin stuffed poussin …this fast-paced existential drama has got something for everyone.

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This is not Mark’s first rodeo in the publishing world. His first book, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, tells the stories of twelve spirits that changed the world and created the cocktail culture. “It’s like sitting in a bar at closing time, listening to a good friend tell stories,” said one reviewer. “You never want it to end.”

He is also the author of Moonshine Nation; The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle, hailed as the definitive book on moonshine in America. The book traces the history of corn whiskey going back to the Colonial period and the Whiskey Rebellion, and provides profiles of actual moonshiners Mark visited throughout the Appalachian South.

If you are a lover of food, wine and great thrillers, join us during a special Happy Hour at Meat Market Palm Beach

Tuesday, October 18th 6-8pm, when Friend of the Devil comes home to Palm Beach

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Space is limited, kindly RSVP 

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While the Cats Away…Sequin to host Purrfect Shopping Event in Support of Palm Beach Island Cats on Thursday, August 4th

Fashionistas in Palm Beach already know that Sequin is the Cat’s Meow for accessorizing your latest look.  Always on trend, Sequin is offering a unique Pre-Season opportunity to add some new shiny adornments to your collection while supporting a great local cause….Palm Beach Island Cats.  Mark your calendar to stop into Sequin at 219 Worth Avenue on Thursday, August 4th between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to see the latest accessories, while sampling some hors d’oeuvres and sipping some refreshments. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the shopping event will graciously be donated to Palm Beach Island Cats, and the knowledgeable staff at Sequin is always willing to offer their styling skills as part of their personal service.

 

CATS by Astrid Looks like Jail Fresh off of celebrating their well-attended Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic which was recently held at Nick & Johnnie’s , the supporters of Palm Beach Island Cats continue to be pleased with the results of the local organization’s efforts which operate 365 days a year with no government support.  The Trap, Neuter, Release approach to managing feral felines in Palm Beach is one of the leading programs of its kind in the country.  Advocates of responsible pet ownership, Palm Beach Island Cats provides food, sterilization, vaccines and other medical care to the Island’s feral felines.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit pbislandcats.org.

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Le Rosey celebrates its 4th Annual Palm Beach Reunion

Missing:  Alvaro Gonzalez and Allison Reed (arrived after photographer left)

Palm Beach may be not be home to as many Roséens as Miami is, but after 4 years, the yearly reunion has become a destination!   This year, not only did we have our ‘ongoing local and neighboring loyals,’ We were also honored with anciens who flew in specifically for the event:  Alvaro Gonzalez who flew from Tampa and drove another hour to join us: Peter Bender who flew in from South America and of course nothing would keep one of our most devoted anciens, Ned Brown and his lovely bride Cristina from flying in to support us…  Now that’s loyalty!!

Other attending Rosey anciens included: Hashem Khosrovani, Bob Reynolds, Maria and Ian Slavin, Victoria de Rouvre-Selcuk, Allison Reed, James Grey, Fernando Marques, Mark McAlpin, Robert Riva, Warren Robbins and Molly Dalton Robbins, Henrik Vanderlip and Stoddard Vandersteel. 

A few who had to cancel last minute and were dearly missed:  Mitra Ashraf, Rene Silvin, Karine Aubery, Charles Hudson and Andrew Sullivan, Bill Solloway, Margie Allinson, Virginia Brilliant and Michelle Holcomb-Hoyos and Richard Trutanic.

Please click here to see pictures of the dinner at Bice Palm Beach

 

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PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT show invites
DEMETRIUS KLEIN DANCE COMPANY and ARTS DANCE GENERATION

Under the direction of The Palm Beach Show Group, the 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show which takes place February 16th through 19th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, will provide a showcase for local Palm Beach County performing artists.  The introduction of this new showcase will include performances by the Demetrius Klein Dance Company and Arts Dance Generation (Deborah Marquez, artistic director).  Their performance will be highlighted by classical and contemporary solo and group dance numbers. Featured soloist – Leigh Goldberger – WON the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet World Competition 2016 AND the Universal Ballet Competition 2016 in both the Classical and Contemporary categories.

Performing Friday, February 17th from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 18th from 1 to 3 p.m. will be seven dancers from the Demetrius Klein Dance Company.  The Arts Dance Generation is scheduled to perform with approximately 30 dancers on Sunday, February 19th from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Show hours are Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.   Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For tickets and more information:  http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com

Please click here for complimentary tickets

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Money Matters – Regardless of Age, Palm Beach Day Academy Graduates Lead Youth Program

Fritz Van der Grift, Victoria Ricker, and Robert Riva - of The Ricker Group at Morgan Stanley

Fritz Van der Grift, Victoria Ricker, and Robert Riva of The Ricker Group at Morgan Stanley

Even if your child does not aspire to become a Financial Advisor at one of the top firms in the world, it is safe to say that money matters regardless of where life takes you and it is never too early to learn how to use it wisely. Two Palm Beach Day Academy graduates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors, Fritz Van der Grift and Robert Riva recognized the need for a youth finance curriculum while looking back at their institutional education. More importantly, they realized the importance of ‘socially conscience’ investing.

“I think we can all agree that the primary reason people invest is to generate returns on their investment. In following that line of reasoning, those returns provide us and our loved ones with a better quality of life. As far as I’m concerned, the next logical question, why stop there?” Riva challenged.

The after-school program, Money Matters, meets every Monday at Palm Beach Day Academy from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.. Students learn basics associated with personal budgeting, cash flow analysis, interest rates, and astute financial decision making.

“While I am truly grateful for the education at Palm Beach Day, Deerfield, and Palm Beach Atlantic, I really never learned the basics of money management,” shared Van der Grift. He went on to add, “If we believe it’s important to be good stewards of our finances, we should also be socially aware of how those finances are impacting the world around us.”

Current Palm Beach Day Academy parents who enrolled their children include Marzia Precoda and Donna Lloyd George. Both feel it is important to expose their children to the basics of finances.

“My children’s well-rounded education is a priority for me. Languages, travel and exposure are important, but knowing how to plan for the future is fundamental,” says Precoda.

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Read more about the program in the Palm Beach Daily News

For information on enrolling in the class, contact Fritz Van der Grift or Robert Riva at 561-650-7500.