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Suited for Success Celebrates Ten Years of Changing Lives
and Turing Dreams into Reality 

Fundraiser Event to Take Place Saturday,
September 10 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel


With a host committee that resembles a who’s-who of Miami’s movers and shakers, this year’s 10th anniversary event and fundraiser for Suited for Success promises to be a spectacular night, befitting of its title, “Welcome to Wonderland”; where hopes and dreams become fulfilled.
That was the dream of founding director, Sonia Jacobson, when she and her business partner Barbara Tifford opened the doors of Suited for Success for the very first time, just over ten years ago. Wanting to help people fulfill their hopes and dreams of improving their lives by breaking the cycle of poverty and finding proper work, their very first client was a perfect example of just how much they could make a difference in the community. LaQuita Sartin arrived at Suited for Success with just one eye. A beautiful young woman but affected by the ravages of domestic abuse, she came hoping to receive clothing for job interviews and training to prepare her for the workforce.  What she wasn’t expecting was a new eye that Suited for Success would provide, which truly sent her out into the world, fully prepared. Now with proper skills and training to enter the workforce, LaQuita’s self-esteem soared and she eventually landed herself a job as a Sheriff—something that would never have happened without the support, and of course the eye—that Suited for Success provided. 
The tale of LaQuita sounds incredible, yet it’s only one of thousands that all share similar successes of having their lives transformed through the possibilities created by Suited for Success. Over the last 10 years, Suited for Success has opened the door for over 11,000 men and women by providing job training skills, educational programs, professional clothing and health and wellness programs. They have helped to build and rebuild self-esteem and confidence, and create opportunities for these individuals to compete and succeed in the workplace.
In the last year alone, Suited for Success provided essential job skills training to hundreds of residents in East Little Havana and Overtown, with the aim of getting these residents off welfare, or into better jobs. Another program developed by Suited for Success replaces broken and missing teeth, of which all the participants reported a greater sense of self-esteem and interview readiness; most found employment within three months of treatment. With such positive results, Suited for Success is looking forward to opening even more new doors for men, women and children throughout Miami-Dade, and what better way to raise awareness of their activity than a fundraiser.
“Welcome to Wonderland” is a celebration of possibilities and the opening of doors for Miami-Dade’s disadvantaged individuals. Instead of a traditional “black tie gala event,” Suited for Success’s fundraising celebration will consist of a world filled with fun, imagination and possibility, along with entertainment and activities emblematic of this theme. It is about fantasy and possibility. It is about what could be - just as Suited for Success provides clients with the tools necessary to reach their potential.
Suited for Success’ 10th anniversary and fundraising event will take place on Saturday, September 10 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, from 7:30pm-midnight.
For more information about the event, to purchase tickets or make a donation, visit or call Suited for Success on 305-444-1944.

Commemoration and Campus Dedication
Highlight Hillel  9-11 Ceremony

On a day of mourning for the American Public, the 650 families of The Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School and The Ben Lipson  Hillel Community High School will be dedicating close to 100 mezzuzot, two Britto sculptures and a ceremonial wall.
The morning program, which will begin at 10am and end at 12 noon, will include a proclamation by North Miami Beach Mayor, Raymond Marin, a medley of patriotic songs, a formal group mezuzah dedication, the unveiling of the  Britto statues and the painting of the northern wall of the Hillel cafeteria by
the Hillel children who are attending the event.
“What better way to balance the tragedy of the twin towers than with a dedication ceremony that has both artistic and religious components,” explained Wendy Kaplan, Director of Development at The Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School.  “Britto’s Wall of Remembrance is both a commemorative  tribute to 9-11 and a celebration of the new colorful additions on campus,” she added. 
Artist Romero Britto has designed this ceremonial wall, which he has named “Remembrance” as well as 121 mezzuzot and two statues that have been donated by Friends and Families of Hillel. 
The mezzuzah, a Jewish ritual object, is a small scroll on which a paragraph from the Torah has been written. The scroll is placed in a small box or container that is then attached, at an angle, to the doorposts of a house and is a symbol of physical and spiritual protection.
“We've succeeded in beautifying our campus and generating strong contributions to strengthen our scholarship fund  by involving proud parents, community leaders, outstanding faculty and of course our students with a truly world-renowned artist,” explained Rachel Sapoznik, Hillel parent and Board Member who initiated the Britto connection. “As a fan of Romero Britto and his artwork, it seemed only natural to combine his positive and creative vision towards Hillel, an institution that I hold very near to my heart,” she added.
Hillel is a private Jewish day school located at 19000 NE 25 Avenue in North Miami Beach. For more information, contact Chani Dennis at 305-931-2831, ext. 167.

A Big “Bravo” for Jerry Lewis and
his Annual MDA Telethon

by Robin Roth, the Blonde from “The Blonde and the Maven”
Contributing Writer


I applaud this saint of a man, Jerry Lewis, who has devoted his life to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy. No one knows for certain the reasons behind Jerry's passion to find a cure. I do think, however, that we all agree how grateful we are for all his effort! His endless, tireless, love, care, concern and work have given HIS KIDS hope, happiness and pride—not to mention, he’s left HIS MARK on this world.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency. MDA shares a dedicated partnership with scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering some 40 different neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. This is a disease that can attack anyone of us at any time. Muscular Dystrophy doesn't care who you are, how rich or famous you are, what color you are or what religion you are. MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services and far reaching professional and public heath education.

For the past 53 Labor Days, Jerry Lewis has set the stage to let HIS KIDS shine, and this year was NO different! In Beverly Hills, California on September 5, 2005, a nationwide outpouring of love, support and dollars for Jerry's 40th annual telethon brought $53,921,586 to the Association’s contributions and pledges. This number was quite remarkable considering the contributions going towards the unthinkable devastations caused by Hurricane Katrina. Jerry has a big heart, big enough to donate a $1 million donation from MDA to the Salvation Army's hurricane relief program. Special appeals during the Telethon were expected to raise about $1 million for relief efforts in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Between the generous viewers, local businesses and the (HUNKY) Firefighters (who are always there, year after year, collecting for Jerry), Palm Beach, Florida raised a whopping $723,602! YEAH, Palm Beach, FLORIDA! This money will go towards its local MDA chapter. Moneys from the Telethon not only go towards research, but important studies, scientists, therapy, services, wheelchairs, and medical care, and provides for 4,000 youngsters to attend the MDA week-long summer camp that these children so look forward to each year. Your money is well spent here, folks!

Readers, I spent some time with THE MOST, lovely young lady, Lorinda Gonzalez, who has been suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 3 since she was 3 years old. With all that this precious 20-year-old has to endure each and every day, there is a reason behind her brilliantly glowing smile. She explains to me, “I don't feel sorry for myself at all. I have a great purpose in this world. Through me, I want people to realize and to appreciate life; to really appreciate all life has to offer. I feel that people all too often take what they have for granted, especially young people. They don't seem to realize all their potential and what they need to achieve—what they MUST achieve and bring to this world. I understand all of this, even WITH the challenges and barriers I have. I hope to open people's eyes to all they have and how grateful they should be to have it!”
Readers, if you want an inspirational, articulate, touching, intelligent speaker for your organization, business, school or religious sect, you need to sit down with Lorinda! She will move you, touch your heart and help you grow!
Jerry Lewis said, “This remarkably successful effort will mean a lot to the tens of thousands of individuals and families who are fighting neuromuscular diseases. I'd like to thank everyone involved in making this really terrific show one of the best Telethons ever!”
I have one last thought that I know all of you will agree with. Please, God, let this be the year we discover THE cure for this horrible disease! Let this year be the last year thousands of beautiful people have to suffer…
If you didn't get to make your pledge to Jerry, it is NOT too late. Simply call your local chapter or log onto DO IT NOW AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
1. John Matthews (WPEC News12), Alan Gerstel (WPEC News12), Liz Quirantes (WPEC News12), Sandy Shelton (Northern Trust Bank), Curt Fonger (WPEC News12), and Terry Anzur (WPEC News12)
2. Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers and television news anchors, Palm Beach raised $723,602 for this year’s MDA Telethon
3. The inspirational Lorinda Gonzalez with firefighters Allen Civita, Eric Rosenquist and Al Votinelli
Photos by Robin Roth

Miami Dade Parks to Host Ethiopian Cultural Group

Miami Dade Parks, Division of Arts and Culture is proud to present a free concert featuring the Ethiopian cultural group, Bahalachin, on Sunday, September 11, 4pm, at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 N.W. 22nd Avenue in Miami, as part of the Community Artists Cultural Arts Series.
Bahalachin is the product of extraordinary effort and sacrifice by Solomon Akale and the group’s members, to preserve the musical heritage of more than 2700 years of Ethiopian-Jewish Culture. “Bahalachin” which means, “our culture” in Amharic, is the official name of the group founded in 1996 to preserve the culture of Ethiopian Jewry and to strengthen the natural bonds between the Ethiopian Jewish Community. The ensemble sings in Amharic, plays traditional Ethiopian-Jewish music on traditional instruments, and includes seven dancers as well. A narrator will guide the audience through the program in English and use traditional crafts to help explain the performance.
For more information, call the Joseph Caleb Auditorium at 305-636-2350.
1. The Ethiopian cultural group, Bahalachin

Lorna Owens Forms Empowerment Program,
“Women Behind Bars”


It did not take Lorna Owens—former Dade County prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, turn life coach and motivational speaker—long to find her life’s mission. It is called Women Behind Bars, a 90-day empowerment program for women in prisons and jails. “My mission is to show the women that it is possible for them to change their lives, stay out of jail and become productive members of society,” says Owens.
“Listen up,” Owens tells the women. “You hold your future in your hands.” Each woman has to take responsibility for her life. We do not care whether they are innocent or guilty. Life is about making good choices. Women Behind Bars is a 90-day intense empowerment program that meets twice per month for two hours.
The women learn self-esteem, forgiveness, trust, and goal setting. Best of all, they learn to dream again. These women attend lectures, role play and use a journal. There’s also the Women Behind Bars Book Club. Each month, the women read a life-changing book, such as A Child Called It. “Bibliotherapy is powerful stuff,” says Owens.
The goal of Women Bars is to help the woman change and not return to jail. The organization is working towards forming partnerships with major corporations and individuals. Women Behind Bars needs book donations from its selected book list. In the works in the opening of a Day Spa and Salon called Metamorphis, which will be a high-end spa/salon run by women who were formerly incarcerated.   
“Each of us can make a difference,” says Owens.
For more information, visit

New Theatre Cares—a Benefit Performance for the
Victims of Hurricane Katrina

On Tuesday, September 27 at 8pm, New Theatre will hold a benefit performance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Rafael de Acha will direct, with the volunteered artistic services of the New Theatre Acting Company, and production stage manager Joseph M. NeSmith.
The first segment of the evening’s program consists of: “All the World’s a Stage,” Jacques in As You Like It, Rafael de Acha; “When my Cue Comes Call Me,” Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Robert Strain; “What is a Jew?,” Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Steve Gladstone; “The First of Gold,” Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, Stephen S. Neal; “I Love Thee Not,” Demetrius and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Euriamis Losada and Tara Vodihn; “Fare Thee Well…I Know a Bank,” Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ricky J. Martinez; “Her Father Lov’d Me,” Othello in Othello, James S. Randolph, Jr.; “Is This a Dagger I See Before Me?”, Macbeth in Macbeth, Keith Cassidy; “They Met Me in the Day of Success,” Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Bridget Connors; and “Dimmi Donde Nasce Amore” (“Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred”) from The Merchant of Venice; music by Rafael de Acha, with Cecilia Torres, Kimberly Daniel, Euriamis Losada, Kathy Kozak at the piano.
After intermission, from past present and future seasons, performances include: Ladies and Not So Gentle Women by Alfred Allan Lewis (Season 2005-2006), Patti Gardner; Affluenza by James Sherman (Season 2004-2005), Michael McKeever; Wit by Margaret Eidson (Season 2001-2002), Barbara Sloan; Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Season 2002-2003), Cecilia Torres; Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel (Season 1997-1998), Lisa Morgan; Madagascar by J. T. Rogers (Season 2005-2006), Kathryn Lee Johnston, Angie Radosh and Bill Schwartz; and A Tribute to Jule Styne (Season in the future), Kimberly Daniel and Kathy Kozak.
The New Theatre is located at 4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables. For tickets and more information, call 305-443-5909 or visit

Everyone to the Miami World Theater Festival

Everything is ready for the curtain to raise for the First Edition of the Miami World Theater. Between October 7th and 16th, Miami Beach will become the meeting place for the most famous international theater companies that will make theirs our streets and theaters. Free of charge and for a crowd made out of people of all ages, they will perform breathtaking spectacles at the Lummus Park and Lincoln Road. Fireworks, dancing, circus, mime, lights and music will melt together to make this an unforgettable experience.
Lummus Park, between 7 and 8 streets, will be the venue for the Groupe F of France and their performance, “A Little More Light.” They will be in charge of opening the festival with the most sophisticated fireworks spectacle that will fill up the sky with brightness and color and everyone could enjoy on October 7th and 8th, at 8pm.
The following week (October 15 and 16), beauty and color will meet at the corner of Lincoln Road and Lenox Avenue, where starting at 2pm, Strange Fruit of Australia will present “The Field,” a performance on poles that fusions dance, circus and mime and will send our imagination flying.
October 8th and 9th, the Jackie Gleason Theater will be hosting Rafael Amargo from Spain, with his performance of “Poeta en Nueva York” (Poet in New York), a fusion of flamenco, jazz and Latin music. And October 15th and 16th will be the dates for the Theatre Tattoo, from France, with their play “La Cuisine,” a place where we all might be closer to the earth and a sensual reality.
The Byron Carlyle Theater will present Les Deux Mondes of Canada, with the play “The Tale of Teeka” on October 7th, 8th and 9th, and Joe Goode Performance Group of the United States, of the United States with “Hometown,” October 14th, 15th and 16th.
Last but not least, for all the duration of the Festival, the Theater of Venevision will present, from October 7th to the 16th, the play “Los Hombros de América” (The Shoulders of America), where humor and irony recreate from fiction the reality lived by families of immigrants, Tickets will be sold directly at the theater’s box office.
All the Street Theatre performances will be offered free of charge. For the shows at Jackie Gleason Theater and Byron Carlyle Theater, tickets could be purchased through Ticketmaster, or at the box offices. Prices fluctuate between $25 and $68 dollars. 

Eighth Annual Jazz Spectacular Benefit Concert to
Aid Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County

Superstar jazz musicians groove for a good cause in the 8th Annual Jazz Spectacular in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Friday, September 9 at 8pm. The concert is sponsored by Scott Mager and presented by GunnAllen Financial Joel Kamphuis/Anthony Marcello with all proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.
The concert includes Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marion Meadows, who are joined by the Power Quartet with Richard Smith and Freddie Ravel and special guest Chuck Loeb.
Tickets are $25, $45 and $60. VIP tickets that include an elegant cocktail soiree and silent auction which starts at 5:30pm, along with premium concert seating, are available for $250. Tickets are available through the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office at 954-462-0222 or at Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.
1. Richard Smith
2. Freddie Ravel

12th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction
to Benefit the Ann Storck Center

The 12th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting and Auction to raise funds for the Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, September 30, 2005. South Florida celebrity chefs and restaurants will open their hearts and share their talents as they prepare and share a bevy of scrumptious gourmet samplings and decadent desserts. Guests will also enjoy an open bar.   
Participating restaurants include: 3030 Ocean, Marriott Harbor Beach; Anthony’s Runway 84; Aruba Beach Café; Bin 595; Bistro 17; Bob Roth’s New River Groves; Brooks Restaurant; Casa D’Angelo; Gatsby’s; Grill Room on Las Olas; Hana Lu Lu Gourmet; In Home Gourmet; Johnny V; KM at the Grapevine/Grapevine Gourmet Catering; Legal Sea Foods; Mancini’s; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; Samba Room; Schakolad; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino; Spazio; Trina; and We Take the Cake.
As the event’s title suggests, both live and silent auctions will be held featuring vacation packages, jewelry and an array of sports items, some of which include: a SilverSea Cruise package, Tiffany & Co. merchandise, a weekend in New York City, a one-week vacation in Acapulco, Mexico, autographed sports memorabilia, and much more. The raffle will consist of a $500 gift certificate to Levinson’s Jewelers. Raffle tickets will be sold for $25 each.
The evening’s entertainment will feature world-renowned harpist Victor Espinola and his Paraguayan harp. Espinola recently joined famed musician Yanni on an International tour.
Chairing the event will be Roz Perlmutter, an Ann Storck Honorary Board member and owner of Pearl’s Art Supply, and Joan Ast, a board member of the Broward County Medical Association Alliance.
The Ann Storck Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. The Center provides a full range of Residential Services, a Developmental Training Program, Music Therapy, a nationally acclaimed Fine Art Program and a Preschool/ Infant Stimulation Program with Family Support Services.
The 12th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting and Auction will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441), just north of Stirling Road on the Seminole Indian Reservation in Hollywood on Friday, September 30. The evening begins with a Silent Auction and Food Tasting at 7pm, followed by the evening’s Program and Live Auction.
Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by contacting Maria Delegal at 954-584-8000 or via email at For sponsorship information, contact Maria Delegal as well.
1. Bottom Row: Chef Kenneth Williams (Grill Room on Las Olas), Chef Adrian Deacon (Bin 595), Chef Peter Mavraides (Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino), Mikai Williams, Chef Kevin McCarthy (KM at the Grapevine/Grapevine Gourmet); Middle Row: Chef Eve Montella-Smith (Hana Lu Lu Catering), Chef Elisa Eliot (In Home Gourmet), Chef Dominique Beckers (We Take The Cake), Chef Stewart Buchanan (Legal Sea Foods), Chef Eric Peterson (Gatsby's), Chef Angelo Elia (Casa D' Angelo); Top Row: Chef Michael Smith (Spazio), Joel Daley, Darius Williams, in back of Darius (red shirt) is Chef Mike Coldrick (Trina at the Atlantic Hotel), Chef Henry Henrera (Brooks), Chef Michael Costello (Bistro 17) holding Daniella Novakovic, and Dario Marquez (Samba Room)

22nd Miami Book Fair International Official Poster
to be Unveiled at Kick-Off Reception

A select group of Miami authors, educators, artists and community leaders will be the first to see the official poster of the 2005 Miami Book Fair International when they gather for the unveiling on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 6:30pm at the Ritz Carlton DiLido Beach Club, 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
Miami-based artist Laura Luna, who created the poster for the Book Fair, will attend the unveiling.  Luna is considered one of the best sculptors from the 1980’s “Golden Generation” in Cuba. The daughter of a political prisoner was barred from attending the Cuban Arts Institute (Instituto Superior de Arte) for political reasons, but still apprenticed at the Rodriguez de la Cruz ceramic works, where Amelia Pelaez, Wilfredo Lam and many other distinguished artists studied. She arrived in Miami in 1994 seeking political asylum and established a studio in Little Havana. She is currently working on a public monument titled “Nosotros-Us.” The artist is currently represented by Cernuda Arte.
Guests at the invitation only event will also celebrate the One Book One Community book selected for Miamians to read during fall 2005.
“We are sure that this fall’s book selection will once again provide the community the opportunity to learn and grow as we all read together another outstanding book,” says Alina Interian, Executive Director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, which houses both the One Book, One Community project and the Book Fair.
Some of the authors appearing at the 2005 Book Fair, November 13th through the 20th at Miami Dade College, Wolfson campus include Booker prize-winner Margaret Atwood, Sex and the City’s creator Candace Bushnell, best-selling author Terry McMillan, comedian Jerry Lewis, jazzman Paquito d’Rivera, veteran newsman Mike Wallace, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient John Hope Franklin, long-time child advocate Jonathan Kozol, former U. S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Bernard Goldberg, Tess Gerritsen, Octavia Butler, Jonathan Safran Foer, Scott Turow, and Andrew Weil.
The Book Fair will also bring to South Florida the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Fiction Marilynne Robinson, accompanied by fellow Pulitzer Prize-winners Nick Kotz, Joe Lelyveld, Gary Wills, and Florida’s own Edna Buchanan and Mirta Ojito. In addition, other prize-winning writers in attendance will include Pen/Faulkner award-winner Diana Abu-Jabar, and Obie award-winner Eric Bogosian.
Fans of the culinary arts will delight in the tidbits shared by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s food-and-wine guru Ted Allen, PBS’ Daisy Cooks! chef Daisy Martinez, and James Beard award-winning food critic Steven Shaw, a.k.a. “The Fat Guy.”
Interián says, “Some of the nation’s top writers and thinkers will once again come to South Florida on the occasion of the 22nd Miami Book Fair International, which has become one of the nation’s key literary events. Year after year, the Book Fair brings a wide range of talent to Miami, adding a week of celebration of the love of reading to the already vibrant cultural life of a city better known for being the ‘fun in the sun’ capital of the U.S.”
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