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Miami's Star Students Get a Taste of the Good Life


Miami Dade County has one of the most problematic school systems in the state. It is also the fourth largest school district in the nation with over 400 schools, 345K students, and 44K employees. So it makes sense that Miami-Dade County would make every attempt to keep the dropout rate low. That's where Communities in Schools of Miami steps in.

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Donna Karan and David Burke Support City Harvest

Donna Karan’s stunning and sleek 5th Avenue boutique partnered with renowned chef David Burke to shop, eat and support the charity, City Harvest, last night. The multi-purpose party was effortlessly classy and filled to the brim with the upper crust of the Upper East Side. The marble and granite three-story shop showcased Karan’s beautiful new spring collection, full of natural textures and earthy colors in the softest fabrics and modern cuts that made the brand famous. Cater waiters passed around tempting appetizers from David Burke’s newly created menu for The Townhouse by (his flagship restaurant, re-opening in May).

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Follow Us As We Walk to Cure Parkinson's Disease

It seems impossible, but I remember being six months old, enjoying a summer day at the pool with my Safta Sarah; Safta being the hebrew term for Grandmother. Singing a happy tune and navigating through the water as I sat atop an orange floatie, she offered the comfort that only a grandmother could provide. In her eyes I could do no wrong, in her world I would remain innocent forever, and if ever I needed her, she would be there.

I'm not sure whether it’s because that is the last moment untouched by her disease I can recall, or because it was one of the happiest of my young life, but I do know it is a scene that replays in my memory from time to time.

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Taste of Hope Brings Foodies Together Against Cancer

Thursday May 1st is the ninth annual Taste of Hope, a gathering of some of the finest NYC restaurants to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. Some of the participating restaurants will include BLT Fish, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Dinosaur BBQ and Serendipity. There will also be a silent auction including prizes such as dinner for two, travel packages and Broadway tickets. A Taste of Hope has raised over $175,000 in previous years, and this year they hope to break $200,000.

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Weekend Pick: Bunny Rock Half Marathon and 5k

There are many way you can spend your Saturday morning, but why not spend it running a half marathon or 5k? This Saturday at 9am, Adrenaline Sports Management will be hosting the Bunny Rock Half Marathon and 5k at Grant Park- Arvey Field. This could be the best way to get into the Easter spirit over the weekend.

All participants receive FREE bunny ears, sunglasses, and a t-shirt, plus drink and food specials at the after party at Bar Louie. If you’re not looking to race and have kids then you can also check out the egg hunt, petting zoo, and of course, photos with the Easter Bunny going on during the half marathon and 5k.

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Swing into Spring Sweeps Us off Our Feet

The Central Park Conservancy’s Greensward Circle held a stunning Swing into Spring event at the Loeb Boathouse Wednesday night. Hundreds of young professionals gathered as the sun set over the boathouse to drink, eat, and dance beneath the space’s wood-beamed ceilings. The Central Park Conservancy is a non-for-profit who’s mission it is to restore, preserve and maintain the beauty and wonder of Central Park. The Conservancy raises over 75% of the parks annual $58 million budget so that it can uphold its iconic splendor and charm.

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Swing into Spring with the Central Park Conservancy Tonight


The Central Park Conservancy exists to restore, maintain, and preserve the beauty and wonder that is New York City's Central Park. Since 1980 their efforts have continually provided 75% of the park's annual multi-million dollar budget. The Greenwald Circle is a branch of the Conservancy made of young professionals and philanthropists who work tirelessly to fundraise and further bolster these efforts. Tonight, these groups host their annual Swing into Spring party complete with drinking, dining and dancing all in the name of preserving one of the city's best treasures. From 7 to 11pm the Loeb Boathouse will be alit with the good spirit of charity and the clinking of glasses to the fruitful spring to come.

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New York African Restaurant Week's Edible Bazaar Benefit

On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, New York African Restaurant Week will proudly sponsor an Edible Bazaar Benefit at 16 W. 36th Street. The 2nd annual event is presented in conjunction with Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, and feature a night of dining, drinking, and dancing. All proceeds will go to such organizations as Alliance of Hope for Lupus and Keep A Child Alive. Guests will also enjoy a wide range of tastings from African cuisine, including Barbara Food Creations, Pierre Thiam Catering, Mombassa Dishes, Farafina, Madiba, and Panla Catering. The Spring 2014 honorees include: Mohammed Abdullah (Owner, Accra), Mark & Jenny Henegan (Owners, Madiba Restaurant), Chef Pierre Thiam (Chef, Caterer and Award-winning Author), Dr. Roy A. Hastick (President/Founder, CACCI) and Ramatu Ahmed (Community Organizer). The evening festivities will be hosted by Yolanda Sangweni (Essence and AfriPOP) and Namo. Music performances by DJs Universe and SM.

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Arm the Animals Under Fire From MLB

Arm the Animals, a small organization that produces T-shirts and other small goods and donates profits to no-kill shelters, recently got in trouble with the MLB for its "Doggers" tee. The company runs several parody shirts, including "Pup Fiction," "Rambo Bunny," and "Cat-At" (think Star Wars' AT-AT), but this one caught the eye of MLB's copyright attorneys. Arm the Animals quickly complied with MLB's demands, the costs of which were almost equal to the profits of the shirt, and removed all traces of the shirt.

It certainly behooves a company to defend its own intellectual property. Nonetheless, it demonstrates a certain degree of aggressiveness when you are more stringent with your copyright than George Lucas. Additionally, as written by Sean Newell for Deadspin, "The coloring, stylization of 'Doggers,' and the ball-flight marks are on-the-nose reproductions, but no one would actually confuse this for a Dodgers shirt."

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Weekend Pick: Eats and Beats at Mantua Haverford Community Center

Eating is great, but eating for charity is even better. AUNI's 5th Annual Community Meal and Fundraiser is Philadelphia's must-attend event to support food systems reform, while also supporting a young culinary talent. The theme of this year's event is Eats and Beats, and as the name implies, not only will attendees receive a delicious meal, but they will also be treated to live music from local youth and talent.