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June 2011 • vol.9 • issue 3
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e’re having a Heat wave in
South Florida — a Miami
Heat wave!
Riding on the wave of excitement
from the team’s series victory over the
once unconquerable Boston Celtics, Heat
fans have caught the fever and it feels
sooo good.
The Heat mania has provided us a
great distraction from the daily dose
of depressing news, such as the floods
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throughout the country, the tornadoes
that have devastated so much of the
southeast; and who can forget the meltdown of the sex-crazed California governor, reducing him to a cartoon character
due to his trysts with a house maid and
now reports of possible others. One can’t
help but think of all the lives that have
been devastated by this one man’s lack
of judgment.
So thank you Miami Heat for giving us
this exciting and fun distraction. As Idol’s
Randy Jackson would say, “They’re in it
to win it!”
As of this writing, the Heat were leading Chicago 2-1. I hope by the time you
read this, they are still on their way to
the national prize. Worst case scenario,
should the team lose en route; they still
deserve our gratitude and praise for giving us one of the most exciting seasons of
pro basketball in South Florida.
Onward and upward, dream team!
As most of you know, this issue of
South Florida Social will be our last one
until we return in the fall. But for those
who are staying in the area throughout the summer, there is a smorgasbord
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of events to help our many charities,
so keep a watch on our website for announcements of those until the print issue
returns in October.
My summer plans include, first a total
veg out on home turf, hopefully working
an exercise program into my daily schedule, and the joy of a good book. Then,
it’s off to New York to visit my daughter.
This year has come full circle, as she is
taking me on a vacation trip to celebrate
my birthday. Destination still not confirmed for this August venture, but anywhere with her is just fine with me.
Every year in Fort Lauderdale seems to
produce a new crop of wonderful, devoted
people to their various charitable causes.
While I still cling to the familiar faces
of the long-time worker bees in the charitable world; it is refreshing to see the
young generation taking the reins of many
non-profit support groups in the area.
Speaking of non-profits and people
who are making a difference, South Florida Social is launching a new feature in this
issue. “Making a Difference,” presented
by AutoNation, will spotlight people who
you may not see out in the ballrooms or
fa c e b o o k.c o m/S o u t h Fl o r i d a S o c i a l
luncheons, but they are working behind
the scenes; devoting countless hours of
their free time to helping those less fortunate. These people are usually not a part
of the well-heeled group. For instance,
our first “Making a Difference” feature
on page 13 in this issue spotlights Eddie
Cody, a courageous and kind-hearted single man who has adopted three children,
while still maintaining a full-time job.
The adoption was accomplished through
the non-profit group, ChildNet. However,
it was the Heart Gallery, which features a
traveling exhibit of portraits and bios of
children who are waiting to be adopted,
that brought Eddie to his second child.
(As of this writing, 67 children were waiting to be adopted.) Eddie saw the boy on
the Heart Gallery’s exhibit, and again on
the HG website three years later. (In June,
the Heart Gallery’s exhibit is featured at
Broward Health. You also can read more
about the Heart Gallery on page 13.)
For now, we bid you adieu until September when we will return to the always
busy social scene in South Florida.
Have a wonderful and blessed summer!
Until next time... BETTY WILLIAMS
‘Inspire Life, Breathe Free’
luncheon to benefit American Lung Association
he Bonefish Grill will be the setting for the sixth annual “Inspire
Life, Breathe Free” luncheon
hosted by the American Lung Association of Florida – South Area. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m., Friday,
June 10, at the popular restaurant, located at 6282 N. Federal Highway, Fort
This luncheon benefits ALA, a crucial non-profit organization that works to
save lives by improving lung health and
preventing lung disease.
The shocking statistic is that more women die of lung cancer each year than breast,
ovarian and cervical cancers combined, according to a spokesperson for ALA.
This annual luncheon was established
to bring awareness to the issue of women’s lung health, and is provided in partnership with the Broward County Medical Association and the Broward County
Medical Association Alliance.
Alliance members Dr. Marietta Glazer
and Kathy Molinet have been the event’s
co-chairs since its inception.
Philanthropist Barbara Mautner has
made a commitment to fund this luncheon
for 10 years through the Mautner Charitable Foundation, in honor of her friend,
Jack Ward, who died of lung cancer, and
also in recognition of his widow Catherine Ward. Kathie (Jackson) Zier also
will be remembered for the courageous
battle she fought before she died of lung
cancer. To honor her life and her legacy
of her years of charitable work, ALA has
established an endowment in her name
to fund lung cancer research, which was
Kathie’s dying wish, a spokesperson for
the luncheon said.
NBC anchor/reporter Amara Sohn
will emcee.
Dr. David Onstad, a local pulmonologist, will speak on how to keep your
lungs healthy.
A silent auction will precede the luncheon.
A fashion show by Worth Repeating,
an upscale consignment shop in Wilton
Manors, will feature committee members
and BCMA Alliance members modeling
fashions from the consignment store.
Space is limited. Buy your tickets at
call ALA at 954-524-4667.
Betty Williams
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Marietta Glazer, left; Susan Maurer and Kathy Molinet, committee members. (Glazer and Molinet
are event co-chairs.)
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Parties continue to dominate the calendar of South Florida’s movers and shakers.
Making a Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
This issue launches this feature page, sponsored by AutoNation, which will spotlight unsung heroes in South Florida, who are making a difference in the lives
of others. This issue features the incredible story of Eddie Cody, 43, who has
adopted three children, all with special needs.
Dining Destinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Reviewer Mary Jo Rogers visits Pa’ DeGennaro’s Restaurant in Lauderdale-bythe-Sea.
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Café Vico’s Chef/Owner Marco Vico and former Miami Dolphin join fellow
Dolphin John Offerdahl to serve up Vico’s famous meatballs at the Gridiron
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Getting ready for the “Inspire Life, Breathe Free” luncheon are: Back row,
from left: Betty Young, Betty Koontz, Marcia Bynoe, Anja Weinberg,
Cynthia Peterson, Lynne Prieto, Angela Mastrofrancesco and Susan
Maurer. Seated, from left, Dr. Marietta Glazer and Kathy Molinet, event
co-chairs. (See story above; cover and above photo by Kevin Preston,
South Florida Photo.)
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Children’s Opportunity
Group hosts festive
annual luncheon
he Panorama Room of the Hyatt Regency Pier 66
was transformed into a sea of bright orange colors, complete with lemons and limes, the theme
of the Children’s Opportunity Group’s always popular
annual luncheon.
Chantal Tilbrook, who does event planning and web
design, and runs like the Energizer Bunny, led her fellow
co-chairs Shelly Pragi and Liz Landon, along with their
committee in planning this festive event.
COG, founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1949, is composed of a group of women who are dedicated to supporting and enriching health, education and welfare for less
fortunate children in the community.
1 Don DeRocher, sommelier at the Ritz Carlteon in Fort
Lauderdale, left; Dennis Baney, interior decorator and Dr. Will
Richardson, dermatologist. 2 The Northern Trust Bank table,
standing, from left, Susan Best and Betty Schultz. Seated:
Cindy Cast; Marie Hansen and Liz Langsenkamp. 3 Paula
Castaneda, left; Montiesue Spano and Susan Greaton. 4
Shelly Biagi,, left; Chantal Tilbrook and Lisa Lawlor were event
co-chairs. 5 Seated Donna DeRocher, event chair Chantal’s
Mom, an interior decorator who came from her home Ocean
City, New Jersey to help her daughter with the luncheon; and
Chantal’s brother Don DeRocher, seated; Chantal, standing. 6
Terry Maus, left; Elizabeth Maus; Dotsi Peck and Nancy DeJohn,
seated; with Vicki Maus, standing. 7 Colleen Burke, left; Paula
Haliczer, Judy Zimmer and Mareguerite Welding. 8 Sherry
Schofield, left; and Judy Richardson. 9 Jennifer O’Flannnery,
president of United Way of Broward and Lisa Kitei, director of
development for Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 10
Andrea Beasley Walters, owner of Hamilton Douglass Clothiers,
with the handsome models who showed off the latest in men’s
fashions from the upscale store. 11 Leah Gernert, left; Susan
Greaton and Liz Stephany. 12 Vida Maus and Tish McCauley.
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Broward’s own ‘Dancing
with the Stars’ is a wow for
Pantry of Broward
FORT LAUDERDALE: A-lister community
leaders recently vied to be the top the pack
among five of Broward’s busiest people:
Gary Correll, director of merchandising
for Publix Super Markets; Jennifer Klaassens, vice president of programs for The
Wasie Foundation; Traci Miller, director
of business development for Miller Construction Company; Nathalie Pozo of the
Miami-based NBC news team; and former Miami Dolphin Twan Russell. They
were each paired with professional dancers, following the format of TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Gale Butler and Ginny Miller cochaired this fun evening, which featured
everything from red men’s suits to tight,
sparkly outfits on the women dancers.
When the last heel had kicked, it was
Traci Miller who tangoed off with first
place prize.
All the fun benefited the Pantry of Broward, an organization founded by B.J.
Buntrock that provides resources to seniors in need on low fixed incomes and
also area grandparents who are raising
their grandchildren. The event took place
at the Marriott Harbor Beach Marina.
1 Dancing competitor Gary Correll with his wife Monica, center; and his professional dance partner
Elizabeth Sky. 2 Jennifer Klaassens with her professional partner, Alex Matar. 3 Ginny and Tom
Miller of Miller Construction Company. Ginny was event co-chair. 4 Tommy Galeazzi, left; Penny
Loughan, CEO of The Pantry of Broward; and Gale Butler of AutoNation and event co-chair. 5 Traci
Miller tests her high-stepping skills on the dance floor with professional partner Pablo Malco. Traci
spun her way to the top, taking home the first place prize. 6 Debbie Day, left; of Blue Martini;
and Tamara Pope. 7 Jim and Candy Norton of Lifestyle Magazines, couple at left; with Paula
Levinson and Broward County Circuit Judge, 17th District, Jeffrey Levenson. 8 Susan Renneisen
of Seminole Hard Rock; and Doug Jones of Star Entertainment. 9 Anthony Raphael, left; Broward
Commissioner Stacy Ritter and NBC 6 reporter Roxanne Vargas also were contestants in last year’s
competition, and served as judges this year. 10 Brenda Johnson and Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank
Ortiz, who both were contestants in the 2010 competition, served as judges for this event. 11
Frank Fernandez, of The Pantry of Broward; with publicist Joanne Miceli-Bogash. 12 Doug Jones,
left; Danielle Butler; Tony Treglia and Caroline Frank of the Fort Lauderdale Country Club.
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2007 Massage Envy Ltd.,
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an’t believe another season has
come and gone.
And like all years, we at South
Florida Social find our news hopper still not
empty, with several events that did not get
in here.
On this page, you will see one or two
to person
by Betty W illiams
photos from some of these events. If you
during the summer months, you will find
more coverage on most of these events.
Enjoy this smorgasbord of happenings,
including a fun birthday party.
he United Negro College Fund recently hosted “An Evening of Jazz” at the Museum
of Art, downtown Fort Lauderdale.
o one does it better than Sharon Gustafson when it comes to celebrating her birthday.
This year’s didn’t disappoint with the private dining room at Capital Grille aglow with
pink roses throughout, even the centerpiece of the cake was a pink rose! Sharon
and her gorgeous daughters, Shannon Brooks and Susan Rindley, were seated at the head of
the banquet size table. Accolades go to Barry Fluoresce, who presented the party to his love.
Gale Butler, left, of AutoNation; Tamara Jones and Michelle
Tuggle were among guests.
Among the many friends celebrating Sharon Gustafson’s birthday were, from left, Shirley Vangeloff;
Carmen Hotchkiss; June Miller; Helena Kolenda; Robin Hirschman; birthday celebrant Sharon Gustafson
and her daughter, Shannon Brooks. (Daughter Susan Rindley also was beside her Mom for this fun event.)
Winn and Maria Soldani, who
helped coordinate the event.
Ralph Campbell, McKinley Insurance Company, left; Florida
Memorial University president and Joe Pineda, assistant dean of
NSU School of Business.
The Gold Coast Concierge Association recently held its dinner meeting at the popular new Michele’s
Restaurant. Paul McGannon, left, president of the Gold Coast Concierge Association with Michele Bonango,
owner of the popular new restaurant and Nick Conte, restaurant manager and director of special events.
The Polynesian
restaurant, Mai Kai, is a
popular destination for
both locals and tourists
alike. Above, foreign
exchange student Milena
Candela gets to pose
with dancers Tatiana
Heinrichs and Tiare
Tekurio, right. ‘We don’t
have a restaurant like
this in Switzerland,’ said
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John and Dottie Ruffin. The couple is
major benefactors of the UNCF, with the
endowment scholarship in the name
of John W. Ruffin going to more than
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TOP: The Grateful Palate on
17th Street Causeway joined
forces with Neiman Marcus
in the Galleria for a fun event
at the popular bistro. Seen
here are Michele Simon, left,
publisher of City & Shore
Magazine; Joanie Sabo of
Neiman Marcus; Rusty Smith,
general Manger of Neiman
Marcus and Meghan Leckey,
owner of The Grateful Palate.
LEFT: Tracy Roloff, left, of The
Fort Lauderdale Children’s
Theatre; model Paula Lauro
and Mary Giuseffi Crum.
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2011 ‘Night of Literary Feasts’
serves up great authors and books for local literati
A Night of Literary Feasts, 2011” was an incredible
success for the Broward Public Library Foundation.
Such well-known authors as Lisa Birnbach (“The
Official Preppy Handbook”); Hallie Ephron (mystery
writer and sister to writer/producer Nora Epron); David
Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who
unveiled his book, “In Going Home to Glory” and South
Florida familiar face Les Standiford (“Bringing Home
Adam: The Abduction that Changed America,”) were but
a few of the standouts at this year’s gathering.
Guests gathered first at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Panorama Ballroom for the book-signing and reception, before
heading out to leading restaurants and private host homes
where they dined with at least one of the 21 visiting authors.
Gordon and Laura Devens and Lauren Miller were
event co-chairs.
The annual event benefits the Broward Public Library
1 Laura and Gordon Devens and Lauren Miller, right, were event co-chairs. 2 Gale Butler of AutoNation, presenting sponsor, left; with Tommy Galeazzi and Susan Peirce of Nova Southeastern University.
3 Authors David Eisenhower and Hallie Ephron. 4 Jennifer Smith, left; Dr. Robert Kagan; Pat Helmus and Dr. Kagan’s wife, Bonnie Barnett. 5 Bob and Brenda Pack, couple at left; with Angele and
John Hallbauer, husband/wife attorneys. 6 Steve Hyatt visits with Amy Broyles. 7 Author Lisa Birnbach, right, and Linda Pratt. 8 Miami-based author Les Standiford autographs his book for Maureen
McDermott. 9 Diana Metcalf, left; and Pat Helmus. 10 Joan Readding and Sal Corsini. 11 Marcia Barry-Smith, left; Sandra Bernard-Bastien; Charles Mosely and Sheryl Dickey, chair of the Broward
Public Library Foundation Board. 12 Richard and Mary Kazares, couple at left; with Barbara Parent and Carol Harrison, standing.
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55th Annual Holy Cross Auxiliary Gala raises more than $215,000
he Signature Grand in Davie was
the setting for this glitzy, glamorous event that featured stage performances by “Diana Ross” and “The Village People.”
The Studio 54 theme was evident throughout the elegantly decorated ballroom.
Julie and Dr. Phil Valent co-chaired the
gala for the second consecutive year.
Elegant couples were abundant on the
dance floor at this always high energy event.
Funds raised will support the new
55,000-square-foot Dorothy Mangurian
Comprehensive Women’s Center at the
Holy Cross HealthPlex, 1000 NE 56th St.,
in Fort Lauderdale.
A member of Catholic Health East,
Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, nonprofit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the
Sisters of Mercy. More than 600 physicians are on staff, representing more than
40 specialties and more than 2,800 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross,
visit www.holy-cross.com.
1 Dr. Patrick Taylor, president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital; with his wife Susan Taylor.
2 Dr. Philip and Julie Valent, ball co-chairs. 3 Mike and Monica Maroone, couple at left; with Doreen
and Keith Koenig. (Monica and Doreen were instrumental in founding the successful ‘Girlfriends’
support group for the women’s center. 4 Maureen Mann, left; Dr. David Taub and his wife Rasheena.
5 Jan Moran, who donated $1 million to the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center
at Holy Cross HealthPlex; with Dr. Richard Luceri. 6 Dr. Joseph Salfko, left; Karen Safko; Andrea
Bradley, vice president of development and marketing, Holy Cross Hospital; with Mark Keschl.
7 John Johnson, former president and CEO of Holy Cross; with his wife Brenda. 8 Cathi Guerrieri,
right, representing the Guerrieri Family Foundation, the Charlie’s Angels Sponsor of the event;
with Pat Feder, president of the Holy Cross Auxiliary board. 9 Bonnie and Mark Dissette, senior
vice president and administrator, Holy Cross Hospital HealthPlex. 10 Committee members Abbie
Klaits, left; her daughter, Andrea Tsakanikas and Denice Davitian, owners of Florida Luxury Homes.
11 Alex Justicz, left; Kara Haley; Rodika Salter and Dr. Zachariah Zachariah. 12 Bob and Mary
Dwors. 13 Michele and Dr. Raul Tapia. 14 Drs. Fernando and Cristina Mata.
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If you drove by the Intercoastal Realty office on E. Las Olas
Boulevard recently, you could not miss the huge banner that read:
hat’s the banner outside the Intercoastal Realty office on
East Las Olas Boulevard recently. It was a well deserved
notice that Intercoastal Realty had, indeed, outdone itself
once again for sales in the months of March and April. That sentiment is backed up by Pat Ruth, Broker/Manager of the number one
real estate office in Southeast Fort Lauderdale: “ Our million dollar
sales doubled and we had triple the number of pending sales when
compared to the same months last year.”
Intercoastal Realty began 33 years ago with one sales associate,
a prime location and a new idea to list and market only waterfront
properties. For the next 20 years under the guidance of its owner,
Beth Beauchamp, Intercoastal Realty stayed faithful to that concept
and grew to become the largest seller of east side waterfront properties in Broward County. But all successful businesses must adjust
and re-tool to stay on top. Broker/Associates John Beauchamp and
Victoria “Torie” Beauchamp, who are now partners with Beth, lamented the fact that Intercoastal Realty would not even list their own
non-waterfront homes. So, Torie started her own non-waterfront real
estate office. This brokerage was eventually folded into Intercoastal
Realty when the office began listing non-waterfront properties.
While the primary focus remains on coastal waterfront homes
and condominiums, the company has expanded its reach to include coastal and luxury communities outside of east Fort Lauderdale. Many of our real estate professionals are as comfortable in
and knowledgeable about Palm Beach,
Miami, and Weston as they are with
the east side communities of Las Olas,
Rio Vista, and Harbor Beach, and Coral
Ridge to name a few. With affiliations
all over the world and with many multilingual associates, Intercoastal Realty
truly offers “global reach with exceptional local knowledge and experience”.
There are 50 real estate professionals, many who have been with Intercoastal Realty 25 or more years, and
some new very knowledgeable and
motivated arrivals. “We are very careful about who we bring in,” says Beth.
“Strength is not measured by the number of professional real estate agents,
but by the way they work together, and
the way they honor and respect each
other – the synergy in this office is
“New technology continues to
evolve at a dizzying pace which allows us to access listings and provide
information to buyers anywhere in the
world. We can see the big picture but
nothing replaces the in depth island by
island, neighborhood by neighborhood
knowledge that gives Intercoastal Realty the edge. The wisdom that comes
from age and experience can’t be purchased on line,” says Beth. “Information and data are only helpful if you
have the knowledge to use them.”
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100 attend breakfast hosted by
he Capital Grille in the Galleria Mall
was the setting for this informative
event, attended by some 100 people.
The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit of foster children who are
waiting to be adopted.
Unique in concept, the Heart Gallery is
displayed in many public places, just like
an art exhibit. Every photograph is a vibrant composition taken by a professional
portrait photographer, coupled with a bio
card that describes each child’s personality and interests.
Barbara Schechter, executive director
of the Heart Gallery greeted guests, and
introduced the inspiring speaker, Eddie
‘Heart Gallery’ to raise awareness
Cody, an adoptive single father. (See feature on Eddie on page 13.)
The Heart Gallery works with numerous children’s agencies, including ChildNet, Kids in Distress, 4KIDS of South
Florida and many more to match children,
ages 3 to 18, with prospective families.
As of this writing, 67 children were
waiting for their “forever families.”
Guests to the breakfast enjoyed a hearty
breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast, coffee; all
compliments of the Capital Grille.
In June, the Heart Gallery will be on
display at Broward General Hospital. In
July, it will travel to the West Regional
Library in Plantation.
1 Caren Bash, left; Konrad Brown; Susan Rindley, Heart Gallery board member; and Tonka Cascais. 2 Sean Stepelton, left; Hayley Arc and Shannon Brooks. 3 Barbara Schecter, executive director of the
Heart Gallery; with Tom Salyer, one of the volunteer photographers for the Heart Gallery. 4 Standing: John Haley, left; and Bill Feinberg; Seated: Tina Ashley, left; and Heather Scott. 5 Sharon Gustafson
and Barry Fluoresce, couple at left; with Jennifer Wetstein. 6 Guest speaker Eddie Cody and Gale Butler of AutoNation. 7 Pastor Alex Shanks, left, of Christ Church; Tisha Hyter and Norm Adams.
Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation
is presenting sponsor at the 2011
Concours d’ Elegance Kick-Off celebration
he Boca Raton Resort & Club was
the setting for the kick-off event
of the 2011 Councours d’Elegance
Kick-Off celebration.
Delray Beach executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin’s non-profit
organization, The Arthur E. Benjamin
Foundation, underwrote the event, which
preceded the weekend of cocktail parties
and galas.
All the events benefited the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Broward.
1 Jamie McDonnell, left, chair of the gala; kick-off party presenting sponsor Arthur E. Benjamin
and Rick and Rita Case. 2 Arthur E. Benjamin, left; with Linda and Doug Von Allmen. 3 Matt Organ
of Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward, left; with Brian Quail, CEO of the BGCB.
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Jessica June Children’s
Cancer Foundation
honors 3 special kids
and those who support
families fighting cancer
FORT LAUDERDALE: A Hummer stretch limousine arrived
at the Wasie Villa, off Las Olas Boulevard, carrying the
guests of honor for the Jessica June Children’s Cancer
Foundation’s “STAR” event.
1 Apryl Padilla with his dad Johnny Padilla. Barbara Padilla
with son Angel. 2 Jackie Rodriguez, left; and Derek Parsons,
owner of Windsor Diamonds and a staunch supporter of JJCCF.
3 Fiammetta Romano, left; Gregg Sjoquist, Valerie Alzamendi
and Mercedes Raffo. 4 Sandra Muvdi, left; Angel Padilla and
Jen Klaassens. 5 Mary Helen Olejnik, left; Nick Scalzo; Mark
Budwig and Margarethe Sorensen.
Applause, noisemakers, floating bubbles
and more greeted the children and their families as they made their entrance.
The JJCCF STAR event also recognizes those who help the non-profit organization provide temporary financial assistance for needy children fighting cancer in
South Florida.
“The STAR event brought together a diverse group of genuine, loving and caring
individuals,” said Sandra Muvdi, founder/
president of JJCCF. “It was a memorable
night for all who were there.
Honored children were Lourain Cahow, 7, who has leukemia; Apryl Padilla,
3, who is fighting brain cancer; and Elijah
Barrios, 11, who is battling both eye and
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bone cancer.
Volunteers presented Sandra Muvdi
with a special recognition portrait, which
will hang permanently at The Wasie Villa.
Jen Klaassens, vice president of programs for The Wasie Foundation, announced that the $70,000 she raised as
a “Woman of the Year” nominee for the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, would
be named in honor of Jessica June, Muvdi’s daughter, who lost her battle with a
rare form of leukemia in 2003.
More than $20,000 was raised at the
STAR event through a silent auction and
For information about JJCCF, go to
fa c e b o o k .c o m/S o u t h Fl o r i d a S o c i a l
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Blue Martini hosts Fort Lauderdale
Motion Picture and TV Association.
outh Florida is fast becoming
a destination for movie-makes,
and the Fort Lauderdale Motion
Picture and TV Association is making
certain that interested residents have an
opportunity to participate.
FMPTA held its first meeting recently
at Blue Martini in the Galleria, Fort
1 Gwen Kellman, attorney and FMPTA board member; with Joe and Lorraine Caporaso, board
member from Plantation. 2 Bill Ziady, photographer and video producer with Celeste Laconte
Thorsen. 3 Kevin LaPrade, actor; Marilyn Carlisle, actress and hostess of TV show on the Lifetime
network; and Stephen Carlisle, entertainment industry attorney.
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by Mary Jo Rogers
The Gridiron Griller
By Johnny Offerdahl
A Four Star Taste Treat
y friend and I recently dined
at the venerable, yet contemporary Italian restaurant,
Pa’DeGennaro’s in Lauderdale-By-TheSea. It’s nestled in a small plaza with ample parking in the front, as well as the rear.
Upon arriving, we were welcomed by
the amicable general manager, Jo Dibbs,
whose knowledge and attention to detail
was evident. She escorted us to the elegant
dining room which features a décor of rich
dark oak, subtle lighting and rich leather
booths. (Elegant tables also are available.)
A beautiful, large semi-circular oak
and mirrored liquor and wine bar, with
high back stools, is just to the right of the
dining area.
We sat at one of the lush comfortable
booths. Our drink order waiter quickly
handed us the ample drink and excellent
wine list. He quickly placed a large basket
of garlic and herb stuffed rolls on the table
next to the olive oil and condiments. I
chose the Red Diamond Merlot from
Washington State, an excellent choice.
My friend was equally pleased with the
Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio Italian wine.
Service was impeccable. Laure, our
waitress has been with the restaurant for
10 years. She is very knowledgeable of the
daily and nightly specials, and readily gave
us her suggestion of favorites. A native of
Ohio (my home state), Laure and I had the
extra pleasure of regaling each other with
stories from our days in the Buckeye state.
The large and reasonably priced appetizer plates include crispy eggplant cakes,
deviled eggs with paddlefish caviar and a
variety of generous salads.
Pa’DeGennero’s is known for its meatballs, made with pork, veal and beef in a
tangy sauce, which can be ordered as
an appetizer or entree. We decided to split
two appetizers: the meatballs and a
large beet salad served over fresh greens.
Both choices proved delectable, and
served in such ample portions that they
were more than enough for both of us.
After reading the menu several times
and conferring with Laure, I ordered the
Veal Ulrich, named after Pa’DeGennaro’s
star-certified Swiss chef, Ulrich Koepf,
who has received multiple four-star accolades in South Florida and around the country. Ulrich uses only the finest and freshest
ingredients in everything he prepares, from
soup to desserts. Many of the dishes on the
menu can be made with veal or chicken, as
well as your choice of pastas. My veal dish
Beef & Veal Vico Meatballs
was served with a lemon-tarragon cream
sauce, buttered pasta, leaf spinach with
plum tomatoes and basil. My friend selected the Cedar Plank Salmon with a grainy
citrus mustard glaze, rice pilaf, asparagus
and leeks in a sun-dried tomato-lemon
sauce. Both meals were delicious, and with
a mid $20-price range, they were equally
satisfying to the pocketbook.
The entrees were so filling that we
hesitated about ordering dessert, but when
Laure told us about their signature pistachio pound cake, topped with pistachio ice
cream and a dollop of whipped cream, I
simply couldn’t resist. My friend chose the
decadent warm chocolate brownie served
with vanilla ice cream in a rich dark chocolate sauce. There wasn’t a morsel left on
either of our plates. So much for our diets!
Entertainment is offered every Friday
and Saturday nights.
We enjoyed the soft sounds of singer
“Ingrid” and her keyboard accomplice,
performing popular old classics along
with contemporary music, providing the
perfect background for elegant dining and
dancing. (Yes, they do have a dance floor
adjacent to the bar.)
We plan to return to Pa’DeGennaro’s
soon. as there are so many delicioussounding dishes on the menu, including
the “Wagyu Kboe” slider trio, priced at
only $16 and one of the newest, most
popular entrees on the menu. In fact, for
quality, fine food, romantic atmosphere
and affordable prices, you can’t beat Pa’
Pa’DeGennaro’s seats 120 comfortably
and is available for private lunches.
Super Duper was his nickname and catching Marino passes was his game.
These days Mark Duper spends his time watching football and doing charity
events across the South Florida community. Recently Mark teamed up with
another Mark, (not Clayton this time) Chef Marco Vico from Café Vicos in Ft.
Lauderdale, at the Gridiron Grill-Off to compete in the super bowl of grilling
competitions. Though the coveted trophy and Weber grill prizes eluded them,
they grilled up some tasty and unique meatballs that were a crowd pleaser. The
meatballs were served swimming in a rich and savory glaze of wild mushrooms
and Madeira wine. You can make them yourself---no “Marks” necessary!
READY - Line up your ingredients...
• 1⁄2 pound ground veal
• 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly
ground black pepper
• 1 egg, slightly beaten
• Grated Parmesan
• 1⁄2 pound ground beef • 1⁄2 cup plain
• 1⁄4 cup finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons finely
chopped fresh parsley
• 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
• 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed
• 2 cups demi glace base • 1 cup Madeira wine
• 1 cup mixed wild
• 1 bay leaf
• Pinch salt
• Pinch ground black
PREP - Prepare your entrée, rubs, dressings & sauces…
MEATBALLS: Combine ground veal and beef, breadcrumbs, egg, onion,
parsley, salt, garlic and pepper, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Mixture will be
moist. Shape into 12 meatballs and arrange in greased 15 x 10-inch jelly roll
pan. Bake in oven at 350° for 15 minutes or until centers are pink, turning
once. Pull and await the finishing touches on the grill.
SAUCE: Combine ingredients in a saucepan, reserving mushrooms. Simmer
until reduced in half. Add mushrooms and simmer for 10 more minutes.
Remove from heat, remove bay leaf.
LETS GRILL! - Take it to the Grill...
Heat grill to a medium-high heat (400°). Place meatballs on grill for 5 minutes
turning rolling once until grill marks are seen on both sides of balls. Remove
from grill and pour sauce over meatballs before serving.
Recommended wine pairing… Tenuta Di Arceno “Premavoce”!!
Pa’ DeGennaro’s
Johnny says…
“Make your “mark” with these melt-in-yourmouth meatballs, no pasta required”!
The Gridiron Griller
. . . still undefeated!
4331 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308 • Phone: (954) 351-0310
Serving dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Reservations suggested.
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© Offerdahl’s Café Grill… the home of the Gridiron Griller!
Thousand-Plus Club
hosts 29th annual
‘Women of the Year’
he Marriott Harbor Beach Resort was the setting
for this annual event, which always draws nearly
1,000 guests.
Broward Health was presenting sponsor. Funds raised
will go to Cancer Inc.
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1 Thousand-Plus Club’s 2011 ‘Women of the Year’ honorees are, seated, from left: Sharon Gustafson, Barbara Capeletti, Clare Barrett Young, Isabel Sturgeon, Fonda Huizenga and Lesleen Bolt. Standing:
Patricia McDougle, left; Audrey Ring, Ilona Osinski, Lisa Scott-Founds, Barbara Brietstein. (Honoree Susan Greaton is not in photo.) 2 Seated: Patricia McMillan, left; and Silvia Mansons; standing; Mary
Garber, left; Shirley Cornish. 3 Sueanne Campion, left, 4KIDS board member; Tom Lukasik, executive director, seated; with Bruce Thompson, standing, director of communications. 4 Greeting guests
as they arrive are, seated, from left, Peggy Buntrock and Patty Grace; standing: Pat Rowe, left; and Marian McCray DeLoach, one of the event’s co-chairs. 5 Kathy Eggleston, left; Connie Christensen,
the 2010 ‘Women of Year’ for Freedom’s Foundation and Birgit Fillingame.
Gilda’s Club hosts 16th annual
‘Live…from South Florida…It’s Saturday Night!’
FORT LAUDERDALE: Some 400 guests enjoyed a laugh
at the recent Gilda’s Club fundraiser, “Live From South
Florida…It’s Saturday Night!” at the Broward Center for
the Performing Arts.
Harry Anderson of the hit TV show, “Night Court,”
was the headline act with comedian Dean Napeltino performing the opening act.
Gilda’s Club, at 519 Rose St., Fort Lauderdale, provides a place for cancer victims and their families to
come while undergoing treatment for the disease.
1 Deborah Fink, left; Rachel Bjornstad; Mildred Berti; Martyna Kilsheimer and Paula Taylor. 2 Dr. Alejandra Perez and Dr. Daniel
Perez. 3 Rocki Rockingham and Darrel Branch. 4 Dr. Richard Callari, left; Shelley Goren, executive director of Gilda’s Club; and Sara
Howley Callari. 5 Peter and Denise Wittich, committee chair, visit with Harry Anderson, right. 6 Comedian Harry Anderson visits
with auctioneers extraordinaire Gordon Latz.
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Concours D’Elegance
honors H. Wayne Huizenga; Jay Leno
he always glamorous Concours
D’Elegance gala at the Boca Raton Resort honored H. Wayne
Huizenga with its prestigious Automotive
Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Leo Iacocca Award went to TV celebrity/comedian Jay Leno for his dedica-
tion to the preservation of classic cars.
The event was one of many that took
place throughout the weekend.
A sell-out crowd filled the Boca Raton
Resort’s ball room.
It was all for a good cause: the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Broward County Inc.
1 Emcee Tony Segreto, left; honoree Wayne Huizenga and fellow honoree and the evening’s
performer Jay Leno. 2 Steve Shelton, left; and Keith Koenig. 3 Paul and Nancy Daily, with Bob
Leider, right, general manager of Channel 7. 4 Ann Marie and Jim Dunn, owners of J.R. Dunn
Jewelers in Lighthouse Point; with Julie Izanec, right, fashion buyer and marketing director for
J.R. Dunn. 5 Viviana and Sean Dunn of J.R. Dunn Jewelers. 6 Doreen Koenig, left; Terry and
Jamie Stiles and George Morgan. 7 Yearit and Reuben Ezekiel, owners of Fountains Jewelers in
Plantation and Hallandale Beach. 8 Marti and Wayne Huizenga.
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More from Thousand Plus Club’s 29th annual ‘Women of the Year’ luncheon
(Continued from page 22.)
1 Pinion’s honoree Lisa Scott Founds and her husband David of Broward Health. 2 Tina Yeager, left; Connie Chaney; Tony Treglia and Ana Vento. 3 Teresa Plotkin, left; Lee Sheffield; Wendy Walters and
John Brown, all of Pinion, a group that supports Special Olympics. 4 Lucy Schroeders, left; with her daughter-in-law, Laura Schroeders of Jon Paul Jewelers. 5 Joan Proietto, left; Kelly Couglin and
Kelly’s mom, Michele Bonango, owner of the new Michele’s Dining Lounge on East Oakland Park Boulevard. 6 It was a family affair for Royal Dames’ ‘Women of Year’ honoree Sharon Gustafson. From
left, daughter, Shannon Brooks; Sharon; Barry Fluoresce, the special man in her life; and daughter, Susan Rindley. 7 B.J. Buntrock, founder of The Pantry of Broward, left; visits with Lorraine Thomas,
founder of the Children’s Home Society. A powerhouse team in the room for sure! 8 Maureen Jacobsen and Sandy Romanovitz. 9 Doreen Scott and Joe French. 10 Seated: Diane Barnett, left; and
Wilhelmina Mack. Standing: Dione Meli. 11 Luke Moorman, left, of Carroll’s Jewelers; Sybil Goren-Henry and Deborah Williams. 12 Pam Huizenga-Alexander, left; her mom Marti Huizenga and Nancy
Blosser. 13 Co-chairs, who invested weeks of their time and talent to making this luncheon a success, are, from left, Marian McCray DeLoach, Lorraine Thomas and Debbie Dolchin. 14 Curtis Artis, left,
director of development of 4KIDS of South Florida; with Ray Ouellette and John Foreman, board members, all at the luncheon to cheer on their ‘Woman of the Year’ Fonda Huizenga. 15 Susan Greaton,
honoree for Forever Family and Bella’s Group; with her husband/attorney Wil Greaton. 16 Honoree Fonda Huizenga, representing 4KIDS of South Florida, with her children, Savannah, Tres and Ainsley.
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2nd annual Broward Health
Foundation ‘Beach Bash’
raises more than $220,000
FORT LAUDERDALE – More than 425 business and community leaders enjoyed the
2nd annual Beach Bash at the Hilton Fort
Lauderdale Marina.
Turner Construction Company was
the event’s title sponsor and presenting
sponsors were Pediatrix Medical Group
and ARAMARK Healthcare. Children’s
advocate and community leader Lorraine
Thomas was honorary co-chair.
1 Kim Bokamper, Beach Bash emcee; with Frank Nash, right, president/CEO of Broward Health.
2 Mary Krystoff, left; Sara Howley Callari and Shelley Goren, executive director of Gilda’s Club.
3 James Thaw, CEO of BGMC and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital and his wife Rebecca. 4 Peter
Anderson and his wife, Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, NBHD commissioner. 5 Christine Francis,
corporate events manager of Blue Martini; with Brandon Opre. Christine and Brandon coordinated
the annual “A Prom to Remember” event, a prom for kids with cancer, sponsored by the Blue
Martini. 6 Dr. Richard and Dione Meli, of Anesco, couple at left; with Michele and Dr. Paul Meli of
Meli Orthopedics. 7 Dr. Sarah Gibson and Dr. Ayisha Livingstone of Meli Orthopedics. 8 Honorary
Chair Lorraine Thomas with Johanna Maytin, who was recently installed as president of Cystic
Fibrosis, Gold Coast Guild. 9 Ana Vento and WSVN Channel 7 sports anchor Steve Shapiro. 10
Kari Bondurant and Steve Langsenkamp.
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Hugh’s Culinary hosts
‘Chefs for PACE’
ugh’s Culinary in Wilton Manors was the setting
for the recent “Celebrity Chef Cook-Off” to benefit PACE Center for Girls Broward.
The event drew chefs from Café Vico, Doris Italian
Market, Mai-Kai, 101 Ocean and Jib Room.
Former U.S. Sen.Debby Sanderson, Fort Lauderdale
Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler and Leslie Stevens were judges.
Sheila Bechert, Cathleen Hodgson and Gayle Stroger
were on the planning committee.
1 Hugh McCauley, owner of Hugh’s Culinary, welcomes
guests to the ‘Celebrity Chef’ cook-off. 2 Gale Butler, left, of
AutoNation; Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick; Aggie Pappas,
PACE executive director and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.
3 Standing: Bob Radice and Barbara Capeletti; seated: Cobey
Lou Bastone; Janet Guardiassi and Jean Davis. 4 Event judges
were, seated: former U.S. Sen. Debby Sanderson, left; and Leslie
Stevens, Citrix; standing Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and
Hugh McCauley of Hugh’s Culinary. 5 Hope Yonge, left; Linda
Haury and her husband, Broward Circuit Judge William H. Haury,
17th District; Dr. Angela West and Brenda Edwards-Fung of Waste
Management. 6 Drew and Pia Dahlquist, director of marketing
and events for the Mai Kai Restaurant. 7 Chef Marco Vico of Café
Vico’s, left; attorney Jamie Finizio Bascombe and Keith Costello.
(Café Vico was the overall winner in the chef competition.)
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