Miami’s Annual 365 Party Fundraiser

The 365 Party and After Party, an annual celebration and fundraiser for Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, was held on November 11th. Cartier and City National Bank partnered in the creation of the event. Ellen Salpeter, Director of ICA Miami, welcomed guests and updated them on the institute’s initiatives and programs.

Among the famous faces who attended the bash were renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and supermodel Elle MacPherson, who served as an honorary chair along with Madeleine Arison and Petra Levin. ICA Miami’s Founder Circle members Allan Yarkin and Ray Ellen were honored for their years of philanthropy in the community. Also recognized was civic leader Alberto Ibarguen, President of the Knight Foundation which promotes the furthering of a healthy democracy through it contributions to journalism and the arts. Also in attendance were ICA Miami committee members Marc Spiegler of Art Basel, collectors Irma and Norman Braman, and Jackie Soffer (

World famous choreographer Michael Clark provided the entertainment for the evening. Clark’s work combines elements of various styles, including pop, rock, punk, and ballet, to create a unique mix of the fluid and the vibrant. Clark has parlayed the attention he has received for his groundbreaking choreography into highly acclaimed collaborations with a bevy of well-respected artists. Trailblazing electronic producer Total Freedom provided the DJ services for the exciting After Party that began around 9:30 p.m. and lasted well into the night.

The Institute of Contemporary Art works to provide free access to contemporary art in an effort to give Miami’s residents a wide range of cultural knowledge. Besides acting as a fundraiser, this year’s 365 Party begins the official countdown to the opening of ICA Miami’s new permanent home in the Design District. Enthusiastic guests between $250 for individual tickets and $25,000 for a Gold level table for ten (Full details on the website).

5 Benefits of the FDA that Might Change Your Perspective

The Food and Drug Administration of the Unites States, better known as the FDA, play an integral part in consumer health. The FDA designates the framework that ensures the safety and quality of consumer products, ranging from foods to cosmetics. They regulate the production, wholesale process, and consumer sales of all food and drug products produced or sold in the United States. According to the FDA, this tremendous effort costs taxpayers a mere 3 dollars on average and maintains our country’s high quality of health and wellness. If you are unfamiliar or confused about what the FDA does, here are 5 benefits that will likely impress you:

1. They make some important food decisions. They control everything from what goes into your food to how a supermarket or restaurant can store it. They monitor produce and determine the maximum level of pesticides. Moreover, when a food supply does not meet the FDA’s qualifications, corrective action will be taken. Former Commissioner Margaret Hamburg helped to pass important initiatives like the ban on trans fats. The FDA urges consumer feedback, positive or negative. They also conduct thorough research and are responsible for product recalls and are considered a consumer safety net.

2. They regulate illegal drugs. While the FDA regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, they are also responsible for the regulation of street drugs. They are also responsible for interpreting studies that may determine a street drug’s potential medicinal use.

3. The FDA promotes innovations in disease prevention. In 2012, they established the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) which is intended to increase involvement and production of drug and medical supply innovators.

4. They are an integral part of national security. The FDA regulates all medical products and that includes vaccinations. By ensuring that vaccinations are readily available and continuously developed to support ongoing medical advancements.

5. They help your pets too. The FDA didn’t forget about our furry friends. They are also responsible for regulating veterinary medicine and foods intended for animals. This FDA has a center that is strictly dedicated to studying veterinary medicine. If your pet has an adverse reaction to a medicine or you have a concern, they want to hear from you.

The FDA has a long history of protecting consumers and ensuring the nation’s health. Visit the FDA website today and find out what the FDA is up to today.

Food and Drug Administration Takes Steps to Eliminate Trans Fats from Food

In what can be described as a landmark ruling in food safety and regulation, the Food and Drug Administration has said that food manufactures have a period of three years to eliminate the use of artificial trans fats from their products. Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg played a role in pushing this ruling. The ban on artificial trans fats will officially begin in 2018. Many companies have already taken steps to find replacements for trans foods in their food products so that they will meet the guidelines.

The decision to finally institute a ban on trans fats in foods made in the USA comes after a long lawsuit by the Center for Science in the Public Interest against the FDA to fast track the ban. Both the FDA and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are in agreement that the proposed elimination of trans foods from all foods in the USA is a good decision. Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the director of the FDA says that this ban will help prevent heart attacks, heart disease and high cholesterol. These diseases have now become an epidemic in the United States. The director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest echoed the statements of Dr. Ostroff. He said that the elimination of trans fats will create a healthier food supply that will result in fewer heart and cholesterol problems.

Artificial trans fats have now been removed from the GRAS listing of the Food and Drug Administration. This means that they are no longer considered as a generally recognized as safe substance by the FDA. The move by the FDA comes not only after public pressure but after scientific studies have shown that artificial trans fats have been found to increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Consumption of trans fats has also been correlated to an increase in heart attacks and stroke. Weight gain is also believed to occur from consumption of trans fats.

Trans fats can be currently found in a limited number of foods. This includes frosting, sprinkles, pastries, pie crusts, biscuits and some types of microwave popcorn. Trans fats are also used for frying foods. Under the current laws of the FDA regarding trans fats, a food product can contain up to 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving and still be labelled as trans-fat free. The new ruling would eliminate this loophole. Trans fats are made when a liquid vegetable oil is injected with hydrogen to make it solid like butter. Unfortunately, the introduction of hydrogen into the liquid oil changes the chemical composition of the oil and makes it harmful when consumed. This is why the FDA has decided to phase out artificial trans fats over a period of time.

Jackie Soffer & Craig Robins Donate 100 New Works to Perez Art Museum

Miami real estate mogul and land developer Craig Robins may not be well known for his deep and abiding enthusiasm for the Arts but he very likely will be now. Very recently, Mr. Robins and his wife, Jackie Soffer generously donated a whopping one hundred pieces of fine art to the renowned Perez Art Museum of Miami.

The donations were made to commemorate the hard work, dedication and zeal of the previous curator, Mr. Franklin Sirmans. Mr. Sirmans was highly praised by both colleagues dedicated museum goers alike, but none, perhaps, gave the storied curator more laudable praise than Mr. Craig Robins himself. Mr. Robins noted that he wished to donate in honor of Mr. Sirmans due to the man’s ability to discern the importance of timing as it relates to art – an empathetic sensitivity to the cultural zeitgeist, if you will.

This is Mr. Robins’ second major donation to the Perez Art Museum and his second largest, for back in 2013 the art loving real estate developer donated 102 different pieces of art to the aforementioned institute. However, Mr. Robins was not the only generous donor to give to the Perez’s vaults.

Other contributions made by various different well known, as well as lesser known, art personalities attached to the institute, aside from Mr. Robins, included cash donations as well as personal gifts and large scale installation pieces such as the imposing statuary of Ernesto Neto and P. Atchugarry. Mr. Robins contributions mark one of the absolute largest gifts bestowed upon the Perez Art Museum of Miami in its storied and over two-decade old history.

Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer’s donations include work on mediums that run the entire gamut of fine art – and even a little beyond – such as sculpting, filmic motion art, photosets, paintings as well as various integrated media pieces. The pieces themselves are quite notable and include art work from such famous modern artists as J. Caesar, Patty Chang, and Justin Lieberman. The museum has yet to release a price on any of the pieces but one can rest assured that should the Perez ever be forced to sell them the collective works will fetch a princely sum.

Top Five Arizona Golf Courses For All Player Levels

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, Maricopa

In Maricopa, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes is a paradise for the pro and a godsend for Phil Mickelson. The landscape offers calm surroundings, enabling golfers to focus on their game. Not content to be second best, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes stays on top of its conditioning and playability. There’s no time for slow-pokes, as a steady, sustained game is encouraged on the 18 hole course. With native turf, flowing hills, and tees ranging up to 7500 yards, the upscale Ak-Chin Southern Dunes golf course is maintained by Troon Golf.

Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale

Located in the Sonoran Desert, the thirty-six hole,semi-private Troon North Golf Club stands out as a gem of Arizona courses. Spanning the foothills and ravines, its a challenge for all levels, Troon North Golf Club is on every list of “must play” courses. Breathtaking views and recent course changes by Tom Weiskopf have taken the experience on the course to a new level. Fresh and original configurations make the course less intimidating and elevated its playability.

Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Fold Canyon

Far from the standard course layout, the Gold Canyon Golf Resort is recognized as the top- rated Arizona public golf course. Designed according to the confines and contour of Dinosaur Mountain, the course has a high playability for all levels of golfers. With shifts in elevation, long fairways and an abundance of native trees and cacti, the Gold Canyon golf course introduces a bit of a challenge for players.

Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale

Grayhawk Golf Club is certainly on the bucket list of any golfer. Home to the most desirable courses in Arizona. The golf club features the finest 18-hole courses in Arizona, the Talon and Raptor. Overlooking the McDowell Mountains, the courses are comfortably squeezed into rising canyons, sheer drop-offs and native trees and flora. All levels will enjoy Grayhawk Golf Club as it’s recognized by Golf magazine as one of the “Best Public Golf Courses in Arizona.”

TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale

Considered by many as the “mecca” for golf in Arizona, TPC Scottsdale is a class above golf courses in Arizona. Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the “Stadium” course combines skill, knowledge and challenge for the beginner to the pro. Beginners will delight in mastering a professional course. Known for its lavish, manicured greens and the surrounding environment, TPC exceeds the expectations players have.

Birdies for the Brave how its helping soldiers heal

Birdies for the Brave has proudly raised more than $15 million to help Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Homes for Our Troops, Navy SEAL Foundation, Operation Homefront, Military Warriors Support Foundation, Green Beret Foundation, United Through Reading, K9s for Warriors and other organizations that help American military troops and their families. Over 20 Professional Golf Association (PGA) Pro players have made a commitment to assist these various groups.

When a PGA event is held, Birdies for the Brave gives away many complimentary tickets to active and reserve military members. Often times, these are tickets that the military member could not otherwise afford. The support at each event, however, does not stop there. The military members in attendance receive complimentary food and beverages in a designated area where they can talk and laugh with others who have bravely served the country. Furthermore, Birdies for the Brave often presents military programs honoring these outstanding men and women. Those military members who are able are given the opportunity to caddy for a professional golfer during PGA events.

Military members enjoy many long term benefits from Birdies for the Brave. They can receive a set of golf clubs from Callaway Golf along with free golf lessons. Some of the money raised is used to provide service dogs to military members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorders or with traumatic brain injuries. In cooperation with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, select military members can also receive a 100 percent mortgage free home. It can be very traumatic to give birth when your spouse is on active duty overseas, therefore, these women are given a baby shower to help make the time easier for them.

Phil and Amy Mickelson created Birdies for the Brave in 2006 to support combat-wounded veterans. They felt that family was the most important thing in their lives and wanted to assist these veterans so that they could concentrate more on giving back to their own families. The partnership has been a huge success that continues to grow larger every year. This worthwhile program will continue to grow in the years ahead as more people become aware of it.

Best Buddies International Celebrates its 19th Year

To celebrate the 19th year of Best Buddies International, a huge gala took place in Miami last November. Over nine hundred people attended the celebration including a number of celebrities that have been supporting the organization, such as Verne Troyer and Steve Aoki. The event, co-chaired by power couple, Jackie Soffer and Craig Robins, proved to be a huge success and ended up raising over two and a half million dollars—all of which will go to furthering and developing the Best Buddies Foundation.

The event made for a great night, complete with a fantastic dinner, cocktail hour, and a silent auction, which is where a huge portion of the proceeds came from.

Some of the items that were auctioned off during the night included items that are themed around the Best Buddies organization, memorabilia, a plethora of trips that involve luxurious vacations all over the globe. One of the biggest items that were given away during the silent auction was a trip to attend the Olympic games that will be held next year, in the summer of 2016 in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

Steve Aoki also put on a brilliant performance at the gala, as he is one of the most well-known and celebrated DJ’s that are around today.

Although the event was capped off during the evening hours with the entire presentation, silent auction, performance and dinner events, the day started bright and early, with a 62-mile charity bike ride that was held throughout the streets of Miami. Alonzo Mourning was also in attendance and was handing out signed balls to anyone that donated one thousand dollars or more to the organization.

All in all, the event was a tremendous success, as a great deal of people that have a lot of influence on the general population and the community came together to support a great cause. Everyone needs someone in life to have a connection with, who they know they can turn to if they need something and providing people with this type of love and support is what Best Buddies is all about. The night was a huge success and the amount of money that was raised what a huge plus, which should help the organization to continue to thrive in the years to come.

Chipotle closed until 3 p.m. Monday for food safety staff meeting

Scratch that burrito of your list of lunch possibilities today.

Chipotle, the fast-casual Mexican food chain, is closed until 3 p.m. for a company-wide safety briefing after outbreaks of norovirus and E.coli sickened customers.

While you may have to wait for your daily guacamole fix, the company says customers can tap into the briefing through Twitter and Periscope starting at noon ET.

About 50,000 employees are expected to attend the meeting by gathering in areas such as hotel conference rooms and movie theaters to hear broadcast remarks from executives.

Employees and customers alike may finally get an explanation from Chipotle regarding how E. Coli and norovirus outbreaks occurred at its restaurants last year. Executives promised to overhaul the company’s food safety standards and at an investor conference last month, Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development officer, said people would get “a detailed story about what happened.”

Chipotle has been in crisis mode for months since the illnesses were traced to its restaurants. Its sales and traffic plummeted in the fourth quarter and its stock price has tanked. Shares are down about 1% in morning trading Monday.

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Source: USA Today


Women fare worse than men after heart attack

Women have different causes and symptoms of heart disease than men, which are more deadly if not caught, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Symptoms of heart attack in women can be atypical or vague, risk factors are more potent, and there are more instances of spontaneous events, the researchers said. Many heart attacks in men are caused by the buildup of plaques in arteries, but women often have no significant blockages.

“Over the last 10 years or so, we’ve learned that women’s hearts are different than men’s in some significant ways, and while that’s helped reduce mortality, there’s much more to know,” said Dr. Laxmi Mehta, a cardiologist at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, in apress release. “Most heart disease research is done in men, so how we categorize it is based on men. We need more science in women.”

The scientific statement, published in the journal Circulation, lays out several additional risk factors for heart attack in women, based on what researchers write is 6.6 million women effected by coronary heart disease each year. Of the women affected, about 2.7 million have a history of heart problems.

Regardless of age, researchers found 26 percent of women die within a year of their first heart attack, as opposed to 19 percent of men. Within five years of a first heart attack, 47 percent of women die, have heart failure, or have a stroke, while 36 percent of men experience one of the three.

Full article found here

Source: UPI

Health Ministries: Healing Through Jesus

To have the desire to help those in need is one of the powerful urges in the world. Combine this with one’s own faith in Jesus Christ takes this desire to a whole new level. People from all walks of life who hold their faith close often times desire to have their health and medical procedures done in places and performed by people who understand that healing and faith go hand in hand. This is why the need for more workers in faith based health systems has never been greater.

Health Ministry jobs are rooted in the belief of Christ as a healer, helping those suffering and in need of care. Choosing a path in health ministry jobs can set a person down a path where faith can aid those looking to be care for with both medicine and Christ’s love. The Church still represents many wonderful things for people and communities. It is the mission of a faith based healing network to promote healing as a whole which includes body and soul. These advocates promote a holistic well-being, and the need for more workers is increasing.

Ministries like Ascension have grown at enormous rates. Both the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the largest Catholic system in the world, Ascension has worked to impact communities everywhere in the most positive way. Working for such a health ministry would allow a worker to provide countless benefits to surrounding communities. Health networks such as Ascension provide medical access to many people, further than traditional charity. These organizations are perfect for those willing to emulate the healing works of Christ and wanting to work to make their communities better.

While giving back to the community I rewards in and of itself, networks like Ascension work to better the lives of its workers. A wide array of benefits such as, dental and wellness programs exist, many health ministries offer work and spiritual balance in the workplace.

Thousands of people rely on the medical healing and the spiritual guidance offered by health ministries. Workers are needed more than ever who hear the call to bring Jesus’ teachings to those in need. Faith based healthcare can bring both medical care and peace of mind, that is why more people are needed in this career path.