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FEATURED EVENT GALA BENEFITS MIAMI-DADE SPECIAL OLYMPICS On Saturday, March 31 , the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County held its eighth annual Inspire Greatness Awards Gala, "Evening with the Stars," at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach. This year's award was presented to the Miyares family for their extraordinary commitment to the Special Olympics. Hosted by Vanessa Borge of CBS4 News, the evening included a silent auction, raffles, a three-course dinner and open bar, and loads of live entertainment including performances from the Les Haber Band and rising star, Ariel Rose, as well as a theatrical performance by the Spe¬ cial Olympic athletes of Our Pride Academy. The event was sponsored by Dadeland Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep and South Miami Fiat. Funds from the event will help fulfill the mission of the Miami-Dade Special Olympics—to provide its "star" athletes with opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experi- ence joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other athletes, and the community. LEFT TO RIGHT 1. Mark Johnson, Lynette Janac, Susana Baker, & Chady 2. Special Olympian & Medalist Max Mill 3. Arturo Hernandez, Ana Hernandez, & Greg Van Natter 4. Kevin Taraacido, Roberto Hernandez, Eniro Pelez, & Jaime Ortega 5. Ivette Martino Sarol Lizette, Martino Diaz, Ana Hernandez, Dr. Sharon MacIvor, & Judge Bronwyn Miller 6. Nick Douglas, Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman, & Mark Johnson 7. Michael & Erica Melamud 8. Norma Jean Abraham, Mary Louise Young, & Shirlee Fernandez 9. Shebah T Cargagra & Nate Wilkins 10. Kenneth Schurr, Judge Valerie Manno Schurr, & Dr Fernando Dianco, M.D. Photos Courtesy of Joel Black, Photos By Black 102 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2012 SOUTHFLORIDALUXURYGUIDE.CO M


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