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The Orphaned Starfish Foundation 

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF), an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that provides computer vocational training for orphans and disadvantaged children throughout the developing world, will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Friday, March 15, with its first Annual Miami Fundraising Gala at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. This is the New York City-based Foundation’s first fundraising event in Florida and it will honor orphaned, impoverished and disadvantaged children throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Two young, orphaned children from the OSF program in Cali, Colombia are being flown in as guest honorees. The evening begins at 8:00 p.m. with celebrity red carpet arrivals, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a silent auction followed up a three-course dinner, live auction and musical performance. “Scrubs” star, Judy Reyes, will preside as the mistress of ceremonies and live entertainment will be provided by Grammy nominated Cuban-American singer, song writer and actress Cucu Diamantes accompanied by a 10-piece band. Tickets can be purchased at orphanedstarfish.org/our-gala/.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Four Seasons Hotel Miami is offering interactive cooking classes taking place at different popup locations throughout the hotel. Classes are themed and utilize current flavors and ingredients distinct to the season. On Saturday, March 23, participants will learn how to recreate the traditional Sunday family dinner of Executive Chef Aaron Brooks. The three-course menu features: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Key West Pink Shrimp; Chef Aarons Porchetta, Warm Salad of Roasted Butternut Squash and Local Greens, Home Made Pickled Red Pepper Salsa; and, Sarah’s Classic Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Cream and Caramel Sauce. Pop-up classes will be held everywhere from a poolside kitchen to a specially decorated private dining room. Creating an intimate hands-on setting for Chef Aaron Brooks and his team, each class will have a maximum of 18 participants. During the class, participants receive a welcome cocktail, wine and beer during class, a take-home gift bag and of course, plenty of treats. Cooking classes cost $135 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, open to hotel guests and non-guests alike. For more information or reservations, call 305. 381.3190 or visit edgerestaurantmiami.com.

Philanthro-Pub: Tobacco Road Hosts Communities In School Fundraiser

On March 21 join Tobacco Road for a philanthropic cocktail party in support of Communities In Schools of Miami or CIS. Young professionals will mingle while enjoying two hours of open bar and live entertainment for $20 at the landmark venue from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. The Young Professionals Network brings people together who are interested in networking with other like-minded individuals while supporting a great cause, keeping students in schools. Proceeds from the evening’s event will directly benefit CIS’ mentoring, tutoring, career counseling, after school and summer programs. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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