Hard hats & high heels: coming together in support of an affordable housing program for single moms

By: Marile Lopez The Women Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity Miami came together to raise funds for affordable homes for single moms Hard Hats & High Heels by Women Build Up Women Women Build Up Women is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami’s initiative to raise funds for building decent, affordable homes for low-income single mothers and their families. It is Habitat’s powerful way of bringing together strong, successful women that want to support and build up the women in their community. This was Hard Hats & High Heels’ third consecutive year as the signature fundraising event for Women Build Up Women—organized by the Women Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity Miami. I commend our dear friend Danet Linares, Chair of Miami Habitat’s Women Leadership Council, and the driving force behind this event these past three years. Danet once again served as Chair of the magnificent and meaningful event that took place at the East Hotel in Brickell City Center—along with Diana Pubchara as Co-Chair. The Women’s Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity Miami is composed of Katherine Amador, Erbi Blanco-True, Yvonne Debesa, Cristina Glaira, Cristina Gomez, Iris Linares, Patricia Lubian, Gladys Reed, Crystal Renta, Maureen Ruggiero, Lauren Sippin, and Cyveliis Vidal. Habitat for Humanity’s commitment with the community Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has been working with the community to build decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need, volunteers, and donors. Habitat breaks down socio-economic barriers by bringing people of different races, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds to work together for that common goal. Through the affordable housing program that is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, its donors and volunteers have extended to over 450 families the opportunity to own a safe and affordable home. Why donate? Donating does not only build a house—it builds a life, a home, a community, and a future. As past Chair of Miami Children’s Health Foundation, I know how important fundraising is for the benefit of charities in our community.  I salute fellow women who take the lead and help increase awareness and support for their charities of choice. If you were unable to attend, we ask that you please consider making a donation today and help our community by partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.  With your help, a family can achieve their American Dream of being a homeowner. For more information on how to donate to Habitat for Humanity and Hard Hats &...
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Breaking News: ”American Cancer Society Outlines Blueprint for Cancer Control in the 21st Century”

“An assessment of progress in cancer control” On behalf of our colleagues and fellow volunteers and supproters with the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, we are excited to share with you with this breaking news — “American Cancer Society Outlines Blueprint for Cancer Control in the 21st Century”. Please join Marile and me in recognizing and thanking — Rebecca L. Siegel MPH, Ahmedin Jemal DVM, PhD, Richard C. Wender MD, Ted Gansler MD, MPH, MBA, Jiemin Ma PhD, and Otis W. Brawley MD — for their brilliant work, dedication and commitment to the fight against cancer. “The first article, published on Tuesday, July 10, summarizes progress in cancer control by reviewing trends in cancer mortality and disparities in cancer outcomes. The report highlights mortality trends for several cancers that demonstrate successes and challenges in cancer control, and describes gaps in cancer mortality by race/ethnicity, economic and educational level, and region of residence.” Below please find charts and links for your review — feel free to click thru for more details. _____________________________________________________________ Mortality Trends Figure 1: Trends in Age‐Standardized Cancer Death Rates Among Males and Females in the United States, 1930 to 2015. Rates are age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population and are presented per 100,000 person‐years. Data source: National Center for Health Statistics. “An assessment of progress in cancer control” _____________________________________________________________ Disparities in Cancer Outcomes Figure 2: Cancer Mortality by Race/Ethnicity From 1990 to 2015. Rates are per 100,000 and age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population. Rates for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are based on the Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) counties. Rates for Non‐Hispanic white, Non‐Hispanic black, and Hispanic exclude deaths from Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. Data source: National Center for Health Statistics. “An assessment of progress in cancer control” _____________________________________________________________ Geographic Disparities Figure 4 – Decline in Breast Cancer Mortality Rate From 1988–90 to 2013–15 by State. Data source: National Center for Health Statistics. “An assessment of progress in cancer control” _____________________________________________________________ “Upcoming articles – which will be published over the next several months – will focus on prevention, screening and early detection, survivorship, and cancer care and treatment. It is our hope that these articles will be viewed and adopted as a guide for how to gain control of cancer and cancer mortality reduction, and achieve a national mortality reduction goal for the year 2035.” Please help us spread this breaking news by sharing with your friends...
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George Volsky Recognition…

Greetings, We hope this note finds you well. Please join Marile and me in congratulating our good friend, George Volsky, on his special recognition at this year’s, 23rd edition of the Mainly Mozart Festival, for his remarkable contribution to the arts in South Florida. The opening night will be this Saturday, May 21st at 6pm at the Gusman Hall at the University of Miami. George is the founder of the Mainly Mozart Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing first class chamber music and innovative programming to the audiences of South Florida. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with George on his MiraTV show, ‘Actualidad Semanal’ for nearly a decade. His commitment to the arts and our community are unparalleled. We hope you enjoy watching a snippet of George’s reflection alongside Frank Cooper on the early days of the Mainly Mozart Festival, its legacy and its future. If you wish to attend the upcoming 23rd edition of the Mainly Mozart Festival, tickets are on sale now on the Mainly Mozart website. Congratulations & Best Wishes to George Volsky. Warmest Regards, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez,...
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Fourth Annual Diamond Society Appreciation Dinner and Recognition Ceremony

The Miami Children’s Health Foundation will be hosting one of its signature events, the Fourth Annual Diamond Society Appreciation Dinner and Recognition Ceremony, on Thursday, May 12th — Where the Foundation will pay tribute to the members of the Diamond Society for their generosity, and philanthropic support for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. What is unique about the Members of the Diamond Society, is their diverse portfolio, which include: community and business leaders; philanthropists; grateful patients, parents, and grandparents; physicians. However, they all share a common passion for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. With the Diamond Society’s gracious donations, the foundation can achieve its goal of ensuring that children everywhere receive the highest quality of medical attention. Thanks to the support of these donors, children are treated by first- class physicians, nurses, as well as the top-notch technology available.Thereby, establishing Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is a leading pediatric healthcare institution. Miami Children’s Health Foundation Board Chair, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, will be attending this year’s Ceremony. Marile Lopez works directly with the the not-for-profit organization where she facilitates the strategic planning of the foundation’s policies, while also securing their financial support. Even though Mrs. Lopez enjoys working closely with the Miami Children’s Health Foundation, this will be her last dinner as Chair. “It has been enriching working alongside Lucy Morillo… It has been inspiring working for the betterment of the patients of Niklaus Children’s Hospital… It has been rewarding to see our community come together for this one cause–the health and wellbeing of the future—our children.” – Mrs. Marile Lopez. The Ceremony will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 12th at the Coral Ga bles Country...
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Leave A Legacy: Donor Next Door Luncheon Honoring Mrs. Marile Lopez and Mr. Jorge Luis Lopez

     Leave A Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization that collectively organizes a group of professionals, and other not-for-profit institutions, who share the same ambition of promoting philanthropy work in Miami- Dade County, by inspiring members of the general public to create a legacy through charitable givings. Leave A Legacy delivers this message by hosting the Donor Next Door Luncheon, which is a multi-year public awareness campaign that gives not-for-profit organizations the opportunity to honor their most dedicated philanthropists for their influence to the community. The campaign was established to showcase the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and corporations who donate their time, talents, and treasures to support the work of nonprofits in the arts, education and social services among others. This year, Leave A Legacy will be honoring local donors whose philanthropy has supported the efforts of over 34 South Florida nonprofit organizations at the, 19th Annual Donor Next Door Luncheon. During the Donor Next Door Luncheon, the not-for-profit organizations will be honoring their most dedicated philanthropists for their dedication to the community. The Miami Children’s Health Foundation has been acknowledged, and will be honoring Mrs. Marile Lopez and Mr. Jorge Luis Lopez — who serve on numerous boards of charitable and not-for-profit organizations — for their exceptional work for the Miami Children’s Health Foundation. Mrs. Marile Lopez is presently the Chair of the Miami Children’s Health (MCH) Foundation, where she assists in formulating strategic policies and plans, and secures financial support for the not-for-profit organization. In 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Luis Lopez Chaired the MCH Diamond Ball for a second consecutive year, following the Diamond Ball’s remarkable achievements in 2012, where they raised $4.3 million dollars. Mrs. Lopez also served on Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s 2011 Diamond Ball Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Lopez will be honored at this year’s Leave A Legacy, Donor Next Door Luncheon, which will take place at 11:45am on Thursday, May 12th at Parrot Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami,...
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