Friday, November 25, 2011

Hard Hats for Haiti - Launching Event

Honorary Consul General of Haiti -
Mr. Ralph Latortue
 Thursday, September 22nd at 7p.m - The Little Haiti Cultural Center
Among the pictures and paintings on display at The Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami, more than 100 business leaders, community activists, neighbors and people who care turned out to support the “Rebuilding Haiti” program through a new campaign called Hard Hats for Haiti. Spearheaded by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), the campaign’s main goal is not only to raise awareness, but to raise funds to build safe homes and neighborhoods for hundreds of thousands Haitian earthquake victims, through a private and public partnership.

“We want to rebuild Haiti by implementing the 3R’s: Rebuilding communities, Revitalizing neighborhoods, and Restoring livelihoods (creating jobs) by making sure the people who need the most help, really get it,” said Paul Fisher, Director of Corporate Partnerships for PADF.
Fisher and Haiti’s Consul General, Ralph Latortue, kicked off the night’s event and campaign, then introduced the community and corporate sponsors who have pledged to donate money and time to the Haitian rebuilding effort. More than 180,000 homes were damaged and 1.5 million people were left homeless after the January 2010, 7.0 magnitude quake struck near Port-au-Prince.

“Unlike other movements to help Haiti, every dollar will go directly to the hardest hit areas, like Delmas 32, a neighborhood at the epicenter of the crisis,” added Latortue. Event attendees got to see how that would happen first hand as a slide show of the devastation and rebuilding process in Haiti played on a big screen at the front of the gallery. Guests watched and clapped as Daniel O’Neil, PADF’s Senior Director of Programs for Haiti and Dominican Republic spoke about the reconstruction process, and the group’s higher goal of creating 14,000 sustainable jobs across the country.
The list of sponsors of Hard Hats for Haiti is impressive. Among the community and corporate partners are: Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and the City of Miami, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Caterpillar, Diageo, RIM Blackberry and MTV. PADF also receives backing from institutions such as the United States Agency for International Aid, the World Bank, the American Red Cross and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

The overall goal is to raise money, and no amount is insignificant. That’s why before the evening ended, guests were asked to text HARDHATS to 27722 to make a $5 donation. Organizers also asked people to tweet about the initiative through its Twitter at the hashtag #HH4Haiti or to follow the efforts on its Facebook page.

For more information please visit Hard Hats for Haiti's website:

The Louis XIII Experience at Trump Hollywood

It's been a while since we posted... bad bad Marcelo (is his fault)... but we are back to catch up. Next: another fabulous event part of our Luxury Lifestyle Event Series...

Luxury brands don’t let the slow summer months keep them from reaching out to their consumers, and private events are always the way to go.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Louis XIII cognac (by Remy Martin) hosted an exclusive private tasting event at Trump Hollywood Residences in Hollywood Beach-FL, in partnership with Yacht Direct, Alex Turco and South Florida Opulence Magazine. An intimate affair for 80 VIP guests, including residents of luxury homes, as well as VIP clients of the participating brands.

Trump Hollywood is one of the most prestigious addresses in South Florida’s Gold Coast, rising 41 stories above the shoreline; it offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal and the city. Guests gathered at its elegant “Club Room”, an intimate area with exquisite interior design, in a living room type of setting including a billiard table, game tables and a large bar, with direct access to the pool deck.
A fine selection of Hors d’oeuvres were prepared and served by Hollywood Prime steakhouse, while Piper Heidsieck champagne (Cuvee Brut) and Bearboat (Pinot Noir 2007, Russian River Valley) were poured non-stop at the bar.

Magnificent pieces from Alex Turco – Art Designer, were graciously displayed throughout the venue; and a scale model of the majestic 93’ Delfino Benetti, valued in $19 millions, was showcased by Yacht Direct.
The highlight of the evening was a private presentation and tasting of Louis XIII, a cognac manufactured using grapes from the Grande Champagne territory of Cognac, France; blended from 1200 eaux-de-vie, some more than a century in age, and aged in “tiercons”, oak barrels that are several hundred years old. The average price range is between $1,800 to $2,500 per bottle. Steele Cooper, brand ambassador for Louis XIII, guided guests through the history of this exclusive cognac/champagne while engaging them in a group tasting that ended in a toast to celebrate life and luxury.

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