Posts Tagged ‘Merrick Park’

No More Tears Fundraiser at Jimmy Choo

Friday, February 19th, 2016


Coral Gables, FL – February 18, 2016 – Hundreds of Miami’s stylish philanthropists joined committee hosts Erin Newberg, Lauren Gnazzo, Rachel Alpert, Daniela Frewa, Julia Ford-Carther, and Iva Kosovic and No More Tears founder Somy Ali for a beautiful and beneficent evening of shopping, sipping and supporting at Jimmy Choo, Village of Merrick Park. The glamorous event at the designer shoe retailer benefitted No More Tears, a South Florida non-profit organization with a mission to assist and empower victims of human and sex trafficking. Between champagne toasts and decadent noshes, No More Tears founder Somy Ali made a moving speech that raised awareness of the prevalence of human and sex trafficking in the local community, and the honorable and daily efforts she and her volunteers make to help and rehabilitate its victims. A portion of the evening’s sales went directly to the No More Tears survivor programs, as no one at the organization takes a salary.


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Lauren Gnazzo & Erin Newberg

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Julia Ford-Carther, Lauren Gnazzo, Iva Kosovic, Daniela Frewa, Erin Newberg, & Rachel Alpert

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Erin Newberg, Prashant Thakker, Somy Ali, & Roberto Donosa

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Somy Ali

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Somy Ali

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Maria Beguiristain & Somy Ali

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Akshay Sharma & Smita Asrani

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Gabriella & Laurelina Sosa

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Angelica Lenox

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Margaret Cho

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Colin Knight & Joshua Kingston

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Prashant Thakker & Roberto Donosa

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Karelle Levy, Veronica Pesantes, Rebecca Kleinman, & Anna Elizabeth

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Sophie Renard & Sara Aronfeld

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Rosario Chozas, Julia Ford Carther, & Valerie Graves

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Luiza Calabro & Iva Kosovic

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Yeliz Titiz & Soledad Lowe

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Tommy Hurst & Michael Perez


Shops at Merrick Park & The Battier Take Charge Foundation Host Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 27th, 2015


Coral Gables, FL – November 19, 2015 – Shops at Merrick Park in collaboration with the Battier Take Charge Foundation hosted its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Open to the public, the event featured live entertainment by the Coral Gables Senior High School Choir, the Miami Royal Ballet and DJ Risi. Attendees captured memories in photo booths, got creative at Pottery Barn Kids’ cookie decorating station and enjoyed retailer discounts and giveaways. Santa Claus even gave a special appearance, pulling up on a fire truck as Merrick Park counted down to its traditional tree lighting.

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Shane Battier

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Shane Battier & Santa

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Maria Serrano, Santa, & Caroline Bustamante

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Claudia Da Silva, Camila Ramon, Tere Garcia, & Anthony Barroso

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Collection Party for Fashionably Conscious at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Coral Gables, FL – August 19, 2015 – Neiman Marcus Coral Gables hosted a Collection Party for Fashionably Conscious, Miami’s beloved fashion fundraiser, during Neiman Marcus’ highly anticipated semi-annual Trend Event. Over 100 of Miami’s fashion elite attended, including host committee Maria Eugenia Baco, Ali Codina, Laura Garcia, Marcia Martinez Laas, Rima Otrakji, Darlene Perez and Christopher Adeleke. The Trend Event featured a fashion showcase of the latest styles for Fall 2015. Guests sat front row to see the latest must-have trends, including the Folklorica Trend – handcrafted, artisanal details and embellishments, embroidery, romantic ruffles, lace and fringe. The Winter White Trend graced the runway, as well as the color Red – rich red’s, from full bodied Bordeaux to siren bright.  Shoppers enjoyed bubbly and bites from Bulla Gastrobar as well as a Herradura Tequila tasting. The event served as a kickoff to the Fashionably Conscious main fundraising sale event from Sept. 25-27 at Cocowalk, benefitting Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center. For more information visit


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Ali Codina, Laura Garcia, Maria Eugenia Baco, Stephen Brunelle, Rima Otrakji, & Marcia Martinez Laas

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Katharine Rubino, Ali Codina, & Darlene Perez

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Marcia Martinez Laas & Darlene Perez

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Iva Kosovic, Rima Otrakji, & Marcia Martinez Laas




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Katharine Rubino, Vivian Duenas, & Rebecca Millare-Macias

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Katharine Rubino & Rima Otrakji

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Teresa Sarnoff & Rima Otrakji

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Eli Otero, Annette Lopez Teal, Iva Kosovic, & Holly Morganelli

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Ali Codina & Olee Fowler

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Christopher Adeleke & Bridget Dadd

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Christopher Adeleke, Olee Fowler, Bridget Dadd, & Rick Hertan



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Laura Garcia, Eloisa Morales, Maria Luchsinger, & Marcela Erana

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Norma & Tatiana Helou

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Nelly Stromme & Jennifer North

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Marcia Martinez Laas & Cristina Menendez

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Charlotte Hicks & Abby Zanarini

Veronica Beard at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014


Coral Gables, FL – November 19, 2014 – Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and Stephen Brunelle, Vice President and General Manager, welcomed designers Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard of Veronica Beard on Wednesday afternoon. Veronica Beard is an elevated American sportswear brand that strikes the balance between classic and cool. The sisters-in-law launched their eponymous brand in the Fall of 2010 with their signature dickey jacket. Their collection of perfectly designed essentials blends designer aesthetic with both wearability and ease, providing a versatile look for the woman who is trying to do it all. The success of the brand lies in the truth that they design for women they know well. In their own words, “we are our customer.” Over 50 of Miami’s fashion set came to meet the designers, along with hosts Carolina Azqueta, Melina Cisneros, Lia Porcella Costa, Cristina Echavarria, Christina Getty, Sarah Pendergast, and Maria Tettamanti. The crowd enjoyed passed bites and bubbly and sat for a fashion chat with designers as they presented their Resort 2015 Collection.






Veronica Miele Beard & Veronica Swanson Beard 


Veronica Swanson Beard & Veronica Miele Beard





Veronica Miele Beard & Veronica Swanson Beard 



Veronica Miele Beard & Veronica Swanson Beard 






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Veronica Miele Beard & Veronica Swanson Beard 









Alexandra Dickinson, Ana Serfimova, Veronica Miele Beard, Veronica Swanson Beard, Brittany Wagner, & Nina Taylor


Melina Cisneros, Carolina Azqueta, Sarah Pendergast, Christina Getty, Veronica Swanson Beard, Veronica Miele Beard, Maria Tettamanti, & Lia Porcella Costa

Veronica Swanson Beard, Lia Porcella Costa, & Veronica Miele Beard

 Veronica Swanson Beard, Lia Porcella Costa, & Veronica Miele Beard

Stuart Barnes, Veronica Miele Beard, Veronica Swanson Beard, & Stephen Brunelle

 Stuart Barnes, Veronica Miele Beard, Veronica Swanson Beard, & Stephen Brunelle

Veronica Miele Beard, Katharine Rubino, & Veronica Swanson Beard

 Veronica Miele Beard, Katharine Rubino, & Veronica Swanson Beard


Christina Getty & Katharine Rubino


Christina Getty & Lia Porcella Costa


Maria Tettamanti


Natalie Pons & Sarah Pendergast


Melina Cisneros & Allison Aston

Marcia Barros, Susan Siqueira, Ana Miranda, & Taci Lima

 Marcia Barros, Susan Siqueira, Ana Miranda, & Taci Lima

Michelle Agudo, Carol Perez, & Kiersten Arvesu

 Michelle Agudo, Carol Perez, & Kiersten Arvesu


Katharine Rubino, Veronica Miele Beard, & Veronica Swanson Beard

 Katharine Rubino, Veronica Miele Beard, & Veronica Swanson Beard


Maria Tettamanti & Julia Ford-Carther

Alexandra Dickinson, Ana Serfimova, & Brittany Wagner

Alexandra Dickinson, Ana Serfimova & Brittany Wagner

Shop-O-Holly Brunch Series

Thursday, November 21st, 2013


Miami, FL – November 16-17, 2013 – Now in its second year, the Village of Merrick Park kicked off the holiday season with its annual Shop-O-Holly Brunch series. Featuring two local non-profit organizations—Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and United Way Women’s Leadership Program—the brunch included traditional favorites from A Joy Wallace Catering and cocktails courtesy of Zonin Prosecco and Miami Cocktail Company. Afterward, guests were encouraged to shop it up at Michael Kors, Emilio Robba, Azzurro Boutique, Carlo Pazolini, Adolfo Dominguez, Rugs by Zhaleh, Gymboree Play & Music, Luggage & More, Silvia Tcherassi, Athleta, Caché and J. Crew, who gave donations to the charities as well as gifts with purchase or discounts for those who attended the brunch. We hate to be one to dine and dash, but with discount shopping looming post brunch, it made skipping a third helping that much easier.








Naivy Gonzalez & Melissa Ramirez


Melissa Ramirez & Leslie Bowe







Sarah Reyer & Kevin Ruiz


Ivonne Camps & Patricia Betancourt







Ana Veiga Milton, Laura Renzi, & Marielis Aponte


Allison Farcus & Yolanda Berkowtiz


Marielis Aponte & Alexis Calleja


Kara Zeder & Yoly Schaefer


Carleen Smith & Kara Zeder


Alexandra Plasencia, Kara Zeder, Carleen Smith, & Nelly Farra 


Sandra Rodriguez, Karina Alvarez, & Jenny Perez

Herve Leger at Neiman Marcus

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Coral Gables, FL – March 15, 2013 – If you’ve ever wondered who’s behind those sexy, body-hugging bandage dresses that have become a staple in every Miami girl’s closet, take a look below. The Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP is Lubov Azria, and she was in town last week presenting the Spring 2013 Hervé Léger by Max Azria Collection. Over 60 fashionistas- including Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria– gathered at the Neiman Marcus at Merrick Park for an afternoon of models strutting their stuff on the catwalk, bites, and bubbly. The Spring 2013 Collection was inspired by the patchwork and handcrafted embroidery from the quilt-making women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. It’s very much a symbol of feminine strength with all the bold colors and cuts in the dresses and swimwear.

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Alexia Echevarria, Suzy Buckley, Jillian Jacobson, Lubov Azria, & Gina Milton

Suzy Buckley, Jillian Jacobson, Lubov Azria, & Gina Milton

Jillian Jacobson, Alexia Echevarria, & Gina Milton

Christina Termine, Suzy Buckley, & Dana Shear

Tenelle McCormack, Siri Willoch-Traasdahl, & Dana Shear

Kalpna Patel, Maritza Rodriguez, & Gina Milton

Ingrid Lapadula & Carolina Lindo

Lubov Azria & Stephan Brunelle

Lubov Azria & Suzy Buckley

Lubov Azria

Stephan Brunelle

Fashionably Conscious at Merrick Park

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Coral Gables, FL – September 21, 2012 – Village of Merrick Park welcomed the highly anticipated Fashionably Conscious vintage designer fundraising sale, celebrating its fifth anniversary. The event was brought to a prime retail space on the ground floor of the Coral Gables mall, and with a fundraising goal of $100,000 (doubling that of last year), this year’s sale was the most impressive yet. The vintage designer sale offered heavily discounted pricing on donated designer items from the most coveted closets of Miami’s respected philanthropists and community leaders.

This year’s expanded host committee of over 50 top socialites and CEOs included Raysa Fanjul, Margarita Codina, Lourdes Jofre-Collett, Camille Thiry Russler, Mark Ferrari, Sarah Arison, Louis Aguirre, Darlene Perez, Laura Buccellati, Anne Owen, Alicia Cervera, Cathy Leff, Suzy Buckley, Maria Tettamanti, Ginger Harris, Annie Vasquez, Tony Cho, Rosa Sugrañes, Debra Scholl, Timothy Walker, Dr. Eduardo Padrón and more.

Collections included items from Prada, Armani, Christian Dior, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, ITEM, Catherine Malandrino, Diane vonFurstenberg, Trina Turk, Elie Tahari, Phillip Lim, Chloé and more.

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Stefanie Nazoyan & Oksana Shvartsaman

Laura Buccellati, Carly Thomas, & Elysze Held

Darlene Perez & Carole Seikaly

Daisy Casuso & Ana Hernandez

Ximena Cho, Anne Owen, & Tony Cho

Lauren Deutch, Tony Cho, & Anne Owen

Annette Lopez, Liza Walton, & Darlene Perez

Liza Walton & Joanna Popper

Alison Cammack & Nadia Kruler

Grace de Moya & Laura Ledesma

Aidita Vizoso, Isabella Vizoso, & Rima Otrakji

Carolyn Borlenghi, Erin Chainani, & Ginger Harris

Rima Otrakji & Liza Walton

Desiree Dubon & Scott Kat

Claudia Succar Ferre & Grace De Moya

Caroline Candib, Chantalle Loynaz, & Paola Garcia

Paolo Garcia & Ana Maria Garcia

Elyze Held & Maria Tettamanti

Maria Tettamanti, Alex Gonzalez, & Nadia Kruler

Merrick Park’s Fashionably Conscious

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Neiman Marcus Merrick Park on September 7, 2012

Coral Gables, FL – September 7-8, 2012 – Merrick Park debuted the the first-ever Fashion’s Weekend Out with signature events at Neiman Marcus and Adolfo Dominguez tied to the arrival of the beloved Fashionably Conscious fundraising sale. Hosting a series of boutique collection parties and shopping incentives throughout the weekend, Merrick Park hosted Miami’s most respected philanthropists and CEOs as they donated their designer goods and make room for items from the new season.

Saturday afternoon, the Fashionably Conscious collection party took place at Adolfo Dominguez where attendees donated men’s and women’s designer goods. All proceeds will benefit the Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center.

Stephen Brunelle & Darlene Perez at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Liza Walton, Marcia Martinez, Darlene Perez, & Nancy Levitt Davis at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Rosa Sugranes & Marcia Martinez at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Rosa Sugranes, Marcia Martinez, & Joey Butler at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Joey Butler & Joanne Butler at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Paola Garcia & Marcia Martinez at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Paola Garcia & Liza Walton at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Rima Otrakji at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Rima Otrakji, Darlene Perez, & Joey Butler at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

May Ghraoui, Dina Younis, & Rima Otrakji at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Rima Otrakji & May Ghraoui at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Michelle Feller & Laura Sanchez Slik at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park

Fashionably Conscious Donation Party at Adolfo Dominguez on September 8, 2012

Alberto LaMadrid & Chris Gonzalez at Adolfo Dominguez

Louis Aguirre & Gingi Beltran at Adolfo Dominguez

Iva Kosovic & Alex Gonzalez at Adolfo Dominguez

Cristina Gort, Yanet DeCastro, Jennifer Cervera, & Selene Arvesu at Adolfo Dominguez

Chantalle Loynaz Gonzalez & Valeria Jerez at Adolfo Dominguez

Jennifer Cervera at Adolfo Dominguez

Alberto LaMadrid & Cristina Gort at Adolfo Dominguez

Annette Lopez & Ashley Garcia at Adolfo Dominguez

Chantalle Loynaz Gonzalez & Valeria Jerez at Adolfo Dominguez

Maria Sharapova at Cole Haan

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Maria Sharapova

Coral Gables, FL – March 22, 2011 – As the Sony Ericsson tournament gets underway in Miami, Cole Haan and Vogue Magazine celebrated the launch of international tennis champion Maria Sharapova’s Spring 2011 Collection at The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Florida. Vogue Market Stylist, Anne Vincent, facilitated a Q&A with Maria to discuss her spring collection and collaboration with Cole Haan. Guests had the opportunity to participate in a drawing to win styles from Maria’s spring collection along with a pair of tickets to the Sony Ericsson tournament.

Maria Sharapova

Brittany Murphy’s Husband Found Dead

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Los Angeles, CA – May 24 2010 – TMZ is reporting that Brittany Murphy’s Husband Simon Monjack was found dead late last night by Murphy’s mother in his Hollywood Hills home. This photo was amongst the last set of images we captured of the couple together on April 2, 2008, at the Grand Opening of Blumarine Merrick Park in Coral Gables hosted by Murphy.