Music Floats Down the Riverwalk in March


rae_logo_4c_noboxThere will be other months for other muses, but in March, the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District in downtown Fort Lauderdale will be inspired by music.

If you’re into the classics, on March 18, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, violinist Daniel Hope pays tribute to violinist Joseph Joachim of the Romantic Era; while from March 2325, Miami International Piano Festival presents The Romantic Spectrum Master Series, which will explore the music of Romantic composers Chopin, Schumann and Liszt.

Is Broadway your passion? Delight in the best of the Great White Way with “American Idiot” presented by Broadway Across America and the Broward Center from March 25April 6. A critical musical sensation in New York and London, “American Idiot” is based on Green Day’s GRAMMY Award®-winning multi-platinum album and features the songs “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

If you prefer off-Broadway productions, look for “Vanities” at the Parker Playhouse March 2630. Although not a musical, “Vanities” showcases the talents of five-time Emmy Award®-winner Heather Tom in one of the longest-running off-Broadway plays on record, and the recipient of the Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding New Play.

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On March 20, if you groove to contemporary and cultural music, you’ll have a choice to make. At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, GRAMMY Award®-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn will share stories and inspiration. On the same night, at the Parker Playhouse, Paul Byrom of Celtic Thunder fame will perform a range of selections from opera to Irish ballads to American standards.

And finally, for the culture vultures who like their music with a dash of Spanish dance, Miami City Ballet presents Program IV: “Don Quixote” at the Broward Center March 2123. Expect passionate skirt swirls, stomping feet and elaborate displays of machismo and sensuality. You’ll have a skip in your step to match the hum in your throat.

March is not the only month that Riverwalk A&E District pays tribute to the muses, and these are just a handful of offerings during spring. Check out the website for regular updates that will keep you entertained, inspired and enlightenedall the things we love at Durée & Company.

Putt with Power (and Purpose) for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade


bgc logo bleu-March 24 is a perfect day for a round of golf, don’t you think?

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is certain of it. On March 24, the cherished organization will host its 47th Annual Golf Classic in Memory of “Bebe” Rebozo in coordination with THE COLLECTION, South Florida’s definitive luxury automotive destination. The event is coming up on the big “5-0” for a reason. Every year, it’s done better and better to the point of becoming an institution.

The tournament is taking place at the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club, located at 13610 Deering Bay Dr. in Coral Gables, and it will feature just about everything you can think of when it comes to a fun golf fundraiser:

  • 11 a.m. kick-off with a putting contest
  • Gift bag, complimentary parking, green fees, cart, range balls and lunch for all golfers
  • On-course chicken wings and liquor shots provided by Hooters of Coral Way
  • Activities and games all day long
  • An opportunity to compete in the 2014 Audi quattro Cup, the largest amateur golf tournament in the world, and a chance to advance to the U.S. Final, held Aug. 21–24 at Pebble Beach Resorts in California
  • Elegant awards banquet and ceremony featuring a delicious buffet style dinner, cocktails, and a raffle and silent auction with an array of great items including vacation stays, weekend loans on select Audi models, and sports memorabilia

201This event has earned the title of being Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s signature event for a reason. Participants not only enjoy great golf, but also have the rewarding experience of raising funds for the Clubs’ youth development programs, which focus on fostering skills in computer education, cultural arts, homework and educational assistance, social life competencies, and sports and recreation.

Chaired by Ben Walker from CCU Inc., the event is expected to raise more than $125,000 for the Clubs’ programs.

If we at Durée & Company were to take up golf, we’d start here – at the top.

To learn how you can join the fun on the greens March 24, call Arthur Hernandez at (305) 446-9910 ext. 13, or email him at ahernandez@bgcmia.org.

Help Rising Tide Make a Wish Come True


acw-24-1Rising Tide co-founders John and Thomas D’Eri have been in the “wish” business, as of late.

One of their wishes recently came true, when their socially conscious business model and local success story of creating Rising Tide Car Wash was featured on an international stage at the TEDxCoconutGrove conference.

On Feb. 7, John and Thomas gave a 17-minute talk about their business and how it is changing the lives of individuals with autism. View their talk here: http://bit.ly/1ispXQg.

Then right on the heels of having one wish granted, they received another – Rising Tide Car Wash was named the winner of a $5,000 TEDxCoconutGrove Hope Prize for making great strides in fulfilling its “wish” to help people with autism connect with their communities. Rising Tide is reinvesting the $5,000 prize back into the business, updating its signage and pay station system, to further enhance its customer experience.

From a PR perspective, it is extremely gratifying to see a client rise and soar within their industry. Our team has been working with Rising Tide since the D’Eri family opened their doors in April 2013, and we’ve seen them be recognized, admired, celebrated and now shared as a model for employing people with autism.

The next wish to be granted to the Rising Tide Car Wash team will require the community to show its support.

Rising Tide has been selected to attend the acclaimed Unreasonable Institute Global social impact accelerator program May 30July 6, 2014, in Boulder, CO. The program matches 13 carefully vetted ventures from across the globe with 50 mentors and more than 100 funders. Its goal is to help each of the ventures to scale up to meaningfully impact the lives of over 1 million people each.

In order for Rising Tide COO Thomas D’Eri to attend, Unreasonable Institute Global is reaching out to the public to donate $12,700 by March 14 to pay his tuition. Rising Tide tuition donations will go directly to Unreasonable Institute Global, a 501(c)(3) organization.  To make a tax-deductible donation to Rising Tide’s/D’Eri’s Unreasonable Institute Global tuition, please visit http://marketplace.unreasonableinstitute.org/campaign/detail/2638.

If this wish is granted, it benefits not only Rising Tide, but also the South Florida community and other communities that want to learn how to create an employment model for their residents with autism.

It’s a wish that can come true with the click of a button.  Let’s make it happen, shall we?