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Three Ways to Give This #GivingTuesday 2017


It’s Here! #GivingTuesday has arrived on the tails of a weekend full of family and friends – and lots of shopping. Today is all about giving back to your community and the institutions that help it thrive. Here at Durée & Company, we love giving back in any way possible to our local community. In honor of this holiday, we wanted to share some ways you could contribute today and every day.

  • Volunteering:
    No matter your schedule, there are many ways to get involved with local and national charities by volunteering your time or unique skills to aid in a particular organization’s mission. For example, The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is always looking for volunteers for their in-house departments. Participating in events such as Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter’s ‘Rock the Runway’ Fashion Show on January 19, 2018 at Boca Rio Golf Club or register to run or walk at the Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K on April 29, 2018 are both great ways to get involved.’
  • Donating:
    Don’t have the time to volunteer? Donate. With the touch of a click, you can donate to organizations such as FLIPANY. Their $20 for 20 campaign gives 20 children year-round healthy meals paired with nutrition education. This is an example of how a small donation can make a huge impact! You don’t have to do this alone – get your family, friends or coworkers together and fundraise for the American Cancer Society’s Celebration Gala on May 5, 2018, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.
  • Charitable Shopping:
    With the increase in customer awareness, companies across the world are joining together with charities to donate a portion of their proceeds. For example, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is selling Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade and providing great futures for area youth. The Christmas City Centre Tree Lot sponsored by Swire Properties Inc is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. at the Hank Kline Club at 2805 SW 32nd Ave. Miami, FL 33133. The lot will remain open until the trees are sold out.

We’d love to know how you will be giving back this year! Tweet us your ideas @DureeCoPr!

D&Co Dynamos Partied Like Gatsby at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Wild About Kids Gala


Pearls, feathers and flapper dresses were of no shortage at this year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade “Wild About Kids” Gala. The Great Gatsby – themed soiree on Nov. 11 seemed like a blast from the past with guests dressed head-to-toe in 20’s attire. The Dynamos of Fort Lauderdale PR firm, Durée & Company, love celebrating the success of their clients and the Wild About Kids Gala was no exception.

From drafting and pitching the gala media alert, to staffing pre-gala events, to promoting the gala on social media, the D&Co Dynamos had an integral part in making this year’s gala a roaring success for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

The event kicked-off with a cocktail reception and silent auction, which featured prizes such as a round-trip vacation to Napa Valley for the ultimate Wine Country experience, as well as tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway and go back stage to meet some of the cast. Bloomingdale’s at The Falls hosted a fashion showcase featuring evening and formal wear for guests to enjoy before the official gala program began.

Evening highlights included, welcome introductions from President Alex Rodriguez-Roig and recently appointed Board Chair Andres “Mo” Guilarte and the presentation of the Charles Bebe Rebozo Humanitarian Award to Dr. Michael S. Gordon and Lynda Gordon. Alfredo Mesa, executive director of the Miami Marlins Foundation, and Andres Guilarte at Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade accepted the Community Builder Award on behalf of Dee Gordon, second baseman for the Miami Marlins.

There were also lively performances by Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade dance group and “The Culture” by Hammocks Entertainment. After a three-course dinner, the Venezuelan Grammy award winning duo SanLuis performed and guests partied the night away like Gatsby.

The highlight of the night was when Andy Ansin, vice president of The Ansin Foundation, surprised the crowd with a donation of $1 million dollars to renovate Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Northwest Club.

The D&Co Dynamos enjoyed a night of celebration for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and are looking forward to another magical evening at next year’s event.

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estate, public relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Special Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Hosted the 3rd Annual Alumni Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction at Marlins Park


 Miami, Fla. – Sept. 6, 2017 – More than 100 guests enjoyed a late afternoon at the ballpark on Saturday, August 26 as they celebrated the many accomplishments of yesteryear’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s former members at the organization’s third annual Alumni Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction. This year’s event was again hosted by the Marlins Foundation at Marlins Park.

Six former club members were inducted to the Clubs’ Alumni Hall of Fame and honored with an afternoon of food, refreshments and celebrations, including a special announcement from Home Plate with video projection of each of the inductees. Immediately following the presentation inductees and their guest were able to enjoy seats in a special section and watch the Marlins vs. Padres game courtesy of the Marlins Foundation.

The event was emceed by former club football coach and Board and Hall of Fame member Howard Master. The six inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame were Traffic Reporter for WPLG Channel 10 News Nicole Perez, Of Counsel Attorney with De La Peña Group Arturo Alvarez, Tallahassee Attorney and NFF College Football Hall of Fame member Carlos Alvarez, Retired Judge for Florida’s 11th Circuit Court Probate Division Judge Michael A. Genden, Retired MLB Third Baseman for the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and the Boston Red Sox Mike Lowell, and Writer, Director and creator of TV sitcoms and movies Hugh Wilson.

  • Nicole Perez attended the Kendall Club in the late 1990s to early 2000s. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as the morning traffic reporter
  • Arturo Alvarez attended the Northwest Club in the 1960s with his brothers Carlos and Cesar. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 1972. He is also one of the founding members of the Cuban American Bar Association
  • Carlos Alvarez attended the Northwest Club in the 1960s along with his brothers Arturo and Cesar. He is a former consensus All-American wide-receiver for the University of Florida Gators from 1969-1971. He’s a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” and No. 7 among the top 100 all-time best football players for the team’s first 100 years. In 1975, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University School of Law and is currently an attorney in Tallahassee
  • Judge Michael Genden attended the Hank Kline Club in the 1950s. In 1970, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami. Genden served as 11th Judicial Circuit Court Judge from 1993-2016. He currently serves on the Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
  • Mike Lowell attended the Hank Kline Club in the late 1980s. He is a former Major League Baseball Third Baseman who has played for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins and the Boston Red Sox. He is a four-time All-Star, two-time World Series Champion and 2007 World Series MVP
  • Hugh Wilson attended the Hank Kline Club in the 1950s. He is an American film director, writer and television showrunner. Among his credits for TV are “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Frank’s Place.” Among the movies he directed are “Police Academy” and “The First Wives Club”

The talents, dedication and skills of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumni have made a mark in South Florida and beyond. Their professions range from sports, entertainment, business, medicine, politics, justice, art, education and more. Although each member’s path to success was different, they all attribute a great part of their success was due to what they gained from the life-changing programs and the caring and compassionate staff at their local Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade  

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year-round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org.