Issue – July/August 2011

A 40TH TO REMEMBER!

Together with his family and closest friends, Sean Wolfington celebrated his 40th birthday with a surprise party at Casa Tua. Sean’s wife planned the entire event, flying in Sean’s immediate family, friends and colleagues for a celebration that took place almost 3 weeks before Sean’s real birthday!

DUAL FESTIVITIES

Bernarda Avendanio & Ursula Barrantes-Tarafa celebrated their dual birthdays thanks to supreme party planners Maria Claudia Delloca and Florencia Goodward. Fireworks, a Cirque Du Soleil-style show and mariachis rounded out the experience.

FOND FAREWELL

Elisa & Joan Ramon Pujol celebrated their farewell party with friends during a night full of emotions. They are returning back to Spain after a decade in Key Biscayne.

GOOD EATS

Scalina restaurateur Tom Billante hosted a special VIP Grand Opening party to welcomed some of the most influential business people in South Florida to his restaurant.

DESTINATION CLUB

The Ritz-Carlton held a reception to introduce The Ritz-Carlton Collection Destination Club to area VIPs and special guests.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

The Kappens hosted a party to celebrate the 15th birthday of their son Ushaia Miguel. More than 150 guests enjoyed a magical night filled with laser lights, great music, delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres throughout what culminated as an unforgettable night with the appearance of a belly dancer.

STELLAR PIZZA

Puntino Pizzeria held their much-anticipated grand opening at The Square. Guests left satisfied and ready for more!

SURPRISE FESTIVITIES

Lupe Polegre celebrated her birthday with a surprise party organized by her husband and kids, and included the family’s most intimate friends.

NATURE SAVIORS

A cocktail reception and silent auction to benefit The Marjorie Stoneman Biscayne Nature Center was hosted by Jean Paul and Stacia Bahamondes in Key Biscayne.

The 411

Spotlighting news, launches, announcements, happenings, products & places in and around South Florida.

Key Players

Meet the people who are shaping the future of the communities they live in while inspiring everyone they meet along the way. Though their stories are all different and their backgrounds, histories, hopes and dreams vary, the one thing each has in common is a passion for what they do and their ability to see past themselves for the benefit of others. In the following pages, you’ll meet this issue’s Key Players and get a brief glimpse into their lives. If you happen to run into one of them during your daily routine, take a moment to salute them. They’ve earned it.

Play Ball!

The New Marlins Ballpark not only redefines state-of-the-art, it’s also set to become an instant landmark in South Florida thanks to an exciting mix of entertainment, shopping, dining, drinking, concerts, and, of course, plenty of opportunities to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

KEY BISCAYNE’S 2011 MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

From hundreds of reader-submitted and Facebook nominations to the selections of an independent panel of beauty experts and our editorial board picks, we hope you agree that this year’s finalists all represent want makes the residents of Key Biscayne truly beautiful — from the inside out.

Purely Breathtaking

Tour a spectacular penthouse at Ocean Club Tower Two, considered one of the most exclusive and luxurious units in Key Biscayne. The residence comes complete with enough space for a large family, amenities to keep you entertained and views for miles and miles all year round.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Meet the professional beauty makers ready to take your look to the next level — from head to toe — right here in The Magic City.

Global Beauty

When it comes to beauty, everyone has an opinion. We delve into a brief exploration of the ever-changing South Florida aesthetic and learn that the ideal of beauty transcends language, nationality and, in some extreme cases, reality.

Come Together

For longtime Key Biscayne resident Michelle Barnett, giving back to her community is second nature, no matter how many obstacles life throws her way.

Perfect Storm

This season, make sure to learn how to make the perfect drink complement to any summer BBQ no matter where you choose to grill.

Popular

Lotus Flower

While attending Ponce De Leon Middle School, Melissa Saldaña got involved in volunteer projects such as serving as Treasurer of the Youth For Environmental Studies Club. Little did she know that spending her lunches helping to reconcile accounts was great training for her future career in nonprofit financial management.

It’s An Exquisite Life

Luxurious fabrics, prints and cuts combine with supreme quality materials, furnishings and décor to yield a world-class lifestyle in the lap of luxury.