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Aventura Hospital and ACES partner for ‘ArtWalk @ the A’ networker

By Bari Auerbach

It was a picture perfect evening when Aventura Hospital and Medical Center (AMC), ACES (Aventura City of Excellence School), the Aventura Marketing Council/ Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce partnered to create “ArtWalk @ the A” -  a masterpiece networking reception showcasing the artwork of talented students.

Gary Pyott, Chairman, Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce; Aventura Vice Mayor Howard Weinberg, Hotwire Communications; Alisa Bert, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; Megan Gerstel, Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce; Stephanie Baertlein, Aventura City of Excellence School; Dr. Beny Rub, Rub Pediatrics; Allyssa Tobbit and Matt Hughes, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with student winners Andres Ferreira, Mia Bagdasarov, Delfina Fernandez and Daniela Martinez

Gary Pyott, Chairman, Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce; Aventura Vice Mayor Howard Weinberg, Hotwire Communications; Alisa Bert, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; Megan Gerstel, Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce; Stephanie Baertlein, Aventura City of Excellence School; Dr. Beny Rub, Rub Pediatrics; Allyssa Tobbit and Matt Hughes, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with student winners Andres Ferreira, Mia Bagdasarov, Delfina Fernandez and Daniela Martinez

AMC Chair Gary Pyott, joined by Alisa Bert, CFO and Acting CEO of Aventura Hospital, welcomed business leaders, students and their families to the hospital’s beautiful Mezzanine. Aventura Vice Mayor Howard Weinberg was among the special guests enjoying the networking, delicious hors d’oeuvres and artwork created with the inspiration of ACES art teachers Amanda Petumenos and Stephanie Baertlein.

"ACES was very excited to partner with Aventura Hospital in the Art Walk. This was a great opportunity for ACES students to exhibit their artwork within the community and increase the students' sense of self, school, and community pride,” said Stephanie Baertlein

The “Summertime” themed exhibit featured one-of-a-kind, delightful pieces designed in vibrant paints, watercolors, markers, ink, colored pencils and collaged paper. The stroke of genius occasion marked the culmination of an ArtWalk contest judged by an esteemed Aventura Hospital panel including: Dr. Beny Rub of  Rub Pediatrics; Jesse Gabuat, assistant chief nursing officer;  Matt Hughes, controller;  and Allyssa Tobitt, assistant vice president of operations.

The winning young artists were: Mia Bagdasarov, kindergarten; Camila Navajas, first grade; Andres Ferreira, second grade; Delfina Fernandez, third grade; Isabella Koopman and Daniela Martinez, sixth grade; Evelina Nedossekina, seventh grade; and Cinzia Baracco, eighth grade.

“Our ACES students were thrilled to be able to showcase their work in such a beautiful public venue and we thank Aventura Hospital for this wonderful opportunity,” said Julie Alm, ACES principal.  Sharing the sentiments of fellow proud parents, Diana Bagdasarov, said, “This was a great experience for our daughter, who was so excited to be included in the ArtWalk event. We look forward to further opportunities for our family to engage with the community.”

While enjoying the fine art of networking, masterfully planned with help from the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce and Megan Gerstel of the Miami Shores Chamber, guests were entertained by the musical artistry of Tony Cruz and amazing 12-year-old vocalist Emily Kaufman.

Framing the mission to provide the finest in healthcare, Bert shared an update on the growth of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “We are expanding our Emergency Department, going from 25 beds to 50 beds; and will also have five behavioral health rooms and state-of-the art equipment. More good news is we’re building a parking garage to complement the addition of a a new, three-story patient tower that will have 60 private patient rooms.”

For a fantastic finishing touch making Mona Lisa’s smile even brighter, Bert presented gift cards to all the art students and their art teachers as well as $250 check to ACES, which will help support art initiatives at the city’s A-rated, state-of-the-art charter school.

For more information about Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, visit aventurahospital.com .  www.aventuramarketingcouncil.com; www.miamishore.com

PlugIN and AMC raise the vibes

So you think you can sing?  Well, friends, the good news is that even if you can’t carry a note, you will be a star in your very own private karaoke room at PlugIN, the luxurious new karaoke experience at Gulfstream Park.

FP. 1 - Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce members enjoy a fabulous karaoke fun, great food and networking at PlugIN Miami. (L to R) Gary Pyott, Chairman, Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce; Lauren Schulman, Consultant; Eleanor Sparrock, Biscayne Cove Condominium Association

Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce members enjoy a fabulous karaoke fun, great food and networking at PlugIN Miami. (L to R) Gary Pyott, Chairman, Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce; Lauren Schulman, Consultant; Eleanor Sparrock, Biscayne Cove Condominium Association

Members of the Chairman’s Roundtable of the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce (AMC) recently held a networking reception there, and it was a fabulous evening of entertainment, great food and networking.  The constant laughter matched the high energy of the ‘singers’ who were living their dreams as a crooner, rock star or Broadway diva.

 

Some members were only too happy to grab a microphone and jump onstage to sing while others couldn’t keep from dancing to the beat.   With over 35,000 songs to choose from –in six different languages—guests were hosted in 18 exquisite private karaoke rooms.  The delicious appetizers streamed into each room, and the bar’s Happy Hour pricing was perhaps the reason so many members found their ‘liquid encouragement’.

 

The buzz could be heard....”I could book my anniversary party here!”...”What a great place for a corporate meeting!”....”I understand why celebrities come here...they have their private party, complete with food and entertainment!”

 

Reviews were outstanding...” PlugIN allows everyone of all ages to enjoy the gift of music and feel free to leave our comfort zone and sing regardless of what it sounds like…its just a ton of fun” said Gary Pyott, AMC Chairman, himself a ‘veteran’ karaoke singer since his “Singing With the Stars” experience to help raise funds for Neighbors4Neighbors.

 

“Karaoke is a fun, feel-good experience. While cruise ship karaoke is our usual venue, PlugIN has created a great space with private party rooms with cool lighting and multiple mics for groups to sing their anthems! Food was also delicious! Don't wait for your next cruise to do this! “” added Lauren Schulman, LMS Governmental Relations.

 

 

Bobby Scottland, from Pinnacle A Roofing Company, said, “ Although I definitely do not have the voice of Freddy Mercury or Neil Diamond, it was a blast singing my best out- of -tune renditions of “Sweet Caroline” and the greatest rock and roll song of all time, “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  It felt like I was in Wayne’s World..... great experience and so much fun”.

 

PlugIN opened in June at Gulfstream Park and the chain has six other locations internationally. “We are working on expansion plans in other major cities and are excited about the buzz already generated since we launched just a month ago”, noted Lior Ganel, Managing Partner at PlugIN Miami. “The reception here in Miami has been very warm and the feedback is excellent. People are embracing our new concept and we feel great about it”.

 

 

For more information, call PlugIN at 1-8444-PLUGIN (1-844-475-8446) or visit www.pluginkaraoke.com; Social: fb.com/pluginkaraoke; Instagram.com/pluginkaraoke