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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma Sailing Team Names Shannon Falcone For Leg 6

April 19, 2012 Leave a comment

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PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG announced today that Shannon Falcone  will sail on board PUMA’s Mar Mostro for Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Itajaí, Brazil, to Miami, Florida, USA. Falcone will replace bowman Casey Smith who injured his back during the last leg of the race from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí. Helmsman Kelvin Harrap also rejoins the team, returning from injury after missing Leg 5.

Puma Skipper Ken Read said that the team is really lucky to have Falcone on ‘stand by’ especially for a situation like this.  “Losing Casey is a tough situation for our team, eased only by the fact that Shannon has a lot of experience with us – both in the last race and training this past summer. We are really happy that he is ready to go.”

Falcone, 30 from Falmouth Harbour, Antigua, will sail in his second Volvo Ocean Race with PUMA Ocean Racing beginning with Saturday’s In-Port Race in Itajaí. He was part of the PUMA team for the 2008-09 edition of the race, serving as trimmer and pitman for eight legs. Falcone is currently a member of the ORACLE Racing team training for the 34th America’s Cup. In 2010, he was on BMW ORACLE Racing’s extended crew, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup, and he has been a part of the Mascalzone Latino (2000) and Luna Rossa (2007) America’s Cup campaigns.

“The pressure is on,” said Falcone. “It’s always difficult joining a crew after a win, and I have some big shoes to fill in Casey’s absence. The guys did a great job the last leg, and we want to follow up with the same on this next leg to Miami.”

Smith (Brisbane, Australia) injured his lower back just before the start of the grueling Leg 5, and he stayed on board through the team’s first-place finish in the leg. He will remain at home in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, during the upcoming leg for treatment and rehab. He is expected to rejoin the team in Miami.

Harrap, who missed Leg 5 due to carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms as well as bursitis in his elbow, resumes his role with the PUMA crew this week.

Racing gets underway in Itajaí with the Pro Am Race on Friday, April 20, followed by the In-Port Race on Saturday, April 21, and the start of Leg 6 to the lone U.S. stop of Miami, Florida, on Sunday, April 22.
 

EVENT SOLUTIONS MAGAZINE NOMINATES “DESIGNER OF THE YEAR”

March 5, 2010 Leave a comment

South Florida’s premier event producer, Fè Domenech, of Miami’s “The Event Firm” (TEF) has been nominated for the 2010 “Designer of the Year” Spotlight Award by the prestigious Event Solutions Magazine. Event Solutions Magazine has recognized top industry companies and professionals from all over the world since 1998. Fè Domenech has been nominated for this honorable award for six consecutive years, consistently proving to be an international top designer. In order to be nominated for the award, the designer has to demonstrate superb ability, creativity and achievement in the design of events and/or event décor. Since 2005, TEF has been a national leader in the event design industry, resulting in numerous honors for consistently creating cutting edge and spectacular designs. Among them are the 2008 ISES Award for Design and multiple recognitions for Service and Design in nationwide publications.

Domenech is the CEO and lead designer of The Event Firm, which is the go-to agency of the stars both in the corporate and entertainment world. Prestigious clients have all sought out the award-winning agency. Some of its clientele include: John Travolta, CitiGroup, UNIVISION, NASCAR, MTV, HBO, BMG, Louis Vuitton, Sony, NCR, The Agency, Dignitaries and many DMC companies. As a preferred designer for Nikki Beach South Beach, TEF recently produced the ‘New Year’s Eve Spectacular’ at Nikki Beach in St. Barts where Beyonce performed live. Some of the guests at this new year’s star-studded event were; Jay-z, Usher, Lindsay Lohan, Bon Jovi, and Todd English, to name a few. TEF has also produced the ‘Tropical Nights’ event for the University of Miami Autism Foundation at the Biltmore Hotel, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of South Florida’s 2009 Fashion Ball in the Fontainebleau Hotel, MARS for Moss Warner at The Harbor Beach Marriott, The Liberty Mutual soirée at Casa Casuarina, and the Operation Helmet Gala.

Event Solutions Magazine hosts The Spotlight Awards Event each year and brings top industry professionals together to network, celebrate and experience the newest in awards presentation strategies and events. Spotlight Award recipients will be announced at the Spotlight Awards Event at Event Solutions Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas on March 8, 2010. “I’m honored to be a finalist as well as grateful to be able to do what I love as my career,” states Fè Domenech. “What greater gift can I ask for than creating ever lasting memories by transforming dreams into reality for my wonderful clients.”

Born in Cuba, raised in Minnesota and having lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami, Domenech not only has immaculate taste, but also has her finger on the pulse of up-and-coming design trends. The goal behind all of The Event Firms creations is to supersede any client’s dreams and expectations. This boutique agency works as a full-service production company for one-of-a-kind designs and includes in-house production capabilities such as, master carpenters, set designers, seamstresses, fine catering, film and video editing, culinary teams and event producers that are always ready to customize any soiree.

TEF plans to continue its growth and further develop its reputation as a trendsetter. Its ultimate goal for every event is to have its designs inspire recreation. For more information on the company please visit their website at: http://www.theeventfirm.net.

Joey Porter – Player Determined of Labba-Mouth

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Oh yes, I am a proud resident of the suburbs in Miami, I am believe that is an honor to live here. One may ask the billion dollar question though – am I a Miami Dolphins fan or even a Miami Heat fan? And to those who must know I am not. Somehow I find it in my heart to be a patriotic, flag carrying-buy-American activist, but for some reason, I am not digging the home teams. Maybe it’s that fact that the Dolphins treated a couple of my favorite players (like Mark Clayton, Mark Duper and Daunte Culpepper) with the cold gloves, and henceforth the commencement of my hateration.
So fast forward long after the Marks are gone, I still have no new love for the home NFL team. Of late they are like a thorn in the local fans’ side, as they have a bunch of “not so much” players sporting the Dolphins’ teal during the season. Which leads me to the “on again off again linebacker” Joey Porter. This specimen of a linebacker or so he thinks, is the most persistent loud-mouth and in your face player I have ever seen. He complains more than he needs to and even whines when he was benched during the season, for his less than stellar performance. Of late he has been demanding a trade or if he stays, he wants to be a starter. Tough luck buddy, word from the wise, Joey, there is no collective bargaining agreement in place and you are not so young yourself.
What the heck are you doing lobbying to every media person that will listen to your sad story, telling than that you only spoke to your head coach on Sundays and has not spoken to the Big Tuna (Bill Parcells) since November? Maybe you should do less talking and more listening to the noise all around you. The Dolphins, Joey did not make the playoff again for the one millionth time and you were on the bench during some of the wins and losses.
Porter who has been a solid player in Miami, stuck with them team through that unfortunate 2007 season and helped turn them around in 2008, but when all is said and done he might be remember more for what came out of his mouth than anything he did on the field.
In some respects I am sure fans would be sad to see Porter go, but it’s ugly to watch someone putting himself through such public ordeal, putting the “I” in TEAM, the fans, and the city the Dolphins represent. So Joey, take my advice, hire war room staff to do the mud slinging, heck get your agent to be the mouth piece, because that entire public outcry will get you nowhere fast in an uncapped year.

Snoop Bowl In Full Gear In Miami

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment


The Super Bowl festivities in Miami have not come up short in the are of diversity, simply put there is a bit of excitement for just about every fan of sports and entertainment. So in the spotlight for this blog post is the game before the big. Snoop’s nearly undefeated team, the Snoop Dogg All Stars, will square off against a local youth football team from Miami coached by Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter and superstar wide receiver Terrell Owens. The event promises to be a spectacular one, with the spotlight on the youth players, it is quite a breath fresh air, as quite frankly I am over all the hype about Dwight Freeney’s ankle and Jim Caldwell’s quiet demeanor.

Annually, the “Snoop Bowl” has the Snoop Dogg All Stars traveling to the Super Bowl to challenge a team of all stars from the host city. Last year, Snoop’s team defeated the Mike Alstott led Tampa All-Stars, 22-6, in Tampa. This year the challenge moves to Miami, and anything can happen.

Since its inception, the Snoop Bowl attracted a huge following and raising more than $100,000 for charities. This year should be no different, given the fact that the Colts and Saints have their own following and this should rollover. The game will be played at Miami’s mecca for high school football, Traz Powell Stadium.

Snoop says, “I am happy that we’ve been doing this event for eight years – the kids love it and I do too. The future NFL stars play in this game annually and its fun to watch the kids imitate there favorite NFL stars. The Snoop Bowl is as big as the Super Bowl to every kid playing organized football in the USA because they aspire to play against my team or to be coached by Coach Snoop “The Great.” I love being me wouldn’t you like to be an All Star too?! I also want to thank Title Sports Drink for stepping up to participate in something that is not only good for the community but a ton of fun, ya dig?”

The Snoop Youth Football League, now in the sixth year of existence, has recently garnered a ton of credit from prestigious media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times as being a huge part in the success of Crenshaw High School’s undefeated football record.

Historically, Crenshaw has not been known for their football team but this year, nine of their players have come through the ranks of the SYFL, and it is no coincidence that the team is currently undefeated, earning them the Los Angeles city title. In fact, college recruiters have already approached a few of the ex-SYFL players, and the league is fielding calls from cities such as Dallas and Pittsburgh that want to replicate the Snoop model.

Title Sports Drink is the title sponsor of Snoop Bowl VIII and the official sports drink of all participating teams. “We’re very proud to be involved in such a great event. It allows us to both sponsor youth football at its finest and hydrate some of our future stars,” says Kevin Sepe, President of Title Sports Drink. “Snoop Bowl VIII” kicks off February 6, 2010 at 1:30pm at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami.

Orange Bowl Committee Honors Local Miami Hero

May 6, 2009 3 comments
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On Friday May 8, 2009, The Orange Bowl Committee will hold its 7th annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Field Of Dreams Scholarship Benefit at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Committee will be honoring several home town heroes, among them will be uber-pilot Captain Barrington Irving.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Captain Irving moved to South Florida at the age of 6 and spent his youth in the inner-city Miami. He did well in high school, but saw a football scholarship as the only route to college. At the age of 15, his life changed when he met a Jamaican United Airlines Captain, Gary Robinson, who took an interest in the young man’s future. Captain Robinson’s mentoring and encouragement helped motivate Irving to earn his pilot’s licenses, as he worked toward a college degree.

On March 23, 2007, 23-year-old Barrington Irving embarked on a solo flight around the world, to show other youths that dreams are achieved through hard work and dedication. When he took off from Miami in a single-engine aircraft, some 3000 students and well-wishers cheered him on. Over the next three months, he flew 26,800 miles, crossing four continents and encountering snow, rain, sandstorms, and monsoons along the way. When he returned to Miami on June 27th, he secured his place in history as the first black pilot and the youngest person ever to fly solo around the globe. The flight route headed eastbound with stops in countries such as the Azores, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Dubai, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, China, Japan, and Russia.

.Captain was awarded with the Congressional Resolution Honor on Capital Hill for this outstanding achievement and for his pioneer work in the field of aviation education. He was also awarded the Florida State Medallion of Excellence – the state’s highest honor.

In 2003, Barrington founded the nonprofit organization, Experience Aviation Inc., to introduce other young people to the field of aviation. In November 2006, with the help of local and federal grants, he opened the first EA Learning Center in Miami. The Center offers aviation education and career guidance programs to middle and high school students.

There is no doubt that the Orange Bowl Committee was thrilled to bestow this honor on such a talented professional and community leader. Captain Irving is a trailblazer both locally and internationally. He has indeed established high standards for anyone to achieve when trying to break his record and accomplishments.

“Everything is in place for one of the more successful, star-studded and meritorious group of honorees since the Field of Dreams began. This promises to be one of the premiere events of the season. Now part of the Orange Bowl Committee’s 75 year legacy, our Field of Dreams offers a can’t miss night of entertainment, recognition and the generous spirit of South Florida,” comments Antonia “Toni” Williams-Gary, Co Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Committee.

“The Orange Bowl Committee is dedicated to giving back to the community especially as it pertains to youth academic and athletic programs,” says Lynn Washington, co-chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Committee. “We invite the public to join us as we celebrate America’s future leaders, and continue the OBC’s legacy of 75 years of making our community better.”

The benefit will also include a special performance by two-time Grammy-nominated, soul songstress Chrisette Michele. Chrisette Michele has had an “Epiphany” with her Ne-Yo penned single. Aptly titled “Epiphany” Michele’s highly anticipated sophomore album follows her 2007 certified gold album I AM. This beautiful 23 year old is a singer songwriter and composer who is signed to Def Jam Record by Antonio “L.A.” Reid who told her he had “goose bumps” after the first time he heard her. “When Chrisette Michele enters a room,” said Mr. Reid, “the room becomes a better place.”

The Field of Dreams Scholarship Benefit is an annual Orange Bowl Committee event with a purpose of providing college scholarship funding for deserving high school seniors. The program has awarded individual scholarships, and contributed over $300,000 for African-American scholarships to organizations such as the Tom Joyner Foundation, The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Florida Memorial University’s Athletic Scholarship Fund and the UNCF.

The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 330-member, primarily-volunteer organization. It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5, 2010. In 2013, the OBC will again double-host both the FedEx Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship. Other OBC core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series.

CHRISETTE MICHELE TO PERFORM AT THE 7TH ANNUAL FIELD OF DREAMS BENEFIT

April 23, 2009 1 comment

Chrisette Michele
The 7th Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl “Field of Dreams” Scholarship Benefit will honor the philanthropic contributions of several South Florida dignitaries and institutions. The event will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at the Broward County Convention Center. The reception will begin at 7pm and a dinner program will follow at 8pm. The highlight of the evening will be a soulful performance by songstress Chrisette Michele.
“Everything is in place for one of the more successful, star-studded and meritorious group of honorees since the Field of Dreams began. This promises to be one of the premiere events of the season. Now part of the Orange Bowl Committee’s 75 year legacy, our Field of Dreams offers a can’t miss night of entertainment, recognition and the generous spirit of South Florida,” comments Antonia “Toni” Williams-Gary, Co Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl field of Dreams Event Committee.
Grammy winner and Def Jam recording artist, Chrisette Michele, was born in Central Islip, New York to parents who worked as deacons to their church. This connection inspired her to reflect on childhood memories in her own Def Jam debut album. She sings in a jazz style reminiscent of singers such as Sarah Vaughn, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her first nomination for a Grammy came in 2008 in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “If I Have My Way.” 2009 proved to be her winning year when she was nominated and won the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Be OK.” Michele has collaborated with famous producers and artists like Ne-Yo, Nas, Jay-Z and Kanye West. This beautiful 26 year old is a singer songwriter and composer who is signed to Def Jam Record by Antonio “L.A.” Reid who told her he had “goose bumps” after the first time he heard her. “When Chrisette Michele enters a room,” said Mr. Reid, “the room becomes a better place.”
“The Orange Bowl Committee is dedicated to giving back to the community especially as it pertains to youth academic and athletic programs,” says Lynn Washington, co-chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Event Committee. “We invite the public to join us as we celebrate America’s future leaders, and continue the OBC’s legacy of 75 years of making our community better.”
The Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Trailblazer will be awarded to University of Miami Head Football Coach Randy Shannon. Other recognitions include Barrington Irving, the youngest and first black person to pilot a plane around the world solo at age 24; Christopher L. Smith, Florida State Senator District 29 and founder of The Chris Smith All-star Football Classic; Clarence E. Anthony, former Mayor of South Bay and presently the Chief Marketing Officer and Presiding Director of the Board of Directors for Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan, Inc and Myron L. Rolle, former star football safety for the Florida State Seminoles and 2008-09 Rhodes Scholar who will be studying at Oxford in the Fall to earn an M.A. in medical anthropology, will be recognized for their tireless work and contributions to the South Florida community.
The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 330-member, primarily-volunteer organization. It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5, 2010. In 2013, the OBC will again double-host both the FedEx Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship. Other OBC core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series. For more information on the 2009-10 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to http://www.orangebowl.org