Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY BECKY RANDEL

Make room for this month’s most elite galas and phil­an­thropic events.

BIKER GANG For the past seven years, the Mi­ami Dol­phins have hosted the Dol­phins Can­cer Chal­lenge—a cy­cling ex­trav­a­ganza that raises mil­lions for Sylvester Com­pre­hen­sive Can­cer Cen­ter at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami. This year’s event fea­tures five dif­fer­ent bi­cy­cle routes, a 5K walk for non-bik­ers, and a con­cert by Count­ing Crows at the fin­ish line cel­e­bra­tion. Thus far, the Can­cer Chal­lenge has raised a to­tal of $16.5 mil­lion for Sylvester, mak­ing it the largest sin­gle char­ity event in the NFL. Fe­bru­ary 11; dol­phin­scancer­chal­lenge.com

UNITED FOR A CURE Mi­ami­ans know all about Jorge and Dar­lene Pérez’s phil­an­thropic ef­forts. One char­ity that’s par­tic­u­larly close to their hearts: United Cere­bral Palsy of South Florida. Dar­lene’s sis­ter has cere­bral palsy, and the lo­cal in­flu­encer will be host­ing Buen Proven­cho Mi­ami!— an ex­clu­sive din­ner at the Westin Colon­nade in Coral Gables to ben­e­fit UCP. The city’s fore­most chefs will gather to cook a fan­tas­tic meal for guests, fol­lowed by danc­ing. Fe­bru­ary 9; ucp­south­florida.org

BLACK-TIE BASH Guests will be dressed to the nines at Women of To­mor­row’s an­nual black-tie gala at the wa­ter­front Man­darin Ori­en­tal Mi­ami. With a goal of con­nect­ing at-risk girls with highly ac­com­plished pro­fes­sional women who of­fer guid­ance and skills for suc­cess, the ben­e­fit will in­clude cock­tails and din­ner fol­lowed by danc­ing, with en­ter­tain­ment by Soul Sur­vivors. March 4; womenofto­mor­row.org

ALL IN Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Mi­ami is one of the city’s top phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tions, rais­ing funds and cre­at­ing pro­gram­ming for chil­dren through­out Greater Mi­ami. This year’s an­nual Big Ex­pe­ri­ence Gala will be larger than life, fea­tur­ing an auc­tion vil­lage, din­ner, danc­ing, a per­for­mance from the Bigs and Lit­tles, a DJ with per­cus­sion­ist, and gourmet cui­sine, all tak­ing place at the JW Mar­riott Mar­quis. March 4; bbb­smi­ami.org



Count­ing Crows will head­line this year’s Dol­phins Can­cer Chal­lenge con­cert. be­low, from top: Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters Gala; Women of To­mor­row Gala.

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