A group of volunteers founded Coastal Boxer Rescue of Florida in 2005 to rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected boxers. The organization takes in dogs from owners who can no longer care for them, as well as from high-kill shelters that would otherwise euthanize the animals due to lack of space. With no physical office, volunteers coordinate with vets and foster families to provide dogs with medical treatments, food, and loving care until they can find their forever home. Coastal Boxer Rescue cares for more than 100 boxers annually, with the number rising each year.
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Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
Celebrating his one-year anniversary as a standup comedian, enigmatic E! celebrity correspondent and Chelsea Lately regular Michael Yo fires up a fresh batch of mischievous zingers for Hot Mess Comedy, a jubilee of tawdry humor and base instincts. With a keen wit and the ability to make cows chuckle until they spew milk out of their noses, Yo fills his bottomless joke cache with material based on his Hollywood expertise and dating inexpertness. Nery Saenz, voted Best Stand-Up Comedian by the Miami New Times, hosts the hootenanny, charming audiences with his sarcastic and bawdy takes on childhood and Internet dating foibles.
Jazz at the Zoo was founded in 2012 by Coconut Palm Events to support Wheels for Kids, a nonprofit that provides custom wheelchairs to children and young adults in need. During the annual charity event, patrons are invited to the Palm Beach Zoo for a night of live jazz, silent auctions, and exotic-animal sightings. The event will help fund one custom wheelchair for two children in need, and a portion of each ticket sale sends one child and caregiver to the Palm Beach Zoo.
Ileana Moreno believes the key to beauty lies hidden in Mother Nature’s pocket. Through her business me2 beauty skincare & wellness, she treats maladies ranging from age-related wear to dry skin with organic skincare products and holistic nutritional counseling. As an aesthetician, she also lends her beauty-conscious eye to more traditional treatments, such as waxing and make-up application.
Though SoLita Delray's lounge-like atmosphere hosts live music and DJs on the weekend, nightlife isn't even its main draw. In addition to a bustling lounge and courtyard, SoLita—or "south of Little Italy"— houses a hopping kitchen where chefs cook Italian meals using generations-old family recipes. Local and imported ingredients give zings of flavor to all dishes. Fresh pastas come draped in sauces from light, spicy tomato broth to rich mascarpone cream. For heartier fare, chefs grill rib-eye steaks, veal chops, and filet mignon or roast whole fish with lemon, olive oil, and jokes about diminutive fin size.