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A Spooktacular Cause

The 16th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul Presented by Calvin Giordano & Associates benefitting 2-1-1 Broward returns on Monday, October 30th at 7pm! Signature Grand will be transformed into a spooktacular mansion. Guests will enjoy gourmet food, open bar, specialty drinks and an opportunity to dance the night away. Hosted by former Miami Dolphins Player O.J. McDuffie and Kavita Chane, VIP TV Host, additional highlights of the evening include a costume contest, live entertainment and the opportunity to mingle with local celebrities and former professional athletes. Dress to impress for your chance to win the People’s Choice Costume Contest. Proceeds from the evening will benefit 2-1-1 Broward’s mission to provide 24-hour comprehensive helpline and support services to individuals and families in the community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and connections to health and human services. Individual tickets cost $75 for General Admission and $125 for VIP. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit
211-broward.org.

Dream Makers and Mega-Yachts

The 30th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Rendezvous founded by Rita & Rick Case will be celebrated at the Fisher Island Club on November 9 – 11, featuring the signature “Dine Around the Docks” Yacht Hop. On Saturday, November 11, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key will host the event’s formal Gala with a live performance by Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County alumnus and American Pop Singer, Jason Derulo and an opening performance by Kendra Erika. Mr. & Mrs. Terry Taylor will be inducted into the “Dream Makers Society” and a special presentation will be made to event founders, Rita & Rick Case, celebrating Rendezvous’ 30th Anniversary. For more information on how to attend, please call (954) 537-1010 or visit
yachtrendezvous.com.

Food and Football Score Big for Charity

Food, football and charity will collide during the eighth annual John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival presented by the University of Miami Health System on Saturday, November 11 from 1– 4 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. This South Florida tradition offers foodies and football fans an all-inclusive pass to enjoy signature entrees prepared by top chefs paired with NFL legends while raising funds to help feed the needs of those in crisis. Event attendees will immerse in an openair playground to sample mouthwatering dishes, premium wines and spirits, and mingle with football players and chefs. A panel of judges and all guests will vote for the 2017 Judges Choice and Fan Favorite award. Participating restaurants include JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Naked Crab, Pelican Landing, S3 Restaurant, Sky Thai Sushi and more. In addition to the freeflowing food and drinks, Grill-Off guests will be immersed in live entertainment, a silent auction, the Tito’s Vodka Tailgate Zone and the cornhole competition in the Toyota Cornhole Stadium and Festival Stage. 100% of event proceeds will benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation. For more information and to purchase all-inclusive VIP and general admission tickets, visit
gridirongrilloff.com.

A Night of Hope

The Seventh Annual Gala of Hope will be held on Thursday, November 16th at The W Hotel. There will be a rooftop cocktail hour commencing at 7:00 p.m., followed by the main event in the ballroom at 8:30 p.m. The annual night of luxurious indulgence will feature a premium open bar, delectable hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, a deluxe silent auction, and a not-to-be missed raffle including a $5,000 JR Dunn shopping spree and a weekend in a Jaguar. Long-time Gala of Hope supporters, Chad Everett and Jacqueline Johnson from Galaxy Productions will be presented with the Champion for SMA Award. Tickets are currently on sale for $150 and can be purchased at: events.curesma. org/GalaofHopeSFL. All proceeds from the event will benefit Cure SMA, a non-profit organization committed to supporting spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) families and funding research to find a cure.

Broadway on the Water

Enjoy the Greatest Show on H2O as the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade celebrates 46 years with the theme “Broadway on Parade.” 100 decorated vessels ranging from mega yachts to paddle boats will entertain 12 miles of waterway on Saturday, December 9th starting with the preshow at 6 p.m. and the parade at 6:30 p.m.
The route starts at Stranahan House, Fort Lauderdale and travels on the intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara, Pompano Beach. One million spectators and millions more will watch on WSVN Channel 7 or online. Fans will see their photos on the Social Media Boat by using #WinterfestFL17. You can vote for your favorite boat on the Winterfest App for a chance to win Southwest Airline® tickets while keeping tabs on Santa and other boats thanks to South Florida Ford, Sunny.org and ACR Electronics.
Other Parade Highlights are: the Junior Captain Showboat by Florida Power and Light, Santa’s Showboat, 20-Foot Dragon and Republic National Distributing Company Showboat featuring Joey Fatone & Chris Kirkpatrick. Enter your vessel for only $35 (privately owned).
Best viewing location? Grandstand Viewing powered by Ford, which opens at 3:30 PM at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Only $25 per adult / $20 per child. For a complete list of activities such as the Winterfest White Party, Family Fun Day & Black Tie Ball or to purchase tickets and save up to $20, visit winterfestparade.com or call 954-767-0686 for more information.