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Creation. The natural consequence of Conceiving of an idea, Connecting the people vital to bring it to fruition and imbuing them with the Passion to make it happen.

The result is the existence of something new. Something that had not existed before.

In the For-Profit world that may be increased sales, brand recognition, respect. In the Not-For-Profit arena it may be greater awareness of a need, the accomplishment of a fund raising goal, a positive impact on the community. And very often, when the two are brought together, the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.

As an organization dedicated to the development of effective business strategies, QuinnProQuo is experienced in the Organization, Coordination and Execution of:

  • Organizational Structure Assessment and Rationalization
  • Business Process Improvements, including Policies and Procedures
  • Competitive Market Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance Evaluation and Remediation
  • Marketing Programs, including Social Media Strategies
  • Events, focusing on Event Profitability
  • Fundraising Campaigns
  • Website Development and Web App Engineering

QuinnProQuo is currently Creating for: 

Scroll down this page to see and learn about some of the Creations of QuinnProQuo.

Strategic Plan: JA World Uncorked!

Uncorked A-Z: In 2009, the Circle of Wise Women were founded and decided to create a signature event that would aim to raise $100,000 net annually for Junior Achievement of South Florida. Planning for the Circle of Wise Women‘s signature event starts in May of each year for the January event. QPQ meets with the dynamic team at Junior Achievement — Diana Metcalf and Elizabeth Morrall — to set the strategy for a successful affair. We do several projects, this signature event raises about $100,000.00 net for Junior Achievement. To date (from 2009) the Circle has raised over $750.000.00 (more…)

Tick! Tock! Time Flies

LastMinute Lauderdale is a crowdsourced social network helping people share great, time-sensitive opportunities with each other. Anyone can post anything they’d like to share with the community for free. We don’t discriminate against individuals, businesses or non-profits. All are equally welcome. By sharing “expiring experiences” we help people discover and take advantage of hidden opportunities, maybe save some money and create a following for our local causes and businesses. LastMinute Lauderdale is a central point to get the word out at, like the name says, the last minute.

Our Mission: Connect the Community and Create Opportunity.

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QuinnProQuo Q Branch Re-Creation

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale LogoQ Branch recently finished Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s renovation project to refresh and revive this organization’s web presence.  We updated both the backend functionality and the content.  Check out some of the new features:



Sold-out Riverwalk Burger Battle™ announces: Charm City Burger Company takes the Trophy!

On Friday May 11th, Riverwalk Trust presented their sold-out third annual Burger Battle™ hosted by Publix Apron’s Cooking School under the stars on the Riverwalk  at Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event pitted twenty local restaurants against one another as they used all their creative juices and grilling skills to create the perfect Burger Bite (aka Burger Nirvana) for over 1100 hungry guests along the scenic New River.

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III

The event exceeded fund raising expectations by $10,000.00 and will benefit the programs and initiatives administered by the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Trust.

Sponsors and VIP guests were treated to 2x Burger Battle winner Georgie’s Alibi sliders, paired with adult milkshakes, craft beers, and a dessert bar by Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets.  Guests enjoyed cool libations from Jack Daniels, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Budweiser as they tried to sample all the burger bites presented by an amazing array of local chefs and restaurants. BIG 105.9 FM’s Doc Reno emceed the Battle as Master of Ceremonies and Community Property performed their unique blend of rock, blues, and soul throughout the evening.

 Returning for the Battle: Big City Tavern on Las Olas, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill, Hard Rock Café – Hollywood Fl, Johnny V on Las Olas , Morton’s The Steakhouse, Pelican’s Landing at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, ROK:BRGR, Tarpon Bend, The Capital Grille and Timpano Chophouse &  Martini Bar joined by New Contenders:  America’s Backyard, Charm City Burger Company, Duffy’s Sports Grille, Elevation Burger, Grateful Palate, Lauderdale Grill, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Tap 42 Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen and Tundra Las Olas.

The Burger Battle chef-driven panel of judges awarded:

Charm City Burger Company

 “Best Burger” Trophy and bragging rights

Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger Award and ‘Burger Nirvana’

Rosie’s Bar & Grill 

Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger Award  (2nd Place – Best Burger) 

The Capital Grille

Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger Award (3rd Place – Best Burger)


was chosen as the “Fan Favorite” by Burger Battle™ guests

with Timpano Chophouse in 2nd Place and Grateful Palate in 3rd Place

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III

The Chef driven Judge’s panel included  Sef Gonzalez AKA Burger Beast | Eric Barton, New Times Editor | 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Chef Ron Kerr, Georgie’s Alibi | Publix Apron’s Resident Chef Wes Bonner | Art Institute Culinary Chef Director John “Jack” Kane | Executive Chef Ryan Fletcher, Brio Tuscan Grille | Executive Chef Udo Mueller, Coral Ridge Country Club | Jason Cotter, The Riverside Hotel’s Restaurant Director rounded out with ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush.

Presenting Sponsor:

Publix Apron's Cooking School

VIP Experience! Sponsor: JM Lexus

Slider Contest Sponsor: Krystal

Slider Sponsors:

Bank of America  | BB&T Bank | Greenberg Traurig LLP | QuinnProQuo | U-Pull-It | Workscapes

Event Sponsors
Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly and Voss

Clear Channel 105.9 | 93.9 MIA

Stephens Distributing, Budweiser

Best Rental  | Brown Distributing | Downtown Development Authority | Georgie’s Alibi  | Middle River Arts | New Times Broward Palm Beach | O-B House | Signs By Tomorrow | Smith & Knibbs Public Relations | Stiles | Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets | The Downtowner Saloon | The City of Fort Lauderdale

BB Judge and Jack

 Find them on Facebook & Follow them on Twitter  and check-in at foursquare

Burger Battle committee: Brad Minto, Chair with Renee Quinn, Judging & Media Liaison, Blaire Lapides, Bryon Gold, Diana Metcalf, Katie Leibick, Kim Spellacy, Lee Feldman, Lisa Scott-Founds, Mark Budwig, Mike Weymouth, Stacy Schwartz


Riverwalk Burger Battle™ hosted by Publix Apron’s Cooking School at Huizenga Plaza

Bigger & Beefier! WHO WILL WIN Best Burger?

 Riverwalk Trust hosts the third annual Burger Battle on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 7 to 10pm in Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event promises to pit 20  top restaurants against one another as they show off their creative juices and grilling skills to over 1000 guests along the scenic New River. This is a 21+ event | Rain or Shine


Returning for the Battle to date:

            ☆ Burger Nirvana

New Contenders:


Announcing the 2012 Chef Driven  Judging Panel

Burger Beast | Eric Barton, New Times Editor | 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Chef Ron Kerr, Georgie’s Alibi | Publix Apron’s Resident Chef Wes Bonner | Art Institute Culinary Chef Director John “Jack” Kane | Chef Udo Mueller, Coral Ridge Country Club | Chef Ryan Fletcher, Brio Tuscan Grille | Jason Cotter, Riverside Hotel’s Restaurant Director with ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush

Burger Battle JudgeAWARDS

☆ Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger

☆ Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger

☆ Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger

☆ Burger Nirvana

☆ Fan Favorite Burger

☆ Best Burger Overall


Get your tickets early – this is a sell-out event! Let the battle begin! Come hungry and prepare to pick your fan favorite. http://bit.ly/BBIIITix

For a $40 donation, guests will:

  • choose from an array of twenty (20) beef burger samples from well-known area restaurants and Chef Allen’s French Fry Bar
  • receive three(3) drink tickets to choose from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Jack Daniel’s, Budweiser and other beers (cash bars will also be available)
  • vote for their favorite burger at the Fan Favorite Station and
  • view a local celebrity slider eating contest presented by Krystal.



The Burger Battle™ VIP Experience hosted by JM Lexus will offer the opportunity to taste 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Georgie’s Alibi sliders paired with adult milkshakes and craft beers, access our VIP Premier open bar featuring Jack Daniel’s and Barefoot Wines, comfortable seating in an exclusive VIP section overlooking the Battle plus access to everything the Riverwalk Burger Battle™ has to offer! Limited individual tickets @$125 for sale. VIP Packages start at $1250.

Riverwalk Burger Battle™   Publix Apron’s Cooking School, JM Lexus, Krystal, Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Voss, Stephen’s Distributing, Budweiser, BIG 105.9 FM, 93.9 MIA, BB&T, QuinnProQuo, Bank of America, Workscapes| Ann Marie Fox, Cathy & Larry Danielle | U-Pull-It, The Downtown Development Authority, Stiles, Best Rental, O-B House, Brown Distributing, Georgie’s Alibi, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, Inlet Brewing/Monk in the Trunk, Native Lager, Burger Beast, New Times Broward|Palm Beach, Clean Plate Charlie, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Smith & Knibbs Public Relations and The City of Fort Lauderdale.

Publix at Plantation has the second Apron’s Cooking School in Southeast Florida, which is the company’s sixth school. A variety of classes featuring resident, celebrity, and local chefs, techniques and baking, wine education and kids’ and teens’ topics is available. The calendar of classes and registration information is available online at www.publix.com/aprons

Check out our Twitter and Facebook Event page: http://on.fb.me/BurgerBattleTM


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The 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars of Broward

We are proud to support the Pantry of Broward’s Premier event Dancing with the Stars of Broward County as Social Media Liaison.

Dancing with the Stars of Broward

The 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars of Broward

April 14, 2012 at 6pm

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

An evening of dining and dancing with our five Broward Celebrities

We would like to invite you to support not only a great cause, but a great event. There are plenty of ways for you, your company, school, organization to be involved. For more information regarding sponsorships, program ads, or donating items to our silent auction. For Information Contact:  Terrence@ThePantryOfBroward.org  | 954-358-1481 x113

LIKE our facebook page to keep up to date on the Celebrity Dancers and their Partners!

Five high-profile business and community leaders and their professional dance partners will command the stage to show off their captivating choreography for the fourth annual “Dancing with the Stars of Broward” fundraiser.

The glamorous and charitable evening, modeled after the popular national hit TV show, will feature  Laurina Anderson, ‘The Energy Shifter’ life and energy coach; Marc Cannon, senior vice president of corporate communications, AutoNation, Inc.; Susan Renneisen, director of special events, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Johnny Williams, managing partner, ProMotion Sports & Entertainment and Katrina Wright, vice president of community relations, Bank of America wowing the crowd with glittering costumes and pulse-pounding dance routines. Attendees will be treated to cocktails and dinner plus a silent auction featuring a variety of sports and music memorabilia plus luxury services.

Proceeds will benefit The Pantry of Broward, a non-profit organization that provides food and support services to seniors on low, fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Collage DWTS Broward

Voting for the Teams: The audience will vote to eliminate three of the dancers and their partners. The remaining two couples will dance a final dance to determine the evening’s winner. Besides the judges, audience members at the gala will be able to purchase extra votes for their favorite dancers as a way to raise money for the Pantry. One dollar equals one vote. Bring your $$$ Dollar Bills (Credit Card or checks accepted too)! Online Voting available via the links below.

Team Hard Rock: Susan & Alex   Diamonds were a girls best friend….but now we want your VOTES VOTES VOTES… http://bit.ly/TeamHardRock

Team ProMotion Sports: Johnny & Lisa   The Good Ship Lollipop is about to cast off….we need your votes to fill our sail… http://bit.ly/TeamProMotionSports

Team Bank of America: Katrina & Vance   We’re singin in the rain…cast votes for us and keep us a float… http://bit.ly/TeamBankofAM

Team Energy Shifter:  Laurina and Pablo   The new “Fred & Ginger” coming on to earn your votes… http://bit.ly/TeamEnergyShifter

Team AutoNation: Marc & Elizabeth   We are the Chattanooga Choo Choo, carry us home with your votes… http://bit.ly/TeamAutoNation


Dancing with the Stars of Broward Committee

 Awesome Sponsors

Get Ready to Sip • Sup • Sway • Mingle at JA World Uncorked! II presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida

Uncorked Speakeasy Junior Achievement of South Florida hosts JA World Uncorked! II presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College.

Chaired by Kit Schulman, this second-annual event benefits the educational programs at JA of South Florida.

Get Ready to Sip • Sup • Sway • Mingle!

The Uncorked! Experience:

From 6:30 to 10:30 pm, guests will stroll through JA World enjoying tantalizing bites, delicious wines, craft beers, spirits and decadent desserts from a multitude of local restaurants and international wineries in a swanky speakeasy-themed setting.  It will be the bee’s knees!


  • We’ll be Puttin’ on the Ritz with our unique food & dessert stations offering tantalizing bites in our Culinary Alleys.





  • Guests and Celebrity Judges will vote on their favorites to award Uncorked!’s best bites of the night hosted by New Times Clean Plate Charlie Awards for JAWorld Uncorked!


  • VIP’s will  lounge in the Lifestyle VIP Hideaway hosted by Lifestyle Magazines as they sip & savor special treats!


  • Bid on fabulous auction items and then dance the night away to the dynamic sounds of The Edge Band as other surprises await in Finance Park’s Speakeasy!


Tickets are on sale now for this multifaceted event. Individual tickets are $150 per person, and a limited number of VIP tickets (including a VIP Uncorked! Sponsor Party) are $250 per person. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit http://www.jaworlduncorked.com/tickets-sponsorships. For more information contact: Diana Metcalf | 954-979-7120 | diana@jasouthflorida.org

Ritzy DancersThe JA World Uncorked! Inaugural event was a huge success with over 30 wine and spirit companies from around the world offering tastings of over 300 varieties, fifteen participating restaurants and over 500 guests. Check out highlights from JAWorld Uncorked!, the most successful inaugural event for JA of South Florida here: http://www.jaworlduncorked.com/about-uncorked/uncorked-2010.

QuinnProQuo is proud to sponsor and support this amazing event and team of women.  A founding member of the Circle Wise Women, Renee is currently creating the Advisory Council for Junior Achievement with Diana Metcalf. JA’s Circle of Wise Women’s core belief is that “Wise Women Can Change Education”. We believe that Junior Achievement programs are the springboard to show children their potential for success.

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Glam-A-THON™ Tiki Chic-y Poolside After Dark

Glam-A-THON™ Tiki Chic-y Poolside After DarkAloha! We are excited to work with Sarah and her team at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six | Fort Lauderdale, FL on the upcoming Glam-A-THON™ kick-off event October 14th, 2011. Book your Glam Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six now!

GET READY for Tiki Chic-y Poolside After Dark is a Polynesian themed kick-off party hosted by the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six on Friday, October 14th from 7pm – 10pm (part of the Glam Weekend). Get ready for poolside fun, exotic bites and libations while swinging to the cool vibrations of one of the best surf bands in town…The Cutback Surf Band.

Tiki Chic-y Sponsors
♥Presented by the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
♥Hosted by BB&T Bank Goddess Lacey Brisson
♥Media Socialista: QuinnProQuo
♥ Featuring Tropical Libations by Fuze & Hpnotiq and introducing Bacardi’s Oakheart Spiced Rum
♥Dance to the cool vibes of the Cutback Surf Band
♥Special thanks to Ellis Consulting

Hosts: Sarah Summy & Renee Quinn

Book your Glam Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

In partnership with the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, special Diva Weekend rates are available for our glam girls and guests during the weekend of October 14th starting at only $119 per night. Raise money while you sleep! For every glam weekend package booked, the Hyatt will contribute $20.00 per room, per night back to the Glam-A-THON™!

Reservation Hotline: 888-421-1442
Code: Glamathon

Glam-A-THON™ Tiki Chic-y Sponsors

Special thanks to our Band

Cutback Surf Band



Creation: Glam-A-THON™ Social Media

QuinnProQuo is proud to support the Glam-A-THON™ as their Director of Social Media. For the past few years we have donated our services to create and develop social media strategies, enhance marketing plans and generate connections for this new 501c3 organization. In 2010, Glam-A-THON™ raised over $100,000 to support breast cancer research with 24 fab teams! This year, celebrating five years, our goal is to surpass these achievements and  strengthen our community partnerships.  In addition to this, QPQ is co-hosting the new Glam-A-THON™ Tiki Chic-y Poolside After Dark with the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. Fabulous!

Read our Glam Blog: http://theglamathon.blogspot.com/

LIKE our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Glamathon

Attend our Events:

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Glam_A_THON

Tick! Tock! Time Flies… Introducing…

Tick! Tock! Time Flies…And you’ve waited until the, yes, LastMinute to make your plans.

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Discover the rewards of not planning ahead. The “pros” of procrastination. At LastMinute Lauderdale, when time flies you can climb aboard and let it take you someplace great.

Have you noticed that many good deals “pop” up at the last minute and stay alive for only a brief time? The chef’s “fresh from the market” special at your favorite restaurant, a hot “stay-cation” weekend package at a luxurious beach resort, a special price on the last few tickets to a wonderful charity black-tie event or day-of tickets to a sold out show, mid-week two-for-one treatments at a fabulous spa or a tonight-only promotion at an exciting night spot. Of course, let’s not ignore a good old fashioned half-off sale at a trendy boutique.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to be everywhere at once, so the majority of these deals will expire without you even knowing about them. That’s bad for you, and bad for the merchant. But now, the LastMinute Community can be your eyes and ears, hipping you to all the best now-or-never local deals.

Our Mission: Connect the Community and Create Opportunity.

LastMinute Lauderdale is a social network helping people share great, time-sensitive opportunities with each other and enabling merchants to inform their customers about special “LastMinute” offers. By sharing these “expiring experiences” we help people discover hidden opportunities, maybe save some money and create a following for our local businesses. LastMinute Lauderdale is a central point to get the word out at, like the name says, the last minute.

How does it work?

Members of the community from all over the greater Fort Lauderdale area can share the details of the deals they uncover in their daily lives by posting them in a Tick!-it.

Merchants can use LastMinute Lauderdale to instantly connect with their customers and post spontaneous specials they may not have planned on or that may be in short supply.

Non-profits can announce events, auction items or their last few event tickets to a larger community than they can normally reach. The possibilities are endless and the guiding principle is to share information for the benefit of everyone.

You benefit by getting to browse through our in-flight Tick!-its and take advantage of the ones that catch your interest. And when you run across a great limited time offer that deserves to be shared, you can give back to the community by submitting the details in your own Tick!-it.

Writing a Tick!-it costs nothing (unless you choose to unlock additional posting features by joining as a Contributing Member), doesn’t take long and allows you to spread the word about your favorite merchants and deals. By submitting a Tick!-it you’re joining the LastMinute Crew, and helping to determine the content and direction of LastMinute Lauderdale. When you write a Tick!-it on LastMinute Lauderdale, click on the Dig It and Did It buttons or comment on your favorite Tick!-its you’re promoting opportunities that support your local community. Tick!-its submitted by the LastMinute Community are moderated to ensure they conform to the LastMinute spirit.

As the flock of Tick!-its grows, it will exponentially increase the odds that you’ll find out about some great offers that you wouldn’t want to miss. At the same time, it vastly increases the audience for a merchant who’s got something special to offer.

How do you get started? Simple:

Step 1. Help Yourself! Browse our in-flight Tick!-its and discover now-or-never local deals, specials, events and fleeting offers. Crowdsourced and shared by the LastMinute community and our Contributing Members.

Step 2. Help Others by sharing, liking and commenting on your favorite Tick!-its. And when you find that fab deal, first-class meal or smashing event, be the first to spread the word. Write your own Tick!-it and submit it!

Creations for JA’s Circle of Wise Women

QuinnProQuo is proud to support Junior Achievement of South Florida‘s Circle of Wise Women. QPQ has created social media strategies for both the Circle of Wise Women and their signature event, JA World Uncorked! II presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida.

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Creations include:

Gourmet Food Trucks are coming to the Riverwalk!

Come to Esplanade Park on Wednesday, July 27th from 5pm to 9pm to experience Riverwalk Trust’s Gourmet in the Park. Join the Miami Food Truck Revolution! Check out the following Food Trucks (all have Facebook Pages)…and remember to bring cash!

CheeseMe Mobile | The Fish Box | Nacho Mama’s Grill | Ms. Cheezious | Sugar Rush | Latin Burger | Sugar Yummy Mama | Nacho Bizness | SFT Slow Food Truck | Big Kahuna | The Rolling Stove | Dim Ssam A Go-Go


Hosted by Burger Beast
Sponsored by Crush Law &  Stephen’s Distributing




For a donation to the Riverwalk Trust, tickets will be available to sample Kona Brewing Company’sSummer Brews:

Fire Rock Pale Ale | Longboard Island Lager | Wailua Wheat Ale

  • 1 Ticket for a $3 donation
  • 2 Tickets for a $5 donation
  • 5 Tickets for a $10 donation
  • 12 Tickets for a $20 donation

For more info: http://miamifoodtrucks.com/2011/07/riverwalk-trusts-gourmet-in-the-park/ and http://www.lastminutelauderdale.com/2406/food/gourmet-food-trucks-are-coming-to-the-riverwalk

Click here for the Facebook event page and join us!

Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle II … Burger Nirvana!

The Riverwalk Trust hosted Fort Lauderdale’s second annual Burger Battle Presented by Publix Apron’s Cooking School Friday, May 13, 2011 on the Riverside Hotel Lawn in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Some of the city’s top restaurants competed, showcasing their creativity and grilling skills to over 1,000 guests. The event brought together local employees, residents and businesses for an evening of gourmet burger creations, cocktails and fun, while raising funds to support the Riverwalk Trust’s mission of building and nurturing a vibrant community connected by the New River.

Attendees received an array of burger samples from local restaurants, plus three drink tickets to be used for any Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade or Bud Light.  The voted for their favorite burger, enjoyed complimentary VOSS water and viewed a local celebrity slider eating contest sponsored by Krystal.

Guests enjoyed burger bites from Capital Grille, Morton’s The Steakhouse, ROK:BRGR, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill, Johnny V Restaurant, Big City Tavern, Pelican Landing at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Chef Allen’s Burger Bar, Riverside Hotel, Tarpon Bend, Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar, Blue Plate at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Rare Las Olas, Hard Rock Café & last year’s winner Georgie’s Alibi.

The celebrity-packed judging panel chose the “Best Burger in Fort Lauderdale” after sampling each of the 15 creations. Our Riverwalk Trust Judge’s Liaison,  Renee Quinn, returned to oversee the process. The panel included John Offerdahl, former Miami Dolphin &  restaurateur;  Eric Barton, editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach;  Burger Beast,  well-known Miami food blogger;  Chef Director Jack Kane, Program Chair of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale;  Resident Chef Bil Mitchell of Publix Apron’s Cooking School;  Chef Ralph Pagano, who recently appeared on Iron Chef opposite Bobby Flay & was a finalist on the hit Fox Network TV series “Hells Kitchen”; and our“People’s Judges” Susan and Jack Seiler.

Our judges honored Georgie’s Alibi with “Best Burger in Fort Lauderdale” bragging rights.  ROK:BRGR was chosen as the “Fan Favorite” by Burger Battle attendees. Read more from Burger Beast and South Fl Food & Wine

Burger Battle II event supporters included Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Krystal, Riverside Hotel, Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Stephen’s Distributing, Bud Light, BIG 105.9 FM, 93.9 MIA, Best Rental, The City of Fort Lauderdale, Gold Coast magazine, Scott Barfield Photography, Intown411, Southfloridafoodandwine.com, Las Olas Lifestyle, Edco Awards & Specialties, Inspiri24 Design Studios and Go Riverwalk magazine.

Publix at Plantation has the second Apron’s Cooking School in Southeast Florida, which is the company’s sixth school. A variety of classes featuring resident, celebrity, and local chefs, techniques and baking, wine education and kids’ and teens’ topics is available. The calendar of classes and registration information is available online at www.publix.com/aprons.

More about our judges:

  • Eric Barton is editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach, a paper known for its investigative journalism, criticism, and extensive dining coverage. This includes New Times’ yearly award for Best Burger, which Eric is proud to help research. Eric isn’t new to food-related contests — he’s certified as a judge by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and has competed himself in barbecue contests (he makes a mean pulled pork). You can read his writing on the New Times food blog, CleanPlateCharlie.com.
  • Burger Beast is a Miami Food Blogger who writes about his food experiences. Although the blog was created to find the Best Burger in Miami it has since gone on to include other types of foods, food coupons and deals, pertinent news, recipes and reviews of products. Burger Beast has developed a huge following for his food blogging and is known as one of the top burger experts in south Florida.
  • Chef John “Jack” Kane, C.C.A. C.E.C. C.C.E. C.H.E., is the Program Chair of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Kane has more than 25 years experience in the food and hospitality service industry in a variety of top restaurants and resorts. He was chef instructor at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale from 2003 to 2004 and taught bachelor’s and associate’s degree seeking students. He then went to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami where he was the Lead Chef Instructor.  In addition to his current position at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Kane currently serves as President of the American Culinary Federation Greater Miami Chapter and intends to begin a student chapter at the college.
  • Former All-Pro Miami Dolphins linebacker, John Offerdahl & his wife, Lynn, currently operate seven quick-casual restaurants aptly named Offerdahl’s Café Grill – restaurants that feature “fresh-baked, JUST-GRILLED, all-day great food!”  Offerdahl’s Café Grill is also the home to the Gridiron Griller, John’s alter-ego personality!  This griller-of-the-gridiron persona developed from John’s love of the tailgate and backyard BBQ experience.  Prior to his career with the Dolphins, John attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a degree in biochemistry.  John has been involved in many community service organizations across South Florida and is currently the chairman of the board for the National Christian Foundation of South Florida, is a board member of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee. He enjoys speaking to schools, church groups and other organizations, sharing his experiences in football and business as well as his personal life.
  • Chef Ralph Pagano recently appeared on Iron Chef opposite Bobby Flay and also was a finalist on the hit Fox Network TV series aptly named “Hells Kitchen” where he worked elbow to elbow with Chef Gordon Ramsay cooking and creating gourmet food under fire. He has owned and operated two successful restaurants and a full service catering company as well as gourmet take away store and prime meat market in the Hamptons. He has appeared on Iron Chef America, where he competed against and lost to Iron Chef Bobby Flay. More recently he has appeared in the food/travel reality show Pressure Cook on the MOJO HD cable network channel.  He has gained noteworthy accolades with his executive chef roles at New York City’s West Broadway Restaurant, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse and as both owner and chef of The World Pie Restaurant Group. Ralph has created a cult following and is set to try and feed the world.
  • Resident Chef Bil Mitchell has been climbing the ladder of culinary excellence since his high school days in New York. He has worked at and managed various American regional and seafood restaurants in Ohio, Virginia and Florida. Bil gained additional experience when he began teaching for Apron’s Cooking School in Sarasota. He has taken advantage of the opportunity to learn from guest chefs such as Todd English, Wolfgang Puck, Rachael Ray, Paula Dean and John Ash. Under the expert eye of Corporate Chef Tim Donnelly, Bil has attained the professional experience needed to excel as our first promoted Apron’s Resident Chef.
  • Local residents and celebritiesSusan and Jack Seiler will bring the personal touch to the tasting.  Jack is an attorney and Susan is the driving force in the Seiler family for organizing, programming and leading their active and engaged batch of children.  As the “people’s judges,” they’ll provide a different perspective.


About Riverwalk Trust Riverwalk Trust serves as the catalyst in building and nurturing Riverwalk as a vibrant community connected by the New River. Riverwalk Trust accomplishes this mission through advocacy on behalf of the Riverwalk Park, communication through its Web site and Go Riverwalk magazine, its diverse offerings of events and its membership activities. Riverwalk Trust is currently pursuing projects to enhance and protect the integrity of the Riverwalk community, such as design guidelines for thoughtful development, funding for capital improvements and park enhancements, park programming and sustainability, management and final completion. It is our goal to create a public space in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, where the many functions of community life can take place, where people feel ownership and connectedness and where they perceive their riverfront park as true common ground. In short, we strive to create a great waterfront place where people want to be.  For more information or to get involved, visit www.GoRiverwalk.com, or call (954) 468-1541.

About Publix Publix is privately owned and operated by its 141,000 employees, with 2009 sales of $24.3 billion. Currently Publix has 1,017 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 13 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.

Creations: 2010 Winterfest Central Blogs…everything you need to know by Land or Water!

Developed as companion sites to the Winterfest Website, QuinnProQuo created these information packed blogs with Lisa Scott Founds and Kathy Keleher at Winterfest:

A Boater’s Guide to all things Winterfest by Kathy Keleher, Marketing & Parade Director

The website companion for Boaters!


A Viewer’s Guide to all things Winterfest by Dawn Read, Event Director

The website companion for viewers!


The Circle of Wise Women’s JA World Uncorked! a Success

As a founding member of the Circle of Wise Women at Junior Achievement of South Florida,  Renée Korbel Quinn was part of the dynamic team that developed the concept for an inaugural fundraiser called Uncorked! With the involvement of Southern Wine & Spirits, the premise was to create a unique event that offered guests the opportunity to experience a wine tasting and food sampling with a party feel without long speeches or presentations.  Imagine attending an event where you can come and go, spend part of the evening or party till the last dance!

Along with chairs Stacie Weisman & JoLynn Lombardi,  Renée took on the task of making this event a success.  As Sponsorship Chair she worked with Diana Metcalf, JA’s Director of Major Gifts, to create a sponsorship program as unique as the event itself.  Barbara Capeletti took on the amazing auction and Kit Schulman guided the decor to create one of the best events of the season.  In addition to her committee role, Renée & QuinnProQuo donated Social Media strategic planning,  created and launched  a facebook presence for the Circle of Wise Women and developed integral media partnerships to create awareness for the event.

On October 30th 2010 over 300 guests joined the Circle of Wise Women at the “Moulin Rouge” inside JA World for a memorable evening of indulgence. Senses were delighted with tastings of over 300 wines, spirits, decadent food bites and dancing to benefit Junior Achievement in their new state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot facility, JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College.  Funds raised at this inaugural event benefit the Educational Programming at Junior Achievement of South Florida.

JA World Uncorked! Collage

As guests entered JA World, a 59,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art mini-city, they were welcomed by two models in a larger than life bubbling champagne glass. They continued on through the JA Biz Towns enjoying the eclectic array of food including cheese fondue from The Melting Pot, filet mignon sliders from Capital Grille, ceviche from Chef Remi and decadent blue cheese mashed potatoes from White Apron Catering in Lake Worth.  Decadent bites throughout the JA World Biz Towns included BRIO Tuscan Grill, The Cheese Course, Forever Sweet Cakes by Design, Hibiscus Café, Caliente Kitchen, Mojo, Chef Remi’s Catering, TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli, Cold Stone Creamery, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food, and Blue Martini.

Over 30 wineries and spirits from around the world offered tastings of over 300 varieties, many of which were available for purchase through Crown Liquor. Silent auction items  included an all inclusive trip to Jamaica,  a one-of-a-kind 18 ct. white gold & diamond necklace provided by Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, a Prada Leather Bag provided by American Express and a custom Vince Neil autographed Washburn Guitar.

The evening culminated in Finance Park with an extravagant Moulin Rouge themed party complete with can-can girls, stilt walkers, decadent desserts, aerial acrobatic shows and dancing to live music by the Steven Chase Band.  David Johnson, A Basket Affair,  provided the decor for the evening.

We could not have been successful without the following Wise Women,  Partners and Sponsors:

Stacie Weisman and JoLynn Lombardi were our Fab Event Chairs.  Honorary Chair and Le Chateau Sponsor was Lorraine Thomas. The Circle of Wise Women committee included Barbara Capeletti as Auction Chair, Kit Schulman as Decor Chair and Renée Korbel Quinn as Sponsorship Chair. Junior Achievement’s Diana Metcalf coordinated the event for JA. Sponsor Photography provided by Jason Leidy, South Florida Photo.

JA World Uncorked was presented by Southern Wine and Spirits and sponsored by Lorraine Thomas, Case Automotive Group, Citrix Systems, Janet & Karl Davis, FPL, Spherion and The Wasie Foundation.

Other sponsors included Renee Bush, QuinnProQuo, Barbara Capeletti PA, Tari & Edward Collins, Falcone Family Foundation, KPMG, Regions Bank, Toney Capital Holdings, Joy Tong & John Pulichino, U.S. Trust/Bank of America,  Linda & Doug Von Allmen, Peter Woolf, Cambridge Specialty, TLC Engineering and SouthFloridaFoodandWine.com

Merci à tous nos sponsors et des supporters pour faire de notre événement un succès! Les photos seront bientôt disponibles. Avec satisfaction.  Stacie & Jolynn


JAWorld Uncorked Invite Collage

About our Passion:

More than 55,000 students learn about finances, banking, commerce, jobs, and work and much more through the 25 programs offered by Junior Achievement. The Circle of Wise Women’s goal is to support these efforts. At JA World’s facility two experiential programs focused on 5th grade and 8th grade students. After extensive in-class, curriculum driven preparation, the students come for an onsite visit where they are an “adult” for a day. The 5th grade students work in JA BizTowns learning to run a business and 8th grade students learn personal financial responsibility and budgeting; skills that every student should know to become a successful adult.

Glam-A-THON™ Kick-Off Sole Sisters Soirée was a Smashing Success!

The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six & the Fort Lauderdale Sole Sisters with event chairs Renée Korbel Quinn & Lisa Scott-Founds welcomed the Pink Heals Tour for one of several amazing parties during the Glam-A-THON™ kick-off on September 21, 2010.

Over 100 guests mingled under the portico while enjoying pink lemonade spritzers and learning about our cause while breast cancer survivors signed the pink fire truck. Next, guests rode the glass elevator to the rotating Pier Top and were greeted by pretty-in-pink Carolin Mueller & Kelly Gazo. A $10 suggested donation included splits of Korbel Brut Rose (with a pink straw of course!), a selection of Martinis, Margaritas & Wine from our Sole Sister’s Beverage Station with delicious passed appetizers and mini pink cupcakes!  Our Sole men enjoyed their own “den” that included craft beers, Crown Royal, Dewar’s White Label and Glenfiddich 18 year Scotch Whisky.

Rotating Pier Top, Sole Sisters and guests grooved to the beat of DJ Angelo, perused the amazing Auction…and the highlight of the evening was the Fab Shoe Party with Hot Pink Style (over 25 pairs of shoes sold!!!). Our Sole Men voted on The Most Luscious Lips in Lauderdale Contest, and the winner will be announced soon!  We raised over $3000 for our Team while celebrating all things Glam-A-THON™! Funds raised benefit the Sole Sisters TEAM efforts.

Special thanks from your Divalicious Chairs:
Lisa Scott-Founds &
Renée Korbel Quinn

This amazing Soiree would not have happened without our Sole Supporters donating over $7500 in-kind donations:

Photographers:  Jason Leidy, Renée Korbel Quinn, Ginny Fujino and Glenn Heino

Sole Sisters Soiree

The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six & the Fort Lauderdale Sole Sisters with event chairs Renée Korbel Quinn & Lisa Scott-Founds welcomed the Pink Heals Tour for one of several amazing parties during the Glam-A-THON™ kick-off on September 21, 2010.

Sole Sisters @Glam-A-THON™

A Sole Sisters Soirée welcoming the Pink Heals Firetruck Tour!

Join the Sole Sisters, 2x reigning champions of the Fort Lauderdale Glam-A-THON, as we raise gobs of cash for cancer research! On Saturday, October 16, 2010, we will strut our stuff along the Himmarshee District in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Join our Team now!

There will be several PINK firetrucks in town for the Glam-A-THON kick-off on September 21st! Join the Sole Sisters Soirée with the Guardians of the Pink Ribbon,  Tuesday September 21st at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six with special thanks to our sponsor Korbel ! Brut Rose.

5:00pm – Pink Heals Fire Truck Photos & PR
Help us welcome the Pink Fire Trucks and Fire Fighters in… pink gear as they make a stop on their Pink Heals tour across the US in support of breast cancer fundraisers…Survivors are invited to sign the truck.

6:00pm – Rooftop Soirée
A $10 suggested donation (reserve by clicking the link) includes tapas and a Split of Korbel Brut Rose (with a pink straw of course!) and surprises! A Fab Shoe Party, The Most Luscious Lips in Lauderdale Contest, A Chinese Auction and more…We welcome the Royal Dames & Diva Club 100 Teams for a fabulous evening.  Sole Men welcome too!

Meet Mrs. FL US 2010 Dynamic Robin Hirschman

More Details to follow! It wouldn’t be a Soirée without some surprises! Special thanks to our sponsors The Hyatt Pier 66 & Korbel Brut Rose. Divalicious Chairs: Sarah Summy with Lisa Scott-Founds & Renee Korbel Quinn

About the Guardians of the Pink Ribbon: Guardians of The Ribbon, dressed in pink fire suits, will drive pink fire trucks across the country every year to spread our awareness campaign supporting all women in their fight against cancer. The Guardians bring the tour to help raise money and awareness for the non-profit entities that help women in their City and State. In addition, this non-profit supports and helps other non-profit programs raise money by bringing the pink fire trucks to various fund raisers to assist in the efforts at no charge to the organization. As Guardians of The Ribbon, our goal is to spread the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign until all are in pink shirts. Why? Because Pink Heals!

We are a  Glam-A-THON™ sanctioned event benefiting Sylvester/UMHC

Riverwalk Trust’s Urban Market

Join us at Esplanade Park on the New River

One of the initiatives Riverwalk Trust undertook during their Transition was an Annual Event Permit. I am proud to share credit for this “first ever” annual permit with Genia Duncan Ellis and Courtney Crush, who conceived, planned, prodded, pushed and promoted the Trust through this new partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Riverwalk Trust received permission from the Fort Lauderdale City Commission to launch a pilot program that will bring year-round activity and events to our downtown along the Riverwalk Park.  They will execute an annual event agreement with the City, rather than approaching the City Commission with each individual event in Riverwalk Park.  It is an “umbrella” approach —  providing a new way to plan, activate and manage annual programs in the public right-of-way and on City land.

EVERY SATURDAY, beginning April 24 from 8am to 1pmRiverwalk Trust will sponsor an Urban Market on Saturdays at Esplanade Park along the New River from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will feature fruit and vegetables, baked items, seafood, cheeses, pottery and other goodies. The goal for providing the market is to activate the Riverwalk and to provide a service to the downtown and surrounding neighborhood residents.

Many unique and unusual products will be available at the market, including organic produce, an heirloom tomato producer, seafood vendor, organic soaps, spices, sauces, pastries, specialty fruit drinks, specialty coffee vendors, organic granola, jams, jellies, olive oils and spices, olive mixes, pastas, pasta sauces, mozzarella and oils, breads, doughnut muffins and special coffee, orchids, herbs, Peruvian food, guacamole and organic healing herbs. More than two dozen vendors have signed up for the market:

  • Robbie Bell – Speckled Dog Pottery
  • JC’s Ceviche and Salads
  • Carrie Stephens – Captain Redbeards Sauces
  • Jodi Swank – Hydro/Natural Produce – Swank Specialty Produce
  • Walter Ross & Debbie Doll – Farmhouse Tomatoes – Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Susana Garcia – Caribbean Fruit &Juices
  • Big Easy Olive Oil Company
  • Vito Volpe – Mozzarella & Olive Oils
  • Judy & John Mioduchoski – Everglades Seafood Express Fresh Seafood
  • Marci Boland – Jams, Jellies & Sauces, L ‘Hermitage Catering and Gourmet Emporium
  • Jan Northrop – Gourmet Granola
  • Brothers Product Market – Great Vegetables and organics
  • Sisters Jonny Altobell & Penny Sanfillpo’s Homemade donuts, muffins, pastries and coffee
  • Margaret Chapman – New Orleans Style Spread
  • Gerri Ash – The Bean Grinder Coffees & Teas
  • Kenyetta Graham – JoLe’s D’Lites – Organic cakes, cookies & Mango preserves
  • Audrey Burg – Auggie’s Doggies Handmade Gourmet Dog Biscuits
  • Flavia Snitcovsky – Bistro Blends – Gourmet infused Olive Oils, Salts & Balsamic
  • Brian & Rachel O’Neill – Papperdelle’s  Gourmet Pastas and Sauces
  • Lisa Romano – My Sweet Dolce – Cakes & Cookies
  • Warren & Marcie Spears – Key West Soaps –  hand-made natural herbal soaps
  • Jim Dixon – The Tea Cart – loose tea, tea wares, soy candles
  • Jim & Alice Welton – Weltonart – Handmade began aromatherapy soaps, sea salt scrubs
  • Kortney  & George Sortino – Potted herbs, seasonal flowers, native plants and vines & select vegetables
  • Amanda Capece  – Good Vibes Teas – organic tea, raw honey, tea accessories
  • Karen Orlosky  – Juice Plus + (May 8th)
  • Maria Mogyorossy – Java Coco Vino  – specialty coffee – iced coffee & teas
  • Rosa Blanco – Estraela Orchids
  • Gwen Watson – Healthy Coffee – custom coffee
  • Jon Albee – Urban Farmer – Organic growing and demonstration

The market is free and open to the public. For more information or to get involved, visit www.GoRiverwalk.com, or call (954) 468-1541.

The Lone Sailor

A picture of The Lone Sailor statueThe Lone Sailor

There is a lot of naval history in this area, especially from the World War II era where pilots, including former President George Bush, trained at the old Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station. In 2006, The Fort Lauderdale Council of the US Navy League raised funds to donate a patriotic statue to our Riverwalk Park. QuinnProQuo was proud to be a part of the team that helped bring this vision to a reality!

The Lone Sailor patriotic statue expresses appreciation to the men and women all across the globe for voluntarily putting their lives at risk to protect freedom. The statue is meant to inspire youth and honor veterans, as it represents core values of honor, courage and commitment.

It is located at the Riverwalk, west of Esplanade Park, near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Visit www.flnavyleague.org/LoneSailor.htm for more information.

Watch while we develop QPQ

Enjoying Get Downtown with friends Ken & Terri Ortner and Gary & Kathryn Rudolf

I originally conceived this idea when several friends advised that “Banker” did not really describe what I was about. I took that to heart and about a year ago decided to join forces with my husband to create something. While pondering…I volunteered my time as Transition Chair at Riverwalk Trust. This turned into an interim Pres/CEO role, one that sharpened my skills at examining this not for profit and applying business planning principles to maintain and move it forward.

Mike developed the name, a spin on my connecting and bartering skills.  I came up with the tag line (being known for thinking out of the box—a right brain trained to be a left brain!) Conceive .Connect .Create with a Passion for making things happen was born.

Our QuinnProQuo site is in process…so watch as it develops.  We decided to let everyone see this website as we get it ” ready to launch”.  My blog…called “Passions” follows my business, connectivity, community and advocacy. We are excited to step out and make it happen! Thanks for tuning in. RKQ

Impressions of Florida

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ “Impressions of Florida”

10th Annual Juried Art Exhibit & Fundraiser

Bill Stanton, Managing Director of LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels in Fort Lauderdale, contacted Renée Quinn in the fall of 2009 to add her unique talents to one of his favorite charities’,  The Bonnet House, signature fund raising event.   “Impressions of Florida” , the annual juried art exhibition and fundraiser to benefit the public programs of Bonnet House was celebrating its 10th year and Bill wanted to add a new spin to the event.  Without hesitation, Renee agreed to co-chair the event with Bonnet House Board Member Arthur Crispino.

On  Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm the exhibition opened with a private showing for VIP guests at 5:30 pm. They were treated to a signature drink and hors d’oeuvres, previewed the exhibition, and experienced a rare viewing of the exclusive private living quarters of Evelyn and Fredric Bartlett, Bonnet House’s former owners.  The theme, inspired by the cool casualness of Tommy Bahama,  featured  cocktails with rangpur limes—the signature ingredient of the Bartletts’ house cocktail. Additional highlights of the evening included  unique tapas and food stations, wine and spirits with live entertainment throughout the house presented by the Hyatt Pier Sixty Six’s 360˚ CateringThe GClub at Riverwalk Trust and Go Riverwalk magazine hosted a new Edible Art Dessert Competition, created by Renee for the event.

The juried art exhibit, presented by LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels, showcased artists from throughout the state and the artists’ personal interpretations of “Florida.” All guests and participating artists were invited to cast votes for their favorite artist in the exhibition. The artist receiving the highest number of votes received the coveted People’s Choice Award .  Winners of the Edible Art competition were featured in Go Riverwalk magazine’s Wine & Food issue, May 2010.

The 10th annual Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ “Impressions of Florida” sold out and raised the most money to date for this Bonnet House signature event.

The GClub at Riverwalk Trust


After successfully chairing the Riverwalk Trust from 2004-2006, Renée Quinn decided to develop a legacy project  that would make both a visual and tangible impact on the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s downtown, the Riverwalk Park. By bringing together Riverwalk Trust’s past chairs and Tribute honorees with community leaders and residents, she believed it was possible to tap into years of experience and commitment. “After all, it’s everyone’s responsibility to give back to Fort Lauderdale’s ‘Central Park’ that we call Riverwalk” says Quinn.

In the fall of 2008, Riverwalk Trust announced the launch of their new membership level, The GClub at Riverwalk Trust. Dedicated to the greening of the Riverwalk Park and the creation of a more sustainable, more grounded downtown lifestyle, The GClub will serve as the launch pad for an on-going series of projects.

The inaugural project of the The GClub at Riverwalk Trust is the installation of decorative potted planters throughout the park, spilling over with lush, tropical flowers and trees. A matching grant for $22,500 was secured for the project through the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Business Capital Improvement Program. “The installation of the pots is a way to beautify the Riverwalk and enhance the pedestrian experience of visitors to the park,” said Ginny Miller, Co-Chair of the GClub. Another benefit of the project is serving as a visual cue to the community that there is a vested group caring for the park.

On Saturday, February 13th,  2010, 110 Volunteers including Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, City Commissioner Bobby DuBose, Genia Duncan Ellis and the CVC – Citizen Volunteer Corps, Leadership Broward Class XXVIII and Riverwalk Trust members completed the planting process in record time. Renée and her team were able to raise over $50,000 from GClub members, supporters and companies: The Riverwalk Trust Board of Directors, Bob Dugan and EDSA, Andrew Lester and The Continental Group, Ginny & Tom Miller with Miller Construction, Joe Marotta with Premier Beverage, Renée Quinn with QuinnProQuo, Genia Duncan Ellis with Ellis Consulting, Ken & Terri Ortner, Pat & Jim Demos, Lee Sheffield, Gary & Monica Correll, Bob & Susan Drinon,  Terry Stiles, and The Huizenga Foundation.

As part of this program, GClub members will also have an opportunity to “Adopt-A-Pot” along Riverwalk Park.  Renée and co-chairs Ginny Miller and Joe Marotta plan to create events for the group that will include membership gatherings, exclusive wine dinners for GClub Trustees and a GClub signature event planned for 2011.

“Summer TEAse” a GClubR Happy Hour Tea Party

In the spring of 2009, Gina Jackson, Marketing Director of the Fort Lauderdale History Center, approached Renée Quinn for help in raising awareness and dollars.   The result was Not Your Traditional Tea Party.

On Friday, July 17, 2009 from 4pm to 7pm at the New River Inn, the  Fort Lauderdale History Center and the GClub at Riverwalk Trust hosted a Happy Hour Tea Party. Guests enjoyed traditional tea and treats, wine sprizters, mar-TEA-ni’s, toasted coconut coladas,  chocolates, salt water taffy, raffle prizes and more!

Set with GClub’s beautiful pink parasols, pink roses in teapots and pink & white linens…the room glowed.  Both indoor and outdoor seating provided a cool break from the summer heat.  Island City Bistro provided a variety of fresh brewed iced and hot teas…and Kilwin’s blended their favorite toasted coconut  ice cream with Bacardi Dark Rum.  Finlandia Vodka served an orange blossom mar-TEA-ni and there was a long island style iced tea on the rocks!

The GClub, created by Renée Quinn, is Riverwalk Trust’s new membership level that was developed to provide dedicated dollars to the Riverwalk Park & Marina.  Renée connected GClub Partners to create this unique event: Premier Beverage, The Narrative Events, Island City Bistro, Kilwins Las Olas and Himmarshee Bar & Grill,  We thank them for helping GClub fun-raise for one of our favorite Riverwalk Park  partners  –  The Fort Lauderdale History Center…  Go GClub, Go Riverwalk, Go Giving.

Press Coverage was provided by Sun Sentinel’s  Society Scene (Cover and feature story)  and Riverwalk Trust’s Go Riverwalk magazine.

The result:  Fun, awareness, park activation and more dollars raised than ever before at a summer event for the History Center!

Summer TEAse Team:  Renée Quinn for QuinnProQuo, Viviane Morrison for the Narrative Events, Sue Molnar for the City of Fort Lauderdale and Gina Jackson for the Fort Lauderdale History Center.

Summer TEAse

A Time for Remembering, The 2008 Tiara Ball


“A Time for Remembering” The Royal Dames Past, Present & Future
A Celebration of their membership & contributions to cancer research from 1969 to present

Janet Davis and Robin Hirschman, Royal Dames and 2007 Tiara Ball Chairs, contacted Renee Quinn in February of 2008 and asked her to consider chairing the next Tiara Ball.  With founding member and past President Lorraine Thomas set to be the Ruby Tiara Sponsor, she accepted the challenge.

The history of the Royal Dames was the unique story Renee chose to focus on.  She then called on her “Dream Team” to help make this an event to remember. Bill Stanton, Shai Zelering and Scott Schaefer at The Hyatt Pier Sixty Six, Doug Jones at Sixth Star Entertainment, Bob Drinon and Joe Marotta at Premier  Beverage (along with Bacardi & Brown Forman Alliance partners) signed up for the challenge. Kevin Lane coordinated the PR and Go Riverwalk magazine was the official media sponsor.

On Saturday, November 22, 2008, Renee and her Dream Team presented The 39th Annual Tiara Ball.  Guests were greeted with strolling violinists and a receiving line of past Presidents, Ball Chairs & Royal Dames.  Ball Chair Renee Quinn transported guests back to ’69, for a unique  experience that started in the Circa 69 Lounge featuring a  Grey Goose themed Cocktail Bar and the signature Tiara-tini.  “Ultra Lounge” music and the Royal Reception set the mood for an amazing evening.

The doors opened to the elegant Crystal Ballroom Supper Club for  a surf & turf themed dinner paired with wines and cocktails. The evening celebrated the founding members and the present Royal Dames. They saluted their achievements over the years as displayed on Royal Dames Information Cards, Photo Cubes and other memories.  Past Tiara Ball Chairs were honored through former invitations displayed throughout the event.  Achievements in cancer research over the past 40 years were highlighted in creative cards on all the tables. VIP guests and sponsors enjoyed their own wait staff, mini bar sets on their tables and table gifts including both full size and miniature Grey Goose Bottles, Dewar’s Signature Scotch and Banfi’s Rosa Regale.  The Supper Club featured two Grey Goose Lounges with sixty’s styled silver leather couches and colored orbs.  All guests enjoyed complimentary valet parking, miniature Grey Goose bottles and a the signature  Tiara Ball Journal.

The evening heated up as the Dames moved to the sounds of the seventies to celebrate Tiara Night Fever.  Performances included The Edge Band and special celebrity guest singer Harmik as Tom Jones.  An Over the Top After Party awaited late night guests at the Pier Top’s revolving lounge.  Overlooking beautiful Fort Lauderdale, guests enjoyed  unique aperitifs paired with cupcakes, bourbon cotton candy, gourmet popcorn and an espresso station.

The Hyatt Pier Sixty Six offered a special Tiara weekend package for the Royal Dames.  On Sunday, guests joined together for a Pier Top Royal Champagne Brunch.  This indulgent experience included Blood Orange Mimosas, Grey Goose Bloody Marys and a  lavish buffet, family-style offerings and amazing desserts.   Proceeds for the evening benefited the Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute at Nova Southeastern University.

Tiara Ball

Tiara Ball Sponsors and Board of Trustees
Tiara Ball Sponsors and Board of Trustees
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Logo
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Logo
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Save the Date card
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Save the Date card
Over the Top After Party Invite
Over the Top After Party Invite
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Invite - front
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Invite - front
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Invite - inside
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Invite - inside
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Invite - back
A Time for Remembering Tiara Ball Invite - back
MY Tiara Ball Dream Team
MY Tiara Ball Dream Team
Hyatt Pier Sixty Six
Hyatt Pier Sixty Six
Tiara Supper Club floor Plan
Tiara Supper Club floor Plan
Tiara Ball Menu
Tiara Ball Menu
Tiara Ball Committee
Tiara Ball Committee
Tiara Ball Committee
Tiara Ball Committee
Tiara Ball Sponsors
Tiara Ball Sponsors
2008 Tiara Ball Collage
2008 Tiara Ball Collage
A Magical Evening on Las Olas
A Magical Evening on Las Olas
Society Scene Coverage
Society Scene Coverage
Society Scene Coverage
Society Scene Coverage
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party
Blue Martini Tiara Hostess Party