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QuinnProQuo goes PINK to support Glam-A-THON™

It was six years ago this month that my family found out that my mother was diagnosed with inoperable ovarian cancer.  Until you hear those words, you cannot comprehend what it means. Everything is thrown at you at once. Statistics, decisions, vague answers and empathy.  I can look back now and try to make sense of it, but within six weeks my mother lost her fight.

Armed with a new passion & understanding, I have joined with Glam-A-THON™ creator Tammy Gail to support her organization. QuinnProQuo is proud to donate our social media and strategic planning services as we strut our stuff in October to “Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye”.

Please visit our Sole Sisters Team facebook page for all our fun-raising efforts as we get ready to strap on our pink stilettos and vie for the crown. We are the 3x reigning champions, and Queen Lee Sheffield (2008) and Ginny Fujino are prepping our team. Join us, we promise great networking and a fab time: Glam Registration Flyer-Sole Sisters

Sincerest thanks to QPQ’s partners who have stepped up to support us, your donations will make a difference!

About Glam-A-THON™

Celebrating FIVE years of fabulous fundraising for breast cancer research, awareness and programming is no easy task – but thanks to the thousands of attendees who have supported and raised funds for our local breast cancer charity partners we have achieved outstanding results!

At the end of 2010, Glam-A-THON™ received its 501(c)3 charity status and is now a sustainable, dynamic breast cancer charity dedicated to helping our families, friends and neighbors in the communities where we live. We differentiate our efforts with style, sass, and fabulous heels! Our goal is to take the fear out of breast cancer and mobilize our divas to make a difference.

Anyone who is (or knows) a diva, knows we’re unstoppable, resilient, and wildly persistent.

So take a walk on the wild side and become one of the most glamorous divas this side of FABULOUS!
Join thousands in the STRUT that will once again make fashionista history
while raising gobs of cash for local breast cancer patients and their families.

Just click on the Register tab and start a team – it’s easy as pie and will give you a great reason to snag a new pair of pumps – not to mention the tremendous satisfaction you’ll get by being part of this GLAM REVOLUTION!

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Posted in Breast Cancer and Fort Lauderdale and Glam-A-THON™ by on July 11th, 2011 at 1:30 am.

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Tick! Tock! Time Flies…Introducing LastMinute Lauderdale

Tick! Tock! Time Flies…and you’ve waited until the, yes, Last Minute 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.

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.

The Mission: Connect the Community and Create Opportunity     LIKE them on Facebook!     FOLLOW them on Twitter!

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Posted in Connections and Fort Lauderdale and QuinnProQuo by on June 25th, 2011 at 12:59 pm.

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Connection Update: Favorite Blogger wins BOB!

Christine Najac is a hospitality PR/Marketing specialist, freelance writer, certified sommelier and the owner of a gourmet food company. Having created two go-to resources for all things food, wine and weekend getaways; Christine and her team at South Florida Food & Wine and South Florida Weekend Getaways bring you delicious food and wine experiences plus fabulous weekend getaway information from Palm Beach to Key West. Christine enthusiastically states “When we write, we write! and rest assured it’s fabulously fantastic”. QuinnProQuo agrees!

Congratulations Christine!!!

Sun-Sentinel Best of Blog Awards, South Florida Food and Wine wins best Foodie Blog

To contact Christine about marketing partnerships or to notify us about your events or products, send press releases and inquiries to Christine or visit her blog at South Florida Food and Wine. Peruse some of Christine’s articles here and her published recipes and magazine articles here.

Christine & QuinnProQuo are connected to support JA of South Florida’s Circle of Wise Women as they launch their inaugural food and wine event JA World Uncorked! on 10|30|10.


Posted in Social Media and Wine Dinners by on April 14th, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

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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.

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Posted in Creations and Events and Fundraisers and Mentoring and QuinnProQuo by on November 7th, 2010 at 1:00 am.

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‘Tis the Season…Winterfest Events you will not want to miss!

IN 2010 Winterfest will be the Kick-Off of Fort Lauderdale’s Centennial Celebration. While Winterfest is best known for its one of a kind Boat Parade,  over the past 39 years the festival has expanded to  include a full complement of events. Festivities include the Golf Tournament, the dazzling Winterfest Black Tie Ball, the Shoreline Decorating Extravaganza, an exciting VIP Reception, Family Fun Days, and culminate with the fabulous Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Winterfest is a multi-cultural event, which encourages and promotes diversity and is proud to have representation from a variety of races and religions. For more information visit http://www.winterfestparade.com/

The Winterfest Team:
Lisa Scott-Founds, President/CEO
Kathleen Keleher, Marketing and Parade Director
Dawn Read, Event Director

NOVEMBER 5th | Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest White Party presented by City&Shore Magazine. Hosted by Harbor Beach Marriott

NOVEMBER 19th | Ed Morse Bayview Cadillac Winterfest Golf & Tennis Classic presented by Ruden McClosky in association with the Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers. Hosted by Coral Ridge Country Club. Awards Luncheon/Cocktail Reception

| Winterfest Family Day
· FREE EVENT on the Riverside Hotel Lawn on Historic Las Olas Blvd

DECEMBER 4th | Chambord Vodka Winterfest Black Tie Ball featuring JM Lexus Welcome Reception and Fidelity Investments Silent Auction Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino / Hard Rock LIVE

DECEMBER 6th | Captain’s Meeting Hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

DECEMBER 7th | Shoreline Decorating Extravaganza presented by Universal Property & Casualty Insurance, Co. Pre/Post Cocktail Events at Coral Ridge Yacht Club

DECEMBER 10th | Grand Marshal Reception | Invitation Only

DECEMBER 11th | Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade


October 16 – Glam-A-THON – Divas don’t hike … they STRUT!
November-January 2011 Riverwalk Trust’s Light Up Lauderdale -a holiday promenade of lights @Riverwalk Park
November 18-21 – Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament
November 24 – December 5 – Broward County Fair
November 30 – Christmas on Las Olas
December 5 – Toys in the Sun Run
February 12, 2011 –Duck Fest Derby– on the New River to benefit Kids in Distress

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Posted in Events and Winterfest Boat Parade by on November 1st, 2010 at 3:40 pm.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward present Déjà Vu Homecoming!

Can you remember your Homecoming? Were you a brain, a jock, a band geek, a cheerleader or in the glee club? Join us on October 9, 2010 as we celebrate the musical hits from the ’50s to the ’90s for an all-night extravaganza that we like to call Déjà Vu. Located at the world-famous Bahia Mar Beach Resort and produced by Sixth Star Entertainment, Déjà Vu is the party of the year you won’t want to miss.

This year’s honorees include:
• Nat Moore of the Miami Dolphins
• Bill Fauerbach of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
• Tom & Ginny Miller of Miller Construction

Déjà Vu is a retro, costumed, all-night celebration honoring South Florida’s finest child advocates. The event is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s single-largest fundraising event of the year. Our signature event is held at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale and runs from 6:00pm to midnight. The event’s festivities include the dynamic sights and sounds of the 1950s-1980s, cocktails, silent auction, dinner and dancing. All night long (and well into the morning), 400-500 guests experience non-stop entertainment and surprises in the form of musical acts, large scale dance productions and the always-anticipated, top-secret, live headline performer. Previous years have seen the likes of Tom Jones, Madonna & Tina Turner doubles and an American Idol finalist. For more information, visit BBBS Deja Vu.

The purpose of the night is to celebrate 36 years of mentoring success in South Florida through Big Brothers Big Sisters. All of the funds raised that night go directly toward providing the transformational power of mentorship to the children currently in our programs and to help expand the mentoring experience to the hundreds of children still on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

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Posted in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County and Events and Fort Lauderdale and Fundraisers and Mentoring by on October 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am.

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360° OF WINING & DINING…the experience

A Riverwalk Trust Wine Dinner presented by Pier Top at the Hyatt Pier Sixty-Six & Girard Winery

Hosted by Rik Steere, Girard Winery | Courses by Chef Miguel Santiago

Wednesday, September 22 | 6:30 pm Reception | 7:30 pm Dinner

Pier Top at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort
2301 Southeast 17th Street Causeway | Fort Lauderdale

Guests enjoyed 360 degrees of Fort Lauderdale’s most spectacular views and joined sommelier Rik Steere as he walked us through a selection of perfectly paired wines from Girard Winery and culinary delights from Pier Top Chef Miguel Santiago. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Riverwalk Trust in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.


Yucca & Crab stuffed Rock Shrimp
Schramsberg blanc de blancs

1st course
Shrimp & Smokey Grits
Charred corn salpicon.micro cilantro.chili oil
Girard Russian River Chardonnay

2nd course
Golden & Red Baby Beet Salad
Montrachet chevre.micro herbs.kalamata vinaigrette
Girard Napa Sauvignon Blanc

3rd course
Organic Peaches & Rhubarb Sorbet

4th course
Seared Red Snapper
Artichoke barigoule.calamari.roasted garlic.cous cous
Windsor Sonoma Pinot Noir

5th course
Smoked Pepper Tenderloin.trio of roasted potato.crispy onions
Malbec demi
Girard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

6th course
Pistachio Brulee.chocolate.honey & rum beignet
Royal Tokaji Red Label – 5 Puttonyos

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Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale and Networking and Riverwalk Trust and Wine Dinners by on September 24th, 2010 at 12:26 pm.

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Connection Update: Blacktie-Southflorida.com

Ginny Fujino AKA Blacktie Southflorida.com is a tremendous asset to our South Florida community.  I have known Ginny for several years and she has supported many of my charitable initiatives & several of my board commitments (Riverwalk Trust, Winterfest, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County & Glam-A-THON). I highly recommend her myriad of services to large and small organizations...Blacktie Southflorida.com provides a new dimension to fundraising initiatives and support for non profit organizations. The Blacktie Southflorida.com calendar is THE calendar to refer to when planning events, and I use the nonprofit directory to research organization mission statements and track records. QuinnProQuo is proud to support her Boot Camp series and look forward to being a social media partner.

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Posted in Connections and Events and Social Media by on September 12th, 2010 at 12:08 pm.

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Glam-A-THON™ Kick off Luncheon & Pink Fire Truck Event | 09.21.10

Lipstick Lounge at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel | 10.07.10

Queen’s Tea-Tini at Timpano’s Italian Chophouse & Martini Bar | 10.14.10

Glam Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 | 10.15.10

Glam Doll Strut| 10.16.10

Glam Awards at America’s Backyard | 10.16.10

Rock Star! After Party at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 | 10.16.10

Glam Brunch Pier Top at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 | 10.17.10

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Posted in Breast Cancer and Events and Fort Lauderdale and Fundraisers and Glam-A-THON™ and Networking and QuinnProQuo by on August 24th, 2010 at 10:00 am.

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Riverwalk Mutts and Martinis Yappy Hour

Riverwalk Mutts and Martinis Yappy Hour

Friday, September 10th, 2010
5:30pm to 8pm

Riverwalk Trust hosts ‘The Original’ Riverwalk Mutts and Martinis Yappy Hour, Fort Lauderdale’s largest outdoor, pet-friendly cocktail hour. The goal of the event is to bring together the Downtown community and their favorite four-legged friends for a night of celebration and networking while raising funds for the Riverwalk Trust. The event will be held along the Riverwalk at Briny Riverfront Pub. This is the fifth Riverwalk Mutts and Martinis Yappy Hour, which has raised more than $57,000 for the Riverwalk Trust, a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst in building and nurturing a vibrant community centered along the New River.

On this fun evening along Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk, a $25 donation ($20 prepay online) gives attendees two complimentary drinks, appetizers, live music, silent auction, chances to win raffles and prizes and lots of fun treats and activities for their pets including dog massages, canine contests and doggie ice cream. Dog adoptions will be available courtesy of the Humane Society of Broward County, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will go towards the Humane Society of Broward County. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here or at the door the evening of the event.

Major event supporters include Larry and Cathy Danielle, Briny Irish Pub, Big 105.9 FM, Premier Beverage, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Go Riverwalk Magazine, South Florida Photo and Inspiri24 Design Studios.

For more information, call (954) 468-1541. RSVP HERE

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Posted in Cocktail Parties and Events and Fort Lauderdale and Fundraisers and Networking and Riverwalk Trust by on August 14th, 2010 at 6:55 pm.

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