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GClub Happy Hour ~ Planterpalooza II



Motivate | Participate | Activate

Join us Tuesday, September 28th at 6pm  for great networking at Tarpon Bend on Second Street in the Historic District of Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

With the help of LB Class XXVIII, Riverwalk Trust’s GClub successfully installed  25 beautiful potted planters along the Riverwalk Park with BCIP grant funding from the City of Fort Laudersale.  Riverwalk Trust, committed to our Park,  is proud of the efforts by our GClub membership and community that raised over $25,000 and in-kind donations to make this happen.

Let’s celebrate our success!  Join our GClub team to get the latest scoop on our Potted Planter project and Adopt-a-Planter program. Learn about Riverwalk Trust’s newest membership levels!


Your GClub Chairs,
Renée Quinn, Ginny Miller & Bob Dugan
and our Project Coordinator, Genia Duncan Ellis

Our Goal:
The GClub is Riverwalk Trust’s way to promote our work with park enhancements and advocacy. It is also a way to raise funds, apply for grants and obtain matching dollars for continued plans outlined and overseen by the Master Plan & Projects committee. Funds raised by the GClub are dedicated to and administered through the Master Plan and Projects committee for @Riverwalk Programming and other park projects. Riverwalk Trust now has a dedicated team known as “GClubRs” to promote and support our park. We look forward to seeing how we can get everyone involved and be part of this exciting initiative. If you are interested in supporting our mission…join now!

Riverwalk Trust Membership…add GClub!

The GClub at Riverwalk Trust offers three levels of enhanced membership to support our park initiatives:

~ GClub Trustee Membership

~ GClub Supporter Membership

~ GClub 100 Membership

Anyone can join our GClub Membership for a minimum annual contribution of $200, which includes Riverwalk Trust’s signature Riverwalk 100 membership. Existing Riverwalk Supporter members may upgrade to the GClub membership for a $250 annual contribution. We will be hosting monthly GClub Mixers starting spring.

The GClub Trustee Membership is our premier membership level. Riverwalk Trustee level members, Past Riverwalk Trust Chairs and Tribute Honorees received an invitation to join an inaugural group of founding trustee members. For an additional $500 annual contribution, existing Riverwalk Trustee level members will become a GClub Trustee. Joining at an annual $1000 contribution, new members will receive the Riverwalk Trustee level membership benefits in addition to GClub Trustee membership.  Our Trustee mixer will be held at a member’s home in the fall.

Friends of the GClub is our Facebook Initiative (with over 200 friends and counting) to keep everyone up to date on the latest news and accomplishments of The GClub at Riverwalk Trust. Although no membership is required, we encourage donations to support our GClub initiatives.

WE DID IT…Phase one of our Potted Planter project was completed in February 2010. Our inaugural members and sponsors made this idea a reality. Join now and become a Friend of the GClub. You may email us at GClub@GoRiverwalk.com if you have questions or comments.


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Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale and GClub @Riverwalk Trust and Networking and Riverwalk Trust by on July 31st, 2010 at 10:52 am.

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An Evening with Paula Deen



Mark your Calendar, Thursday, September 16, for  “An Evening with Paula Deen!” Presented by Publix Apron’s Cooking School, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County. Call (954) 584-9990 for more info!

CLASS TYPE / FORMAT / COST – Celebrity Chef / Demonstration / $150

INSTRUCTOR(S)
Paula Deen,  Celebrity Chef, Cookbook Author, and Television Host

LOCATION
– The Bienes Center for the Arts, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 2801 SW 12th St., Ft. Lauderdale

DATE & TIME
– Sep 16 / 5:00 p.m.

You’ll love this evening with Paula Deen. Paula is a self-made success story who learned the secrets of Southern cooking from her grandmother. Newly divorced with only $200 to her name, Paula and her two sons moved to Savannah. There she started her own catering business, The Bag Lady, where she prepared fresh lunches to sell to downtown. Her specialties (chicken pot pies, barbecue sandwiches, lasagna, and banana pudding) quickly became the talk of the town.

In 1990, Paula opened her own restaurant, The Lady and Sons, which could seat 42 customers. In 1995 she relocated to downtown Savannah, where The Lady and Sons has been ever since. The Lady and Sons has gathered accolades from critics and media alike. The most important honor for Paula was when the food writer for USA Today named The Lady and Sons “Most Memorable Meal of the Year for 1999.” Paula’s business continues to flourish with a series of successful cookbooks.

MENU – A buffet of Paula’s recipes will be served.

FOCUS – This evening will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

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Posted in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County and Events and Fort Lauderdale by on July 31st, 2010 at 10:32 am.

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Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle is on!



Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle Presented by Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Riverwalk Trust will host the first annual Burger Battle on Friday, June 4, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Riverside Hotel Lawn, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. The event promises to pit some of Fort Lauderdale’s top restaurants against one another as they show off their creative juices and grilling skills to 500 guests. The goal of the event is to bring together local employees, residents and businesses for a night of burgers, cocktails and fun while raising funds for the Riverwalk Trust.

Guests will enjoy bites from Capital Grille, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Pelican Landing at Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Johnny V Restaurant, Big City Tavern, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Riverside Hotel, Tarpon Bend, Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar, Ilios at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, Smith & Jones Bar and Grill, Stop Burgers, China Grill, Lauderdale Grill and Georgie’s Alibi.

A panel of local celebrity judges will give one lucky restaurant the title of “Best Burger in Fort Lauderdale.” Another restaurant will be chosen as the “Fan Favorite” by Burger Battle attendees. BIG 105.9 afternoon drive on-air radio personality Doc Reno will host the event.

For a $30 donation (prepaid online), or $40 at the door, attendees will receive three drink tickets to be used for any Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade, Budweiser Select or Bud Light Golden Wheat, an array of burger samples from well-known burger restaurants, a vote for their favorite burger and view a local celebrity slider eating contest. Tickets to Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle may be purchased in advance online at www.GoRiverwalk.com or at the door the evening of the event. Tickets are limited. For VIP tables, please call (954) 468-1541 x 201.

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Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale and Networking by on May 25th, 2010 at 2:10 pm.

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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.

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Posted in Creations and Events and Fort Lauderdale and GClub @Riverwalk Trust and Riverwalk Trust by QtinuuMi7 on May 8th, 2010 at 1:00 pm.

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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.

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Posted in Creations and Events and Fort Lauderdale and GClub @Riverwalk Trust and Networking and QuinnProQuo by QtinuuMi7 on April 17th, 2010 at 3:35 pm.

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Spring Events are popping!



I am looking forward to the Royal Dames Spring Luncheon at the Capital Grille on April 28th.  JoAnne Lewis and Linda Haury are the chairs and this event highlights the past year of fun-raising for Cancer Research.  Thanks to my friends at Premier Beverage, we will be serving delicious Wine, bubbly Champagne and a special dessert Martini!  The event features a great auction and power networking! Hope to see you there!

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Posted in Fort Lauderdale and Networking by on April 16th, 2010 at 2:24 pm.

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