Last year, South Florida experienced some of the most extreme cases of bullying across the nation including two brutal attacks at Deerfield Beach Middle School. Looking ahead to a new school year and a clean slate, organizations like Success For Kids, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, are rallying to help to empower at-risk children and adolescents to become resilient, productive citizens with the hopes of reducing what has become an epidemic of cruel behavior among today’s youth. While SFK has been able to reach 1200 children and adolescents, there are still thousands in South Florida alone who could use the skills taught by this invaluable organization. In order to raise funds to increase their reach, SFK, together with Chef Douglas Rodriguez, is hosting the Four Chefs for Success for Kids benefit night at Rodriguez’s brand new restaurant, De Rodriguez Ocean, on September 15th, 2010.
The Four Chefs for Success for Kids benefit will feature some of Miami’s top chefs serving up their signature dishes. Miami’s elite are invited to take in the gorgeous ocean views at De Rodriguez Ocean, while sampling these chef’s exquisite dishes and learning about SFK through conversation and interactive demonstrations by SFK teachers. Guests will also take part in Heart Art- an SFK activity done in the classroom with students that teaches the power of words, the importance of choosing the right words encouraging positive communication and relationships. One school where SFK has implemented their program is Auburndale Elementary, whose Principal Ms. L. Salazar will be in attendance to share her experiences. This event is a kickoff of sorts, leading up for the SFK 5K Run for Success on December 5th, 2010 in Aventura Circle.
Alongside Chef Douglas Rodriguez, featured chefs include Andrea Curto Randazzo, recent contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef: Washington DC and owner of The Water Club, and Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill and Tim Andriola of Timo Restaurant & Bar. SFK will also be selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a limited edition 2011 SmartCar. Guests will also enjoy signature drinks.
The event will be a preview for a lucky few hundred of Chef Douglas’s new ceviche, raw bar and sustainable seafood restaurant, De Rodriguez Ocean, scheduled to open late September. Sourcing most of its seafood product from Florida’s Finest Seafood, De Rodriguez Ocean will support artesian farmers and local fisherman while providing diners with the highest quality organic and farm-raised seafood.
To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 305.405.6380. An automatic response will be sent with a link to PayPal to purchase tickets. Tickets will go on sale August 15th and are $75 per person, $120 per couple before September 14th at 5pm. After September 14th and at the door, tickets will be $90 per person, $150 per couple.