linda-johnson.jpgThe report is in, and Brandon Flowers’ Charity Bowling Bash, to benefit Prep & Sports, Inc., was a grand success. The cornerback for the National Football League’s (NFL) Kansas City Chief played host to approximately 100 patrons at the annual social fundraiser on Thursday, July 11, at Cine Bowl & Grille in Delray Beach, Flowers’ hometown.

More than 30 NFL players journeyed to South Florida to support their colleague, including James Charles, Kansas City Chiefs running back; Abe Elam, NFL free agent; Jayron Hosley, New York Giants cornerback; and Shaun Smith, Kansas City Chief defensive lineman. Others seen on the scene were Helbert Aspillar, Ashley Kerns, Cal Miller and the Rev. James Stewart. The Bowling Bash was the opening activity for a weekend of events that drew nearly 3,000 friends of Prep & Sports, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing academic guidance and athletic performance training for at risk youth. Jamael Stewart, co-founder of the Palm Beach County charity, was ecstatic to announce that in excess of $120,000 was raised, in part with the generous sponsors. Best wishes to Prep & Sports, Inc., and Flowers, as they continue to fulfill one of life’s most important missions – mentoring our youth.

A sophisticated and energetic crowd gathered at Morton’s The Steakhouse in North Miami Beach for Legacy Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today & Tomorrow awards luncheon on Friday, July 12. More than 200 supporters joined some of Miami-Dade and Broward counties’ top African-American professionals at this eighth annual celebration of excellence orchestrated by Dexter Bridgeman, Legacy publisher and CEO. The outstanding achievers were feted for their industry, vision and potential for making a lasting imprint on their communities.  Jawan Strader, NBC 6 news anchor, served as emcee and co-presented the awards to the group of attorneys, medical professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, marketers, accountants and bankers. Reginald A. Mathis, Esq. delivered the keynote speech at the networking event. Among those seen on the scene were state Rep. Joseph A. Gibbons (D-Hallandale Beach), Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Virginia Adger, Cynthia Curry, Robbie Bell, Dr. Dorothy Fields, Gerald Grant Jr., Gerald Grant III, Col. Brodes Hartley, Earlene Striggles Horne, Juanita Carter Johnson, Kandyss Burney McAden, Jerrell Moore, DanySu Pritchett, Beth Williams and Vandra Woolfolk.

Authentic jazz is indeed alive and well in South Florida. Joe’s Stone Crab was the venue for an evening of live jazz performed by song stylist and Miami native, LeNard Rutledge and his band, on last Friday. Rutledge, named Best Jazz Artist by the Miami New Times, entertained an entourage of fans with his elegant voice at the iconic South Beach eatery. Seen on the scene enjoying classic jazz, bebop and swing were his No. 1 fan and better half, Dr. Martha Johnson-Rutledge, along with Renee Anderson, Carolina Castro, Clarissa Coney, Saviour Delavoe, Mia Douglas, Rene Lindenberg, LaKeishia Mitchell, Alan Morley, Jacin Paul Nagao, Dr. Michelle Sapp,  Jacqueline White and Daphne Pickett Whitfield.  Jazz lovers are invited to friend Rutledge on Facebook for updates on his upcoming appearances.