The City of Sunny Isles Beach will say goodbye to only the second Mayor to lead the commission in the City’s 17 year history. In anticipation of the term-limited mayor’s exit, the Sunny Isles Beach Foundation, a newly formed 501c3, honored him at a fundraising event, the Mayor’s Ball on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
The ballroom at Trump International Beach Resort was filled to capacity. Dinner Chairperson Janet Cini was thrilled with the turnout of officials past and present, friends, family and business associates that Norman has collaborated with throughout the years.
Longtime Sunny Isles Beach Police Chief Fred Maas was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Former Sunny Isles Beach City Attorney and current SIB Foundation Executive Director Lynn M. Dannheisser spoke of the Foundation and itsvisionary sponsors committing almost a million dollars to the fledgling Foundation, with the final donation of $250,000 coming from Mayor Edelcup, himself.
Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz was the keynote speaker, recalling the struggles of a young City and the resulting growth of the modern buildings and improvements in infrastructure that have brought Sunny Isles Beach to its current world class status. He went on to describe his experience with the Bloomberg Family Foundation and how non-profits work well with cities on the promotion of arts and innovative community programs that continue to elevate the quality of life for all.
The event itself raised $24,000.00 for the Sunny Isles Beach Foundation bringing their total raised thus far to $924,000.00. The event was well attended with such noteworthy persons as Mayor Miriam Fierberg-Ikar of Netanya Israel, Senator Gwen Margolis, Miami- Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, School Board Member Martin Karp, North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo and other North Miami Beach Officials. The development community was well represented with the Milton Family, the Dezer Family, the Cornfeld Group, the Trump Group, the Chateau Group, Fortune International, Regalia, and the developers of the Muse project, Property Markets Group, the first to pledge support of the Foundation.
When Mayor Edelcup leaves office on December 3, 2014, he will join the Foundation as a board member. In that capacity he will continue to contribute to the development of the cultural and arts programs that he was so passionate about while he was Mayor of the young City. Over the 13 years of his tenure Mayor Edelcup not only encouraged the arts, but he also led a commission which transformed this City into a destination for both tourists and young families.
For information on the Sunny Isles Beach Foundation, visit their website at www.sunnyislesbeachfoundation.org.