ECOMB Hosts one of the most ‘Eco-Chic’ Events of the Season: The 2011 GreenRaiser


On Thursday, April 21st, the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (ECOMB) held its first Annual GreenRaiser Event at the Sagamore Hotel, Miami Beach.

The event, considered a great success and one of the most “eco-chic” events of the season, celebrated Earth Day and served as our organization’s main fundraising effort for the preservation, protection and restoration of our community’s local ecosystem.

Guests, who arrived in SWOOP Miami electric transport or Hybrid vehicles, walked down on an Easy Grass green carpet, alongside a brand new Tesla Electric Car, and were welcomed by Elite Models dressed in Art of Shade eco-fashion. Beyond the door, as the eco-power players entered the Sagamore’s Video Garden, decorated with recycled cactus arrangements by Karla Events, guests were served eco-friendly cocktails courtesy of VeeV Açaí Spirits and Société Perrier, and enjoyed bites by Whitewall restaurant while listening to the sweet live Bossa Nova sounds of Rose Max & Ramatis.

As the evening progressed, additional guests and ECOMB members joined the celebration with the sounds of DJ Sahyo, spinning selections from the “Green Music Alliance,” enjoyed fresh coconut water by Vita Coco, as well as organic fruits and desserts by Whole Foods Market South Beach.

At 8:30 pm, after a warm introduction by ECOMB’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Mr. Jeffrey D. Forster, the evening’s MC, Mr. Jeff Burnside, NBC6 Environmental Reporter, introduced ECOMB’s Executive Director, Luiz Rodrigues, thanked sponsors, hosts, staff, volunteers and commenced ECOMB’s Emerald City Awards presentation.

The Emerald City Award, instituted in 2009 by ECOMB’s Board of Trustees, honors our community’s best “green” environmental leaders, friends and visionaries as well as top contributors and promoters of sustainability. This year’s recipients were the Mondrian Hotel, City of Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin, City of Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora, as well as one of ECOMB’s original founders, Mrs. Lisa Liotta. VIP guests then left with a sustainable G3 Give Bag loaded with green goodies and amazing deals from the event’s Silent Auction.

We, at ECOMB, highly value the support of those who helped us make this event a success – Michelle Naples, Michelle Acosta, Jane Pryjmak, Valerie Lewis, Zakarin PR, and many others – thus helping us accomplish our mission to educate and raise the environmental awareness of our community members.

ECOMB’s vision for the future?

To make Miami & the Beaches not only a more sustainable society, but also a better place for all of us to enjoy, share with the world and with future generations! Together, we want to make Miami Beach the new Emerald City By The Sea: the shining green image it deserves!

Luiz Rodrigues,
Executive Director
Jeffrey D. Forster,
Chairman of the Board
Michael Laas,
Board Member
Edward Cantos,
Board Member
Michelle D. Naples,
Office/Program Manager

Master of Ceremonies:
Jeff Burnside (NBC 6)
Event Co-Chairs:
Jeffrey D. Forster and Michael Laas
Presenting Sponsors:
Adam R. Rose and Peter R.
McQuillan from AP Beach

Sponsors: Ameresco, Art of Shade, AUTUMNpr, Creative Creative, Ferretti Group (Mochi Craft), Florida Review Magazine, Green Light Solutions, Green Savings Solutions, Maroone Auto Nation, Miami-Dade County, Mike’s Custom Electric, My Biotiful Bag, National Eagles & Angels Association, Ornare, Sagamore Hotel, Social Miami, Societe Perrier, South Beach Hardgoods, Sudsies, Tesla Motors, The Palms Hotel, The Shore Club, VeeV, Vita Coco, Whole Foods, Your Scrap Matters.

Hosts: Audi Aple, Tony Cho, Claudio Faria, Jeff Feldman, Eric Hecht, Lisa Liotta, Jonathan, Marchoschamer, Chad Oppenheim, Jerry Powers, Carla Probus, Nikki Novo, Brian Scheinblum, Ashely Turchin,

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