Ivanka Trump the Mom

The other day I had the pleasure of interviewing Ivanka Trump during the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil “The Gary Player Villa” at Trump National Doral Miami.

Those in the area are probably familiar with the Doral property – it’s been around quite some time and was in desperate need of a facelift.  Enter the Trumps.  They are rennovating the entire 800-acre compound, including the Blue Monster golf course.

On to Ivanka.  She was extremely professional (expected), but also endearing (I had heard), sweet, and even somewhat vulnerable (that I didn’t expect). Oh and gorgeous.  Like perfect skin, no body fat, gorgeous (she knows she’s lucky).  We talked a lot about motherhood, the work/life balance, being so nervous with your first (and not as much with your second) and cooking, of course.  It was really interesting to hear that she stressed – just like the rest of us – about spending time with her kids and spending time on her career.  Yes, she was born into a powerful family, but she now has an extremely demanding career and she thinks about, and plans around, how to make time for her kids.  See the interview here on People Mag.  The pic is a selfie she sent (per my request) as she left the property…

I’ll be posting more about the property and their huge golf tournament/fashion show this March.


Great Charity Event, Great Miami Organization

Voices for Children

There are so many charity events that circulate Miami, it can be difficult to choose where to dedicate your time and/or money.  One event and organization that I’ve seen make a different – first hand – is called Voices For Children.  VOF are advocates for neglected children as well as those in the foster system and they ensure their legal rights are represented, they don’t go ignored, fall through the cracks, etc. (they explain it better themselves below).

Their annual charity event is February 15th, and the sales from tickets go directly to a functioning and actionable cause.  They always do a great job and put on a fun show (Harry Winston is involved…come on).  Even if you don’t have the funds to buy tickets to a gala (many of us), I suggest visiting their website and seeing how you can help.

Plus, Christian Slater may be there, so that ain’t bad either.

WHAT:                Voices For Children Foundation to host the 2014 Be A Voice, Empower Brilliant Futures Gala with presenting sponsor, The House of Harry Winston, along with Honorary Gala Co-Chairs and Voices board members Christian and Brittany Slater, and Jim Ferraro and Alena Gavrikova, to show support and raise funds for the foster care youth of Miami-Dade County. This event will welcome 500 of Miami’s most philanthropic and influential community leaders and dedicated business professionals.

WHEN:                7:00 pm Cocktail Hour; 8:00 pm Dinner; February 15, 2014

WHERE:              Mandarin Oriental, Miami

TICKETS:                http://bit.ly/BeAVoiceEmpowerBrilliantFutures 

About Voices For Children Foundation

Voices For Children Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that raises money to help ensure that abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Miami-Dade County each have a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their health, educational, and social needs. Guardians ad Litem are trained, court-appointed adults who serve as their representative voices in dependency court proceedings. Currently, 3,145 children are in Miami-Dade County’s Foster Care system and 1,257 children are unrepresented by Guardians ad Litem.  For more information, please visit www.BeAVoice.org.