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Michele Gillen

Steven L. Schwartz, Chair, Philanthropy Miami (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Philanthropy Miami

Nothing can be more frustrating than coming up with a solution to a problem but being unable to move forward on it. There is a competition underway right now that could provide you with 5-thousand dollars to set your idea in motion. The goal of the Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank is to encourage creative thinking and get people to work together to achieve a common goal. We focus on how you can get involved.

My TV 33–03/03/2014

Focus on South Florida: Miami International Film Festival

The curtain is about to go up on the Miami International Film Festival. The 31st edition of “MIFF”, which is a program of Miami-Dade College’s MD-Culture will last for 10 days. Premiering at this year’s festival will be 93 feature films and 28 short films from 38 countries. We preview what has become one of South Florida’s premier annual cultural events.

My TV 33–03/03/2014

Tracy Wilson-Mourning, Founder-Honey Shine (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Honey Shine

Teaching social and economically disadvantaged girls and young women the support and self-esteem they need to succeed in life. That’s the mission of “Honey Shine”, the mentoring program founded by Tracy Wilson-Mourning more than a decade ago. In 2013 Honey Shine improved academic performance, increased financial literacy for students and brought more college scholarships to its so-called “Honey Bugs” than ever before. We focus on what’s on tap for 2014.

My TV 33–03/03/2014

CBS4 Super Kid Casandra Gonzalez meets South Beach Wine and Food Festival founder 
Lee Brian Schrager. (Source: CBS4)

CBS4 Super Kid Cassandra Gonzalez Has All The Ingredients For Success

A grandfather wipes away a tear as his beloved granddaughter, Cassandra Gonzalez tenderly hugs him. Jose Gonzalez is blind and Cassandra willingly serves as his eyes and guide in life.

CBS Miami–02/27/2014

Artist Doug Bloodworth talks to CBS4's Michele Gillen about his work which is on display at a South Beach gallery. (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Doug Bloodworth

Get ready to get nostalgic. Artist Doug Bloodworth’s works will take you back to your childhood and reawaken memories of the comic books you read, the games you played and the comfort foods you ate. This master of photorealism will have you at first swearing his oil paintings are photos. Now, he’s making an appearance at the South Beach gallery where his works are on display.

My TV 33–02/24/2014

More than 5 years ago, David Packouz, and his former arms trading partner made national headlines. The story of how the two young men from Miami Beach managed to bid and win a 300 million-dollar government arms contract led to congressional hearings and convictions. Packouz has remained mostly silent on this chapter of his life, but now, for the first time on television, he shared his story with Michele Gillen. (Source: David Packouz)

Focus on South Florida: Arms Dealer Next Door

More than 5 years ago, David Packouz, and his former arms trading partner made national headlines. The story of how the two young men from Miami Beach managed to bid and win a 300 million-dollar government arms contract led to congressional hearings and convictions. Packouz has remained mostly silent on this chapter of his life, but now, for the first time on television, he shares his story with Michele Gillen

My TV 33–02/24/2014

Civil rights pioneer Thelma Gibson talks to CBS4's Michele Gillen as part of our celebration of Black History Month. (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Thelma Gibson

As part of our celebration of Black History Month we profile Thelma Gibson. Born in the 1920s, this Miami native not only witnessed life here leading up to the civil rights movement, she fought tooth and nail for civil rights. Ms. Gibson was also one of the founders of the Jewish Home for the Aged, and one of the women who started the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Dade County, South Florida’s first women’s chamber.

My TV 33–02/24/2014

Focus on South Florida: Immersive Theater

Dinner and a show doesn’t necessarily involve a restaurant and a theater anymore. Miami-Dade College Live Arts is bringing immersive theater to South Florida. The National Theater of Scotland will perform an inventive play which is not performed on stage, but in a bar, in which theatergoers find themselves immersed in the action. We focus on this unconventional play and the MDC Live Arts program’s efforts to bring cutting-edge cultural events to our area.

My TV 33–02/17/2014

Josh Fein, Lost Father to ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Walk to Defeat ALS

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with A-L-S, and every 90 minutes, someone loses their battle to this debilitating disease. There is no cure for A-L-S, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, The A-L-S Association is the only nonprofit fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. The annual walk to defeat ALS is coming back to South Florida on March first. We focus on how you can get involved in the walk and why you should get involved in this fight against ALS.

My TV 33–02/17/2014

Mabel Hernandez, Assoc. Dir., Church World Service (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: LGBT Refugees

Refugees resettling here face innumerable challenges. LGBT refugees face those challenges as well as unique obstacles, concerns and vulnerabilities. Church World Service is a global non-profit whose immigration and refugee program is dedicated to assisting South Florida refugees. CWS recently received grant funding from the Heartland Alliance Rainbow Initiative to provide services to LGBT clients. We focus on this often forgotten group of people, and the importance of making available the help they need.

My TV 33–02/17/2014

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