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Evening of Hope: Fundraiser for American Cancer Society Held at Inter Miami Stadium



It was a night of fun and philanthropy in Fort Lauderdale for the guests who took part in a fundraiser aiming to help in the fight against cancer.

A community determined to keep hope alive came together at Inter Miami’s DRV PNK Stadium, Saturday night.

An Evening of Hope, presented in part by Rick Case Automotive Group and AutoNation, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research for the American Cancer Society.

“Who doesn’t want to be a part of An Evening of Hope? It’s what we need in so many ways, and especially in the fight against cancer,” said event chair Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO.

Before the event, Lutoff-Perlo spoke with 7News about the pain that cancer has caused her family.

“Losing my sister was really devastating for me, but my family has dealt with cancer, and so many people that you talk to and know have had to deal with this terrible disease,” she said. “In her honor, I really wanted to do something to be part of the solution and part of the cure.”

Guests mingled under the stars, united by a clear goal: to raise money to fund much needed cancer research.

Last year’s inaugural event raising more than $375,000. Organizers of the 2021 event hope to top that figure.

Philanthropist Rita Case, president and CEO of Rick Case Automotive Group, was on hand to show her support.

“Donating money so that we can continue the research to find the cure for cancer, so cancer is not a life-threatening disease any longer,” she said.

Case’s husband, Rick Case, lost his life after a short battle with the disease.

“Unfortunately, it was an aggressive form of cancer, and there wasn’t a cure at the time,” said Rita.

It’s something that organizers hope they can change one step at a time with every dollar raised.

“It makes me feel incredible that our company, AutoNation, is making a difference in so many lives,” said Marc Cannon, executive vice president of AutoNation.

Organizers said they easily beat last year’s total, raising $815,000.

WSVN is a proud sponsor of An Evening of Hope and supports the American Cancer Society’s efforts.

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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