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UGLY SWEATER FASHION SHOW! I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by. It seems like we just finished saying goodbye to 2022, and yet, here we are again as 2023 comes to an end. And you know what that means...partyyyyyyy! On Dec 6th, FAN is hosting a year end party at the Pier 6 Rooftop starting at 6PM. As part of the fun, grab your ugliest, most hideous sweater and show it off. Let everyone know that when it comes to ugly sweater, you do it right. Aaaaaand, let's not forget about the great view, food and drinks available at the venue. But best of all, there's YOU.
There is very reasonable parking down the block from the hotel. So come join us as we get ready to enjoy the holidays and bid 2023 adieu. The hotel is located at:
200 N Ocean Blvd
Pompano Beach FL 33062
If you have any questions, please go to our contact page and reach out. If you need further directions that night, please call the hotel at: 954-943-2525. If you try to call or text Frank or I, please understand that there's an excellent chance that we will NOT hear our phone. Lol.
See below for a map of the immediate area.
Hey everyone! It's been a little while since we've networked at the beautiful Hilton Pier 6 Rooftop in Pompano Beach. Well save the date because it's coming up. On Wednesday Sept. 6, starting at 6:30 PM, we will be getting together for another fun meet and greet. But this one is different because we will also be celebrating Richard Sosa's birthday. So come on out.
200 N Ocean Blvd
Pompano Beach FL 33062
There's a parking garage across the street from the hotel and it is VERY reasonable. IMPORTANT - the hotel entrance is in the back.
Below is map to help you get there. If you have trouble finding the hotel, please call them for directions. Can't wait to see you all.
Get ready, folks. Our Summer Potluck is almost upon us. On July 30th, we will host the event at Welleby Park in Sunrise starting at 10 AM. This is a casual event where we get to eat, drink, and be merry. If you want to bring something to the potluck, please click the action below and let us know what you are bringing. If you're not sure what to bring, we have listed some suggestions. There's a volleyball court next to the shelter (#9 btw), so if you feel inclined, bring that volleyball. Wanna bring a bike? Go for it. But more than anything else, bring your smile and your appetite. And don't forget your good luck charm as we will be raffling off some movie tickets and cruise tickets. This is a fun event and we look forward to seeing you there.
11100 NW 44th St.
Sunrise, FL 33351
See map below.
The Luxury Chamber of Commerce is supporting Florida Arts Network by providing us with a table for their 2nd Annual South Florida International Limoncello Fest which is taking place 6/19/23 at the historic Maxwell Room in Ft. Lauderdale starting at 6 PM. Richard Sosa and Frank Ruffolo will be there to represent FAN. For more information about the event and to buy tickets, go to: https://luxurychamber.com/Next-Event.php
We finally did it! We have officially incorporated as a Florida non-profit and we're excited. We have a lot of plans for promoting the arts, and introducing kids and teens to the arts. But we want to hear from you too. Join us at the Pier 6 Rooftop Hilton and help us celebrate the start of a new journey.
200 N. Ocean Dr.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
For local directions, please see the map below. As shown, the entrance to the hotel is in the back with a reasonably priced parking garage one block north of the hotel. If you run into any issues finding the hotel, please call the number provided as we probably won't hear our phones. We look forward to seeing you there as we embark on a new and exciting adventure.
Hi Everyone! Save the date! On November 4th, from 6-10 PM, we will be meeting at the Pier 6 Rooftop Hilton. Those of you that went to our Logo Reveal Party last year remember the cozy venue with a spectacular view. We’ve been told that there is better lighting this time. Lol. We'll see. Also, our member spotlight for November, Rene Toledo Jr. will be there.
We do not have exclusive use of the venue, but we do have a couple of firepits reserved for us. We can, however, spill over into other areas. There is also a tiki bar on the rooftop for individual food and drink orders. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.
Pier 6 Rooftop Hilton
200 N. Ocean Blvd.
Pompano Bch, FL 33062
Note - Last year, there were some people that had trouble finding it because the entrance is in the back, so we’ve included a map to avoid confusion. Parking in the garage is convenient and very reasonable. Please be sure to use the North entrance as indicated in the map. The other one is for employees of the hotel.
This year's potluck was held on July 30th at 11 AM in Tradewinds Park. Got to meet some new people and talked about upcoming projects.
3600 W. Sample Rd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
For those that went to the event, be sure to stay connected with each other. Pictures coming.
This award is dedicated to Rose Warner, a woman who had tremendous passion for promoting film in Florida. She had high standards for every project she produced. And so, two years ago, we decided to create an award for excellence in her name. The first award was given posthumously to her and presented to her daughter, Diana.
This is the 3rd year we present the award and the category this year was filmmakers. There was one stipulation. We are the Florida Arts Network, so our focus is on Florida artists. Therefore, the filmmaker needed to actually film in Florida and use Florida cast and/or crew. The nominees for this year's award were Agatino Zurria, Alejo Vega, Jonathan Vargas, Juan Alonso, and Lizandra Parra. To learn more about these talented filmmakers, head on over to our Feb. 2022 edition of Member Spotlight.
Congratulations go to Juan Alonso as winner of the Rose Warner Award for Excellence for 2022!
First, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all those that took part in the award show this year. (If you would rather watch than read, go here.) Our host for the event this year was the lovely and talented Katana Malone. The event was held at the iconic Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale with performances from some great musical artists. Clementine, a startup band, performed for the first time in front of a live audience at our event. We believe in providing opportunities for people in the industry wherever we can. They were followed by the smooth vocals and dynamic harmonies of Kahra, and Bryant August. Wrapping up the musical numbers was the dynamic and heart-moving strings of Steven Avi, violinist extraordinaire. Florida Arts Network also wants to thank Jayson Casta and his crew for all the pictures and videos they took, as well as the interviews they conducted at the event. And of course, Rachel Galvin was busy with her camera, recording the night's activities. As soon as we have all the pictures and videos, we will provide the links right here.
Award-winning filmmaker, William Grefé, will showcase his film, Stanley, at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale on February 22. There will be a meet and greet starting at 6:00 PM. The film will plat at 7:00 PM with a short Q&A will Bill afterwards. For pictures from the event, go to: Grefé pics.
About Bill Grefé
William “Wild Bill” Grefé is a filmmaker known for his films Stanley, Mako: The Jaws of Death, and whiskey Mountain. He was second unit director for the James Bond film Live and Let Die, worked on countless other film projects, and directed hundreds of commercials. Bill also worked with celebrities such as Rita Hayworth, Don Johnson, William Shatner, and a host of others. He is in “Who’s Who in Entertainment”, was chairman for the Directors Guild of America five times and was given the key to the city of North Miami. For more information about William Grefé, visit his website HERE.
We had a great end of year event at Johnny Rockets/In the Game. Their team went out of their way to make the event happen and make it special. A huge thanks to all of you for your support this year as we worked hard to bring networking back to South Florida. To see more, click the event picture.
Huge thanks go out to Rachel Galvin for covering our last two events in the October/November issue of Independent Streak Magazine. To read the articles,
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After the name change, a new logo was created and we held a logo reveal party at the beautiful Pier 6 Rooftop located at the top of the Hilton in Pompano Beach. Due to the size of the venue, we had to limit the number of free tickets which “sold out” almost immediately. We had a great turnout, and it was great to see a lot of new faces along with the familiar ones. Thank you to Alexandra Bello for doing the unveiling, and to Rachel Galvin for all the great pictures. To see them all, click on the group picture.
For a couple of years, people had been asking me if I was going to restart the Florida Table. Between the passing of Rose Warner and the pandemic, the group had gone dormant. But with Florida opening up more, I felt it was time to get the ball rolling again. With help from Frank and Christine Ruffolo, and Chelsea Rivero-Alvarez, we set in motion our first event. We celebrated the Florida Table reboot with a potluck at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. The reboot brought with it a name change to Florida Arts Network, and we couldn't be more excited about our vision and the support we are getting. Click on the food pic to see more.