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Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund to Aid Medical Students

posted Aug 30, 2018, 12:52 PM by Candice Gidney

Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund to Aid Medical Students


The Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund has made a generous $1 million pledge to offer full-tuition scholarships for well-deserving, qualified students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. 

The commitment honors Betty Reader, a longtime philanthropist, volunteer, and passionate supporter of education. Since 2011, the fund has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. 

“Education was paramount to Betty,” said Jerilynn Gidney, co-director of the fund, along with Marc Gidney and Candice Gidney, longtime family friends of Reader. “She valued education and felt it was the best way to accomplish what you want in life.” 

The pledge comes at a critical time, as the cost of medical school is steadily rising across the country. Although tuition at the Miller School is one of the lowest in the country among private medical schools, a vast majority of medical school applicants require financial help. Having that support available plays a critical role in attracting the best and brightest students. 

“We are tremendously grateful to the Gidney family and the Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund for its remarkable generosity and dedication to higher education,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., MACP, executive dean for education and policy at the Miller School. “It will have an enduring impact on our school and future physicians for generations to come.”

Born in 1910 in Pittsburgh, Reader spent many years living in New York and Miami Beach. As a woman who took pride in the fact that she worked most of her adult life, Reader often talked about her days as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue. She married twice, first to Charles Siegel, the owner of a retail shoe store in New York City. Years later, she married her second husband, hotel manager Joseph Reader, with whom she lived in Miami Beach.

Reader volunteered and supported many other organizations including American Friends of Hebrew University, Jewish Home for the Aged, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Hadassah, Women’s American ORT, American Cancer Society, Brandeis University, American Technion Society; Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. She received many accolades for her philanthropy, including The Hebrew University Award and the Diamond Medal from Hadassah. 

“Betty Reader wanted to give young adults the ability to follow their dreams through education,” Jerilynn Gidney said. “That is what our scholarships are about.”

Purim Pairings

posted Aug 30, 2018, 12:51 PM by Candice Gidney

Benefits Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

Standing: Jonathan Raiffe, Lori and Brett Spodak, Candice Gidney, Jonathan Macy; Seated: Laura Raiffe, Rachel Schapiro, Hinda Adler 

Sara Somberg, Bonnie Sokel-Stone, Cherri M. Joblove 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Join the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU’s annual celebration of the pageantry of Purim! Enjoy this exclusive evening in the Museum's historic restored synagogues. Highlights of the fabulous evening will include a cocktail reception, a gourmet three-course dinner, live music, fun entertainment and much more! 

This food and wine dinner will feature a selection of local South Florida celebrity Chefs, under the direction of Chef Allen Susser, each creating and preparing on stage, one course of a four course, kosher meal. Guests will be able to watch the preparation of each course by the Featured Chef, live and projected overhead. They are then served the course, prepared by the Kosher caterer, to match the demonstrated course. A coordinating kosher wine, selected by local wine merchant Mike Bittel of Sunset Corners, is served with each course, and detailed by the Host Linda Gassenheimer, known from her radio show on WLRN.

In Florida, the tradition of festive events in honor of Purim began in Jacksonville in 1880, followed by Pensacola, Tallahassee and Key West. The Jewish Museum of Florida established the tradition in South Florida with its own signature event, the Inaugural Purim Ball in 2000.

For sponsorship opportunities, more information, or to make your reservation, please contact JMOF-FIU Development Director Susan Gladstone: 786-972-3162 or

About the Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

The Jewish Museum of Florida - F.I.U. is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, the Museum’s core exhibit, depicts the Florida Jewish experience through photographs, artifacts, documents and oral histories from pioneer families to the state's most recent arrivals. The exhibition was an 8-year statewide grassroots collecting effort, led by JMOF Founding Executive Director Marcia Jo Zerivitz. The traveling exhibit generated so much interest that by 1995, MOSAIC evolved into the Jewish Museum of Florida and the traveling exhibit became the Museum’s core exhibit, which is continuously updated to reflect Florida’s growing history. In Fall 2012, the Museum became part of Florida International University(FIU). This historic partnership strengthens awareness of JMOF’s internationally recognized institution, broadens its academic offerings and increases scholarly research of its collections. FIU will utilize the Museum’s facilities and collection to implement an academic plan consistent with JMOF’s and FIU’s shared educational, research and outreach missions. 

For more information or to book a group tour: 305-672-5044 or Also visit us on Facebook.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Hosts A Night at the Museum

posted Oct 8, 2014, 8:08 AM by Candice Gidney

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) hosted its annual festive event, A Night at the Museum: A Celebration of the Pageantry of Purim on March 13th. This year, JMOF-FIU guests enjoyed a delightful cocktail reception with delectable hors d'oeuvres, while listening to a string trio of FIU Students. Throughout the evening, partygoers dressed up with masks, hats, feather boas, signs and other props to take fun keepsake photo strips, in the style of the old time photo booths. After cocktails, an elegant three-course dinner was served, with décor featuring centerpieces highlighted with unique artistic masks, and party favors of feathered masks and groggers (noisemakers). Everyone found opportunities to meet and mingle with new and long-time friends, as they capped off the evening together with the sweetness of the traditional Purim hamentaschen cookies.

Brandeis Alumnae of Achievement, Event Wrap-Up

posted Oct 8, 2014, 8:05 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 8:09 AM ]

More than 200 guests joined the Brandeis National Committee (BNC) in Florida for “Brandeis Alumnae of Achievement” on November 22, 2013.  Paula Apsell ’69, executive producer of Nova; Candice Gidney ’01, private practice in corporate and entertainment law; Susan Jay ’71, senior fundraiser and former director, Academy of Lifelong Learning; and Theresa Rebeck, MA '83, MFA '86, PhD '89, playwright, television writer and producer spoke on a panel.  Joyce Reider, former region president and book club leader, served as the moderator for the discussion.

FIU Foundation Annual Report - A Legacy of Service

posted Oct 8, 2014, 8:00 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 8:11 AM ]

The Betty G. Reader Foundation was highlighted in the Florida International University Foundation Annual Report.  Betty's legacy of giving back to her community lives on at FIU.

Brandeis Alumnae of Achievement

posted Nov 7, 2013, 11:31 AM by Candice Gidney

Sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee (BNC)

Brandeis Alumnae of Achievement

How does a woman achieve status and satisfaction in her work?

Join a special panel of Brandeis alumnae, representing different career paths, as they share their challenges and triumphs. Our panelists attribute their success to the tools and stellar education they received at Brandeis University.

Panelists include:

• Paula Apsell '69, executive producer, Nova
• Candice Gidney '01, private practice in corporate and entertainment law
• Susan Jay '71, senior fundraiser and former director, Academy of Lifelong Learning, Florida International University
• Theresa Rebeck, MA '83, MFA '86, PhD '89, playwright, television writer and producer (includes "Smash"), and novelist

Joyce Reider, former BNC region president and bookclub leader

Friday, November 22
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wycliffe Golf & Country Club
4650 Wycliffe Country Club Blvd
Wellington, FL

Admission is $38 and includes lunch.

RSVP by November 15 to Ruth Manishin at 561-963-6969.

For general information and questions, please contact Ronnie Gerstein at 561-965-9071.

FIU Law Celebrates 10 years

posted Oct 5, 2012, 12:00 PM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 12:03 PM ]

We are so proud to support FIU Law and celebrate the 10 year anniversary!

"The Judge Aaron B. Cohen Foundation, law firms and individuals contributed to the $918,000 fundraising effort."
Congratulations on the establishment of the Judge Aaron B. Cohen Judicial Externship Program at FIU Law.

Miss Yip Chinese Café In Miami Hosts Viewing Party For Real Housewives Of Miami Season 2

posted Sep 12, 2012, 5:39 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 12:04 PM ]

South Florida will get a glimpse of what many already know. Miami folks love the Real Housewives franchise. This “guilty pleasure” has helped keep Miami on the tips of those tongue wagging reality show lovers who just can’t get enough of what the city of sun and glitz has to offer. The red carpet “Little Black Dress Party” celebrating season two of the Miami installation will take place this Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 8:00PM-11:00PM at Miss Yip Chinese located at 900 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami, FL 33132. Guests will catch the first episode of season two of the show at the fete.

This festive event will be visible from Biscayne Boulevard as it takes place at a fabulous street side location. Seating will be set up both inside and outside the venue via a large screen for those who arrive early. Those in attendance can walk the red carpet will their best pals, and enjoy light, mini-portions of the Miss Yip menu, cocktails by Little Black Dress Vodka, sweets by Sweet Dreamz Delights and lots of “girly” networking.

In attendance will be Real Housewives of Miami Season 2 cast member Dr. Karent Sierrawho will greet everyone and pose for pictures with RHOM fans. The event charity partner is the Sharing Smiles Foundation. Promotional partners include: My BestFriend’s Closet, Candice Gidney Law Group, Gabriel Productions, GloriaHincapie and Event Boutique Miami.

For those not joining the event this week, please tune in and watch  “The Real Housewives of Miami” which premieres with a supersized 75-minute episode on Thursday, September 13th at 9pm et/pt on Bravo.


Returning Housewives Lea Black, Adriana de Moura and Marysol Patton are joined this season by socialite Lisa Hochstein, supermodel Joanna Krupa, successful lawyer and chef Ana Quincoces and celebrity dentist Karent Sierra.


Want to be part of the fun? Join us and show your support for Miami as the fun begins this Thursday.

For show info, cast bios and more visit

The Real Housewives of Miami Viewing party hosted by Miss Yip is Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 8:00PM-11:00PM at Miss Yip Chinese Café located at: 900 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami, FL 33132. For RSVP, media inquiries and information please contact Creativas Group: 305.968.2384.

FIU Foundation Board of Directors members announced

posted Sep 12, 2012, 5:35 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 12:04 PM ]

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FIU has appointed 10 community leaders to serve on the FIU Foundation Board.

“We are honored to have this group of talented professionals as part of our board,” said Howard Lipman, senior vice president for University Advancement and President & CEO of the FIU Foundation. “It is through their knowledge and commitment that we will advance the Foundation’s efforts for growth and service.”

David S. Adler ‘08 is the president of Adler Development, the development and project management division of Adler Group, Inc. Adler represents the third generation of one of Florida’s most respected “builder families.” He is responsible for contributing to the development and acquisition of high-rise multifamily, industrial, office and retail properties.  Adler graduated from FIU with a bachelor’s degree in 2008 and his father, Michael Adler, is a member of the FIU Board of Trustees.

Agustin R. Arellano, Sr. is the founding principal of Arellano Construction and has been president since its formation in 1974.  With more than 38 years of experience, he manages all operations of Arellano’s business, including construction of hospital campuses, medical centers, higher education and life science facilities throughout the southeastern United States.  He is a member of the South Florida Hospital Association and the YMCA of Dade County boards. His son, Agustin Arellano Jr., serves on the FIU Advisory Board for Construction Management.

John Bussel is the principal and regional director for Hewins Financial Advisors, a wealth management and advisory firm.  Working with private clients and family-based foundations, Bussel has a special interest in family wealth management.  At FIU, he is a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts & Sciences 

Candice Gidney is the principal of the Law Offices of Candice Gidney, P.A., focusing her practice in the area of corporate law.  She has extensive experience in entertainment law, having worked in-house for industry leading film and television production, in addition to distribution companies. Ms. Gidney was named the Best Lawyer in Miami under the Business Law category in 2008.

Neisen Kasdin was named Akerman Senterfitt’s office managing shareholder in May 2011.  His practice areas include land use and zoning, public-private partnerships and local government law. Neisen’s clients include Swire Properties, Dacra, and Developers Diversified Realty.  He is a member of the Wolfsonian-FIU’s advisory board. He is also immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of the New World Symphony and former mayor of Miami Beach.

Juan J. Martinez, ‘90, ‘93 is the vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The FIU alumnus has been an officer for the foundation since 2004, in addition to overseeing the Knight Enterprise Fund, a $10 million fund that invests in early state for-profit digital media companies that align with the foundation’s programmatic strategy. Juan also serves as a director of SnagFilms, Inc. and of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.

Jonathan E. Perlman, a noted franchise, securities and employment litigation attorney, is an equity partner at Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A.  where he heads the firm’s class action and employment practice groups. Mr. Perlman is also a founding shareholder and director of Coconut Grove-based Biscayne Bank.  Perlman is the son of FIU Foundation Past President and Director Emeritus David Perlman.

Daniel Pino ’96  Mr. Pino starred as Desi Arnaz in “Lucy: The Lucille Ball Story” on CBS and has been involved with other productions such as “Law & Oder: Special Victims Unit” and “Cold Case.”   He graduated from FIU with a bachelor’s in fine arts in 1996 and was awarded the FIU Medallion in May 2010. Danny was also the FIU Alumni Association’s Torch Award recipient in March 2007 in the Distinguished Alumni category. Danny, his wife Lilly, and their two children live in New York City.

Lilly Bernal Pino ‘97 has appeared in several short films and theater productions across the world. She started her career at NYU’s Creative Arts Team before moving to Los Angeles with husband Danny Pino. She was DMZ in the play Shim Chong, at The Getty in Los Angeles and The National Theater of Korea. She also toured the country as Rosina in The Barber of Seville with The National Theater of America. Lilly also composed an original song and starred in Madrugada at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Lilly, Danny and their two children live in New York City.

Jorge Rossell is chairman and chief executive officer of Miami-based TotalBank, a subsidiary of Banco Popular Español.  Rossell became chairman of the board in 2007 and was appointed chief executive officer in 2009.  His leadership has resulted in more than $2.3 billion in assets, 19 convenient locations throughout Miami-Dade County, and a recent 5-star Bauer rating for TotalBank.  One of 2012’s Miami Ultimate CEO Award recipients, Rossell also serves on the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, on the Spain Florida Foundation 500 Years Board of Directors and Florida International Banking Association Board of Directors.

FTC Revises Merger Filing Thresholds

posted Jun 25, 2012, 11:50 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Jul 2, 2012, 11:35 AM ]

Parties to merger and acquisition transactions meeting certain size thresholds must notify the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1967 (the “HSR Act”). In 2000, Congress required the FTC to revise the thresholds annually starting in Fiscal Year 2005, based upon changed in gross national product. The FTC published this year’s thresholds today in the Federal Register. The following chart shows the adjusted thresholds that will apply for each original threshold:

Original Threshold Adjusted Threshold

$10 million $13.2 million
$50 million $66.0 million
$100 million $131.9 million
$110 million $145.1 million
$200 million $263.8 million
$500 million $659.5 million
$1 billion $1,319.0 billion

*Effective: February 24, 2011

Under the new thresholds, a Notification and Report Form must generally be filed pursuant to the HSR Act when a buyer will hold voting securities or assets values in excess of $66.0 million, so long as the respective parties have in excess of $13.2 million and $131.9 million in either net annual sales or total assets. Acquisitions values above $263.8 million require notification irrespective of the size of the parties. For each notification, the acquiring party must indicate which of the following notification thresholds the transaction will exceed: (a) $66.0 million, (b) $131.9 million, (c) $659.5 million, (d) 25% of the target’s voting securities if values in excess of $1,319.0 billion, or (e) 50% of the target’s voting securities. The filing fees remain unchanged, but will apply to the new thresholds - $45,000 for transactions in excess of $66.0 million, $125,000 for transactions of at least $131.9 million, and $280,000 for transaction of $659.5 million or more.

The complete Federal Notice is available online at Federal Register.

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