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Ad Age Case Study on the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

posted Feb 24, 2020, 8:02 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 8:29 AM ]

HOW POPEYES WON THE INTERNET

To promote its irresistible chicken sandwich, the 47-year-old chain kept the heat on rivals with a deft hand on social media

Gotta Have It!

posted Feb 24, 2020, 8:00 AM by Candice Gidney

What happens when an item in HIgh demand is in short supply?

Popeye's Is Dropping Parmesan Ranch Double Dippers

posted Feb 24, 2020, 7:56 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 8:28 AM ]

Popeye's is on fire this month! Their wingspan box has only been out for a week, and they're already on to the next one! Today, the Louisiana kitchen is dropping new Parmesan Ranch Double Dippers, and we could not be more excited. 

The box not only includes six classic Popeye's boneless wings, a side of your choice, and a biscuit, but also a cheesy dual-dipping cup. One side of the cup is filled with buttermilk ranch, and the other is filled with crumbled Parmesan cheese. While we know that they're technically separate dippers, we don't think Popeye's would be totally offended if we told you to throw the Parmesan into the ranch pre-dip, because honestly, it would probably take these suckers to the next level. 

And don't forget about the biscuit here folks! Just imagine what a cheesy ranch situation could do to a biscuit! Is anyone else imagining a biscuit chicken sandwich with Parmesan ranch oozing out of it or is that just me? No, definitely not. Can't be. 

With all of that deliciousness for $5, you honestly can't lose here. It also feels important to mention that unlike the wingspan box, this deal is available nationwide. Plus, according to Chew Boom, this is not the only summer menu item that's going to make you drool. They've reported that Popeye's will also be releasing a new Peanut Butter Banana Pie to top it all off! Are you kidding me?! Is there even a downside to this situation?

Well, OK, actually there is. Sadly, these are both limited-edition items that are only available until August 25, so you are definitely going to have to grab them while you can.

Kourtney Kardashian Eats Waffles, Double Stuf Oreos on ‘Cheat Days’

posted Feb 24, 2020, 7:54 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 8:30 AM ]

Kourtney Kardashian knows how to indulge! In a recent post on her lifestyle website, Poosh, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star opened up about what she eats on her “cheat days,” a.k.a. days when rules and strict eating regimens are typically ignored.

Though the reality star is known for her adherence to restrictive diets, she revealed that she actually cheats twice a day with “a little something sweet after lunch and dinner.”

The Los Angeles native also a soft spot for a certain chocolatey breakfast item, waffles served with butter and syrup and Double Stuf Oreos.

Foods Kourtney Kardashian Swears By

“A healthy lifestyle requires balance—allowing yourself to hit the snooze button when you really need it, skipping the gym for quality time with friends, and of course cheat days,” she explains in the Poosh post. “Yes, indulging every once in a while is self-care. Whether you follow a strict diet or not, we all deserve days off. No guilt and no boundaries.”

According to the Poosh team, it’s also necessary to spoil your cravings and embrace all those “naughty eating habits,” so long as it is done in moderation.

Curious to see what Kardashian cheats with? Scroll down for some of her favorite indulgences!

Scholars Thank Donors for Scholarships and Opportunity

posted Feb 24, 2020, 7:50 AM by Candice Gidney   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 7:51 AM ]

Ethan Adre always knew he wanted to be a physician, but he was not always sure he would have the financial means to make that dream a reality. His parents emigrated from the Philippines, and even though they built a life and a family in the United States, they were not in a position to help their son pay the high cost of a medical education.

UM and Miller School leadership with students at the 2019 Medical Education Donors and Scholars Luncheon.

But that all changed when Adre learned he had been chosen as a recipient of the Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Adre, now finishing his first year of studies, knows his education might not have been possible if not for the generosity of his donor.

“The scholarship gives me a chance to do something that is far greater than what my family had ever hoped for me,” said Adre, an M.D. candidate with the Class of 2022.

Adre was one of more than two dozen scholarship recipients who came to express their appreciation to donors at the 2019 Medical Education Donors and Scholars Luncheon.

Every year, the luncheon provides a way for scholarship recipients to say “thank you” to the alumni and major donors responsible for their Miller School scholarships and student support. It also helps the donors and their representatives get to know the scholars they support.

“Our family is honored to carry on Betty Reader’s legacy,” said Jerilynn Gidney, who along with husband, Marc Gidney, and daughter, Candice Macy, are co-directors of the Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund. “By providing full-tuition, four-year scholarships to qualifying students exemplifying ambition, community involvement and awareness, as well as stellar scholastics, the scholarship allows them the opportunity to study in an area they love without the worry of debt.”

Over lunch, the students updated their donors on how their studies were going and how their financial support has eased one of the many burdens of medical school.

“I had a few other options for medical school,” said Angelina Labib, M.D. candidate in the Class of 2022 and a recipient of the Paul J. DiMare Medical Scholarship. “But receiving this scholarship made me feel that Miami was really the place for me where I would be supported and be able to concentrate on my course work.”

More than 80 guests attended the luncheon, which was held May 4 at the Coral Gables Country Club. Dean Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., thanked the donors for their ongoing philanthropy.

Jason Onugha, an M.D. /M.P.H. candidate in the Class of 2020, thanks his scholarship donor at the luncheon.

“Your support for our students is what makes the Miller School one of the best medical schools in the country,” said Dr. Ford, who is also the chief academic officer of the medical school. “My goal is to continue strengthening our tradition of excellence, and become one of the top tier medical schools nationwide. Our drive for excellence could not happen without your generosity.”

The donors also heard from Jason Onugha, an M.D./M.P.H. candidate, who, along with his brother, Harris, is a member of the Class of 2020.

“The opportunities I have been awarded, and the family I have gained, would not have been possible without scholarship,” said Onugha, a recipient of the John K. Robinson Alumni scholarship. “Scholarships are a key component of ensuring that the Miller family continues to grow and thrive.”

It was a sentiment echoed by Alex J. Mechaber, M.D. ’94, senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education and the Dr. Bernard J. Fogel Endowed Chair at the Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Mechaber was also a scholarship recipient as a student at UM and knows the difference philanthropy makes in a student’s life.

“I hope that one day, you too will be inspired to continue the wonderful example set by our donors, so that, like you, future generations of students can have access to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine education,” he said.

Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, spoke on behalf of the Miller School of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Association (MAA), which promotes the school’s relationship with its alumni and students.

“This relationship is vital because scholarship support is one of our most important focus areas of interest,” said Dr. Egusquiza, who is the MAA’s immediate past president. “Over the years, many alumni have given generously to medical scholarships, particularly to the John K. Robinson Fund (JKR). Our success is also due to alumni who are actively working with the medical advancement staff to increase the annual pool of scholarship funds by creating class-endowed scholarships and increasing contributions to the JKR Fund.”

Donors who attended the luncheon included:

• Marc and Jerilynn Gidney and, their daughter, Candice Macy, who, as directors of the Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund, oversee a $1 million commitment to medical scholarships.

• John Edward Smith, representative of the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation, which has supported the Miller School across many disciplines for decades, including scholarships and the School Health Initiative.

• Ronald J. Trapana, M.D., Class of 1977, and his wife, Maryrose, who have made a generous gift toward increasing the pool of scholarship funds.

• Bernie Stein, Esq., and his wife, Lyn Pont, Ph.D. As the attorney representing the estate of Jeannette Newton, Stein was able to secure a gift of more than $1 million to support medical scholarships.

• Lois Weiss, president of the Aaron and Sylvia Rothenberg Family Foundation, husband, Barry Weiss, and daughter, Janet Dwork. The Foundation created a scholarship in memory of Lois’s brother, Dr. Kenneth Rothenberg, Class of 1967.

• Dr. Arthur Gilbert, Class of 1957, created the Arthur I. Gilbert, M.D. Family Endowed Medical Scholarship. His daughter, Carolyn Epstein, also attended the luncheon.

• Drs. Javier Flores and Elsy Carbot-Flores, alumni from the Class of 1995, who established the Javier Flores, M.D. and Elsy Carbot-Flores, M.D. Endowed Scholarship.

• Bob and Laura Nichols, who have generously contributed to the Miller School of Medicine General Scholarship Fund.

• The Rotary Club of Miami’s Marcia Brod, Norman Kassoff, Arlene Terrinoni, and Bunny Uriarte. The Rotary Club of Miami provides tremendous support to students through the Thomas Brown McClelland Scholarship.

• Laurel Allen, who generously supported the new Miller Center for Medical Education.

• The contributors to the John K. Robinson Fund and class endowed scholarships.

To learn more about the Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association, visit http://alumni.med.miami.edu/.

Scholars Say Thanks to Donors at Annual Gathering

posted Feb 24, 2020, 7:49 AM by Candice Gidney

Sarah Sukkar vividly remembers the phone call from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. At the other end of the phone, an admissions officer was telling her that not only had she been accepted into the medical school’s Class of 2020, but that she’d been awarded a scholarship too.

Edward Abraham, M.D., (left) and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D. ’94, (first row right) pose with the student-scholars at the 2018 Medical Education Donors and Scholars Luncheon at the Coral Gables Country Club.

She remembers tearfully calling her mom, as the news of her good fortune began to sink in.

“It was really a dream come true,” said Sukkar, who is a John K. Robinson Endowed Scholarship recipient. “After a grueling year of trying to figure out where to go to medical school, and on top of that, crunching numbers to see how to afford it all, suddenly appeared this once-in-a-lifetime chance – to pursue a top medical education, close to my home and family, with a scholarship.”

The second-year M.D. candidate, who is pursuing a career in pediatrics, spoke at the 2018 Medical Education Donors and Scholars Luncheon, which was held January 27 at the Coral Gables Country Club. The annual event brings together grateful students and donors of Miller School scholarships.

Speaking on behalf of the students, Sukkar thanked all of the donors for their time, guidance, and generosity.

“We are all striving each and every day to make you proud,” she said. “We think about the trust that you have placed in us and the future of our profession.”

Sukkar was one of 35 student-scholars who came to the luncheon to deliver a personal message of gratitude. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the students are able to avoid heavy financial debt, particularly during a time of rising costs in medical education.

The donors’ financial support helps relay a sense of trust and confidence in the future physicians.

“Having been here now for eight months, I can say that the Miller School of Medicine is a remarkably special place,” said Edward Abraham, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of UHealth, and dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School of Medicine. “It is special, in part, because of your involvement. I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate what you do for our students and how grateful we are for your support.”

Robin Straus Furlong, M.D. ’82, spoke on behalf of the UM Miller School of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Association (MAA), which promotes the school’s relationship with its alumni and students.

“This partnership is vital because scholarship support is one of our most important focus areas of interest,” she said. “Over the years, many alumni have given generously to medical scholarships, particularly to the John K. Robinson (JKR) Alumni Fund. Our success is also due to alumni who are actively working with the Medical Advancement staff to increase the annual pool of scholarship funds by creating endowed class scholarships and increasing contributions to the JKR Fund.”

It was a sentiment echoed by Alex J. Mechaber, M.D. ’94, senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education, and Dr. Bernard J. Fogel Endowed Chair, who was also a scholarship recipient as a student at UM.

“I hope that you, too, will one day be inspired to continue the wonderful example set by our donors, so that, like you, future generations of students can have access to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine education,” Mechaber said.

Some of the donors who were in attendance at the luncheon:

  • Marc and Jerilynn Gidney, and Candice Gidney, directors of the Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund. The Gidneys have made an incredible $1 million commitment to fund a full scholarship each year.
  • Bernie Stein, Esq., and his wife, Lyn Pont, Ph.D., as the attorney representing the estate of Jeannette Newton. Stein was able to secure a gift of more than $1 million to support medical scholarships.
  • Lewis and Esta Ress, who established the Lewis and Esta B. Ress Endowed Scholarship.
  • Lois Weiss, president of the Aaron and Sylvia Rothenberg Foundation, and Dr. Tricia Rothenberg Roth, Class of ’69. The Foundation created a scholarship in memory of their brother, Dr. Kenneth Rothenberg, Class of ’67. Kenneth’s son, and Lois’s and Tricia’s nephew, Dr. Paul Rothenberg, M.D.’13, also attended, as did Lois’s daughter, Janet Dwork.
  • Representing the Rotary Club of Miami, which has provided tremendous support to our students through the Thomas Brown McClelland Scholarship for more than 30 years: Linda Singer, Phil Seipp, Dave Skinner, Norby Rudel, and Noreen Timoney.
  • Jerome Sheldon, M.D. ’64, as a representative of The Medical Class of 1964 Peter Lake Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
  • Steven Chavoustie, M.D. ’81, as a representative of the Class of 1981 Endowed Scholarship Fund.
  • Contributors to the John K. Robinson Fund.

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

8.07.2017

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
786-972-3180
Director@JewishMuseum.com

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 development@jewishmuseum.com.

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 www.JewishMuseum.com. 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.

http://www.socialmiami.com/socialeyes/jewish-museum-fort-lauderdale-purim-17282.asp
http://jmof.fiu.edu/special-events/purim-2014/

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.

http://alumni.brandeis.edu/activities-events/event-wrap-ups/bnc.html

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