List of Past Events by Jay Shapiro
2017. Monthly Monday Mixer - Monday January 16th 2017
2016. Florida Luxury Soiree. Sample McDougald Mansion.
2016. Botaniko Luxury Soiree. Weston, FL.
2016. Good Karmapalooza. Sea Watch Restaurant - Benefiting Good Karma Pet Rescue
2016. 12/19/2016. Fort Lauderdale Holiday Soiree - Graciously hosted at the Maxwell Room inside The Downtowner Saloon. (great location for a Jewish wedding) the event was attended by 55 people and for a $25. couvert patrons enjoyed an open bar, quality hors d'oeuvres and door prizes by Ralph Lauren.
2010. 9/20/2010. September – Monthly Monday Marine Mixer. The Pelican Grand in Fort Lauderdale, 6-9pm. Ffi: http://pelican.eventbrite.com
2010. 8/29/2010. South Florida Italian Singles. A night in Tuscany. 5th Ave Grill in Lighthouse Point, FL. 7-10PM. Live music by Blue Moon Acoustic Duo, open buffet, olive oil bar, & much more. Details: www.floridaitalian.com
2015. The Epitome of Luxury. Contour Day Spa in Plantation, FL.
2014. Luxury Networking at the Peninsula with State Representative Bobby Powell.
2013. Luxury Networking at Ritz Carlton
2012. Hidden Harbor Marina Cocktail Party
2011. Latin Singles Party
2010. 8/27/2010. One year anniversary of Luxury Chamber of Commerce.
2010. 8/16/2010. August – Monthly Monday Marina Mixer. Shooters Waterfront Cafe in Fort Lauderdale. Farid Khavari for governor was our guest of honor: http://www.khavariforgovernor.com/
The event only had about 30 people in attendance but it was still a nice event. Feza Aktan celebrated her birthday so we presented her with a cake. CBS announced Mottek was in from L.A. So I got to meet him and Farid gave a nice speech about running for governor and some of his plans.
2010. 7/19/2010. July – Monthly Monday Marina Mixer. The China Grill, Fort Lauderdale. Nice event, great appetizers, strong turnout, & quality crowd.
2010. 7/9/2010. South Florida Italian Singles. Vice Night. Miami Vice Singles Party at a location we will not announce online at this point. Very good event. Over 70 people attended.
2010. June – Monthly Monday Marine Mixer. The Water Club in Aventura. This was Luxury Chamber's first ever event and was well received with 110 in attendance. It was also the new member celebration party for one of our new members.
2010. 5/24/2010. May – Monthly Monday Marine Mixer. The Pirates Republic in Fort Lauderdale. About 28 people attended. Very down to earth event. Fun location, great beer specials. Event was captured on video by local artist Robin White.
2010 – 6/16/2010. Sunday Singles Soiree – Fifth Ave Grill in Lighthouse Point Florida. Firse ever singles event. About 30 people showed up. Open buffet. Very nice event.
2010 - Jay launched: South Florida Italian Singles.
2010 – 4/22/2010. Luxury Chamber. Earth Day at Neiman Marcus. An Earth Day business networking lunch. Randy Hatch flew in to speak about renewable energies and Dr. Heike Luger from Carbon Solutions America also spoke about the environment. It was Luxury Chambers first Luncheon event.
2010 – 4/19/2010. April – Monthly Monday Marine Mixer. The Ritz Carlton, Fort Laucderdale, FL. The Ritz did not want us to hold an event there and I told them that they had no choice and we are going to hold the event there with or without their support. The event went way better than expected. Marine Artist Bobby Rankin actually donated a piece of his artwork as a door prize which was a painting of The Ritz Carlton we were in that night. Some politicians & very interesting characters showed up for this event.
2010 – 3/22/2010. March – Monthly Monday Marine Mixer. The Bridge Hotel in Boca Raton, FL Very nice turnout, one of the best events yet for the luxury chamber. Watercolors restaurant in The Bridge Hotel.
2010 – 2/22/2010. February – Monthly Monday Marina Mixer. Hidden Harbor Marina in Pompano Beach. The Luxury Chamber provided all drinks and free hors d'oeuvres. About 45 people attended, a very nice event but the people went through the food like a bunch of vultures.
2010 – 2/17/2010. Luxury Chamber – Coral Gables Business After Hours at Da Vittorio Restaurant.
2010 – 1/25/2010. January – Monthly Monday Marine Mixer. Hi-Lift Marina in Aventura. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres were provided by the chamber.
2009 – 11/16/2009. Luxury Chamber. Monthly Monday Marina Mixer. Luxury Chamber held its first ever Monthly Monday Marina Mixer on this date at Bimini Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale. The event held about 45 guests mostly in the marine industry. Since then the chamber has not missed a monthly marine mixer and we hold them consistently on the 3rd Monday of every month.
2009 – 9/10/2009. The Official Grand Opening Party – Luxury Chamber. Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton, FL
2009 – 8/27/2009. The Inaugural Mixer – Luxury Chamber of Commerce. Prezzo in Aventura. This was the first ever event for Luxury Chamber of Commerce. The ribbon cutting involved snipping a ribbon of hundred dollar bills with giant scissors. 64 people attended and a great time was had by all. Http://www.luxurychamber.com
2009 – Jay founded: Luxury Chamber of Commerce. Business Networking for the affluent & those dealing in luxury goods & services.
2009 – 6/16/2009. JACOB – Business Lunch with Alan Veingrad at Chabad of East Boca. Former Jewish NFL football player and superbowl ring wearer delivered a speech. About 50 people showed up, great event, catering by Deanie, all went well apart from a little bickering by the board of directors after the fact.
2009 – 6/11/2009. Israel Chamber Cocktail Reception.
2009 – 5/19/2009. JACOB Monthly Chamber Luncheon at Grill Time Kosher Steakhouse in Boca Raton. Event speaker was Vice President of Bank United Alex Cardenas. About 60 people showed up to the event and it went very well.
2009 – Jay founded: J.A.C.O.B. - Jewish American Chamber of Business.
2009 – 5/21/2009. IsBra Chamber Cocktail Reception. Planned to be an Israeli / Brazilian Interchamber business mixer but not enough Brazilians showed up. It was still a fun event. The event was held at Gol in Delray Beach on Atlantic Ave.
2009 – 3/14/2009. Brickell Shekel 2009. Biz Card Networking event and pre-party for Florida to Israel trade mission.
2009 – 3/29/2009. South Florida Singles Expo.
2009 – 3/35/2009. Israel Chamber business card mixer event.
2009 – 3/4/2009. Mediterranean Exchange Night – The Exchange Lounge in Boca Raton, FL. A business & social networking event at a swanky bar in the financial district of downtown Boca Raton, FL.
2009 – 1/22/2009. ICOTA - One Israel Fund-Raiser at Backroom Blues Bar in Boca Raton. A funraiser for One Israel Fund. Its an organization whose mission it is to donate much needed supplies & treats to Israeli soldiers on the front lines. Some funds were raised at this event but not enough although we were able to make a donation.
2009 – Jay founded: I.C.O.T.A. - Israel Chamber of the Americas. A pro-Israel business networking group.
2008 – 5/3/2008 – 5/4/2008. The International Olive Oil Festival. Jay created the International Olive Oil Festival. A major food and wine show with 64 exhibitors and over 1800 people in attendance over two days.
2005 – 2008 were some tough years financially following the hurricanes.
2005 – Jay started blogging about synagogues: http://www.synagogueblog.com
2003 – Jay moved to Boca Raton, Florida. Sold Olive Oil for a few years.
2001. Jay launched IsRoil Brand Olive Oil and held the grand inauguration party at the Shorwood Bar & Grill in Fridley. Live salsa band. The crew was there, Tommy Ranallo, Mike Franke n the boys.
2000. Jay launched Mondo Italiano Newspaper and held a grand inauguration party at Club Ashe 2 in Edina, MN.
1999. Tuesday Nights – Latino Nights at Chi Chi's on 494 & Nicollet in Bloomington, MN.
1998. Jay spent the entire year in Merida, Venezuela teaching English.
1997. Summertime every Wednesday night. Cozumel Club & The Patio at O'Kenny's Sahara Club 600 No. Concord St. in Saint Paul, MN. Salsa, Merengues, Cumbia & Drink Specials. DJ Santiago.
1997 – 10/18/1997. International Octoberfest – Fiesta Iberia. Gambling for entertainment, performances by Pedro Julio, cigars, dance lessons with Manuel Rubio etc. $6. at the door, Zurah Shrine Center in Minneapolis.
1997 – 9/6/1997. High Rollers Night. Gambling for entertainment & latino music by D.J. Jose el Brujo. Zuhrah Shrine Center – Mpls.
1997 – 8/25/1996. YACHTFEST 1996. This event was loads of fun. It was on board The Miss Deduction, a 51' Charter Yacht on Lake Minnetonka. Cover charge was $30. Time was 12:30pm – 5:00pm at the Wayzata Boat Dock with a party at Lord Fletchers following. Jay was selling cars at Richfield Bloomington Honda at the time so many of the used car guys showed up including: Steve Moldo, Gary Brendle, Carlo Macy, Steve Erikson and many others. Rock n Roll, Top 40, Dance, Tropical, Beer, Bratwursts, Ribs, Cigars, Good Pot, sexy babes in bikinis, raft up with other boats. Etc. This was basically the last day of Jay's marriage as his wife Judy felt a little insecure and out of place on a wild yacht party. It was shitloads of FUN!!!
1997 – 8/23/1997. Fiesta Caribe 2. Knights of Columbus. This event featured International & Caribbean music. We hired an event decorator to make the place presentable. Music was: Big Band, Sinatra, Bennett, Merengue, Latin Jazz & Pop. $10. cover at the door. Casino gambling for entertainment. The event was plugged by Mario Duarte from La Prensa de Minnesota on Brisas Latinas 88.5FM Sunday 3-5pm. The turnout was nice. Time was 7:00PM – 1:00AM. The flyer was very nice, designed by a Cubana friend by the name of Sandra who was friends with Judy & Cynthia Kegan.
Knights of Columbus
6900 Oxford Rd
St. Louis Park, MN
1997 – 7/19/1997. Fiesta en la Mancion (party in the mansion) M.C. Victor el Peruano & DJ Jose el Brujo. Zuhrah Shrine Mansion. Minneapolis, MN.
1996 – 8/23/1996. Kike Conga Live (Enrique Fonseca) we hired a live Conga Player from Puerto Rico to come and jam along with the music. The performance did not draw a crowd whatsover.
1996 - 8/9/1996. Gran Concurso de Baile. (dance contest) This was a latino dance with a dance contest and performances incorporated into it. Pedro Fulgencio and many others did performances. The turnout was not quite what we would have hoped for.
1996 – 6/21/1996. Fiesta Caribe en Mpls (Caribbean Fest in Minneapolis) The event was held at the Zurah Shrine Center on 2450 Park Ave S. in Minneapolis. $3. advance $6. at the door. MC Victor El Peruano & D.J. Salsero. Jay's cousin Jesse Juen handled security operations for the event. The event had close to 200 people present and we actually made some money with this event.
1995 – 5/6/1995. Fiesta Latina en Orlando 1995. This event was held at the 4th Fighter Group Restaurant in Orlando, Florida on East Colonial Drive & Rickenbacker Rd. It was dubbed as a fundraiser for the South American rainforest but the event ended up not being a money maker. We hired D.J. Leone and did a lot of advertising on 11Q Spanish Radio and passed out of 6000 flyers. Tickets were $7. advance $10. at the door. Event was well received and was held both indoor and outdoor by the fireplace. At the end of the night they tried to collect money from us to cover a minimum yet we did not sign a contract so we told them to basically go fuck themselves.
1994 – 6/17/1994. Fiesta Caliente del Verano (hot summerfest dance party) This was Jay's first major event. Held at the Park Inn International hotel it was a fundraiser for the Minnepolis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors included: Inca Crafts & Quick Temporary Employment. The event featured: Merengue, salsa, pop, cumbia, and rap. The dj was Sonido Magico and the Copa Mundial was telivised on a big screen tv and latino videos on another tv. Cover charge was $6. advance $8. at the door. The attendance was close to 100 people. This was before the days of internet so needless to say we did not sell too many advance tickets. The event started at 8:00pm and was slated to go until 1:00am but we had no idea that this would be the evening when O.J. Simpson would end up being chased down the freeway in a white Ford Bronco. The whole room of people flocked to one of the tv's to watch the O.J. Ordeal unfold. After about an hour of the O.J. Thing we all drank up, danced, had a great time and ended up losing about $400. as the bar minumum was $1000. and we only brought in a little over $600. in alcohol sales. Certainly an interesting first event.
Park Inn Int'l Hotel – 1313 Nicollet Mall – Minneapolis, MN