PATRICIA WALLACE HELPS BOTH MANKIND AND MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Philanthropist Patricia Wallace is chairman of Pawpurrazi 2009 an event to benefit Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet. Scheduled for January 30; the event will take place at Jungle Island for the second year in a row. Wallace, a resident of Coral Gables, has been a lifelong supporter of animal rights. Her two dogs, Chloe and Hanna, and four cats, Vichy, Katie, Suki and Claude reside with her and husband Milton in their 5-acre estate in Gables Estates.
The mother of two grown sons, she explains that the love for animals is different. “First of all the love they give you is unconditional—and,” she quips, “unlike children, they never ask for money.”
At Pawpurrazi 2009 Miami’s most influential pet loving philanthropists will gather with their pets to enjoy an evening of one-of-a-kind entertainment, music, food and fashion. This evening of glamour and fun highlights the community’s most committed pet owners and the dogs that walk with them. All four-legged guests will enjoy pampering, doggie make-overs, an ice cream bar and a gourmet buffet. The highlight of the event is the “Great Pets Who Walk In Front of Great People” show where select guests and their dog(s) will be featured on the runway. “This is one of the most whimsical events you can attend,” says Pat. “You are guaranteed to have a blast and walk away with a big smile on your face.”
But Pat doesn’t just concentrate on needy animals; she has a long history of raising large sums of money for charities and art groups in town. Presently, she is most active in the following three groups. She is the chairlady and founder of the Golden Angels of Jackson Memorial Foundation and former Chairman of the Board of Directors. Pat founded the Golden Angels in her living room 10 years ago. Since then more than 300 people have joined, at a minimum donation of $50,000 to donations of $5 million and more. So, you do the math. And that is an incredible amount of money given to Jackson Memorial Foundation through the years.
If you are fortunate in this life, you should give back to the community—a lesson that was instilled in Pat by her philanthropic family. Part of the reason for her commitment to Jackson Foundation is her allegiance to the University of Miami. Her father, a well known physician, was a graduate of the University of Miami Medical School; she was a graduate of the University of Miami, so was her sister, so was her husband Milton, an attorney, businessman and venture capitalist, and her two children. She understands the importance of having a world class hospital right in her backyard, not only to serve the indigent but to be there for her family and friends. “We can’t be a world-class city without a world-class hospital,” she says. On January 24 Jackson Memorial Foundation will hold its annual gala at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. The theme: The Magic of Jackson—and it will be magical.
Pat has great admiration for Florida International University and how far it has come. That is one of the reasons she became a member of the board at the Wolfsonian-FIU. The Wolfsonian is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals. “We should be proud to have this world renowned Museum right in our backyard,” she says. “It is an institution that is acclaimed all over the world, but we need to increase the awareness of this gem in our local community. The Wolfsonian and its unique philosophy and mission enrich our lives and our community.”
Pat is a visionary who also crashed the “glass ceiling” way before it existed. Ahead of her time , she was always bold enough to take chances. She has sat on the board of directors of major companies, has had successful careers in banking as Chairman of the Board, and was a major real estate developer. Her list of accomplishments in the business arena is amazing and very impressive. “Don’t think I wasn’t criticized for many of the things I accomplished as a woman because in those days, this wasn’t the norm.”
Pat and Milton have held numerous fund-raising parties in their fabulous home, on 5 acres in Coral Gables. She named the home she has lived in for the past 30 years Halycon Park after the Winter Solstice when everything is peaceful and tranquil. (Note: She has a regulation size bowling alley in her basement. How cool is that?)
Pat also initiated the idea of holding events that were over the top. Her events have always been spectacular and the talk of the town. Pat can remember in the early days doing many hands-on things to make the events successful—like personally sweeping the floors to make sure that every detail was ready for the guests. She is still a perfectionist and you can be assured that any event Pat is involved with will be—well—simply sensational.
For additional information on Pawpurazzi on January 30 contact Laurie Hoffman at 305-749-1815 or visit online at www.humanesocietymiami.org For information on the Jackson Memorial Foundation gala on January 24 contact Joan Bender at 305-355-4999 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Contact at 305.531.1001 or visit online at www.wolfsonian.org.
PATRICIA WALLACE Have You Met questions and answers:
Going Back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
Being Able to help the animals & others
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
The satisfaction of accomplishing the building of an event, a charity or reaching a goal.
Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or to consult with you when you needed their input?
30 years ago at the very beginning my mentor was Shirley Pagers, who was president of the Vizcayans.
How do you determine which charitable organizations you would support?
The worthwhileness of the charity and the people involved.
Is there a charitable event(s) you relly look forward to attending each year?
Pawparazzi & Jackson's Golden Angel Gala.
What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?
My friends who support me.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being able to help others.
What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
Tolerance and loyalty and not to be judgemental.
How do you relax?
A good Book
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
If you found a treasure chest - and you could keep it, what would you want to be in it?
Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?
Marley and Me
What can make you laugh?
A good joke.
What can make you cry?
A sad story.
What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?
How do you want to be remembered by future generations?
As having a good heart.
Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
What charitable organizations are you involved withat this time?
Jackson Memorial Hospital, The Wolfsonian & Humane Society