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Voting sleek and stylish

caines | 11/1/2012, 6 a.m.

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"] Tim Hardaway receives humanitarian award The Florida Democratic Party hosted a fundraising event at the sleek and stylish Kyma Lounge last Thursday evening. While the evening was described as a fundraising event, it proved to be informative and uplifting to the people of the South Florida community. The event's message was voter education, according to the CEO of iOWNpr, Joyce Johnson. This event will educate voters on the voting process and encourage early voting, Johnson said.

Honoring a legend

She also went on to explain that the evening was a celebration of honoring community service. We also hope to encourage philanthropy in the South Florida community through organizations like the Tim Hardaway Foundation. The event will be successful if someone leaves inspired to take social responsibility on a local, national or global level regardless of their political affiliation, Johnson said. Hardaway graciously accepted the award and spoke of his years of community service with humility. I just wanted to do my part to provide the local youth with some guidance, Hardaway said.

Up close and personal

Local voters were also given the opportunity to get to know their representatives on a more personal level, according to the Director of Public Relations, Johanne Cadet. We really wanted people to be able get up close and personal with the people on the ballot, Cadet said. We wanted to emphasize voter education and the importance of voting early as well. There was a call to service for the upcoming election. We really want people to ask themselves what else can they do in this election, Cadet continued. But we also planned this to be an intimate evening that allowed voters to ask questions and get clarification on the issues that they are going to see on the ballot. Although the setting was intimate, the event attracted a mixed crowd. NBA players, International saxophone artist: John Sax and renowned artist: Amir were among the attendees. By Julia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com