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Thirty- one of South Florida’s most accomplished professional women were recently inducted as charter members of the Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an international service organization of concerned, committed, and talented women, linked in friendship, to enrich, sustain, and ensure the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and persons of African descent. Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated (“The Links”) is among the most prestigious associations of African American women in the world.

The Induction Ceremony, held one day before the First Plenary Session of The Links, Incorporated, 37th National Assembly in Detroit, Michigan on June 30, 2010, culminated a full year of candidate orientation and community service programming. The Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is the first chapter of the organization’s 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, to be chartered on a national stage before the formal Assembly of The Links membership.

On Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 Barú Urbano held their second Wine to Water event to much success, raising more than $1,500 for the organization's Haiti relief efforts. As the second Wine to Water hosted at Barú Urbano, the night surpassed expectations raising triple the amount of funds as the first event held earlier this year. Juan Carlos Pardo, managing partner of Barú Urbano and Wine to Water Miami liaison, was honored to welcome Doc Hendley, CNN Hero and Wine to Water Founder, to the event, bringing the cause to life for Miami residents and guests.

A 501 (c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world, Wine to Water is devoted to fighting this epidemic. Their goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can't fight for themselves. They do this by raising money through wine events with the proceeds being donated to fund the building of wells as well as factories that produce filtration systems. Hendley chose to come to Miami after the overwhelming support shown by its citizens and spent the week sharing his story on local morning shows and with the local press. "I'm so grateful to Miami and especially to Juan Carlos, he's really helped Miami to become a champion of Wine to Water" stated Hendley. Recently Pardo met with government officials to discuss creating a larger platform in Miami for the organization.

Miami-Dade County's unemployment rate for June 2010 was 12.8 percent. This was an increase of 0.5 percent compared to May 2010 (12.3%) and an increase of 1.1 percent compared to June 2009. This increase can be attributed to the slower summer season, the increase in the labor force after students graduated from high schools and colleges and universities, as well as people reentering the workforce who might have previously given up on finding a job. In addition, the public school system reduces its workforce during the summer recess and the jobs created by the Census process are winding down. The June 2010 unemployment rate for the State of Florida was 11.6 percent. This was an increase of 0.5 percent compared to May 2010. The United States unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in June 2010 and increased by 0.3 percent from April 2010.

During thesix months since the Western Hemisphere's worst natural disaster, the Pan American Development Foundation and its partners assisted more than 1.3 million Haitians, as well as strengthened vital community organizations and coordinated with the government to ensure long-term success of on-the-ground recovery efforts. (www.ImUnitedforHaiti.org)

"We are proud of our achievements but we are reminded that more than a million Haitians are still homeless and urgently need help,"says Jimmy Jean-Louis, the actor and spokesperson for PADF's recovery efforts in Haiti. "Please visit www.ImUnitedforHaiti.org to learn what we have been doing to improve their lives."

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