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Brides Against Breast Cancer

February 17th, 2012

Brides against breast cancer - by Keren Lifrak

The Cancer Support Community has recently purchased Brides Against Breast Cancer, an organization that arranges for bridal gowns to be donated and then sold off at bridal shows in order to support women with breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute's current statistics, 12.2 percent of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer at some time in their lives so it behooves each and every one of us to support this cause. The first Dress Dash in Sarasota will take place on March 17, 2012 from 11:00 till 8:00 at the Cancer Support Community Florida Suncaost, 5481 Communications Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34240. If you recently got married and would like to donate your dress, or if you are about to be married and looking for a designer dress at a bargain price, visit and see how you can help today.

by Keren Lifrak


Merry Meals at Selby Gardens' Lights in Bloom

November 30th, 2011

Merry Meals at Selby Gardens by Keren Lifrak

One of the things we've implemented this year at "Lights in Bloom" -- Merry Meals! Selby Botanical Gardens' holiday extravaganza, kids (and parents) will be able to enjoy "Merry Meals." Families that come to the garden to enjoy the holiday decoration and activities won't have to rush out after sunset to make it home for dinner. Now they can enjoy the celebration AND have dinner at the Lights in Bloom Cafe and Carriage House. Hot chocolate, grilled foods, spiced popcorn... and Merry Meals. Come on down... the more the merrier!

-by Keren Lifrak Weddings and Special Events



"All Together Now" -- Chanukah and Kwanzaa join Christmas in bloom at Selby Gardens During "Lights in Bloom"

November 30th, 2011

Chanukah and Kwanzaa celebration at Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota - by Keren Lifrak

Aside from fabulous private events and weddings, this year I've joined the development team at Selby Gardens and working on building their public events and sponsorships. Lights in Bloom, Selby's holiday light extravaganza will take place this holiday season December 16-23, 26 and 27. With the all inclusive spirit of the holiday, I've invited the Jewish Federation to partner with us and celebrate Chanukah at the gardens for the first time. Chabad of Sarasota and Bradenton will be there nightly to light the menorah, sing songs and play games. Similarly, the North Sarasota Library is joining us in celebrating the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa for the first time. Dr. Lonnetta Gaines, artist in residence will join us for story telling, answering questions and education about this holiday on December 18th. All "holidays of lights" joining their light at Selby Gardens this December 2011.


Geena Davis Luncheon by Keren Lifrak Event Planner

May 15th, 2011
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As a woman, I'm super pleased to enter this blurb in my blog. The Sarasota Film Festival honored actress Geena Davis this year with a special luncheon. Davis presented her groundbreaking study abut Gender in the Media and the "See Jane" project. The study is about recognizing the need to balance genders in movies and TV and her goal is to see changes in the industry in the next few years. Mark Famiglio, the SFF president, announced that the SFF and Geena Davis will partner up to get the program into the edcuation system, starting with Booker Middle School and Girls Inc. I can't wait to see what programs come out of this! I will never look at another G-rated movie the same again.

(Video provide by Paul Videla of Bradenton Herald)


SFF 2011- Keren Lifrak Event Planner, SRQ Magazine

April 30th, 2011

Keren Lifrak Wedding Event Planner SFF 2011

photo: Ellie P. Campbell Photography

Another season has gone by with the Sarasota Film Festival which kept me from blogging for a while. Geena Davis has come and gone as well as Christopher Plummer (with whom I had a really cool, random conversation with about travel, on the bar at Jean Georges in New York about 13 years ago... my life has come full circle, haha), as well as 8 successful events and I'm left with one big desire -- and that is to have a reeeaaaally long foot massage. Before I put to rest one more year of the festival planning, I would like to leave you with some event and wedding planning thoughts and design ideas that I contributed as a guest columnist to SRQ Magazine in their April 2011 issue . Rolling....action! oh, and more photos from the festival to be posted shortly... Thanks, Ellie for the fun photos!


Girls Inc Event Designed by Keren Lifrak Weddings

November 13th, 2010

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La Plage Bleue, a Girls Inc fundraiser took place last week on the beach at the Longboat Key Club. Despite the chilly fall weather, people enjoyed taking out their winter clothes and sat by the firepits enjoying the beautiful setting, smore sandwiches and cocktails. The amazing committee helped with all hands on deck to execute my vintage, French Riviera design plan for the event -- which showed that some fabric and props go along way! I had purchased blue and white nautical fabric and created beautiful custom tent draping as well as matching pillows for the lounge furniture. I used surf boards and white spandex boxes as a focal point and filled it in with nautical, vintage props by Sarasota Architectural Salvage. Thank you Jesse!


Girls Inc - "La Plage Bleue" Beach Ball

August 16th, 2010

I'm posting the new ad image that we came up with for the Girls Inc Beach Ball "La Plage Bleue" which will take place November 6th at the Longboat Key Club from 5:30-9pm. Tickets $75/$125. I'm chairing it, along with Monica Barth and Caryn Patterson and we have a fantastic committee and sponsors whom I'm so thankful for. Mark your calendars today!


Flowers of Joy

July 8th, 2010

I'm glad to report that we continue the tradition of recycling flowers and putting them to good use at the end of a function. Instead of tossing beautiful centerpieces in the dumpster, our team personally delivers them to hospitals and hospices to cheer up the residents. What a way to end an event... with another special event!



"La Plage Bleue"; GIRLS INC, Nov. 6th

June 15th, 2010

Every year 'Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events' announces up to two charities for which we do pro bono work - whether it's consulting, planning or decor.

This year, I am honored to be able to support a special cause. Girls Inc Sarasota is a local affiliate of a national non-profit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. Girls Inc. fulfills its mission of empowering girls aged six and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals by delivering research-based, age-appropriate, after-school and summer educational and sports programs designed specifically for girls at the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center.

"La Plage Bleu" will take place on November 6, 2010 at the Longboat Key Club. We are working on providing a relaxed, vintage beach atmosphere combined with some fun surprises. How can anyone pass that up, right?


Sarasota Film Festival 2010

June 10th, 2010

The 2010 season ended with a bang when my friend and colleague Kim Miele called me to help out with the planning of the multiple events for The Sarasota Film Festival. It was a fantastic experience and I got to work with such a talented team, meet so many fabulous people -- not to mention  moments with Stanley Tucci (Big Night... what an awesome movie!) and Patti Smith.

Stanley Tucci

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