HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, presented a dancing through the decades at its third annual Flamingo Ball at the historic Hialeah Park. This fun event treated more than 250 of the city’s top philanthropists and VIPs to a lavish stone crab buffet with champagne and signature cocktails, live performances and a special awards ceremony. This year’s theme, “Miami Through the Decades,” is a nod to the museum’s newest photography exhibition, Miami: The Magic City, an exhibition showcasing some of the best images from the museum’s vast photography collection depicting Miami over the years.
HistoryMiami Museum honored Ryder System, Inc. and Jim Ryder’s legacy with the 2019 Henry Flagler Award. Ryder System, Inc. is one of North America’s largest fleet of trucks, operates behind the scenes, managing critical fleet, transportation and supply chain functions for over 50,000 customers, many of which make the products that consumers use every day. Ryder System, Inc. started as a truck rental company in Miami back in 1933 by Jim Ryder and is now a fortune 500 company in South Florida. The award is a tribute to Henry Flagler, a pioneer who had the vision and ambition to bring his railroad to Miami and develop a small coastal town into a sprawling Magic City.
The Flamingo Ball, named after the beautiful birds that inhabit Hialeah Park’s infield lake, was first held in 1965 on the eve of the Flamingo Stakes horse race at the racetrack. After a lapse of a few years, the lavish pink social confection is coming back and is paying tribute to when Hialeah Park first opened for horse racing in January 1925, with a roaring twenties theme.