Miami's Most Colorful Artist, "The Color Queen," Joey Mugica, Honors The City's Most Distinguished Women In The First Inaugural Color A Cause

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  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) March 31, 2012 - The Color Queen, Joey Mugica, is proud to announce the first ever COLOR A CAUSE, on Thursday, April 19. This epic event will take place at Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, located at 1 Ocean Drive, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The originally inspired images will feature and honor some of Miami's most dynamic and renowned women, including successful philanthropists, businesswomen, journalists, socialites, reality stars, artists, designers and entertainers. COLOR A CAUSE will benefit Dress for Success Miami, which provides professional attire for economically disadvantaged men and women.

    Pop-artist-slash-artographer Joey Mugica, best known, as The Color Queen, doesn't look at things in black and white. Inspired by all the photos posted on Facebook, Mugica started infusing his own personality into his influential friends' pictures, eventually making a name-and an image-for himself in the burgeoning Miami art world. Influenced by Warhol, Rauschenberg and David La Chapelle, the colorful Mugica says he is inspired by love. "The idea of transforming a photograph in living color reminds me that it's never too late to start over," he exclaims. The New Jersey native isn't afraid of making a statement, clearly. "I ventured out to COLOR A CAUSE in honor of my best friend, my mom," says The Color Queen. "Women, like my mom, inspire me everyday. They are the embodiment of love, power, strength and beauty. This what I want to portray with my first Color A Cause exhibit, that through color, I want to highlight the beautiful attributes that each of these women have and hope that we each find the beauty which lies within us all."

    Mugica partnered with Yobe Photography on this first edition. "I am thrilled to be partnering with The Color Queen on Color A Cause," says Yobe. "I have admired Joey's work for a very long time and truly believe that he is an incredible artist." Yobe, of Yobe Photography, is best known as a wedding photojournalist and executive entertainment industry still photographer. His artistic work often depicts surreal colors found within organic objects while using floral-macro photography. Yobe's individual technique makes an interesting blend with Mugica's vibrant artwork, which owns color.

    For the past month, during private sessions, the artistic duo worked hard to prepare for Color A Cause by capturing each of the ladies' portraits while enhancing the photographs primarily with Mugica's unique style. The photos will be debuted on the evening of April 19.

    The evening's honorees include:
    Frances De Polanco, Elaine Lancaster, Shireen Sandoval, Sandi Powers, Lisa Pliner, Hope Gainer, Jeniya Penrod, Karent Sierra, Erin Michelle Newberg, Simi Dahl, Daisy Olivera, Erin Mia Milchman, Kimberlee Etheridge, Zurami Pascual, Lucrecia Beird, Sherie Wagner, Marysol Patton, Samantha Perez, Mary Ann Williamson, Cecilia Paz, Teri Rios, Jennifer Heegaard, Charlotte Libov, Paola Ekelund, Bibi Andrade, Giana Leyva, Christina Hampton, Jane Jei, Mirianer Cavallini, Sonia Jacobson, Lauren Foster, Liza Santana-Pineres, Charlotte Ryland, Kelley Mitchell, Glenna Golden Millberg, Roxanne Vargas, Lourdes Valls, Kimberly Shenker-Bacardi, Donna Anderson Scharer and Ana Margarita Martinez.

    The spectacular evening will be one to be remembered. Join us beginning at 7:30 p.m. for a succulent three-course menu specially prepared and designed for by Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge. The dinners are $100 per person, with $50 of each menu to benefit Dress for Success Miami.

    The evening will continue with red carpet entrances, the official unveiling of The Color Queen creations and two hours of open bar and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres.

    There is a suggested minimum $20 entry ticket payable at the door during the night of the event. There will also be raffle tickets available for purchase; win a seven-day Royal Caribbean cruise or one of the exciting prizes. A percentage of ticket and raffle sales will benefit Dress For Success.

    Entertainment for the evening will by Miami's Diva Extraordinaire, Elaine Lancaster.

    Throughout the day and to prepare the ladies for this momentous occasion, Tim Quinn, International Celebrity Face Designer for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and his team will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour from 12 to 5, to create that special Color Look for the evening. As a very special gift to the honorees and guests, a $25 gift card will be waiting for them at the counter. 10% of the day sales from the Gift Card will benefit Dress For Success Miami.

    We graciously acknowledge our sponsors and partners: Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, HOPE INTERNATIONAL, Boca Brickell Tanning Club, Ana Paz Cakes, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Avant Gardens, Toss Up Salads, GlueGo, Jennifer Heegaard of JEJE CONSULTING, Erin Mia Milchman and Kimberly Ethridge of Haute in the City, Lesley Abravanel and 4Four Marketing Group.

    Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge
    1 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL. 33139 Tel: 786.515.1150

    About Dress for Success Miami
    Dress for Success Miami promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Our programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: she has gone from unemployment to economic independence. Since 1994, Dress for Success Miami has assisted over 30,000 re-entering the workforce. For more information, visit

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