MIAMI – On October 29, 2016, Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM), a nonprofit organization working with individuals in a marine environment who have physical, developmental and economic challenges, will be hosting its first annual event to celebrate 25 years of community involvement. SALM’s 25th Anniversary “Art of Sail” presented by Badia Spices, will take place at the former U.S. Coast Guard Seaplane Base (now SALM’s headquarters), is a “nautical” event celebrating art, fashion, music, design, and water.

The evening will showcase the designs of beloved European fashion designer Jens Werner. Werner’s talented background comes from his experience having helped design men’s and women’s clothing for Adidas brand Y-3, as well as head the design department of Tory Burch’s new sports line, Tory Sport, now head of design at J Lindeberg. For SALM, Werner hasdesigned creative and exclusive garments for the event from recycled sails adding a unique twist to fashion pieces such as coats, dresses and pants. The models, some disabled sailors and community notables, will be elegantly showing off the garments.

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“I create fashion that performs. The essence of sportswear is offering the wearer the highest comfort, functionality and the best fit,” said Werner. “With the fashion show we are planning for Shake-A-Leg Miami, I want to not just give something back. I want to be part of something bigger that is possible with these combined forces.”

 Werner, Robert Lupone and Bernie Telsey, of the Off Broadway Manhattan Class Company Theater, have collaborated to present the story of Shake-A-Leg Miami through fashion and theater, showcasing a runway show in a non-traditional theater format. A play, written by Werner, casted by Telsey and directed by Lupone, will be performed the night of the event as an ode to SALM’s devotion to the community.

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“I go to the theater to be challenged. I go to Shake-A-Leg Miami to be inspired. Mix theatre with Shake-A-Leg Miami and the sky is the limit of what is possible. There is no organization that expresses community like Shake-A-Leg Miami does,” remarked Telsey.

The evening will also showcase the unique designs of multiple artists that have come together to benefit the cause including mixed media artist and founder of Rise Up Gallery, David McCauley. McCauley traveled from Miami to Maine on the Impossible Dream, SALM’s universally accessible 60’ Catamaran. On this trip, he invited two artists at each port to create artwork utilizing the repurposed canvas from the jib sail. The art pieces will be exhibited during the celebration where they will be auctioned off to support the like-minded missions of SALM, Rise Up Gallery and the Impossible Dream.

Horgan remarked, “It seems only natural that we celebrate the value of Miami’s water and community support with a ‘nautical’ event, a unique fashion and theater show that celebrates art, music, design and water.”

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Artists Werner, Lupone and McCauley have used their talent to benefit SALM. Each has come together to work with the organization to celebrate its success as a global destination for individuals with disabilities and their families while inviting community members of all ages and abilities to have fun, be inspired, develop friendships and launch dreams.

Shake-A-Leg Miami’s mission is to provide children and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges the opportunity of utilizing South Florida’s exciting marine environment to improve the health, education and independence of its members in an inclusive community setting.

The Shake-A-Leg Miami “Art of Sail” tickets are $300 and open to the public. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit Follow SALM on social media:Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Shake-A-Leg Miami’s 25th Anniversary “Art of Sail” is proudly sponsored by the following organizations. Fleet Admiral level: Badia Spices, Inc.; Admiral level: PortMiami; Commodore: BB&T Bank, Grouper Financial, Inc, Kim Smith, Spencer Stuart, Knight Foundation, Grove Harbour, EWM, Three Son’s Foundation. Captain level: Mercedes-Benz, David & Cynthia MacEachern, RingByName, Louis Wolfson, III, James & Ashley Cusack, Shepard Broad Foundation, Job & Cecile Warshaw, John & Stacy Bolduc; Lieutenant level: Spencer & Alexis Angel, Anonymous, Virginia Jackson, Robert & Lisa Better. In Kind level: Bacardi, NMMA, Varat Family, Park Grove, Soho House, City of MIA, Robert Lupone, Cirilo Rodulfo, Lasso the Moon, Think Red Inc., Allie Munroe, Books & Books, Coconut Grove Short Term Rentals, and Arquitectonica.


Shake-A-Leg Miami is South Florida’s premiere Community Boating Center, a 501©3 organization that has worked in partnership with the City of Miami for the past 25 Years. SALM is located on the waterfront of Miami’s beautiful Biscayne Bay, and offers facilities which include a marina with a variety of boats and kayaks, multipurpose classrooms, wellness and fitness facilities, a rooftop observation deck, and two islands (Eco Islands) on Biscayne Bay. SALM’s mission is to use the marine environment to improve the health, education, and independence of adults and children with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged youth and their families.


Established in 1967 by Jose Badia, Badia Spices, Incorporated is one of today’s leading family-owned Hispanic food companies. Badia manufactures, packages, and distributes spices, seasoning blends, marinades, sauces, teas, health items and other products to more than 70 countries around the world. Badia Spices is proud to offer organic and gluten free products, the company’s facility is registered with the Safe Quality Foods (SQF), an audit recognized around the world as being one of the most rigorous and credible food safety management systems in the marketplace today. Across the board, whether consumers purchase products through retail outlets, food distributors or the food service industry, Badia is committed to offering the highest quality, at the best price. For more information, go to





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