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Special Recognition Dinner for Founding Donors
October 28, 2009, 8:29 pm
Filed under: At the Center

On October 17, the Adrienne Arsht Center welcomed over 110 of its founding donors to thank and honor them for their help in building this world-class center for Miami. The special recognition dinner, set on the stage of the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, was part of the Arsht Center’s efforts to thank its founding donors in a meaningful way. The evening began with guests entering the Ryder System, Inc. Lobby in the Knight Concert Hall, greeted by the Center’s senior executive team and staff, and treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Donors then proceeded to walk into the hall for the intimate dinner, provided by Performing Arts Catering by Barton G. 

Knight Concert Hall Stage

J. Ricky Arriola, Chairman of the Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors, gave the opening remarks, followed by additional speakers, including Parker Thomson, president and CEO M. John Richard and Sherwood M. Weiser, who along with M. Anthony Burns and Ronald Esserman made a special toast thanking all of the founding donors and board members for their steadfast belief in the impact of the performing arts center. Guests were also delighted with a special performance by the Gigmeisters, a group of young musicians from the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.


John and Lynne Richard, Tony and Joyce Burns, Ron and Charlene Esserman, Woody and Judy Weiser

John and Lynne Richard, Tony and Joyce Burns, Ron and Charlene Esserman, Woody and Judy Weiser

During the dinner, John Richard  made a surprise announcement and revealed plans to permanently inscribe the Donor Recognition Walls, located in the lobbies of the Ziff Ballet Opera House and Knight Concert Hall. The donor walls are identical to each other and identify, by name, the major donors of the capital campaign, including individuals, corporations and foundations, whose extraordinary vision and unwavering support over the course of almost 20 years helped build this world-class center for Miami. The Arsht Center plans to unveil the permanent donor walls at the beginning of the center’s fifth anniversary season in 2010-11.


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