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Adrienne Arsht Center Unites with Resident Companies to Celebrate Arts Odyssey
November 23, 2009, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Gala

In an unprecedented collaboration, the Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, and the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, celebrated a singular fundraising effort for their 2009 Annual Gala.  Generously underwritten by the Yachts of Seabourn, and with the support of Carnival Corporation, the overnight cruise treated guests to an evening filled with beautiful vistas, delicious cuisine, and first-class entertainment.

The Odyssey set sail from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades on Friday afternoon.  Guests enjoyed a sail away reception on the ship’s pool deck and were treated to a breathtaking sunset as the Fort Lauderdale skyline faded into the distance.  Then it was time to change and prepare for the black tie Gala dinner, which was held in the Odyssey’s elegant dining room.  Attendees – a who’s who of South Florida’s top arts enthusiasts, philanthropists, and business leaders – paused for a commemorative photograph before entering for dinner.

Eric Hankin, Adrienne Arsht, Richard Milstein

After dinner it was time for entertainment in the Odyssey’s Grand Salon.  The show began with a moving performance from Florida Grand Opera soloist Elizabeth Caballero.  She was followed by a performance from New World Symphony fellows Tarn Travers (Violin), Edward Abrams (Piano), Kevin Businsky (Trumpet), Carrie Schafer (Trumpet), Jonas Van Dyke (Horn), Douglas Rosenthal (Trombone), and Karl Wiederwohl (Bass Trombone).  For the evening’s long-awaited act, guests were treated to fantastic performance from stage and screen star Bernadette Peters.  The activities continued long into the night. Once the ship reached international waters, the casino was open for players to try their luck, with all proceeds benefitting the Adrienne Arsht Center and the resident companies.

The Odyssey returned to port early Saturday morning, but the benefits will continue on land throughout the 2009-2010 season. Most of the Gala packages included exclusive artistic experiences with each of the collaborating organizations, such as an in-home concert by the New World Symphony; an invitation to a private black-tie dinner following an opening night performance by Florida Grand Opera; an invitation from Adrienne Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard for six guests to join him in the President’s Box for an Adrienne Arsht Center Presents performance; and six premier box tickets for an opening night performance by Miami City Ballet, including a backstage tour and champagne toast.

John Richard and Bernadette Peters

The entire community can still participate in this collaboration by purchasing a ticket to win a Volkswagen Eos, the award-winning hardtop convertible from Volkswagen, living in the lobby of the Ziff Ballet Opera House for the next few months. With this generous donation by the Esserman Automotive Group, the Arsht Center and its resident companies will be able to reach their fundraising goal. Drawing ticket sales will continue through the holidays, with the drawing scheduled to take place on the evening of Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2010 at the Adrienne Arsht Center (event and time to be announced).

The suggested minimum contribution is $100 per ticket—limit of 10 tickets per person.  There will be a sales close-out after 1,000 tickets are sold. If you’re feeling lucky, enter the drawing at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House Lobby during performances or call 786.468.2243.

For more information visit www.arshtcenter.org/gala09/drawing.aspx

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