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A 5TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON GALA TO REMEMBER
November 11, 2010, 3:41 pm
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Last week the stars were aligned as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County celebrated its 5th Anniversary Season with a black tie event in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House.  The evening started with the highly anticipated unveiling of the Grand Donor Wall in the theater’s lobby, honoring the Center’s founding donors and greatest supporters. (Another Grand Donor Wall adorns the lobby of the Knight Concert Hall as well.) 

Immediately following the reveal of the beautiful wall, all 500 of Miami’s arts and cultural movers and shakers  were led  onto the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage where a fabulous three-course dinner, catered by Miami’s award-winning restaurateur, Barton G. Weiss, was awaiting them.  The sumptuous dinner was complemented by  music by a  terrific  dance band, and a show-stopping performance by Miami’s own Broadway star, , four-time Tony Award nominee, Raúl Esparza.

Gala Chairs Mike and Margaret Eidson and Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne bon Haes kicked off the festivities, and Adrienne Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard hosted an unforgettable evening. Gala Honorary Chair Adrienne Arsht  gave words to what most of the guests were thinking when she proclaimed the Center “the best performing arts center in the world!”

Click the link below to view the gallery. 

http://www.arshtcenter.org/gala2010/pics.aspx



Countdown to the 5th Anniversary Season Gala
October 25, 2010, 10:05 pm
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We are only days away from the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 5th Anniversary Season Gala and it looks to be a remarkable evening filled with many timeless moments that honor the founding donors of the Center.  Among the many surprises will be the unveiling our magnificent Grand Donor Wall.

Following his triumphant Center debut this summer in BABALU, Raúl Esparza returns! The Tony Award nominee—and Miami native—will entertain more than 500 of Miami’s most influential arts patrons, philanthropists, and business and civic leaders on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 5th Anniversary Season Gala.

The black-and-white-themed 5th Anniversary Season Gala will honor the Center’s legacy, the evolution of its mission as a ‘world-class, community-based’ performing arts center, and its future direction as the Miami community continues to invest in the organization. A highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the Grand Donor Walls, which honor the Center’s founding supporters.

Gala proceeds will benefit the Adrienne Arsht Center’s mission-driven education and community outreach programs.  There are still tickets available – please call (786) 468-2020 or email gala@arshtcenter.org for more information.



BROADWAY’S RAÚL ESPARZA TO HEADLINE CENTER’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
September 10, 2010, 4:24 pm
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Following his triumphant Center debut this summer in BABALU, Raúl Esparza returns! The Tony Award nominee—and Miami native—will entertain more than 500 of Miami’s most influential arts patrons, philanthropists, and business and civic leaders on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 5th Anniversary Season Gala.  The gala event will take place just prior to Esparza’s opening in Leap of Faith, a new musical in Los Angeles co-starring Brooke Shields. 

The black-and-white-themed 5th Anniversary Season Gala will honor the Center’s legacy, the evolution of its mission as a ‘world-class, community-based’ performing arts center, and its future direction as the Miami community continues to invest in the organization. A highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the Grand Donor Walls, which honor the Center’s founding supporters.

Gala proceeds will benefit the Adrienne Arsht Center’s mission-driven education and community outreach programs. For more information about this momentous event, corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities, or to RSVP for the 5th Anniversary Season Gala, please call (786) 468-2020 or email gala@arshtcenter.org.



5th ANNIVERSARY GALA ANNOUNCED
June 3, 2010, 7:13 pm
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As it prepares for its 5th Anniversary Season, the Adrienne Arsht Center is pleased to announce that the 5th Anniversary Season Gala will take place on Friday, October 29, 2010. The proceeds from this major fundraising event will support the Center’s mission to enlighten, educate and entertain our community through transformational arts and cultural experiences. 

The Center’s visionary donor and the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation Board Chair, Adrienne Arsht, is serving as Honorary Chair. Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson and Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne bon Haes will serve as Chairs for this festive celebration. Mike Eidson is the Performing Arts Center Board Chair Elect and will take the reins of the Center’s Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors this fall. Barton G will use his extraordinary talent to provide the flair for the evening.

The extravaganza will begin with cocktails, followed by dinner on stage at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, with spectacular entertainment and concluding in a unique dance and dessert party. The evening’s festivities will incorporate the dedication of the newly engraved granite Grand Donor Walls, which bear the names of all the Center’s founding donors. We invite you to be a part of this marvelous occasion as the Center honors the vision, dedication and philanthropy of those who have transformed the Adrienne Arsht Center. 

For more information, please contact the Advancement Department at 786.468.2020 or gala@arshtcenter.org.



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



Neiman Marcus Coral Gables celebrates Arts Odyssey
October 28, 2009, 8:14 pm
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In anticipation of Arts Odyssey: A Collaboration on November 13, the unprecedented four-way fundraising partnership between the Adrienne Arsht Center and its resident companies, Neiman Marcus Coral Gables joined forces with the four arts organizations as well as three of Miami’s most notable non-profits for a private shopping party. Hosted by Ana-Marie and Rob Barlick for the Adrienne Arsht Center and its resident companies; Neiman Marcus Coral Gables Vice President/General Manager Stephen Brunelle; Trish and Dan Bell for the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and The Keys; Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz for the Miami Children’s Museum and Penny and Roe Stamps for the University of Miami Frost School of Music, more than 500 guests enjoyed an evening filled with live performances, shopping and trunk shows. Guests for the evening included Arts Odyssey committee members and arts patrons such as Florida Grand Opera President Robert Heuer and Board Member Nancy Herstand, Margaret and Mike Eidson, Swanee and Paul DiMare, Ana and Alvaro Varela, Lora Drasner and Rita and Gary Wilder.

Gary and Rita Wilder, Trish and Dan Bell

Gary and Rita Wilder, Trish and Dan Bell

Guests arrived through the VIP red carpet entrances and enjoyed performances by the Florida Grand Opera and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, a special presentation by Miami City Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Deanna Seay, a concert by the University of Miami Frost School of Music STAMPS Jazz Quintet and Musical Theatre Program and the sounds of DJ Shomi. Those in attendance were also treated to a sneak preview taste of the Adrienne’s Arsht Center’s new restaurant, Prelude by Barton G.  Cocktails were also donated by GREY GOOSE Vodka.

Atmosphere

As guests enjoyed performances and learned about the participating organizations and their activities, there was also an opportunity for one lucky person to win a $10,000 shopping spree, generously donated by Neiman Marcus to benefit the four charities involved that evening. 

Arts Odyssey sets sail on November 13. A limited number of cabins are available. For more information, contact the Adrienne Arsht Center at 786-468-2254 or via email at odysseygala@arshtcenter.org



Sharing the Excitement for Arts Odyssey
October 15, 2009, 10:07 pm
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On October 6, Miami’s most influential arts patrons and philanthropists gathered at the home of Marvin Ross Friedman. Mr. Friedman and Adrienne bon Haes hosted a festive cocktail reception in anticipation of Arts Odyssey: A Collaboration, an unprecedented effort by Miami’s leading arts organizations – Adrienne Arsht Center, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy – who have joined forces to fundraise as a team through an overnight cruise aboard the Seabourn Odyssey November 13-14 

Adrienne Arsht Center President John Richard, Florida Grand Opera President Bob Heuer, New World Symphony CEO Howard Herring and Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director/CEO Edward Villella chatted with the guests about the remarkable opportunity and the joy of seeing the community supporting this event. Among the 60 notable guests were Ricky Arriola, Chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s board, Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, Judy Drucker, Linda Villella, Rob and Ana-Marie Barlick, Trish and Dan Bell, Kirk Landon and Pamela Garrison, Dennis and Debra Scholl and Maria Alonso with Bank of America. During the evening, guests mingled while enjoying magnums of champagne and hors d’oeuvres at the stunning Coral Gables home. It was the perfect prelude to the grand event, scheduled to take place aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, the newest member of The Yachts of Seabourn fleet.

John Richard, Edward Villella, Marvin Ross Friedman, Bob Heuer, Howard Herring; Photo by Manny Hernandez

John Richard, Edward Villella, Marvin Ross Friedman, Bob Heuer, Howard Herring; Photo by Manny Hernandez

Funds raised from this unique initiative will support artistic programming, education and community outreach, apprenticeship and fellowship programs, and the continued enrichment of South Florida’s leading performing arts institutions – four areas of priority for Miami-based Carnival Corporation, which has been an ardent sponsor of the region’s arts community for decades.

Stan and Bobbi Berkman; Photo by Manny Hernandez

Stan and Bobbi Berkman; Photo by Manny Hernandez

Denise Courshon, Nora Weinreich; Photo by Manny Hernandez

Denise Courshon, Nora Weinreich; Photo by Manny Hernandez

For more information about this momentous event, corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities, or to reserve a suite onboard Seabourn Odyssey during Arts Odyssey: A Collaboration, please contact the Adrienne Arsht Center at 786-468-2254 or via email at odysseygala@arshtcenter.org 




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