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The JW Marriott hotel’s ballroom was transformed into Times Square for a show-stopping extravaganza of music, dancing and live performances by Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) for the 2011 Magic of Broadway Annual Gala. Pieces from Hair were performed in an effort to raise funds for music and opera educational programs including professional children’s opera performances which are presented to over 45,000 elementary school students annually. The guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, a silent auction and mini live vignettes of notable Broadway shows, such as Chorus Line, Pippin, and Chicago. The Gala benefactors were Bunny Bastian, Swanee DiMare, Yvonne Eldredge, Judy George, Linda Neider Sugrue and Patricia Wallace while the Gala chairwomen were Marilyn Cesarano, Holly Freyre, Alba Herzberg, Linda Neider Sugrue and Lisa Wheeler.
The University of Miami is escatic and honored to be the recipient of Beaux Arts’ benevolent commitment of $1.7 million to support the Lowe Art Museum. The contribution will elevate the legacy the Lowe Art Museum upholds as a leading center for the arts in the South Florida community for generations to come. From its origins in three classrooms in 1950, the history of the Lowe Art Museum reflects an unswerving commitment to its mission to serve the University of Miami as a teaching resource and to the residents of and visitors to Greater Miami as its major general art museum. During the past 53 years, Beaux Arts has contributed over $5,300,000 to the Lowe Art Museum and has been honored for this accomplishment by induction into the University of Miami's Gables donor category. In addition to funding the Museum’s educational programs, Beaux Arts contributions have been used for exhibitions, improvements and acquisitions to the museum's collection. The goal of these initiatives is to provide enriching art experiences to as many people in the community as possible.
Jeanette Jordan, president of South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, is shown here with Dr. Sara Pizano, DVM, and Sylvia Valles of Octavio Feline Foundation at Tea For The Horses. The event, that took place at the historic Woman's Club of Coconut Grove, raised over $6,000 for the care of abused, neglected and
abandoned horses in Miami-Dade County.
The Orange Bowl Committee welcomes O,Ford Gibson as their new president, a member since 2000. Gibson will promote and serve the South Florida Community while overseeing the Orange Bowl’s commitment to youth sports. Since 1999, the Orange Bowl has invested approximately $4.5 million in youth sports in South Florida. Gibson has taken a role where he can positively impact the South Florida community, and the excitement comes with the chance to double host both the 79th Orange Bowl and 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game. In addition to the annual football game, the 2012-13 Orange Bowl Festival includes the19th Annual MetroPCS Basketball Classic and a collection of entertainment, family and youth sports events. Andrew P. Hertz moves into Gibson’s previous role as President & Chairman-Elect and will serve as the 75th President & Chairman during the 2013-14 year.
Attorney Benjamin E. Wilson was named Executive Committee Chairman of PetNet, the Young Professional division of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. PetNet is a diverse membership group of young professionals united by a love for animals who “party with a purpose” to create awareness about responsible pet ownership and raise funds for homeless pets at the Humane Society. PetNet meets each month at different Miami hot spots for yappy hours, mixers and themed get-togethers. Prior to this Wilson was the events coordinator of PetNet. His duty as chairman is to lead the group to meet their goals and oversee all activities. Wilson is an attorney in the Real Estate division of Shutts & Bowen’s Miami Office. Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Murray State University in 1999. In 2003, he received his law degree with honors from the University of Louisville School Of Law. Since relocating to Miami, he has been a very active member of the community, presently serving as Director of the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Association’s eMentoring Program.
The American Association of Museums (AAM) has again given accreditation to the 0Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, being initially accredited in 1999. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum is one of only 50 museums accredited in Florida. “Accreditation is emblematic of an institution’s commitment to public service and to overall excellence,” said Ford W. Bell, AAM president. “Attaining accreditation involves taking a hard look at yourself, allowing your peers in the field to do the same, and being judged to be superior in all areas.” AAM Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.
The 4th Annual Autumn Moonlight fundraising event at Specialty Automotive Treatments (SAT) in Fort Lauderdale raised over $100,000 for the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). Generously hosted by Rafael Jorge, owner of Specialty Automotive Treatments, Autumn Moonlight honored Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland, his wife Rachel and Senator Nan Rich, for all of their hard work, commitment, and support they have contributed to the autism community in South Florida. Autumn Moonlight, an annual festive fundraising celebration, is designed to raise awareness of autism and support the programs, services and research initiatives of UM-NSU CARD.
New Theatre (THE NEW) continued it’s “family” theme season with the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. This timely and controversial work examined the lives of two all but abandoned teens having to create a makeshift family and its values while getting through the pangs of growing up. New Theatre joins the prestigious Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where it had its first production and the Actor’s Express in Atlanta, GA to present the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them.
A team of fifty volunteers from Starbucks, City Year Miami, and the local community joined Rebuilding Together Miami Dade to participate in Operation Rebuild for Heroes at Home, a nationwide program developed by the Sears Holding Corporation and Rebuilding Together to renovate the homes of military veterans and their families. 74-year old veteran Amos Jordan has spent most of his life serving his country, both overseas in Vietnam as well as in his local community but this Veterans’ Day weekend, it was the community’s turn to serve him.
Lauren Cornell was the featured speaker for an interactive discussion in the Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) by MOONLIGHT Spotlight series. She is the Adjunct Curator at the New Museum and executive director of Rhizome , the New Museum’s online platform. Rhizome, promotes and contextualizes emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, the website serves to encourage and expand communities around these practices and draws attention to the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture. Ms. Cornell curated the current exhibition Free, which explores the role of the internet as a cultural catalyst, and co-curated The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, the New Museum’s inaugural 2007 exhibition Unmonumental and a solo show of works by the web art group Young-Hae Change Heavy Industries.