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An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala
Toasts America’s Best Young Artists
 


Frank Gehry, 2008 Arison Award Winner
and Lin Arison


Ricky Arriola and Adrienne Arsht

An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala proved once again that the winning recipe for a night to remember includes one part location, one part guest list and one part programming, as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) wrapped up its annual youngARTS Week with an elegant black tie affair for nearly 800 guests at SoHo Studios in Wynwood.

Margarita and Armando Codina chaired the event, while SunTrust Bank served as Title Presenting Sponsor and Lin Arison, AT&T, Goldman Sachs, and Merrill Lynch as Benefactors. Other attendees included NFAA Chairman-Elect James Dubin and wife, Susan; Adrienne Arsht; Don Carlin; Ella Fontanals Cisneros; R. Kirk Landon; Audre Mendel; Paul and Trudy Cejas; Woody and Judy Weiser; Sandra and Stephen Muss; Billy Cypress, Chairman of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Miami; and Frank Everett, Director of Tiffany’s Bal Harbour.

The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction, featuring spectacular items from luxury brand names such as Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Escada. It was followed by dinner, dancing and performances by rising star youngARTS alumni, including Nashville Star winner Chris Young, 2003 youngARTS Winner in Popular Voice and Presidential Scholar in the Arts; American Ballet Theatre soloist Sarah Lane, 2002 youngARTS finalist in ballet; Pianist Rachel Kudo, 2005 youngARTS Winner in Classical Piano; and Tenor Rafael Moras, 2006 youngARTS Silver Winner in Classical Voice and Presidential Scholar in the Arts kept the spirit of the evening strong.

World renowned architect and design visionary Frank Gehry was presented with the Arison Award for his contribution to the education of young artists. Critically-acclaimed dancer and American Ballet Theater Executive Director Rachel Moore, 1982 youngARTS winner in Dance and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, received the third annual NFAA Alumni Award.

Following the Gala, the inaugural youngPATRONS Late Night Party, under the leadership of Sarah Arison and youngPATRONS committee member Ali Codina, opened its doors for more celebrating with DJ Irie and more performances, including jazz singer Grace Weber and pianist Julian Pollack, 2006 youngARTS finalists who recently cut their first CD.

For more information, visit www.youngARTS.org.



Sandra (NFAA Board of Trustees)
and Stephen Muss

Alice and James Rasmussen, NFAA Board of Trustees and Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Bank of South Florida, An Affair of the Arts 2008 Gala Title Presenting Sponsor

Susana and Alberto Ibarguen
President and CEO,
Knight Foundation


Armando and Margarita Codina, Gala Chairs,
2008 An Affair of the Arts

Ambassador Paul and Trudy Cejas with Terence Riley, Director of Miami Art Museum


Linda and Robert Shakno,
NFAA Interim Executive Director

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros
and Toby Lerner Ansin

Lin and Sarah Arison,
NFAA Board of Trustees


Ricky Arriola, Adrienne Arsht
and Dolores and Sanford Ziff

The Codina Family with Rafael Moras


Maureen Shenkman and
Christy Powell, NFAA Board of Trustees

Donald Carlin and Audre Mendel, former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer

Susan Kronick and Edward Shumsky


Lin Arison, Harry and Marcia Hersh and Rafael Moras

Pamela Henry with Toni and Carl Randolph,
NFAA Board of Trustees


Dr. William Banchs, former NFAA Executive Director, and wife, Clare

Leslie and Paul Zeller, Chairman, NFAA Board of Trustees

Susan and James Dubin, Chairman-elect of NFAA Board of Trustees


Dr. Modesto Maidique, Armando Codina,
Adolfo Henriques, David Parker
and Ambassador Paul Cejas

Harry Hersh, NFAA Board of Trustees; Elysze Held, Vice President, Development, NFAA; and Chris Young, 2003 youngARTS winner in Popular Voice


Judi and Dr. Robert Newman,
NFAA Board of Trustees

City of Miami Commissioner
Joe Sanchez and Chairman
Billy Cypress, Miccosukee Tribe of Florida

Sarah Arison and DJ Irie

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