25th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction
$150,000 raised for youth programming and general operations at Actors’ Playhouse
Actors’ Playhouse Chairman of the Board Dr. Lawrence E. Stein; Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein; Artistic Director David Arisco; and Theatre for Young Audiences Director Earl Maulding

Robert & Breda Hill

notable guests, community members and theatre supporters gathered at the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables for the 25th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction presented by Actors' Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall.

Hosted by Founding Board Chairman Dr. Lawrence Stein and Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein, over 600 guests attended one of the most anticipated events on the South Florida calendar that featured an auditorium full of live and silent auction items up for bid. The evening’s gourmet dining was provided by more than 30 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants, with an open bar sponsored by Bacardi U.S.A. and complimentary wine and champagne courtesy of BREAKTHRU Beverage Florida. Celebrity guest auctioneer for his 25th year was South Florida’s own Bob Soper, with the help of Actors' Playhouse Artistic Director David Arisco.

"We are thrilled by the generous support of our outstanding community of contributors who made the 25th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction such a memorable and successful event,” said Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein. “The community shares in our vision to enrich the quality of life and economic well being of Miami-Dade County through the performing arts. We are thankful for such good friends and patrons of the arts who help us continue to shine on at the Miracle Theatre!”

The popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actors' Playhouse each year. This year’s funds of $150,000 will be dedicated to youth programming and general operations of Actors’ Playhouse's 2016 - 2017 Season.

Headlining this year’s auction was a 2016 Lexus RX 350 one-year lease from Lexus of Kendall. Additionally, live and silent auction items included luxury cruises courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises, airfare provided by member airlines of the Star Alliance network, worldwide hotel travel courtesy of InterContinental Hotel Miami, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, golf packages, fine art, sports collectors items, spa visits and gift certificates.

The night’s honorees included InterContinental Hotel Miami and General Manager Robert Hill for their 21 years of support of the Reach for the Stars Gala Auction, along with Bob Soper and Actors’ Playhouse Development Manager Jerry Brown for their 25 years of dedication.

Participating restaurants included ABC Bartending School, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Bacardi U.S.A., Benihana, BREAKTHRU Beverage Florida, Café at Books & Books, Catering By Les, Catering by Lovables, CrepeMaker Inc., Edda's Cake Designs, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Häagen-Dazs, La Jolla Ballroom, MesaMar Seafood Table, Morton's Steakhouse, My Ceviche, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardos Peruvian Cuisine, Pincho Factory, Rincon Argentino, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, SAWA Restaurant & Lounge, Seasons 52, Shula's 347 Grill, Starbucks, Talavera Cocina Mexicana, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Tropical Chinese Restaurant, Uvaggio Wine Bar and Yuga Restaurant.

With the close of a successful 25th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction, Actors' Playhouse is already planning next year’s 26th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction, which will be celebrated on April 22, 2017. For additional information on how to get involved contact the Actors’ Playhouse Development Office at 305.444.9293, extension 601.

To learn more about Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.

Carlos Brazil Rodrigues, Business Development Director of Presenting Sponsor Lexus of Kendall, with Barbara Stein

Susan & Bob Soper

Salome Muriel, Brandon Brugal and Mallori Morris

LaShaun & Kori Wallace

Ana & Frank Ortega, Frank Fernandez, Ana & Jose Chaoui

Dr. Ana María Muñiz-Leen and Craig Leen

Mark Trowbridge, Matthias & Dianne Kammerer, Peter Regalado and Joel Kokiel

Sandy & Jerry Brown

Lourdes Rey-Wilson & Jeff Wilson with Karen Fitzgerald and Perla Verdera

Ricardo J. Gonzalez III and Joyce Lowry

Gabe & Diana Castrillon

Barbara Gonzalez and Dr. Marta Pérez Wurtz

Actors’ Playhouse Chairman of the Board Dr. Lawrence E. Stein and Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein

Daniel Jimenez and Brittany Greenup with Elaine & Arnold Velazquez

David Arisco with Nora and Pancho Padura

Tiffany Hernandez, Lourdes Perez and Graziella Cabrera

Selden & Juliann Ross with Nicole Cohen and Austin Hollo

Norella Gutierrez, Kelvin Medina and Ashton Medina

Flor Abalos, Haymel De La Vega, Orlando & Alcida Otero and Silvia Garcia Sierra

James Gamito, Lynette Janac and Norwing Rivas

Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Mark Trowbridge, Laurie Zapletal and Christine Corson

Cindy Jimenez, Barbara Stein, Graziella Cabrera and Mario Jimenez

Denise Cabrera and James Sturgill

Robert & Marguerite Gil with Betsy and Bruce Kaplan

Austin Hollo, Jessica Do and Geoffrey Tully

Maria & Morey Moss

Christine Corson, Cindy & Mike Kovensky, Breda & Robert Hill

Alexa and Marina Foglia, Ana Isabel Conde, Amparo Yuste, Henry Farfan and Barbara Stein