Arsht Families Presents the Children’s Imagination Ball
Benefiting Arsht Center’s Arts Education Programs
Imagination Ball Co-chairs Katharine Rubino and Rebecca Whited

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Arsht Families, a volunteer committee of parents committed to supporting children’s access to the performing arts at the Arsht Center, hosted the 2nd Arsht Families Imagination Ball presented by WINDHAVEN Insurance, as part of its momentous 10th anniversary season. The sold-out children’s gala and fundraiser, co-chaired by Rebecca Whited & Family and Katharine Rubino & Family, featured a circus-themed day of immersive activities, dancing, and child-friendly meals complete with wild dessert displays by BRAVA!

Close to 500 families and children were amazed by aerial and balancing acts by members of the Wallendas and Cristiani Families, in addition to a jaw-dropping live performance by America’s Got Talent finalist and superstar teen magician Collins Key. Notable attendees included Commissioner Micky Steinberg; Former State Rep. Richard Steinberg; former PACT Board chair Mike and Margaret Eidson; PACT Board Members Abigail Pollak and Family and Hilit Meidar-Alfi and Family; Arsht Center president and CEO John and Lynne Richard; and Imagination Ball host committee members: Ali Bibeau, Raquel Catalano, Shannon Signorello, Belkys Gutierrez, Teresa Haskett, Silvina Lim, Zeinab Ramos and Deborah Whipple. Additional sponsors and underwriters included LindaMood Bell, The Harris Family, The MacKenzie Family, Akerman Senterfitt, Caribbean Radiation Oncology Center, The Codina Family, Miami DDA, Greenberg Traurig, Greenlight Re, The Haskett Family, R!ng By Name, The Maloof Family, The Coulson Family, The Meidar-Alfi Family, The Pollak Family, The Ramos Family, The Signorello Family, The Stavrinides Family, The Valdez and Ruga Family, and The Ware Foundation.

Guests capped off the afternoon with dancing to timeless hits such as the “Electric Slide” and current favorites such as “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on the Lynn Wolfson stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Proceeds from the Imagination Ball will be used to enhance and expand the Arsht Center’s Arts Education and Community Engagement programs Rock Odyssey, Jazz Roots: Sound Check, AileyCamp Miami and more. The Center’s Arts Education initiatives reach more than 30,000 Miami-Dade schoolchildren every year. This success of Sunday’s Imagination Ball is an example of the Arsht Center’s ongoing commitment to support the educational programming and artistic events for all students in our community.

Adrienne Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard, Imagination Ball Co-chairs Katharine Rubino and Rebecca Whited, Mike Eidson

Magician Collins Key

The Meidar-Alfi Family and Friends

Michael and Teresa Haskett and Family

Commissioner Micky Steinberg, Former State Rep. Richard Steinberg with JD and Chloe Steinberg

Adrienne Arsht Center’s Imagination Ball

Gabi Ayala receives a mommy gift bag by Neiman Marcus

Children were entertained by a live DJ party after a spectacular magic show by Collins Key

Margaret Eidson, Maggie and Adam Fader with kids, and Mike Eidson, Grandparents Circle Sponsor and Co-Chairs of the Imagination Ball

Jackson, Ella and Jamie Jones with Carolyn, Massimo, Giacomo Harris and Jorgie Gross

Silvina Lim with her two sons

The Whited Family and The Rubino Family, Co-Chairs of the Imagination Ball

PACT Board Member Abigail Pollak and family

Sherrie, Megan and Jim Ehman from Greenlight Re

Ethan O'Connor, Ean Wells, Alessandro Catalano, Connor Coulson, Emilio Banuelos and Javier Lopez

Ana Sofia, Ana and Catherine Barlick

Mason, Shannon and Cole Signorello

Children and families enjoyed aerial work and other circus acts by famed multigenerational circus families – The Flying Wallendas and The Cristiani Family.

Children thrilled to watch Collins Key perform

Maria Maloof, Georgie and Richie Maloof, Sienna Hasty and Marta Hasty

Donald and Evelyn MacKenzie and sons

Collins Key wows participants with magic acts

Carmen Bigles and Family

Zeinab Ramos and Family with Ayisha Aminu

Children attending the Arsht Center’s Imagination Ball in awe of the circus-themed gala and performances

Jeannie Etter Coulson, Connor and David Coulson

Children had the opportunity to get up close and personal with live circus acts

Adrienne Arsht Center’s Imagination Ball Centerpieces

The Crowley Family, Akerman Senterfitt