Arsht Center’s Give Miami Day Celebration
Raises Record-Breaking $134,091 for Arts Education
The staff at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County hosted a Harvest Festival for colleagues, board members and partners to unite and encourage others to donate during Give Miami Day, The Miami Foundation's annual 24-hour online giving campaign. The fun-filled event raised a total of $134,091 which will support the Center's award-winning arts education programs, including AileyCamp Miami, Jazz Roots: Sound Check, Rock Odyssey and Kitty Hawk.

The Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts was transformed into a harvest party scene with bales of hay, pumpkins and old-fashioned challenges to spur fundraising efforts. Magic City Opera kicked off the western-themed day with a unique rendition of Oklahoma!, renamed to O Miami! The fundraising activities continued with a croqueta-eating contest followed by Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard as the first target for the pie-in-the-face booth. Additional activities included mechanical bull riding, line dancing, a cornhole tournament and an instrument petting farm. Notable guests included Javier Soto, The Miami Foundation President; Rick Schatz, Miami Foundation Board Chairman; and Alfredo Mesa, Miami Marlins Foundation VP and Executive Director.

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Photos by EyeworksProduction

Arsht Center President & CEO John Richard gets pied in the face by Miami Foundation President Javier Soto

Sebrie Springs of the Belles & Outlaws

Suzanna Valdez Wolfe and Christy Montano

Alfredo Mesa, John Richard, Javier Soto and Rick Schatz.

Arsht Center staff, board memebers and parters unite for Give Miami Day

Carmen Rodriguez, Gino Campodonico and Estee Pinzon

Deejay George Jett

Elaine Cox prepares for the croqueta eating contest

Kathleen Martinez

Kiss 99.9 at the Arsht Center's Give Miami Day Celebration

Magic City Opera

Nicole Rodriguez, Fabiana Parra, Tim Robblee, Richard Malin and Grace Padron