65th Annual Beaux Arts Ball
Amanda Thompson, Gigi Polit, Cia Mackle


Beaux Arts celebrated its 65th annual ball with "The Greatest Show on Earth." Miami's longest running costume ball was held at the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove where guests were whisked under the big top for a fun and philanthropic night benefiting Beaux Arts educational programs.

Guests were immediately immersed in a thrilling world of acrobats, fire throwers, and stilt-walkers as they drove up to the valet. As they entered the cocktail party under the stars, the crowd was entertained with tightrope walkers and flame throwers, as they sipped on beverages donated by Bacardi. Vintage circus videos were projected on the walls creating a magical atmosphere as gusts bid on items from the silent auction.

The vintage theme circus ball was chaired by Cia Mackle, Gigi Citarella Polit, and Amanda Thompson. One of the highlights of the evening was the costume parade and contest, where guests dressed as vintage clowns, lions, and circus entertainers strutted their stuff in front of judges. The winning costume went to past Beaux Arts President Mary Mills.

A special tribute was also paid to the 65 past presidents of the organization and the rich history of the group's dedication to arts education to school children across South Florida. The City of Coral Gables presented a special Certificate of Appreciation for ther contributions to the City Beautiful. For more than six decades Beaux Arts has introduce children from underserved communities to the world of art, and encouraged art awareness and advancement through support of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.

"Every year our ball raises pivotal funds toward arts education," Beaux Arts President Amy Bales said. "With the help of countless supporters and sponsors, we are committed to keeping Beaux Art educational programs and the Lowe Art Museum years to come in our community." Beaux Arts would like to thank its sponsors: Mercedes- Benz Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, Dr. Brandt, Northern Trust, Bales and Bales, DataNet, Javier Polit Foundation, and Lowell International Realty. For more information on Beaux Arts visit www.beauxartsmami.org.

Cecilia Dubon Slesnick, Lacy Gallagher,
Elizabeth Green

Amy & Matthew Bales

Bill & Barbara Reese, Dennis & Debbie Campbell

Priscilla Rettig, Michele Reese

Beaux Arts Ball Past Presidents

Lauretta Fogg, Linda Johnson, Ann Goldman, Sue Cesarano,
Jo Hoffman

Wendy Levitz, Audre Cherry

Mandy Greenan, Gene & Lani Drody

Becky McCarron, Jeni Dickerson

Chet & Kristin Donnally

Jenny Carson, Kristin Pearce, Connie Erhling, Kim Vinas

Amy & Jeff Steinhour


Cocktail Party

Gigi Polit, Coco Palenque Torre, Raphael Bastian

Lani & Gene Drody

Fire Breather

Victor & Jill Deupi, Roberto Espejo

Ball Room

Keith Landon, Shelley Rutherford, Anita Shuffield, Claudia Glasson, Mary Mills

Jorge Ciorobea, Lynley Loschak, Mary Mills, Adriel Loschak

Mary & Bruce Seabrook