Winter Wonderful 2014
Benenfiting the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music of the University of Miami
Winter Wonderful 2014

UM Trustees Phillip & Patricia Frost with Julia & Dean Shelly Berg

Dean Shelly Berg presents Swanee & UM Trustee Paul DiMare with the Winter Wonderful Frost Legacy Award

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music of the University of Miami welcomed over 400 long-time patrons and guests to Winter Wonderful, the school’s annual gala holiday dinner held at the J.W. Marriott Marquis.

The proceeds from Winter Wonderful support music scholarships and community outreach programs at the Frost School of Music that inspire and encourage at-risk youth to succeed in school and in life. This year the event grossed a record $1.1 million.

Some of the highlights of the Winter Wonderful evening included a sparkling cocktail reception, a sumptuous three-course holiday dinner and joyous musical performances. The Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Cantilena Women’s Choir and Maelstrom Men’s Choir performed holiday carols and exclusive arrangements with the Frost Holiday Orchestra.

The evening also featured festive presentations by Frost School freshman music outreach mentors and their mentees on trombone and viola. The event culminated in a surprise announcement of a $1 million endowment gift from the school’s benefactors Dr. Phillip Frost and Patricia Frost to name the burgeoning music outreach program in honor of outgoing University of Miami President, Donna E. Shalala.

After the announcement, Frost School of Music’s Dean Shelton G. Berg said, “Thank you Phillip and Patricia from the bottom of our hearts. The newly named Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music will continue to grow and thrive, thanks to your incredible generosity.”

Also at this year’s event, Dean Berg presented the 2014 Frost Legacy Award Award to Swanee and Paul J. DiMare, in honor of their inspiring support of the Frost School of Music and other schools and programs at the University of Miami, and other notable charitable organizations throughout the region. Paul DiMare is the president of DiMare Brothers, Inc., and DiMare Homestead, Inc., an organization of growers, packers and shippers of whole fresh fruits and vegetables. Paul is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees and the DiMares are vice chairs of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. Swanee DiMare is on the boards of numerous national charities and is a tireless advocate for the performing arts and other important community initiatives. The Association of Fundraising Professionals also honored Swanee and Paul DiMare recently with the Outstanding Philanthropists Award in recognition of their community-wide and far-reaching philanthropy.

Gala sponsors included Diamond Circle patrons Lynda and Michael Gordon the Osiason Educational Foundation; Platinum Circle Donors the Cobb Family Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Phillip T. George, Patti and Allan Herbert, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc., Robert and Judi Prokop Newman, and Gold Circle Donors The Alma Jennings Foundation, Dany Garcia Rienzi, Sergio M. Gonzalez, Drs. Roger and Virginia Medel, The Miami Salon Group, UM President Donna E. Shalala, the Tao Jones Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Jim Tillett and Mary Beth Burke.

We invite all ardent patrons of the arts in South Florida to join us at the next Winter Wonderful on December 6, 2015, a holiday gala with treasured music and new memories. For more information or to order gala tickets or tables online or by telephone, visit, call 305-284-6486 or email

Dr. Michael & Lynda Gordon, Diamond Circle Table sponsors

Diamond Circle Table Sponsor Lee Osiason with Dean Shelly Berg

MusicReach Mentees, Caleb Cenatus and Gary Louis Jean

Gov. Jeb Bush, President Donna Shalala and Dean Shelly Berg

Patricia Frost, President Donna Shalala and Phillip Frost

UM Provost Tom LeBlanc with Brian & Anne LeBlanc

Frost School of Music Parents with UM Trustee Marta Weeks-Wulf & Karl Wulf

Governor Jeb Bush with the Honorable Sue & Chuck Cobb

Will, Penny, Hunter, & UM Trustee Roe Stamps

Julia & Dean Shelly Berg with Swanee & UM Trustee Paul DiMare

Blake James, Chuck Cobb and Paul DiMare

Dan & Trish Bell, Dean Shelly Berg & Julia Berg, Patricia & Phillip Frost, and Dr. Michael & Lynda Gordon

President Donna Shalala with UM Trustee Allan Herbert

Carol & UM Trustee Ed Williamson

Dick & Sue Lampen

Virginia & UM Trustee Tom Wood

Holiday Dinner

Dean Shelly Berg & Julia Berg with Gold Circle Table Sponsors David & Olga Melin, Gina & Jason Robichaux, and Marvin & Isa Leibowitz

Holly & Carlos Freyre

Frances Sevilla-Sacasa and Swanee DiMare

Dean Shelly Berg with Dick Krasno

Winter Wonderful Table