Winter Wonderful Gala 2018
Benefiting the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program
2018 Frost Legacy Award Winners Patti & Allan Herbert, with President Julio Frenk and Dean Shelly Berg

2018 Frost Legacy Award

Dr. and Mrs. Phillip and Patricia Frost, along with over 400 of South Florida's most philanthropic leaders and guests, enjoyed a festive, semi-formal evening of holiday carols, candlelight, and Hanukkah celebration at the Frost School of Music's Winter Wonderful benefit at the J.W. Marriott Marquis. Proceeds from this distinctive annual event support the Frost School of Music's Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program, using music as a motivating tool to positively impact the lives of nearly one thousand underserved children in our community.

UM President Julio Frenk and Dean Shelton G. Berg of the highly-acclaimed Frost School of Music presented the 2018 Frost Legacy Award to longtime patrons and supporters of Winter Wonderful, Patti and Allan Herbert. The Herbert’s were recognized for their philanthropic contributions to the arts, their commitment to the health and wellness of the community, and their generous support to the Frost School of Music.

The Herbert’s are South Florida pioneers who met and fell in love while attending the University of Miami in the 1950s. In 2004, they established an endowment for the “Love Bridge” outside the University’s Wellness Center, with proceeds from the sale of personalized bricks on the bridge supporting the ’Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program (CHAMP) Endowment established by the couple. In 2008, the Herbert’s gifted $8 million to name The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus. The Herbert’s, who are longtime supporters of Miami’s arts community, gave $500,000 in 2012 to the Frost School of Music to create the Patti and Allan Herbert Endowed MusicReach Student Support Fund.  In 2017, they gifted over $1 million to rename and endow the Patti and Allan Herbert Frost School of Music Program at Salzburg. Patti and Allan also renovated the historic art deco Richmond Hotel in Miami Beach, which they continue to own and operate. Mr. Herbert serves on UM’s Board of Trustees and the Frost School of Music’s Board of Advisors.

Entering an enchanted ballroom with hues of silver, snow and ice, friends and guests of Winter Wonderful enjoyed a cocktail reception accented by sounds from the Winter Wonderful Jazz Combo. This was followed by an elegant three-course dinner and show featuring holiday songs from around the globe performed by over 150 FROST music students. Ensembles included the Frost Choral Union and Holiday Orchestra, Frost Chorale, Frost Herald Trumpeters, Symphonic Choir, Women’s Choir, Frost Winter Wind Ensemble, Frost Holiday Carolers, and the Stamps String Quartet. Selections by pianist Shelly Berg, and mezzo-soprano and Frost faculty Robynne Redmon, were also featured. Guests enjoyed interactive group sing-alongs and a heartwarming musical presentation by MusicReach mentors and their young mentees. President Frenk’s wife, Dr. Felicia Knaul, along with UM Sr. Vice Provost Dr. Bill Green, commemorated the first night of Hanukkah with a menorah candle lighting ceremony celebrated by all.

Performances for Winter Wonderful were presented by Music Director Corin Overland, Frost assistant professor of professional practice, choral studies and music education; and Jami Lercher and Wes Stoner, Frost Choral Program Teaching Assistants.

Gala sponsors include Platinum Circle patrons Lynda Gordon and family; Gold Circle donors Patti and Allan Herbert; Silver Circle donors The Miller Family, and Robert and Judi Prokop Newman; and Bronze Circle donors The Honorable John E. Bush and Mrs. Bush, Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb, Swanee and Paul DiMare, Ladenburg Thalman Financial Services, Inc., Donna E. Shalala, Skanska USA Building, Inc., and Grace Wang, M.D. and Steve Pabalan, M.D. Also attending were U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Mrs. Curbelo, and Florida Mayor Carlos A. Giménez.

The Frost School invites all ardent patrons of the arts in South Florida to save the date for next year's Winter Wonderful Frost Holiday Dinner in December 2019. For more information, please visit To order gala tickets or tables, please call 305-284-9766 or email

President Julio Frenk, Leslie Miller Saiontz, Tina Beltran, Jeffrey Miller, Lisa Petrillo

Sheila Goodman, Skeeter King, Lynda Gordon

Dean Shelly Berg performing special tribute song to Patti and Allan Herbert - "What The World Needs Now Is Love"

Patti Herbert

Phil and Pat Frost

Judi Prokop Newman and
Bob Newman

Congresswoman-elect Donna Shalala and Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb

Cindy Duerk and Provost
Jeffrey Duerk

Marta and Josh Friedman

Julia Berg and Dean Shelly Berg

Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Lourdes Gimenez, Lynda Gordon, Janet and Ahmad Khamsi, Bahia and Alonso Mena, Manuel and Dina Anel

Patti and Allan Herbert

Congresswoman-elect Donna Shalala and Marta Weeks-Wulf

Dr. Jackie and PJ Travisano

Dean Shelly Berg

Judi Prokop Newman, Patti and Allan Herbert, President Julio Frenk and Dr. Felicia Knaul, Norm Parsons, Provost Jeffrey Duerk, and Friends

Patti and Allan Herbert, Judi Prokop Newman, and Friend

Dick and Carin Krasno

Doug Kraft, Leslie Miller Saiontz, Judi Woolger

Bill McCue, Anthony Miller, Lisa Petrillo

Trevor Dizzler, Nicole Ozzie, Leah Singer, Leslie Miller Saiontz
and Alan Heldman

Grace Wang and Steven Pabalan

Hilary Bass, Claudia Grillo, Dr. Felicia Knaul

MusicReach Mentees

Thomas and Marisa Hargrove

Mike Guilford and Cindy Beamish

Sari and Arthur Agatston

Dick and Susan Lampen

Winter Wondeful MusicReach Banner

Gina and Zeke Guilford

Susan and Bob Shelley

Kolleen and Christian Cobb

Karen and Jonathan Fryd

Dennis and Debra Scholl

Marty Messinger and
Charlotte Siegel

Margarita and Rick Tonkinson

Linda and George Wilson

Christina and Karl Stentrom

Maureen Collins, Steven Neckman, George Collins, Pam Goldfaden, Hazel Rosen, Suzy Friedman, Larry Rivero, Linda Potash

Dean Rudy el-Khoury, Karina Alvarez, Dean Henri Ford, Lisa Merritt, Dean Jean-Pierre Bardett

Dean Cindy Munro and
Brett Stevenson

Raymond and Corinne Kayal

Alex and Abby Vicencio

Jeanne and Jim Rowlee

Marta and Michael Putney

Rudy and Jennifer Fernandez, Adriana Verdeja and Ignacio Aragon, Ernie and Carolina Fernandez, Enrique & Ana Gonzalez,
and Roly & Cara Marante