2014 Miami City Ballet Gala
Valentine's Day gala celebrates West Side Story Suite
George Chakiris, Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet, Margarita and Armando Codina, Premiere Underwriters of West Side Story Suite

Love (for the Ballet) was in the air on Friday, February 14 at the Adrienne Arsht Center as Miami City Ballet (MCB) hosted a black-tie gala in celebration of Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez’s inaugural season of programming and the Company’s premiere of West Side Story Suite. As one of Miami’s premier benefit engagements, the Miami City Ballet Gala provides critical funding to support MCB performances, education, and outreach initiatives. Patrons of the gala enjoyed a pre-performance cocktail hour, VIP seating at the premiere of West Side Story Suite – Robbins’ ballet adaptation of his Tony Award-winning musical where MCB’s own Sharks and Jets rumble, fall in love, dance and sing to Leonard Bernstein’s vibrant score with its Latin rhythms, and Stephen Sondheim’s incomparable lyrics, followed by an elegant dinner reception and dancing.

The event paid tribute to George Chakiris -- the award-winning actor who took home the Academy for his portrayal of “Bernardo” in the iconic film version of West Side Story. Gala honorees included The Codina Family, R. Kirk Landon and Pamela Garrison, Juan Js. and Ophelia Roca. West Side Story Suite was generously sponsored by The Codina Family, Premiere Underwriters, with additional support from Nancy Abbott and The Herman Abbott Family Foundation, Eugene and Jean Stark, and Rose Miniaci.

Event sponsors included Bacardi, Graff Diamonds, and The Setai, Miami Beach.

Charlene and Ron Esserman, Board of Directors, Miami City Ballet

Gala Honorees Robert Barlick, Jr and Ana Codina Barlick, Vice-Chairman, Board, Miami City Ballet

James and Bobi Eroncig, Board of Directors, Miami City Ballet

Tony Gebauer and Aura Reinhardt, Bacardi Gala Gold Sponsors and guests

Miami City Ballet Principal Dancers Carlos Guerra, Jennifer Kronberg and Gala Chairmen Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson, Chairman, Arsht Center

Edward Shumsky and Susan D Kronick, Chairman, Board, Miami City Ballet

Sarah Arison

Honorary Gala Chair Toby Lerner Ansin, Founder of Miami City Ballet & Sanford Evans

Honorary Gala Chair Sheila Wohl with Miami City Ballet

Gala honorees Kirk Landon, Miami City Ballet Board of Directors, and Pamela Garrison

The Codina Family, Gala Honorees and Premiere Underwriters of West Side Story Suite

Miami City Ballet Trustee Michele and Lawrence Herbert

Betty and Michael Wohl, Gold Gala Sponsor

George Chakiris, Gala Host and original Bernando of the West Side Story Film

Adrienne Arsht & John Richard

Constantine Max, Claudia Perles, Miami City Ballet Trustee & Egor Tatarenko

Jean and Eugene Stark

Models from Graff Diamonds with Ruthina Malzoni in the center

George Feldenkreis and Marita Srebnick

Miami City Ballet dancers in West Side Story Suite

Charles and Deborah Adelman

Susan Pullin, Graff Diamonds Bal Harbour - Gold Gala Sponsors, and Michael Kurtz

Audre Carlin, center, and guests

Jorge & Darlene Perez

Gabriele and Frank Armstrong

Knight Foundation Vice President for the Arts Dennis Scholl and Rosalind Ritcher, Honorary Committee and Board of Directors, Miami City Ballet

Spencer Stewart and Stephanie Ansin

Miami City Ballet Trustee Randi Wolfson Adamo & Chris Adamo

Florence and Sheldon Anderson

Trish and Dan Bell, Swanee DiMare, Miami City Ballet Trustee

Liz and Adolfo Hernriques, Chair, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council

Ingrid and Jean-Louis Fatio

Ronald Ager and Aida Politano, Rita and Jerry Cohen

Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez, Nora Bulnes, Selecta Magazine, Silvia Trinidad

George Skouras, Adriel Saporta, Ani Gujral, & Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director

Rhoda Levitt, Claudia Perles, Rosita Sarnoff, & Beth Sapery

Rosalind Ritcher, Board of Directors, Miami City Ballet and Manny Soto