A Tango Affair
The 62nd Annual Young Patronesses of the Opera Gala
YPO President Gail Pinon and husband,
Dr. Avelino (Andy) Pinon

It was "A Tango Affair" at the Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, when 200 arts lovers gathered for 62nd annual Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) gala. Thanks to benefactors Bunny Bastian, Trish and Dan Bell, and Swanee Di Mare, the evening raised funds for opera and music education in Miami Dade and Broward County. Ruby Bacardi and Anita Broad were Valen Tango sponsors.

Gail Piñon, YPO President 2017-2018, said "We are so grateful to our benefactors and to our guests for supporting the work of YPO. This year we will bring live opera performances to 20,000 elementary students, host a workshop for 100 Girl Scouts and present a continuing education workshop for Miami Dade County Public School teachers. Proceeds from "A Tango Affair" make those programs possible."

"A Tango Affair" was organized by a committee of YPO members who were directed by Piñon and Gala Chairs Mary Beth Burke, Carolina Friedhoff, Eeva Kulovaara and Bea Schmied. The highlight of the evening was the performance of Tango Axis, the professional dance duo Mariela Barufaldi and Jeremias Massera. Guests crowded around the dance floor, spellbound by their virtuosity and passion. Graham Fandrei, director of the Magic City Opera, dazzled guests with his rendition of Sinatra classics.

A Tango Affair Benefactors Bunny Bastian, Swanee DiMare, Trish and Dan Bell

Susanne Kayyali and Justin Moss of Florida Grand Opera

Gala Co-Chairs Carolina Friedhoff, Bea Schmied, Eeva Kulovaara, YPO President Gail Pinon, Gala Co-Chair Mary Beth Burke

Bennett and Kathy Feldman

YPO's 2017 gala A Tango Affair was held at Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables

Bill Reese and wife Barbara Reese, with daughter Michelle Reese and Chris Granger.

Jeff and Kathy Feldman

Lynn and Lisa Chaffin

Maribel Maldonado, Alison Arnold, Ana Isabel Conde, Maria Alvarez

Francesca and Paul D'Agata

Rebecca and Graham Fandrei

Donna and Steve Blythe demonstrated their tango expertise

Ruby Bacardi

Ronald and Rene Beal

Amal Solh captured the tango theme

Swanee DiMare, Bronwyn Miller, Lesli Brown and Suzy Buckley

Carolina and John Friedhoff, Lori Thomas, Jeff and Susan Feldman, Amal Solh, Gabriellea Goldman, Beverly and Antonio Cardona.

Magita Rojas, Susanna Cisneros, Alex Rojas

Professional dance duo Tango Axis gave an inspirational performance

Violeta and Jorge Cepeda

Robert Lane and Silva Millor

Alison Arnold and Lori Thomas

Don and Barbara Walters with Lise-Marie and Dietmar Wertanzl

Eeva Kulovaara and Pamela Cole

William and Adirana Muinos

Vivianne Swietelsky and Joseph Hawlik

The band Manhattan Music kept the dance floor packed.