18th Annual Women of Vision Luncheon Raises More than $80,000

Benefiting Young at Art Museum’s programs for underserved youth and families

Maya Ezratti, John D’Amico and Mindy Shrago

“White Hot” was the theme for Young At Art Museum’s 18th Annual Women of Vision Luncheon which raised more than $80,000 for the Museum’s programs for unserved and at-risk youth and families. This year’s event was chaired by Maya Ezratti who welcomed more than 100 guests, community leaders and sponsors.

The museum was decked out by IKEA Sunrise with white accents, which connected beautifully with Nefelibata – Cloud Walker, the exhibit by Guerra de La Paz installed in the Museum’s Knight Gallery.

Upon arriving, guests were greeted by salsa dancers from Dance South Florida and inside by saxophonist Jon Saxx. Along with musical entertainment, this year’s luncheon included a fashion show featuring designer vintage couture by Hollen and Jen Showroom and the models were accessorized with exquisite jewelry by Levinson Jewelers.

During the gourmet sit-down luncheon, which featured pan seared miso salmon served over a Nicoise salad, community partners The Salah Foundation and Community Foundation of Broward were recognized for their generous support of Young At Art Museum’s community programs to support at-risk children and families.

The luncheon also included a live auction featuring a pair of exquisite blue topaz citrine and diamond earrings in 18kt white gold, sponsored by Levinson Jewelers.

Nancy Reierson and Linda Carter

Following the luncheon, guests were treated to a dessert station and a beverage station by Keurig, which featured an assortment of coffees and teas.

An annual tradition, each of the Women of Vision was presented with a hand-crafted, intricately designed, original piece of sterling silver jewelry – this year a flower pendant – created by Young At Art Museum’s Artist in Residence Chisseko Kondowe.

As in year’s past, this event supports the Museum’s creative and pioneering programs including ArtHouse @ Northwest Gardens, a creative placemaking hub for residents of Northwest Gardens, where low-income families earn 60 percent or less of the area’s median income; ArtREACH, a free, afterschool art, literacy and academic enrichment program for homeless youth and teens, ages 5-15; and Girls N’ Power, an arts-based academic enrichment program which is conducted at the PACE Center for Girls, a non-residential treatment program and high school for at-risk teens.

Sponsors for this year’s Women of Vision included Martine & Craig Zinn, Craig Zinn Automotive Group, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz, David and Jodi Epstein Family Foundation, SunTrust, Levinson Jewelers, Keurig, Hollen and Jen Showroom, IKEA Sunrise, Toshiba and The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills.

Media sponsors include Gulfstream Media Group and the Sun Sentinel.

Photos by Darryl Nobles / DreamFocus Photography