2009 Masquerade Ball

Young Patronesses of the Opera

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Eden Roc Renaissance Resort and Spa
4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-753-1605 for information/ tickets

Imagine being transported to a famous opera stage such as Un Ballo in Maschera, Die Fleidermaus, Romeo and Juliette or the Broadway stage of the Phantom of the Opera during the enchanted Masquerade Ball scene. Join for a night of breathtaking elegance, allure and beauty as YPO recreates this splendor in the setting of the Eden Roc’s dazzling new ballroom with decadent food, spectacular music, dancing and a silent auction. Gala Chairpersons, Karen Gottlieb, Nicole Lozano, Beth Tasca and Marilyn Wagner are creating what will be a majestic evening with unforgettable surprises including a midnight highlight as guests unveil their masks.

YPO's Gala Chairs and President, Standing: Nicole Lozano, Julie Todaro, Marilyn Wagner; Sitting: Karen Gottlieb, Beth Tasca

The event is Black Tie & Mask and all proceeds will benefit YPO’s educational programs. Bunny Bastian and Swanee DiMare are the Grand Benefactors of the Gala and Gala Advisors include René Beal, Debbie Campbell, Amy Hafner, Debbie Hasty and Cynthia MacEachern. Join Julie Todaro, YPO President, the gala chairs, advisors, and sponsors for a wonderful night!

Though admittance is by invitation only, you may request to be added to the invitation list by calling 305-753-1605 or visiting the website at www.ypo-miami.org.

About Young Patronesses of the Opera

In the mid-1950’s, Dr. Arturo di Filippi, the man who brought opera to Miami, asked a group of women to form an opera support group. Thus was born the Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO), a social volunteer organization comprised of over 100 women whose primary goal is to promote opera education. YPO has been raising funds for over 50 years to support its mission to cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor, educate and develop the understanding, taste and love of opera in the community and to support the Florida Grand Opera. This non-profit organization also relies on donations and grants to help fulfill their mission and to sustain a number of programs they offer such as the In-School Opera for the elementary school level, Teacher and Girl Scout Workshops, the Junior Opera Guild, Opera Funtimes and Voice Competitions of national renown.

During the 1994 opera season, the Greater Miami Opera and the Opera Guild, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale formed the Florida Grand Opera, Inc., making the FGO the tenth largest opera company in the United States. The formation of FGO ensures the production of grand opera of exceptional artistic quality in two performing arts centers in South Florida. As a long-time supporter of the FGO, YPO was awarded the Roberta Balfe leadership Golden Patron Award in 1993 for having made a lifetime contribution to FGO of over $1,000,000. Today, that contribution has more-than doubled. Because of its many achievements, YPO continues to be one of the most active and successful volunteer groups in the arts community.

For more information about YPO and our programs, please visit our website at www.ypo-miami.org.

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