64th Annual Beaux Arts Ball
More than 200 costumed and black-tie guests celebrated late into the night, to raise funds for the 64th annual Beaux Arts Ball — this year, carrying a “Viva Las Vegas” theme.
Guests were immediately transported to Vegas as they walked down a red carpet that lead to a white wedding chapel. Revelers donned head turning costumes including Elvis jumpsuits, exotic Cirque Du Soleil attire, and Miss Universe contestant garb, creating the glamour of Las Vegas at every turn.
After bidding on hundreds of show stopping silent raffle items, guest were ushered into the ballroom for an unforgettable night of dinner and dancing. Tables brimmed with the glitz of Vegas, with glistening chandeliers and showgirl hats boasting long black feathers. Casino tables lined the back of the ball room as guests played their best hand as they enjoyed flowing Bacardi cocktails.
Lesley Lyons-Monohan and Nicole Lozano served as this year’s Ball Chairs. They say they were honored to chair this signature fundraising event, while celebrating Beaux Arts rich 64 year history of arts education to school children across South Florida.
“It was a very glitzy, high-power, high-energy visit to Las Vegas,” Ball Chair Lesley Lyons-Monohan said. “But the big winner of the night were the children. Through the funds we raised with this incredible event, more children will have access to arts education.”
During the evening Kim Kyle Smith, who made her own ball gown of playing cards, was awarded the Best Costume prize. Beaux Arts Presidents Diana Moll and Kim Wood auctioned one of a kind experiences including a New York Fashion Week trip and a backstage experience with Jimmy Fallon. The “Fund-a- Need” portion of the evening raised more than $5,000, which will directly fund the organization’s outreach programs that seek to reach artists and children in our community to enhance art and art education. These programs have achieved acquisitions of over 50 pieces of art donated to the Lowe Art Museum, inspired more than 25,000 children at the Beaux Arts Art Camp and Classes, hosted over 5,000 students from underserved schools for a day of art education and hands on art projects, and supported artists and student artists with recognition and aid.
“Every year our ball raises pivotal funds toward arts education,” Gala Co-Chair Nicole Lozano said. “With the help of countless supporters and sponsors, we are committed to keeping Beaux Art educational programs and the Lowe Art Museum years to come in our community.”
Beaux Arts would like to thank its sponsors: Mercedes- Benz Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, Jackpot, Marcia Mitchell Music Incorporated, Massage Envy, Lydia and Rudy Touzet, Bacardi, Bales & Bales, Eliah and Ben Beavers, Mati Healthy Energy, Neiman Marcus, Northern Trust, SocialMiami.com, Publix Super Markets Charities, Allie Munroe, High Rollers, Menu Menu, Inc., Tan Printing, Edgar and Nicole Lozano, Lee Monahan and Lesley Lyons, and Kim and Tom Wood.