Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
24th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction
Theatre supporters gathered at the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables for the 24th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction presented by Actors’ Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall.
Hosted by Founding Board Chairman Dr. Lawrence Stein and Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein, over 500 guests attended one of the most anticipated events on the South Florida calendar that featured an auditorium full of live and silent auction items up for bid. The evening’s gourmet dining was provided by 33 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants, with an open bar sponsored by Barcardi and complimentary wine and champagne from Premier Beverage Co. Celebrity guest auctioneer for his 24th year was South Florida’s own Bob Soper, CBS Miami’s former chief meteorologist, with the help of Actors’ Playhouse Artistic Director David Arisco.
“We are thrilled by the generous support of our outstanding community of contributors who made the 24th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction such a memorable and successful event,” said Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein. “The community shares in our vision to enrich the quality of life and economic well being of Miami-Dade County through the performing arts. We are thankful for such good friends and patrons of the arts who help us continue to shine on at the Miracle Theatre!”
The popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actors’ Playhouse each year. This year’s funds of $150,000 will be dedicated to youth programming and general operations of Actors’ Playhouse’s 2015 – 2016 Season.
Headlining this year’s auction was a 2015 Lexus RX 350 one-year lease from Lexus of Kendall. Additionally, live and silent auction items included luxury cruises courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises, airfare provided by member airlines of the Star Alliance network, worldwide hotel travel courtesy of InterContinental Hotel Miami, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, golf packages, fine art, antiques, sports collectors items, spa visits, couture clothing and gift certificates.
Participating restaurants included ABC Bartending School, Anacapri on Ponce, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Benihana, Bread & Butter, The Café at Books & Books, California Pizza Kitchen, Catering By Les, Catering by Lovables, Cibo Wine Bar, Cold Stone Creamery, CrepeMaker Inc., Edda’s Cake Designs, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Courtyard Marriott Café, Morton’s Steakhouse, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardos Peruvian Cuisine, Pincho Factory, Randazzo’s Little Italy, Rincon Argentino, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, SAWA Restaurant & Lounge, Seasons 52, Shula’s 347 Grill, Starbucks, Talavera Cocina Mexicana, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Tropical Chinese Restaurant, Uvaggio Wine Bar and Yuga Restaurant.
With the close of a successful 24th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction, Actors’ Playhouse is already planning next year’s “By The Light of the Silvery Moon” 25th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction, which will be celebrated on April 16, 2016. For additional information on how to get involved contact the Actors’ Playhouse Development Office at 305-444-9293, extension 601.