Centro Mater’s Urban MATERs Anti-Gala

Offering an alternative to the traditional gala, one local organization hosted a casual and interactive “anti-gala” in efforts to raise funds for local underprivileged kids. On the evening of Friday, Nov. 14, the Centro Mater Foundation presented Urban MATERs, a celebration of urban art, music and entertainment. The event at MAPS Backlot in Wynwood doubled as a creative kickoff to the city’s art season and was attended by a variety of local influencers and art-world staples.

The Centro Mater Foundation, a South Florida institution that supports the efforts of Centro Mater Child Care Services Inc., a non-profit organization that provides quality care and education to economically disadvantaged youths, hosted the evening along with its young professional group Future Matters.

The exciting event, which raised more than $135,000, was designed as an urban art fair. Unique offerings included tastes by Food Truck Invasion, a fully decorated macaron car by Atelier Monnier, gelato cart, beverages courtesy of Coastal Wine and Spirits, craft beer by Panagra, an energetic DJ, and live acoustics. Artistic expressions included live art displays, a silent auction of one-of-a-kind Munny figurines, photo stations, henna applications, a Romero Britto Pop-Up Shop, performance artists, and opportunities for guests to create their own masterpieces. Additionally, local pop artist “GG” presented an impressive exhibition of his work. An overflowing crowd—some in dresses and suits and others in jeans and t-shirts—mingled, danced and enjoyed each other’s company in the casual lounge setting.

For additional information regarding Centro Mater Foundation and Centro Mater Child Care Services, Inc., visit CentroMater.org.

Photos by Nathan Valentine

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