Fifth Anniversary Season Gala

Benefits Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 7 p.m.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

More than 500 of Miami’s most influential arts patrons, philanthropists, and business and civic leaders will gather on Thursday, October 28, 2010 as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County marks its 5th Anniversary Season with a special Gala event starring Broadway performer and four-time Tony Award-nominee Raúl Esparza. This year’s 5th Anniversary Season Gala will honor the Center’s legacy to date, the evolution of its mission as a ‘world-class, community-based’ performing arts center, and its future direction as the Miami community continues to invest in the institution.

The black tie event will begin at 7 p.m. with Act I: cocktails in the Arthur and Alice Adams Foundation Lobby. Act II, the dedication of the Center’s newly-engraved grand donor wall, will precede Act III: a spectacular dinner by Barton G. Weiss’ Performing Arts Catering on the Lynn Wolfson Stage in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. Act IV will feature a special performance by multi-talented Miami native Raúl Esparza. Mr. Esparza most recently wowed Miami audiences in the summer 2010 run of BABALU, which marked his Adrienne Arsht Center debut. The Gala will take place just prior to Mr. Esparza’s debut in Leap of Faith, a new musical in which he will be starring with actress Brooke Shields. Mr. Esparza is a recipient of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ prestigious youngArts Award. The evening will conclude with Act V, desserts and dancing. The entire evening will carry a black-and-white motif. Proceeds from the Gala will support the Center’s mission-driven arts education and community outreach programs.

Raúl Esparza

In line with the 5th Anniversary Season theme, “Every great performance begins with you,” the Gala will celebrate the dedication of several grand honorees who have played an important role in the Center’s initial development and subsequent success. The evening’s grand honorees include Adrienne Arsht, Lin Arison/Arison Arts Foundation, Alberto and Susana Ibargüen/Knight Foundation, Parker and Vann Thomson, Woody and Judy Weiser, and Sanford and Dolores Ziff.

A focal point of the Gala evening will be the dedication of the grand donor wall in the Ziff Ballet Opera House featuring the names of hundreds of individuals, families, businesses and organizations that have supported the Center dating back to its initial planning phase. The wall’s newest additions will be names that participated in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 2010 Donor Wall initiative, which raised more than $2 million, according to Suzanna Valdez, the Center’s Vice President for Advancement.

Joining this year’s Gala Honorary Chairwoman Adrienne Arsht will be Chairs Margaret and Mike Eidson and Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne bon Haes. Co-chairs include Ana and Rob Barlick, Trish and Dan Bell, Nancy Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey H. Loria, and Penny and Roe Stamps.

The Gala is supported by the Center’s 5th Anniversary Season sponsors, TotalBank and Alan R. and Diane Lieberman, as well as event sponsors Bacardi, Barton G., The Miami Herald, and Bombay Sapphire, the name sponsor of the Center’s brand-new Bombay Sapphire Lounge.

For more information about this momentous event, corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities, or to RSVP for the 5th Anniversary Season Gala, please call 786-468-2020 or email

About the Adrienne Arsht Center

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is one of the world’s largest performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.

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