Miami Art Museum’s Corporate Luncheon
Carnival Corporation Honored
Miami Art Museum awarded Carnival Corporation and PLC the MAM Corporate Honors Award at the Second Annual Corporate Luncheon, held at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Miami.
he Miami Art Museum Corporate Luncheon highlights the corporate community’s integral support of the arts throughout the region. MAM Corporate Honors are presented to a corporation from the business community whose philanthropy has made a major impact on the cultural vitality of South Florida.
After welcoming remarks from Aaron Podhurst, Chairman, and Gail Meyers, President of the Board, Terence Riley, Director of Miami Art Museum, remarked, “Carnival’s impact on the cultural vitality of South Florida, in a word, has been huge” and asked the audience to allow him to “begin with their impact on MAM.”
“Since 2000,” Riley explained, “Carnival has been a stalwart supporter of MAM’s education programs, from Art Ventures to MAM in the schools and other activities presented by our expanding education department through our annual education fund. Carnival’s recent gift is the largest ever given to MAM’s education outreach programs. Thanks to Carnival’s ongoing generosity, visitors to our new building will know immediately how seriously the museum takes its educational mission. Carnival is helping to ensure that the educational offerings in our new home attract as much international attention as the building itself.”
In South Florida, Carnival Corporation has provided major sponsorship support for the New World Symphony on Miami Beach, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, and the Miami City Ballet, in addition to MAM.
Before an audience of 125 of South Florida’s corporate, cultural and government leaders, Riley presented the MAM Corporate Honors Award on behalf of Miami Art Museum and its Trustees to Carnival Corporation and PLC. Howard S. Frank, Vice Chairman and COO of Carnival Corporation accepted the award, crediting Carnival founder Ted Arison’s philanthropic spirit and vision as the source of the global cruise company’s commitment to enhancing the communities in which it operates.
Jorge M. Pérez, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group and Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, was the Honorary Chair for the event. Rafael Miyar, Trustee, Miami Art Museum served as the Luncheon Chairman.
Randy Charles Epping, renowned international economist and author, was the keynote speaker, addressing the changing economy in the 21st century.
Attending representatives from the event’s Lead Benefactors included Linda Coll, director, Carnival Foundation; Andrew Hall, partner, Hall, Lamb and Hall, P.A.; Aaron Podhurst, senior partner, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.; Arthur Halsey Rice, partner/shareholder, Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller; and Sari Agatston, principal, South Beach Diet.
Proceeds from the Corporate Luncheon support Miami Art Museum’s nationally-acclaimed annual education and public programs.