Social Styles: Gala Glamour

Who Wore What to Where by Elysze Held

There are Galas—and there are GALAS: The “Gala Season” in Miami for 2014-2015 has turned out to be one decadent party celebration after another. (no complaints here). But none proved itself to be more elegant in the inspiration of black tie dressing than The Arsht Center’s Gala featuring the iconic maestro himself, Barry Manilow.

It was a night to remember (of course, it would be Miami’s answer to the Met Ball). “In what has become an annual tradition to welcome world-class talent to the Arsht Center’s state-of-the-art stages for our Anniversary Gala, guests this year enjoyed and danced to! a blockbuster performance by the legendary Barry Manilow,” said Swanee DiMare, chair of the Gala for the third year in a row along with her husband Paul DiMare. Philanthropy and style-a perfect match! In fashion-speak, it was an evening of cascading trains, extravagant sophistication, luxury and legacy.

A Gala can also be an intimate affair, as in the soiree for Beth David Congregation honoring Rabbi Julie Jacobs…

Pictured: Swanee DiMare radiates feminine luxury in Oscar de la Renta

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The MCM Be a Kid Again Gala

Miami Children’s Museum celebrated their annual Be a Kid Again Gala with over 500 attendees who had their martinis “shaken, not stirred” at the James Bond themed celebration. Nearly $1 million was raised to support the Museum’s educational programming! The event featured both a silent and live auction; live auction pieces included a Navy Seal experience, Aston Martin 007 Race Adventure in Sonoma, 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE convertible, courtesy of The Collection and a custom portrait by renowned artist Romero Britto. Chairman Jeff Berkowitz honored 2015 Gala Chairs Richard & Susan Lampen and Adam & Jackie Malamed and presented a special thank you to Honorary Chairs Alonzo & Tracy Mourning! One of the best attended galas, guests danced into the Gala after Party with beats by DJ Zog.

Pictured: Leslie and Wayne Pathman with Bond girls

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Toasts Donors and the Outgoing 2014-15 Season

Miami City Ballet hosted a private dinner to toast the major philanthropic supporters who have played a pivotal role in the Company’s success this year, and beyond. The intimate dinner was held in the Cejas Patron Salon, Knight Concert Hall where guests were able to meet and mingle with the hottest ballet choreographer working today, Justin Peck, whose world premiere for Miami City Ballet, Heatscape, was performed that evening to standing ovations. Miami City Ballet Executive Director Michael Scolamiero welcomed the guests, and Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez shared her heartfelt thanks and excitement, not only for that evening’s performance of Heatscape, but for the shining future of Miami City Ballet.

Pictured: Kinga Lampert & MCB Board Member Ana-Marie Codina Barlick

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