Winter Wonderful Holiday Dinner 2019

Winter Wonderful, one of the most magical annual events of the holidays kicked off the season in musical style on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the J.W. Marriott Marquis Hotel. 

Hosted by Frost School of Music Dean Shelton G. Berg, this unique carols and candlelight event benefits the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach mentoring program. Hundreds of guests were led to the gala by Herald Trumpets as a sparkling tunnel of northern lights encircled them on their path to the cocktail reception and ballroom. Led by Dr. Amanda Quist, Frost’s new Director of Choral Activities and Professor Corin Overland, the evening included over 150 Frost School of Music student singers and instrumentalists, from the carolers on stage to those surrounding the guest’s elegant candlelit dinner tables, all set in a magical frosty winter setting.  

Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg, UM President Julio Frenk with Frost Legacy Award Recipients, Olga and David Melin

Leticia Jack, Frost School of Music Staff and Performer

Among gala attendees were Dr. and Mrs. Philp and Patricia Frost, former Governor Jeb (and Colomba) Bush, U.S. Congresswoman and former UM President Donna Shalala, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos (and Lourdes) Jimenez, Miami Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto (and Maria) Carvalho, Jeffrey Miller, Frost Dean Advisory Committee Chair,  along with other South Florida philanthropic leaders and guests. 

UM President Julio Frenk and Dean Shelton G. Berg presented the 2019 Frost Legacy Award to longtime patrons and supporters of Winter Wonderful, Olga and David Melin.  As directors of the Olga and David Foundation, they support visual and performing arts, including a wide array of organizations such as human services, conservation, and wildlife and have generously supported The Frost School of Music over many years and are UM Grand Founder Society members.

Dean Shelton G. Berg stated:  “Tis the season and I can’t think of a better way to start celebrating than by attending Winter Wonderful.  Our gala is truly one of our most memorable events of the year putting everyone in a giving holiday spirit while experiencing the extraordinary music presented by our students and faculty along with an enchanting holiday setting.  It is an opportunity to acknowledge those who have given generously and it was truly a pleasure to present the Frost Legacy Award to this year’s honorees Olga and David Melin.”

The annual gala, established in 2008, raised more than $250,000.00 for the  Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program.  The success of this program is attributed to the Director of MusicReach Dr. Melissa Lesniak and Frost School of Music student mentors, whose passion for the arts motivates underserved children to remain in school, develop positive social and study habits, and ultimately gives them the confidence to pursue further education. The labor of love that our Frost School of Music Faculty and Students put into each mentee in this unique program, continues to remind us of the true reason for the season. At the Frost School of Music, we actually do, “Play it Forward.”

Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost, Dr. Felicia Knaul and UM President Julio Frenk
Julia Berg, Ambassadors Chuck and Sue Cobb
Karl Wulf and Marta Weeks Wulf
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Karen Fryd, MusicReach Mentees, Dean Shelton Berg
Alan Heldman, Leslie Miller Saiontz, Amanda Gluck and Family
Leslie Miller Saiontz, Congresswoman Donna Shalala, Stuart Miller, Jeffrey Miller and Tina Beltran-Miller
Nino Pernetti and Lynda Gordon
The Honorable Jeb Bush and Mrs. Columba Bush
Ambassador Chuck Cobb, Nathan Giunta, Lauren Miller, Stuart Miller, Dean Shelton Berg and Provost Jeffrey Duerk
Steven Neckman, Hazel Rosen and Charles Randolph
Karen and Jonathan Fryd
Jason and Gina Robichaux
Nancy, Carolyn, and Jon Batchelor
Robert and Judi Prokop Newman
Jessica, Maureen, Aspen and George Collins
Dr. Grace Wang and Friends
Matthew Deitch, Tiffany Twohig and Joseph Deitch
Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, UM President Julio Frenk
Jose and Janet Cortes and Friends Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Dean Shelton and Julia Berg, Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost, Lourdes Portela Gimenez and Mayor Carlos Gimenez
Lourdes Portela Gimenez, Dr. Felicia Knaul, Hilarie Bass, Esq., Patricia Frost
Jane Sabet, Janet Khamsi, Lourdes Portela Gimenez, Jane Khamsi, Bahia Khamsi and Lynda Gordon
Henry and Dorothy Norton
Kate and Steven Freedman
Tim Brent with Conductor and Director of Frost Chorale, Amanda Quist
Kent Savage, Nicole Henry, Maria Carvalho and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Dr. Arthur and Sari Agatston with Steven Neckman
Dania Gorriz, Executive Director of Major Gifts and Patricia San Pedro, Executive Director of Marketing Frost School of Music
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