YoungArts Gala Raises More Than $550 Thousand
The party began with street performances by the 2010 YoungArts finalists and was followed by a dazzling show at the Gusman Center by select YoungArts Alumni, including famed dancer and choreographer Desmond Richardson. Richardson was a 1986 YoungArts winner in Modern Dance and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of our time, and his performance proved this to be true. Following the performance was a cocktail reception, specialty wine silent auction, and a drawing featuring a dazzling variety of luxury items and experiences. During the reception, guests were surrounded by vignettes with incredible performances by the 2010 YoungArts finalists.A special tribute to Desmond Richardson, recipient of the YoungArts Alumni Award, and distinguished actress and director Liv Ullmann, the recipient of this year’s prestigious Arison Award, was the highlight of the evening. YoungArts also honored the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and its President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen for its distinguished leadership and unwavering commitment to supporting the arts and its commitment to Miami.
Funds raised will support YoungArts programming on both a regional and national level.