The Arts and Culture Council is proud to be an integral part of the program planning for the upcoming Annual Gala. We thank Gala Chair Aaron Perry and the Gala Committee for including us in this exciting process. Incorporating a multitude of cultural elements as a backdrop to the awards celebration, we will orchestrate a number of exciting and alluring artistic jewels not only to entertain the guests, but to highlight the caliber of arts and culture in Miami Beach. We wish to honor the award recipients and celebrate their individual contributions to the community through carefully selected and choreographed works of art in many forms, ranging from the invitation design and the awards creation, to visual arts, music and dance.
A Commemorative Gift
Gala invitees received a commemorative print, gift representing the 90th Annual Dinner Gala and its theme, “Celebrating Success.” This limited series of prints was designed by celebrated local artist Mark T. Smith, from the original 48” x 48” work of art- a gift to the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds of the sale of the painting will be used to fund the Chamber’s Miami Beach Education Foundation, a 501c3 dedicated to bringing together the strengths and resources of the community to support the needs of public education in Miami Beach by way of financing scholarships, school programming and in particular the International Baccalaureate program.
A Musical Grand Entrance and Visual Delights
On the evening of June 2, 2012, guests will enjoy many musical interludes. One of the most-anticipated musical components will be the FIU Jazz Ensemble. We are so appreciative of Our Arts and Culture Council Chair, Dean of the FIU College of Architecture + the Arts, Brian Schriner for this musical contribution. Music will set the tone for the evening, with an upbeat and sophisticated style.
During the cocktail hour, the main focus will be the silent auction, and mingling with other guests. With a black-tie optional dress code, there is bound to be a high-fashion cultural component to enjoy. Dare we say “eye candy?” And of course, accessories are an important part of every fashion statement. The jewels, shoes and evening bags will add to the dazzle of the crowd.
There are several surprise performances that will be revealed throughout the evening, and the dinner portion of the Gala will be infused with creative installations of art from the Bass Museum, the Wolfsonian and from the Art in Public Places of Miami Beach. Each visual masterpiece will serve as a reminder of the importance of art in our community, and to acknowledge the lifetime of civic contributions of our five honorees.
During the award ceremony, each honoree will receive a hand-crafted trophy designed by students from FIU College of Architecture + The Arts. Our Arts and Culture Council Chair, Dean of the FIU College of Architecture + the Arts, Brian Schriner and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art + Art History, Jacek J. Kolasiński have worked closely with the students and alumni to create these personalized trophies.
Musical High Notes
One of the most exciting components of the evening is the performance by the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. A select group of musicians from the Symphony will create an indelible memory of the evening, playing a customized classical musical selection for the Gala, Mozart’s Serenata Notturna, or “evening serenade”- a perfect tribute to the guests and honorees! This unique cultural institution has proudly supported and saluted local businesses for twenty-five years, and is pleased to celebrate the vibrant business community and leaders on this occasion. Our Arts and Culture Council member and Assistant Vice President, Development of the New World Symphony, Stacey Glassman Mizener, has been actively involved in not only the performance prepared by the New World Symphony, but in all of the artistic elements of the evening’s program.
Dance the Night Away
What is a Gala without dancing? Guests will be riveted by a sizzling performance by the Miami Contemporary Dance Company. We are grateful for the wonderful collaboration with this premier dance company, and its Founding Artistic Director, Ray Sullivan.
Not only will we have the opportunity to watch some of the finest dancers in Miami Beach, but the dance vibes will also get us ready to dance the night away in the post-dinner lounge sponsored by our generous sponsor, City National Bank.
From all accounts of last year’s Gala, everyone who stayed to enjoy the dessert and dancing had a wonderful time. This year, we have added yet another exciting musical component… sshhhh it’s a surprise.
The Brightest Spotlights – Our Honorees
With arts and cultural elements shining in the background, we wish to point the biggest and brightest spotlights on the five exceptional honorees. We thank them for their outstanding contributions to the community, and congratulate them on their well-deserved awards.
The 2012 Gala celebrates ninety years of history of the Chamber of Commerce as it honors five individuals who have created success in their own lives and for our community.
STEVEN D. SONENREICH, President & CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Citizen of the Year Award
GARY R. GERSON, Founding Partner, Gerson, Preston, Robinson and Co., PA, City National Bank Hi-Tides Outstanding Achievement Award
DR. ROSANN SIDENER, Principal, Miami Beach Senior High School, Distinguished Service Award
JOSE ABREU, Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Excellence in Tourism Award
TONY GOLDMAN, Chairman, The Goldman Properties Company, Lifetime Achievement Award