Miami Beach Chamber Gala – Entertainment and Invitation Design

Celebrating Success with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce – 90TH Annual Gala

June 2, 2012

 

Judy Holm, Vice-Chair, and the entire Arts and Culture Council were proud to be an integral part of the program planning for the Annual Gala held last Saturday.  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 orchestrated 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.  It was our desire 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, the sold-out gala hosted 1,200 guests who were treated to a variety of musical interludes.  Welcoming guests on the red carpet entrance was one of the most-anticipated musical components- 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 arranging this musical contribution.  Music set the tone for the evening, with an upbeat and sophisticated style.

 

During the cocktail hour, the main focus was the silent auction, and mingling with other guests.  With the black-tie optional dress code, there were many creative fashion statements made by the guests.  Dare we say “eye candy?”  And of course, accessories are an important part of every fashion statement.  The jewels, shoes and evening bags added much sparkle and dazzle in the night.

 

There were several surprise performances that were revealed throughout the evening, from the marching band of Miami Beach High, whose members paraded through the crowd and led us in to dinner, to the fantastic and spirited cheerleaders who added to the high-energy and fun of the evening’s festivities.

 

The dinner portion of the Gala was 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 served 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 received 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 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 created 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? After dinner and the awards ceremony, the guests moved into the more informal portion of the evening- and danced the night away in the post-dinner lounge sponsored by our generous sponsor, City National Bank.  The lounge was complete with a cigar bar and copious desserts, with a multitude of performance acts by some amazingly talented dancers.

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 celebrated ninety years of history of the Chamber of Commerce as it honored 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