Sizzling Sold Out Sensation
The black-tie annual Gala of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts held on January 21st was a sizzling, sold out sensation. The event attracted more than 400 supporters and featured in Dreyfoos Hall the hot-hot-hot sounds of Pink Martini, 10 talented musicians under the direction of pianist Thomas Lauderdale who performed an audience-dazzling repertoire of classical, jazz and pop.
The 2013 Gala was chaired by Monika Preston, along with Honorary Chair Kathryn Vecellio and Vice Chair Kim Havlicek. The Gala Junior co-chairs were Angela Culveyhouse, Cameron Preston and Tara Vecellio.
The Gala started with a sparkling cocktail reception in the Shapiro Founders’ Room prior to the performance of Pink Martini. Following the incredible concert, gala guests danced and dined in the spectacular Gimelstob Ballroom, awash in pink and platinum décor and accented with elegant sprays of cascading white phalaenopis orchids atop high graceful silver vases. The dinner menu included a seafood selection of caviar, smoked salmon and scallop, followed by a petite filet and poached lobster, topped of with a decadent ice cream dessert.
“Looking around this spectacular room tonight, I see so many loyal Kravis friends and supporters,”
A major highlight of the Gala was the announcement by William A. Meyer, the Kravis Center’s outgoing Chairman of the Board, of three major financial gifts to the Kravis Center this season, including a $1 million gift from Barbara and Jerome Golden of Palm Beach Gardens. This gift to support annual operations will help grow the Center’s arts education program for the 50,000-plus children and teens the Kravis Center serves every year.
The two other gifts received by the Kravis Center earlier in the season were an MLDauray Arts Initiative grant for $1.25 million from Mary Lou and Alan Davis in honor of his late parents Leonard and Sophie Davis, and a $1 million gift from the Lawrence J and Florence A De George Charitable Trust. The MLDauray grant is underwriting the new P.E.A.K. (Provocative Entertainment at Kravis) series at the Kravis Center, while the second gift is funding the new De George Academy for the Performing Arts.
“Ticket sales and rental revenue alone do not cover the cost of operating a not-for-profit facility such as the Kravis Center,” said Mr. Meyer. “It is only through generous contributions and benefit events like the annual Gala that the Center can continue to make the best of the performing arts available to the entire community.”
Gala performance sponsors were Myrna and John Daniels and Henni and John Kessler. Additional sponsors included Helen K. Persson (décor), Monika and John Preston (reception), Kathryn and Leo Vecellio (dinner), The Breakers (bar and wine service), Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein (“Rising Stars” table), Ingrid and David Kosowsky (education programs), Martin Axman and Phylis Fogelson (photography)
(All IDs are L-R – Photos by Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm Beach)
1. John and Monika Preston