KRAVIS CENTER Announces Three Major Social Events in 2013

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Announces Annual Social Events in 2013 + Annual Gala – January 21 + Palm Beach Wine Auction – January 31 + Reach for the Stars – April 20
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Sept. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- (West Palm Beach, FL – September 20, 2012)  The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting three major social events in 2013:

Annual Gala
What:   The Kravis Center's annual black-tie Gala will begin with a pre-performance reception followed by a spectacular performance by Pink Martini. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world and crossing genres of classical, jazz and pop, Pink Martini returns to Dreyfoos Hall with a diverse repertoire influenced by Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, Tito Puente and Xavier Cugat, as well as Argentine tango, Brazilian samba, Italian folk, Asian flair and romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ’50s. According to bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale, "If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, Pink Martini would be that band.” Following the performance will be an elegant dinner-dance.

When:   Monday, January 21, 2013 – 6 p.m.

Where:   The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach

Cost of Tickets:     $750 for Gala Patrons, $375 for Young Gala Patrons (45 and younger)

Who:      Gala Chair:  Monika Preston; Honorary Chair:  Kathryn Vecellio; Vice-Chair:  Kim Havlicek; Junior Co-Chairs: Angela Culveyhouse, Cameron Preston, Tara Tobin

Attire:   Black Tie

Proceeds:    Ticket sales and rental revenue alone do not cover the cost of operating a not-for-profit facility like the Kravis Center.  It is only through generous donations and benefit events like the Gala that the Kravis Center is able to make the best of the performing arts available to the entire community.

Sponsors:    Performance: Myrna and John Daniels & Henni and John Kessler; Décor: Helen K. Persson; Dinner: Kathryn and Leo Vecellio; Bar & Wine Service: The Breakers; Rising Stars Table: Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein; Education Programs: Ingrid and David Kosowsky; Photography: Martin Axman and Phylis Fogelson; Public Relations: Stephen Brown and Jamie Stern; Dinner Dance Orchestra: Julie and Amin Khoury; Programs and Invitations: Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund; Valet Services: Jane M. Mitchell; Table Centerpieces: Monika and John Preston; Special Support: Tiffany & Co.

Palm Beach Wine Auction
What:   The Kravis Center's sixth annual Palm Beach Wine Auction will feature a five-course gourmet dinner paired with specially selected wines from all over the world.  The live auction takes place throughout the dinner and includes wines presented during the evening as well as some of the world's most renowned and highly rated wines.  The auction will be under the direction of Michael Troise, retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine Department and an expert with more than 40 years experience tasting, buying and brokering wines.  This elegant evening appeals not only to the wine connoisseur but also to anyone who enjoys world-class cuisine. In addition, the 2013 Palm Beach Wine Auction will showcase two world-renowned, James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs along with Mar-a-Lago's top chef.

When:   Thursday, January 31, 2013 – 6 p.m.

Where:   The Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100 South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach

Cost of Tickets:     $1,000  

Who:      Chair:  Ted Mandes

Attire:   Cocktail Attire (jacket and tie required)

Proceeds:   Since it was started, the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction has generated more than $1.5 million to support the Kravis Center’s award-winning education programs that have served more than 1.2 million children to date.

Sponsors:    Premier Grand Cru: PNC Wealth Management; Grand Cru: Patrick M. Park; Premier Cru: Madeline and Roderic Fink, Chris N. Kritikos, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein; Private Reserve: Stuart and Sharyn Frankel, Mark and Stacey Levy, Craig and Rochelle Menin, Menin Development, Inc, Jane M. Mitchell; Plus Grand Négociant: Tiffany & Co.

Reach for the Stars
What:   Hosted by the Young Friends of the Kravis Center, the 20th annual Reach for the Stars is South Florida’s most celebrated ballroom dance competition teaming a colorful array of media personalities with professional instructors from many of Palm Beach County’s finest dance studios. Following the presentation of the coveted mirror ball trophies, attendees will feast on a scrumptious sampling of gourmet food and wine from numerous top quality restaurants and vendors.

When:   Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 6 p.m.

Where:   Dreyfoos Hall at The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Cost of Tickets:     $125 for Premium (includes on stage assigned seating and valet parking); $75 for General Admission; and $60 for Young Friends Members

Who:      Young Friends Executive Committee Co-Chairs:  Zachary Berg and Jarrod Schilling
Attire:   Cocktail Attire

Proceeds:    The annual fundraiser benefits the Kravis Center’s  S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series and education programs.

Sponsors:    Gold Sponsors: Marcie Gorman-Althof, Sydelle and Arthur I. Meyer Foundation; Silver Sponsor: Jane M. Mitchell

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.

The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.  For more information, please call (561) 832-7469 or visit

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