An Evening ON THE SANDS OF MIAMI BEACH

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, Miami City Ballet celebrated three decades of artistic leadership and community impact at its 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, January 23, 2016 with a spectacular black-tie event on the sands of Miami Beach underneath the full moon, presented in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.

The signature event was made possible by an esteemed chairing committee, including Grand Honorary Chairs Claudia and Steven Perles, who recently gifted MCB with $1 million for the new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in addition to Ana and Robert Barlick, Tina and Dan Carlo, and Susan D. Kronick and Edward Manno Shumsky. The evening was the most successful Gala in the history of Miami City Ballet, raising more than $3.5 million to support the reimagining of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well Miami City Ballet’s education and outreach initiatives in the local community.

Miami’s leading philanthropists, from Miami City Ballet founder Toby Lerner Ansin to model/actress Adriana Lima, gathered for cocktail hour presented by Bacardi under a tent on the beautiful shoreline of Miami Beach. During the cocktail hour, Christofle of Paris treated guests to a sterling champagne experience. The sunset cocktail hour, presented by Bacardi, included a live performance by New World Symphony fellows, and a grand fireworks display sponsored by Movado transitioned the evening to an elegant dinner in a spectacular tent catered by Le Basque.

Taking inspiration from the ocean-themed setting of Miami City Ballet’s reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, images of MCB dancers photographed underwater floated across the tent’s ceiling, while seashells and corals elegantly adorned the tables and guests danced under a magnificent jellyfish chandelier.

In a thrilling highlight of the evening, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine named January 23, 2016 as “Miami City Ballet Day,” and presented the Key to the City to Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez, thanking the Company for making Miami Beach their home.

Specially designed gift bags courtesy of Neiman Marcus Coral Gables were presented at the close of the evening, and included a prized Michele Oka Doner costume sketch for each guest. Bank of America is Miami City Ballet’s South Florida 30th Anniversary Corporate Leader.

 


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
LOURDES LOPEZ

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MICHAEL SCOLAMIERO

GRAND HONORARY CHAIRS
CLAUDIA & STEVEN PERLES

HONORARY CHAIRS
MICHELE & LARRY HERBERT
OPHELIA & JUAN JS. ROCA 

30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CHAIRS
ANA & ROBERT BARLICK
TINA & DAN CARLO
SUSAN D. KRONICK &
EDWARD MANNO SHUMSKY

PALM BEACH CHAIRS
GILLIAN FULLER
SONDRA & DAVID MACK

HONORING MCB’S PHILANTHROPIC LEADERS 
TOBEY LERNER ANSIN &
THE ANSIN FOUNDATION
EDMUND N. ANSIN
ANDREW LERNER ANSIN
JAMES LERNER ANSIN
STEPHANIE LERNER ANSIN
TRISH & DAN BELL
MARGARITA & ARMANDO CODINA
SWANEE & PAUL DIMARE
ELLEN & LOUIS WOLFSON, III

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM ARTISTS 
LOURDES LOPEZ
MICHELE OKA DONER
TAREL ALVIN MCCRANEY

 

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