On Tuesday, March 8, the Citizens Interested in the Arts, Inc., (CIA) held their Annual membership luncheon at Fontainebleau Hotel honoring “impresaria” Judy Drucker for her attribution in the arts. She accepted the CIA’s 2011 Champion of the Arts Award for her efforts of presenting both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties with music and dance throughout 40 years.
The event began with Vocalist Judy Lotwin’s booming voice belting out “God Bless America” before the President of CIA Stuart Geller came on stage to welcome the crowd. The ceremony also entailed bringing the “Angles of the Year” up on stage to give them proper recondition for their proud efforts toward the organization. Other speakers included Mayor of Aventura, Susan Gottlieb spoke and Senior Political & Governmental Reporter, Michael Putney.
Once Judy Drucker was brought on stage and awarded the 2011 Champion of the Arts Award, the young talent took center stage with Chelsea Lee, a 15 year-old singer to begin the show with classics like “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “Mamma Mia.” Nineteen-year-old Concert Pianist Luis Urbina impressed all with his rendition of Chopin shortly afterward.
The afternoon was also filled with a 3-course meal starting with Caprese salad, a choice of salmon or roasted chicken and a large square of chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.
The CIA was established back in 1997 by South Florida residents in efforts to find a successful way to support the local art scene. To date the members have been able to raise over $600,000 in grants to financially help the arts.
For more information on joining the Citizens Interested in the Arts, Inc., please visit www. cia4arts.org.