The Adrienne Arsht Center celebrated its annual gala with a performance by Harry Connick Jr. and a surprise gift by Foundation Board Member Swanee DiMare and her husband Paul DiMare. This was the first gift serving as a “response donation” to a recent anonymous give that was a challenge for others to do the same. The couple will have a stage named after them in the center for their generosity. Connick’s performance, for which he played hits from his Great American Songbook, helped the center have a fundraising record and the most successful gala in their history. Miami Haute 100-lister Adrienne Arsht served as the Honorary Gala Chair along with co-chairs Margaret and Mike Eidson and Rick Schatz.
Margarita and Armando Codina, Jan and Daniel Lewis and Barton Weiss were in attendance as well as Arsht Center President/CEO John Richard and Lynne Richard. Also seen at the event was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, developer Jorge Perez and actor Christian Slater.