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on the S O C I E T Y & C UL TUR E SCENE BY MICHAEL MUZQUIZ 2 ART AND SOUL The Backyard Ball kicks off 2017’s gala season by celebrating tomorrow’s stars. 1. Tony Yazbeck and Sarah Arison 2. The crowd at the gala’s animated aferparty 3. Ackeem Salmon and Javon Jones 4. Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran 5. Amanda Seales served as the evening’s emcee. 6. Maria Giulia Maramotti and Carolina García Jayaram 7. Violinist Mariella Haubs performs for the crowd. 1 3 6 4 5 THE OCCASION The new year’s social season began on a high note with the Backyard Ball, the annual fundraiser for the National YoungArts Foundation, which helps support the professional development of the country’s most talented young artists. THE CROWD More than 700 guests donned gowns and tuxedos for what’s become one of Miami’s most popular galas. Among the guests were YoungArts leader Sarah Arison , Bass Museum of Art director Silvia Karman Cubiñá , architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia and legendary lensman Bruce Weber . THE HIGHLIGHTS For the third consecutive year, Max Mara sponsored the evening, and representing the brand was Maria Giulia Maramotti (director of retail for North America), who presented the 2016 Max Mara Visionary Artist Award to Javon Jones . Throughout the night, a series of performance vignettes directed by Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck kept guests entertained. By evening’s end, more than $1.5 million was raised to support YoungArts’ programs in Miami. 68 MI A M I M A R C H 2 0 1 7 | M O D E R N L U X U R Y . C O M PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHERINE BOLLENS, GETTY IMAGES & WORLD RED EYE 7

Society & Culture On The Scene

Michael Muzquiz

ART AND SOUL

The Backyard Ball kicks off 2017’s gala season by celebrating tomorrow’s stars.

1.Tony Yazbeck and Sarah Arison

2.The crowd at the gala’s animated aferparty

3.Ackeem Salmon and Javon Jones

4.Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran

5.Amanda Seales served as the evening’s emcee.

6.Maria Giulia Maramotti and Carolina García Jayaram

7.Violinist Mariella Haubs performs for the crowd.

THE OCCASION

The new year’s social season began on a high note with the Backyard Ball, the annual fundraiser for the National YoungArts Foundation, which helps support the professional development of the country’s most talented young artists. THE CROWD More than 700 guests donned gowns and tuxedos for what’s become one of Miami’s most popular galas. Among the guests were YoungArts leader Sarah Arison, Bass Museum of Art director Silvia Karman Cubiñá, architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia and legendary lensman Bruce Weber. THE HIGHLIGHTS For the third consecutive year, Max Mara sponsored the evening, and representing the brand was Maria Giulia Maramotti (director of retail for North America), who presented the 2016 Max Mara Visionary Artist Award to Javon Jones. Throughout the night, a series of performance vignettes directed by Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck kept guests entertained. By evening’s end, more than $1.5 million was raised to support YoungArts’ programs in Miami.

PUTTING KIDS FIRST

Miami’s most influential philanthropists and city leaders come together in the name of children at the Be A Voice, Be A Light gala.

1.David and Christy Martin with Rudy and Lydia Touzet

2.Jay Shapiro addresses guests.

3.Brad and Suzanne Meltzer

4.Beth and Richard Tasca

5.Brianna Addolorato

6.A diamond timepiece by Harry Winston on display

7.Violet Camacho and Benny Bloch

8.Laurence and Malcolm Stott on the dance floor

THE OCCASION

The Voices for Children Foundation has been helping kids in the county’s foster-care system for more than two decades, and the organization’s most recent premier fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental proved that its dedication is as strong as ever. THE CROWD Nearly 450 individuals turned up for the Be A Voice, Be A Light gala, which was presented by Harry Winston. Among those in attendance were chairs Brad and Suzanne Meltzer as well as Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz, Jay and Susan Shapiro and Paul and Swanee DiMare. THE HIGHLIGHTS There were teary eyes when Stephen and Aimee Owens were honored for their support of Voices for the last 16 years, but there was nothing but happiness at the Harry Winston display of jewelry, which included, among other things, a 70-carat yellow diamond necklace and numerous timepieces. Needless to say, security was tight.

TO 100 MORE!

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens celebrates 10 decades of Gilded Age glamour at its much-anticipated Centennial Gala.

1.Musicians from the Frost School of Music performing

2.Daisy Olivera and Bernard Garsen

3.Alejandro Muguerza and Ignacio Goitia

4.The gala’s fireworks finale

5.Juan and Laura Munilla with Lourdes Portela Giménez and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez

6.Guests mingling at Vizcaya’s garden

7.Jose and Barbara Hevia

THE OCCASION

Getting to 100 in a young city like Miami is definitely a reason to celebrate, and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens did plenty of it at its Centennial Gala, which transported guests to the Gilded Age when the palazzo was originally built. THE CROWD Ball committee chairs Alexa Wolman, Leslie Ann Brown, Nadia Valdes, James W. Murphy, Swanee Di Mare, Sonia Gibson, Cathy Jones, Joel M. Hoffman, Barbara Hevia, Linda Levy Goldberg, Pearl Baker Katz and Gladys Rustan-Hernando welcomed most—if not all—of Miami’s foremost philanthropists to a party that hit all the right marks. THE HIGHLIGHTS The evening began with a cocktail reception at Vizcaya’s south terrace with live music, before guests were led down a path illuminated by lanterns to a Le Basque-catered dinner. After a proclamation by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez naming Nov. 19, 2016 as Vizcaya Centennial Kick-Off Day, guests took the dance floor with a vengeance. A spectacular fireworks display over Biscayne Bay capped off the celebration .

NOTES OF ACCORD

A musical evening brings attention to various social causes at the I Love Venezuela Foundation gala.

1.The gala’s dining area before guests arrived

2.David Bisbal takes the stage.

3.Stephania Stefanelli and Grey Fuentes

4.Santi Chumaceiro

5.Ernesto Mathies, Rodner Figueroa and Carlos Pérez-Ruiz share a selfie moment.

6.A Rafael Barrios sculpture at the gala’s silent auction

7.Ariadna Gutiérrez on the red carpet

THE OCCASION

In just a few years, Rodner Figueroa has made the I Love Venezuela Foundation gala one of Miami’s must-attend soirees. Figueroa played host at the event once again alongside Santi Chumaceiro and Geraldine Pulido at the Alfred I. Dupont Building. THE CROWD Personalities such as Lola Ponce, Ariadna Gutiérrez, Osmel Sousa, Daniela Di Giacomo and Camila Canabal all turned out—in their formal best—for the evening, proceeds from which went to support various philanthropic initiatives in Venezuela. THE HIGHLIGHTS In between red-carpet moments, cocktails and dinner, guests were treated to a performance by David Bisbal, as well as the presentation of the Spirit Award to Carlos Cruz-Diez for his contributions to Latin American art. “Venezuela has always been very important to me,” said Bisbal after his show. “[I’m] proud to be lending a helping hand to our country from afar.”

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