Agrand evening honoring the divas and impresarios of the Opera Society
pastime, the business of the arts drives significant revenue, jobs and increased quality of life in South Florida. No one knows this better than these dedicated men and women. I amdelighted to announce this year’s honorees.”
Mary Becht, former director, Broward County Cultural Division
Harriet Mertz, longtime opera patron and singer, and Florida Grand Opera Lyric Society Grand Patron member
Kristin Podack, president, Young Patronesses of the Opera
William K. Hill, shareholder of Gunster and chairman of Florida Grand Opera board of directors
William Riddle, executive director, Venetian Arts Society
Kelley Shanley, president and CEO, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Samuel M. Townsend, longtime opera patron and Lyric Society Impresario member
Gregory von Hausch, president and CEO, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Guest will be welcomed in the Peck Courtyard, with a signature ’Tsartini’ cocktail courtesy of Tsar Premium Vodka, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the performance “La Traviata.” The new Chinese raffle will include a Holland America Caribbean cruise, a weekend stay at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, portrait sitting by Tiffany photographers, Florida Grand Opera tickets, Broadway show tickets and more.
Following the reception, guests will enjoy the program, hosted by the voice of Florida Grand Opera’s Justin Moss.
At the conclusion, guests will be ushered into the Horvitz Lobby of the Au-Rene Theater to indulge in a feast prepared by the Broward Center’s executive chef. The voices of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio members will fill the lobbies as guests enjoy the unique event.
Committee members include chairwoman Becky Irwin, president KimNaimoli, founder Barbara Copanos, Helena Caplan, Carol Frei, Barbara Parent, Nuccia McCormick, Eric Koskoff, Ruth Molina and Betty Young.
For more information, call 954-249-0374 or visit www.theoperasociety.org.
Kelley Shanley, left, and Kim Naimoli
Willie Riddle, left, Mary Becht and Hugh Root
Sam Townsend, left, Barbara Parent, Maria Ordonez and Eric Koskoff
William Hill, left, Kristin Podack and Justin Moss
Betty Young, left, Helena Caplan, Dr. Harriet Mertz and Carol Frei