Agrand evening hon­or­ing the di­vas and im­pre­sar­ios of the Opera So­ci­ety

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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.the­op­eraso­ci­

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

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