‘Save the Arts’ Bak Mid­dle School of the Arts’ gala to fund pro­grams to keep lo­cal arts alive

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Arts pro­grams are be­com­ing more rare in pub­lic schools through­out the county. Mid­dle School of the Arts Foun­da­tion, how­ever, has an­nounced an event that it hopes will help keep such pro­grams alive lo­cally.

The in­au­gu­ral Save the Arts Gala will take place Jan. 10, from7 to11p.m., at Lake Pavil­ion in West Palm Beach.Stu­dents from Bak Mid­dle School of the Arts will per­form dur­ing the event. There will also be a silent auc­tion, din­ner and danc­ing.

“Bak Mid­dle School of the Arts stu­dents are the most am­bi­tious, cre­ative and brave stu­dents I have ever had the for­tune to meet,” said Kristin Ahr, who is co-chair­ing the event with Sarah Benitz.

Funds raised from the gala will go to­ward Mid­dle School of the Arts Foun­da­tion, with a mis­sion to de­velop per­ma­nent re­sources to en­sure world-class stan­dards of ex­cel­lence in arts and aca­demics at Bak Mid­dle School of the Arts, a pub­lic school serv­ing all of Palm Beach County.

Since 2013, the foun­da­tion has pro­vided nearly $750,000 to as­sist in the fund­ing of artists in res­i­dence, artis­tic con­sul­tants, and spe­cial­ized in­stru­ments, sup­plies and equip­ment for Bak Mid­dle School of the Arts.

“Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sup­port­ing the arts is im­per­a­tive to its sur­vival in our pub­lic school sys­tem and ben­e­fits so­ci­ety as a whole,” said Benitz, who is a board mem­ber for the foun­da­tion. “By pro­vid­ing th­ese mid­dle school stu­dents with the cre­ative tools they need to help them en­gage in and ex­plore the arts, we are pre­par­ing them to bet­ter in­ter­act within a cul­tur­ally di­verse world.”

The plan­ning com­mit­tee, spear­headed by Ahr and Benitz, has been hard at work since Au­gust. Mem­bers in­clude: Dr.& Mrs. David Ahr; M. Krista Barth (Sauer­berg); Christie Cag­giani; Theresa Corvino; Diana Davis; Hec­tor Diaz; Roberta Fen­ner; Lourdes Har­ring­ton; Al­li­son Rogers Haft; Kel­lie Kenny; Pa­tri­cia A. Leonard; Francine Man­tyh; Michael Pip­kens; Alice Ran­dolph; and Jess Savidge.

Save the Arts Gala is pre­sented by PNCWealth Man­age­ment and JAE Restau­rant Group/Wendy’s. Spon­sors in­clude Kristin Ahr& Michael Pip­kens; Benitz Build­ing LLC; and Hart­manWin­dows& Doors.

Lake Pavil­ion is lo­cated at101South Fla­gler Drive in West Palm Beach.

Tick­ets are $250. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.savetheart­smsoa.org or email msoafoun­da­tion@msn.com.

An­drea Smith, front left, An­gela Scates and Ben­jamin Luo; Lee Glaze, back left, and Susy Diaz

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