Young Friends get a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the sea­son

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More than 450 Young Friends of cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions across Palm Beach County joined in the mer­ri­ment of the Fifth an­nual Young Friends Sneak Peek Sea­son Soiree re­cently held at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort Palm Beach.

The Soiree is organized by the Palm Beach County Cul­tural Coun­cil and event co-chairs Fred and Deirdre Shapiro.

“In a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort, the Soiree was founded on the mis­sion of at­tract­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of leaders for our cul­tur­ally di­verse artis­tic com­mu­nity,” said Soiree founder Deirdre Shapiro. “We’re sup­port­ing a pos­i­tive cul­tural cli­mate that will hope­fully en­cour­age fu­ture phi­lan­thropists such as Cul­tural Coun­cil founders Alex Drey­foos and the re­cently de­ceased Robert Mont­gomery who have made such a won­der­ful im­pact on our com­mu­nity.”

The largest, most en­thu­si­as­tic crowd in the Soiree’s his­tory came out for the fifth an­niver­sary fete. Much of the ex­cite­ment was built around the Soiree’s new home at the posh re­sort. Even more ex­cite­ment was gen­er­ated by th­ese 19 dy­namic cul­tural groups par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cel­e­bra­tion:

Artists Show­case of the Palm Beaches Mi­ami City Bal­let Ar­mory Art Cen­ter Morikami Mu­seum and Ja­panese Gar­dens Arthur R. Mar­shall Foun­da­tion Nor­ton Mu­seum of Art Bal­let Florida Old School Square Boca Ra­ton Mu­seum of Art Palm Beach Dramaworks Cald­well The­atre Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Florida Stage Palm Beach Opera His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Palm Beach County Palm Beach Zoo Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts South Florida Sci­ence Mu­seum Log­ger­head Marinelife Cen­ter Each or­ga­ni­za­tion put its sig­na­ture dec­o­rat­ing touch on lively ta­bles fea­tur­ing sea­son pro­gram­ming and vol­un­teer in­for­ma­tion. The groups also do­nated ex­cit­ing raf­fle prizes such as per­for­mance ticket or mu­seum en­trances.

Adding to the fes­tiv­i­ties was the Four Sea­sons of­fer­ing on-site mini mas­sages and the chance to win a fab­u­lous spa pack­age. Be­tween vis­it­ing var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions, check­ing the raf­fle win­ners’ board and chat­ting about the up­com­ing cul­tural sea­son, party go­ers en­joyed scrump­tious passed ap­pe­tiz­ers and a va­ri­ety of cock­tails.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a young friend was in­vited to the Soiree as was ev­ery mem­ber of the at­tend­ing cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions’ young friend groups.

“There is al­ways a lot of en­thu­si­asm sur­round­ing the Soiree,” said Rena Blades, Cul­tural Coun­cil pres­i­dent and CEO. “See­ing such an­tic­i­pa­tion and in­ter­est in the cul­tural sea­son is truly in­spi­ra­tional.”

The Soiree was gen­er­ously spon­sored by UBS Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Four Sea­sons Re­sort Palm Beach and Palm Beach Mo­tor Cars.

Todd and Traci Kozak, left, with Lance Pain

Nanique Gherid­ian, left, Mia Matthews and Steve Caras

Paula Martin, left, Chef Dar­ryl Molles and Laura Wissa

Chris Noe, left, Daniel Al­bert­tis and Tara Sin­clair

Fred Shapiro, left, Robert J. Debbs, Deirdre Sykes Shapiro and Mark Res­nick

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