Long-standing Kravis Center Supporters Kathryn Vecellio and Monika Preston Chaired Benefit
(West Palm Beach, Fla.) –After a two-year hiatus, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts was thrilled to host its Gala once again on Friday, March 4, 2022. The benefit continued its tradition of bringing legendary, award-winning artists to the stage. More than 350 Gala guests were welcomed with a red-carpet pre-performance cocktail reception in the Harris Pre-Function Hall, Cohen Pavilion, then enjoyed the performance from showbiz icons Steve Martin and Martin Short in Dreyfoos Hall, followed by a spectacular post-show dinner dance in the Gimelstob Ballroom. The evening was led by Gala Chairs Kathryn Vecellio and Monika Preston with Christine and Bob Stiller as Honorary Chairs.
Prior to the performance, Kravis Center Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Stoops extended a warm welcome to everyone from the Dreyfoos Hall stage. Mr. Stoops then recognized Alexander Dreyfoos, the Kravis Center Founding Chairman saying, “We are in this theater tonight due to his vision, passion, tenacity and sheer force of will.” Mr. Dreyfoos, who was present, was given a standing ovation.
Martin and Short, two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century, delivered a hilarious performance of “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today,” which also featured Jeff Babko and the Steep Canyon Rangers. The laughter-filled audience enjoyed the show’s jokes that came at rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punch lines as Martin and Short mocked Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity.
After the performance, guests made their way to the elegantly decorated Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion. Tables were adorned with dramatic centerpieces of black and white ostrich plumes accompanied by black and white anemones and white roses, black linens and turquoise accent candles. Guests were treated to world-class cuisine from Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center. The menu included a first course of poached Maine lobster with wasabi caviar and sweet corn blini; crab, avocado and mango timbale with American sturgeon caviar; and shrimp cocktail with petite greens and compressed melon. The entrée was belted beef Wellington au poivre with wild mushroom, cipollini and taleggio gratinée, melted parsnips and fennel, beet-port purée and butternut squash galette. The dessert was The Breakers’ signature martini sundae with an assortment of decadent toppings. Guests danced the night away to live music by Marcia Mitchell Music.
At the dinner, Gala Chair Monika Preston greeted the guests and said, “I’m sure you’ll agree that after facing a couple of really challenging years, the good laughs we had earlier this evening were most welcome.”
Gala Chair Kathryn Vecellio spoke, “We want to express our gratitude to so many of you who enabled us to hit the ground running this year and re-open the Kravis Center to sold out performances like this evening. Thank you for all your support.”
The Gala Chairs went on to acknowledge Sondra and David S. Mack, Jane M. Mitchell, and SBA Communications/Aggie and Jeff Stoops for their outstanding generosity.
Gala sponsors also recognized were Bank of America, Ann and Robert Fromer, Michelle and Joseph Jacobs, Henni and John Kessler, Julie and Amin Khoury, Leonard and Norma Klorfine in honor of John Kessler, Monika and John Preston, John and Jana Scarpa, Diane and John Sculley, Christine and Bob Stiller, Susan and Dom Telesco, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, The Breakers Palm Beach, George and Paula Michel, Tom and Sherry Barrat, Sandy and Richard Bornstein, Sherry and Ken Endelson, Caroline Harless, Irene and Jim Karp, The Lamelas Family Charitable Fund, Bill and Marilyn Lane Family Foundation, Lugano Diamonds, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Myers Auto Group, Oscar de la Renta, Eleanor and Frank Pao, TradeZero, Jill and Bill Wachter, Dr. James and Lois Yashar, Tiffany & Co. and media support from Palm Beach Illustrated.
A special tribute was paid to Judy Mitchell, former Kravis Center CEO, for more than 30 years of service. In addition, Diane Quinn, the new Kravis Center CEO, was given a warm welcome from the Gala attendees.
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