Special to UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 12, 2014)—More than 275 costumed and black-tie revelers celebrated well into the night on November 8 to raise funds for the Lowe Art Museum and Beaux Arts projects at the 62nd annual Beaux Arts Ball, which pulled off its Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil theme with head-turning splendor.
Revelers’ good-versus-evil garb, mixed with dramatic event décor, and amazing raffles and prizes produced one of the most exciting and successful Beaux Arts Balls to date. Beaux Arts Ball President Becky McCarron, alongside co-chairs Meredith Kallaher and Anne Beaumont Neithardt, made sure that all guests were welcomed with extraordinary excitement and entertainment from the moment they entered the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building—the ideal backdrop for such a spectacular event.
After climbing the building’s striking lobby staircase and entering the event space through an enormous, Savannah-inspired, wrought iron gate, guests mingled in a “Good” auction and cocktail ballroom, complete with mysterious white wire angels, green topiaries, and white balloons, before being ushered into an “Evil” dining ballroom, brimming with captivating blood-red table settings, glowing candelabras, and swamp moss-sprinkled centerpieces. Décor design and execution was spearheaded by the immensely talented and creative Beaux Arts member, Coco Torre.
Miami’s oldest costume ball, featuring a sit-down dinner and dancing, drew brilliantly eccentric attire — including voodoo princess, the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, and Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. Other creative costumes included a flock of black birds, angels and devils, and a group of creepy clowns—the evening’s costume winner because they were the perfect mix of good and evil.
With signature GREY GOOSE cocktails flowing,this year’s Beaux Arts Ball also featured an expansive silent auction, including more than 200 items valued at more than $150,000; a first-ever Storied Wine Pull; and an exciting raffle with the top prize a $2,500 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus.
Emcee Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard greeted guests, announced the raffle winners, and paid homage to the longstanding organization—currently celebrating 63 years of service. She also emceed the Beaux Arts “Fund-a-Need” portion of the evening that raised more than $14,500, which will directly fund the organization’s outreach programs that seek to reach artists and children in our community to enhance art and art education.
These programs have achieved acquisitions of more than 50 pieces of art donated to the Lowe Art Museum, inspired more than 25,000 children at the Beaux Arts Art Camp and Classes, hosted more than 5,000 students from underserved schools for a day of art education and hands-on art projects, and supported artists and student artists with recognition and aid.
The title sponsors of the 2014 Beaux Arts Ball included City National Bank and Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. Additional sponsors included the Haggard Law Firm; the Medina Family Foundation; UHealth; Ashley Cusack Realty; Driven Brands; High Boy Antiques; Multirace; Northern Trust; Leslie DeBauge and Les Levi; Habify; Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis Interior Designs; LNR Properties; Lowell International Realty; TUUCI; USA Bouquet; Windstorm Holdings, Inc.; Neiman Marcus; SABMiller; Thierry’s Catering; GREY GOOSE; Kim and Tom Wood; Southern Audio Visual; Thierry’s Catering; and Allie Munroe.
Beaux Arts executive board members are Becky McCarron, president; Cristina Krislav, vice president; Samantha Murphy, corresponding secretary; Julie Nance, recording secretary; Jen Green, treasurer; and JJ Hansen, auxiliary treasurer.