2017-04-20 / Arts & Entertainment News


A look back at Maltz gala and a look ahead at Go Red for Women

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s gala raised $848,000. Pictured are Cressman Bronson, Ogden and Bonnie White, Michele Jacobs, Andrew Kato and Sal Tiano. 
TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s gala raised $848,000. Pictured are Cressman Bronson, Ogden and Bonnie White, Michele Jacobs, Andrew Kato and Sal Tiano. TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY Welcome to “Carol’s Corner,” a column that features stories about society, art and entertainment in the Northern Palm Beaches and surrounding areas.

I have been writing about these happenings for 15 years at the Jupiter Courier Newsweekly, along with a style column for five years in the now defunct PBG Lifestyle Magazine, which closed at the end of 2016. I am now very honored to be starting this new venture.

Noted with pleasure

This week’s focus is on the magnificent Maltz Jupiter Theatre gala, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” held Feb. 25 in the Crystal Ballroom of the Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter.

It was an evening that I won’t soon forget and an ideal venue for a large event like this and luxurious enough to help raise a record-breaking $848,000 for the not-for-profit theater, thanks to the Event Committee headed up by Event Chairman Sal Tiano and Honorary Chairman Michele Jacobs.

The soiree broke all records, entertaining more than 400 guests and supporters for the Maltz, playing homage to the show “Gypsy” with the “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” theme.

The evening consisted of a cocktail reception on the Crystal Ballroom Veranda, dinner in the ballroom, a live auction, a presentation honoring Bonnie and Ogden White, friends of the theater since 2006, spectacular entertainment and dancing. Gorgeous designer gowns and handsome tuxes prevailed.

As guests, we all dined on a three-course meal, featuring sliced tenderloin with sauce bordelaise coupled with garlic herb shrimp and a delicious deconstructed black forest dessert, showcasing rich chocolate sponge cake with dark chocolate mousse, cherry compote, Chantilly crème and a butterfly garnish.

Chairman Tiano and Honorary Chairman Jacobs welcomed guests and officially kicked off the evening.

Setting the décor theme were colorful, dramatic centerpieces with floating candlelight illuminating the while tables dressed in a palette of navy blue, blush and rose gold that highlighted alluring starburst-style bouquets of blue hydrangeas, white roses, blue delphinium and white orchids. White and gold butterflies served as the event’s theme.

With the Believe fundraising campaign for a major expansion currently underway, the large crowd was treated to a spectacular multimedia presentation that featured a 30-piece orchestra and high-energy performances from more than 50 singers and dancers.

A group of 80 children from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts earned a standing ovation following their performance of “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from the musical “Man of La Mancha” as a mass choir.

The entire production, complete with singers, puppeteers, dancers, soloists, drummers, a bagpipe, a choir, ballet dancers and an ensemble, was directed by Andrew Kato, along with Rachel Blavatnik, associate producer, and Ricky Nahas, choreographer.

This colorful, professionally done show brought tears to the eyes of many people present, including this reporter. Those kids were wonderful, thanks to the conservatory’s education director, Julie Rowe, and the instructors. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call 575-2672.

Go Red for Women luncheon

The Go Red For Women luncheon will be held April 21 at the Trump National Golf Club.

Go Red for Women is being presented by the American Heart Association and locally sponsored by The Gardens Mall, Wellington Regional Medical Center, FPL, Dominick Cunringham & Whalen and Vitas Healthcare.

Contact Krissy Slazyk at Krissy.Slazyk@Heart.org or call 697-6683 for tickets and more information. ¦

— Keep sending in those events and photos to Carol Saunders at csaunders@floridaweekly. God bless!

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