Creative night of interactive fun raises $60,000 for art programs and education
TEQUESTA, Fla. (March 5, 2015) The Lighthouse ArtCenter continued its tradition of one-of-a-kind events with the First Annual ART Dine & Dance Experience! on February 28 at the ArtCenter Museum in Tequesta, Fla. Guests got into the 1970’s art scene fun and the event raised more than $60,000 for the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s art exhibitions, outreach and educational programs. Chairs for the “fun-raiser” were Pat and Bud DeAloia with Roseanne and Dennis Williams served as the Honorary Chairs.
Breaking with the ArtCenter’s traditional Beaux Arts Ball of the past 50 years, the ART Dine & Dance Experience! welcomed the attendees with a guest appearance from “Andy Warhol.” He invited everyone to step inside his magic photo booth to have their faces transformed into classic, Warhol-style four-part photo art.
More interactive fun awaited as guests participated in a Battle of the Sexes “paint off.” Everyone added their own paint strokes to large canvases, creating unique takes on famous paintings by artist Jim Dine. A found object sculpture was being assembled in another salon and Lighthouse ArtCenter Ceramics Artist-in-Residence, Will McCall, demonstrated how to throw pots on the pottery wheel.
“ART Dine & Dance was a fun, upbeat evening for all,” said Chair Pat DeAloia. “We are very grateful for the enthusiastic support of the Lighthouse ArtCenter's mission to provide cultural and educational programs to the community.”
The sold-out room dined on the fresh Florida cuisine of Little Moir’s Food Shack and danced the night away to the 1970s sounds played by DJ Lindsay Morgan of Kenny Mondo Productions. The guests were entertained by dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Palm Beach Gardens and then jumped up to participate in a dance lesson learning to do the “Hustle.”
The brightly colored décor was brought to life by the 1970s flower-power centerpieces created by artists Gerri Aurre and Julie Silk Beaumont of Village Art Studios.
“The Chairs for Art Dine & Dance worked hard to create a fun and memorable event, and they succeeded in spades!” says Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director, Katie Deits. “We are so appreciative of everyone who came and gave so generously. This event goes a long way towards of mission of bringing the joy of art to all.” During the event, Deits shared the ArtCenter’s plans of bringing art supplies and outreach into nursing homes, as well as the Center’s expansion of the summer ArtCamp’s scholarships. “Thanks to generous donors, more underserved children this summer can discover the beauty and the power of hands-on art through master artists and instructors,” continued Deits.
Sponsors of the ART Dine & Dance Experience! included Roseanne and Dennis Williams, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bovenizer III, Shepherd Foundation, Kathryn Fox, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., Pat and Bud DeAloia, Fred and Mary Lynn Putney, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Mason and Gil Walsh, H. Allen Holmes, Ms. Nina B. Griswold, One Mortgage Company and Mrs. Leslie Philips.
Proceeds from the event enable the ArtCenter to mount exciting exhibitions, sponsor outstanding lectures, musical programs and numerous special events that enrich lives. Proceeds also benefit the School of Art and ArtReach programs, providing arts education and therapy to the underserved, both young and old.