Notable guests, community members and theater supporters gathered at the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables on Saturday, Apr. 16, for the 25th annual “Reach for the Stars” gala auction presented by Actors’ Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall.
Hosted by founding board chair Dr. Lawrence Stein and executive producing director Barbara S. Stein, more than 600 guests attended one of the most anticipated events on the South Florida calendar that featured an auditorium full of live and silent auction items up for bid.
The evening’s gourmet dining was provided by more than 30 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants, with an open bar sponsored by Bacardi USA and complimentary wine and champagne courtesy of Breakthru Beverage Florida. Celebrity guest auctioneer for his 25th year was South Florida’s own Bob Soper, with the help of Actors’ Playhouse artistic director David Arisco.
“We are thrilled by the generous support of our outstanding community of contributors who made the 25th annual ‘Reach for the Stars’ gala auction such a memorable and successful event,” Stein said. “The community shares in our vision to enrich the quality of life and economic well being of Miami-Dade County through the performing arts. We are thankful for such good friends and patrons of the arts who help us continue to shine on at the Miracle Theatre!”
The popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actors’ Playhouse each year. This year’s funds of $150,000 will be dedicated to youth programming and general operations of Actors’ Playhouse’s 2016-17 season.
Headlining this year’s auction was a 2016 Lexus RX 350 one-year lease from Lexus of Kendall. Additionally, live and silent auction items included luxury cruises courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises, airfare provided by member airlines of the Star Alliance network, worldwide hotel travel courtesy of InterContinental Hotel Miami, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, golf packages, fine art, sports collectors items, spa visits and gift certificates.
The night’s honorees included InterContinental Hotel Miami and general manager Robert Hill for their 21 years of support of the “Reach for the Stars” gala auction, along with Bob Soper and Actors’ Playhouse development manager Jerry Brown for their 25 years of dedication.
Participating restaurants included ABC Bartending School, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Bacardi USA, Benihana, Breakthru Beverage Florida, Café at Books & Books, Catering By Les, Catering by Lovables, CrepeMaker Inc., Edda’s Cake Designs, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Häagen-Dazs, La Jolla Ballroom, MesaMar Seafood Table, Morton’s Steakhouse, My Ceviche, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardos Peruvian Cuisine, Pincho Factory, Rincon Argentino, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, SAWA Restaurant & Lounge, Seasons 52, Shula’s 347 Grill, Starbucks, Talavera Cocina Mexicana, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Tropical Chinese Restaurant, Uvaggio Wine Bar and Yuga Restaurant.
With the close of a successful 25th annual “Reach for the Stars” gala auction, Actors’ Playhouse already is planning next year’s 26th annual auction, which will be celebrated on Apr. 22, 2017. For additional information on how to get involved, contact the Actors’ Playhouse Development Office at 305-444-9293, ext. 601.
For information about Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.