‘Party on the Plaza’ raises $25K for Gables Museum

Pictured (l-r) are George Kakouris, Cristina Mas, Olga Santini Mas and Doug Jolly.

The Young Associates hosted “Party on the Plaza,” their first fundraising event benefiting the Coral Gables Museum, on Friday, Dec. 2.

The committee of young professionals, chaired by Cristina Mas, raised nearly $25,000 at the event, with $1,000 of the proceeds being donated to Radio Lollipop at Miami Children’s Hospital.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick and renowned journalist Maria Elena Salinas were among the 450 guests in attendance at the art-themed soiree.

Guests of the event viewed a collection of works by local artists, including Alex Yanes, Natasha Otrakji, Roberto Chamorro, Alexander Mijares, Javier Mora and Raul Boesel, as well as a live exhibition by Joseph Ferlito.

Cocktails and light fare were served courtesy of Botran Rum, Wodka Vodka, Emporium Nostrum, 1500° at the Eden Roc, The Local and Pollo Campero, with live entertainment provided by DJ Tom LaRoc. The celebration continued into the night with an official after-party hosted by CEBU Lounge in Coral Gables.

“The Young Associates’ Party on the Plaza showcased our local arts scene while raising funds for the Coral Gables Museum, the city’s newest cultural hub,” said George Kakouris, chair of the museum’s board of directors. “We are proud of Cristina Mas and her fellow committee members for hosting such a successful event.”

The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the civic arts of architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, historic and environmental preservation and history — the elements that define Coral Gables. It is a true public/private partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum Corp., a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The museum opened its first exhibitions in October 2011.

For information on Coral Gables Museum, visit online at www.coralgablesmuseum.org or call 305-603-8067.

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