With a touch of Parisian elegance and flair, Symphonettes held the annual fashion show, silent auction and luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove with a theme of An Afternoon in Paris.
More than 250 members, family and friends gathered on March 8 to support local performing arts organizations and to honor Symphonettes’ graduating high school seniors. While the crowd enjoyed French treats such as quiche, crêpe, croissants and café au lait, 23 graduating seniors walked down the runway showcasing both casual and elegant formal wear provided by Saks Fifth Avenue at Dadeland.
Under the leadership of Symphonettes president Kelly Moran, a senior at Ransom Everglades, a dedicated team of volunteers planned and worked for a year to create the event. Their effort and hard work paid off when the fashion show and auction brought in more than $30,000.
Fashion Show chairs Claire Landon, Sophia Esquenazi and Jeannie Szomstein coordinated the event. They designed beautiful invitations and creative centerpieces, and planned and catered a delicious French brunch buffet. Auction chairs Mia Lennon, Kristen Coy, Katerine Birnberg, Emily Battle and Maite Gutierrez were responsible for supplying the auction with attractive items generously donated by local stores, restaurants and members of Symphonettes. Through the process of producing the event, the girls gained valuable knowledge about planning, fundraising, teamwork and leadership, and most importantly about giving back to our community.
Symphonettes has been committed to benefiting art-related organizations in the community since 1966. This year, 84 girls from 11 high schools dedicated their time to ushering and serving community service shifts for organizations such as Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami Childrens Theatre, Miami Symphony Orchestra and the South Florida Youth Symphony.
Members also raise money to donate to arts programs in public schools and to various local music and performance related groups with a focus on aspiring young artists. The Coral Gables Community serves as Symphonettes’ fiscal sponsor, enabling the group to function as a nonprofit organization. The annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction supply the majority of Symphonettes’ donated funds. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.