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National YoungArts Foundation Backyard Ball

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

On Saturday, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) hosted their annual Backyard Ball performance and gala that raised more than $1.6 million in support of young artists. The theme of the evening was “Celebrating 35 Years Through the Lens of the Future,” and honored director and actress Rosie Perez and director Robert Wilson with Arison Awards and Tony-Award nominee performer, Tony Yazbeck, with the Arison Alumni Award.

Held at the organization’s Miami campus, the glamorous soiree was presented by Italian luxury brand Max Mara and hosted by co-chairs Tracey and Bruce Berkowitz and Margarita and Armando Codina, as well as 35th Anniversary Committee Chairperson Sarah Arison. Max Mara also inaugurated their Young Visionary Award, aimed to encourage young artists from all fields to pursue their creative dreams.

More than 700 guests came together for the reception dinner by STARR CATERING GROUP, which was emceed by talented theatre performer, Billy Porter. Throughout the evening, guests danced under the stars to music by DJ Cassidy and were entertained by a series of performances including India Carney’s medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

Notable attendees (many dressed in Max Mara), included Maria Giulia Maramotti, Rachel Moore, Zaha Hadid, Alex Blavatnik, Monica Kalpakian, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne Bon Haes, Michael Margulies, and more.

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