The band Snakehole performed outside, while DJ Hottpants and Carlos Rigau spun classic surf and dance hits, as dancers Nicole Soden and the Modern Irrepressibles performed in retro bathing suits handmade by local artist Carol Adrianza.
Clearwater called upon Miami artists to round out the beach theme. Artist Kevin Arrow, for example, showcased projections evoking a beach sunset, while Jen Stark provided a “Night Beach Bonfire” installation. The Design Group and Ace Props provided the surf-inspired decor, which included beach chairs, surfboards, hammocks, and beach-themed signs.
Grey Goose Vodka served cocktails, while beer was available from Samuel Adams, and Touch Catering supplied a range of wines. Non-alcoholic beverages were provided by Café Bustelo, Fiji Water, Vita Coco, and Vitaminwater. Seafood dominated the range of hors d’oeuvres from Miami restaurants such as Asia de Cuba, Blue Door Fish, and SushiSamba, although classic beach snacks like Nathan’s Hot Dogs were also served. Stella’s Sweet Shopped filled a dessert table with mini cupcakes and popular brands of candy.
“All of the food was donated,” said Clearwater. “At MOCA, we have a philosophy: We don’t spend money to raise money.”
Proceeds from ticket sales and the event’s silent auction were still being tallied, but Clearwater expected the monies raised by the auction to exceed that of last year’s. More than 800 guests attended this year’s party, matching the attendance of previous years.