Miami Art Museum Triples Revenue From Fund-Raising Luncheon

By Mitra Sorrells May 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

Photo: Juan Cabrera

Miami Art Museum Corporate Luncheon
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Excitement about the Miami Art Museum’s new building, opening in 2013, helped it bring nearly four times as many sponsors and twice as many attendees this year to its corporate luncheon, held May 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel. More than 300 guests and 26 sponsors attended the event, which raised more than $100,000, about three times as much as in 2010.

“It’s amazing what happens as soon as you put a shovel in the ground. We’re going to see a lot more private-sector support in the months ahead, now that construction is going vertical,” said museum board chairman Aaron Podhurst.

Proceeds from the luncheon will support an exhibit next year titled “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.” In recognition of that, pastry chefs from the Four Seasons created replicas of vinyl records made from sugar for the centerpieces. The luncheon’s invitations and signage, created by Allemant Designs, also included an image of a record. Throughout the luncheon, guests viewed a slide show of images from the exhibit, as well as renderings of the new museum.  

Presenting sponsor South Motors parked two cards at in the hotel’s valet area for guests to see as they arrived. Additional sponsors included Bank of America, which was the recipient of the museum’s Corporate Honors Award and announced a $1 million donation to the museum’s capital campaign.

The luncheon menu included mojo-marinated chicken breast, yuca frita, and pencil asparagus with a cilantro mojo salad.

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