It may have been the sweetest thank-you that anyone ever received when the Kravis Center of Performing Arts recently hosted its yearly dessert reception in appreciation of its generous Annual Friends members. It was accompanied by a rhythmic soundtrack of drums, blazing brass and marching feet.
In addition to enjoying the tasty dessert reception, the Annual Friends members enjoyed a rousing performance of Drumline Live, which featured performers from a variety of award-winning marching bands in an audience-wowing combination of riveting choreography and a soul-infused interpretation of Top 40 hits.
The scrumptious appreciation party began in the Gimelstob Ballroom, where Kravis Center CEO Judy Mitchell welcomed Annual Friends members and their guests, who feasted on an amazing array of delicious desserts from assorted bakery treats to platters of fresh fruit and berries.
Mitchell thanked attendees for the invaluable support they have given the Kravis Center ever since opening in 1992. She gave special praise to Life Trustee John H. Howard; Zach Berg, who is co-chairing the Young Friends Executive Committee; and to Bank of America, which not only sponsored the dessert reception for the past two years, but also for its two decades of support going all the way back to the Kravis Center’s original building campaign.
“Bank of America recognizes that beyond intrinsic beauty, the arts can spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, draw tourism and spark innovation,” said Kelly Sobolewski, the bank’s Palm Beach County market manager. “It’s a powerful industry that promotes self-expression, elevates our cultural experience and generates $166.2 billion a year in the U.S. alone.”
Sobolewski said Bank of America is proud to support the Kravis Center. “We are so very fortunate to have such a premier cultural organization in our back yard,” she said. “The Kravis Center is truly a success story that provides our community with world-class entertainment.”
Above: Kelly Sobolewski and Judy Mitchell.