Museum Hosts Sixth Annual Corporate Luncheon Presented by South Motors and Honoring MBF Healthcare Partners

MIAMI – April 11, 2013 – Miami Art Museum, reopening as Pérez Art Museum Miami in a new, expanded facility, now under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, will hold the Sixth Annual MAM Corporate Luncheon on Friday, May 17, with special remarks by Craig Robins, president of Dacra, regarding how the arts have transformed South Florida. 

Every year, South Florida’s business, civic and cultural leaders attend the Luncheon in celebration of the corporate community’s integral support of the arts throughout the region, with proceeds benefiting the Museum’s public and educational programming. Miami Art Museum will present Corporate Honors to Miami-based private investment firm MBF Healthcare Partners, whose leadership in corporate philanthropy has made a major impact on the South Florida community.

“The South Florida cultural community is thriving thanks to corporations like MBF Healthcare Partners that are committed to creating meaningful change in the communities they serve,” said Museum Director Thom Collins. “The growth of arts and culture throughout South Florida – from Art Basel, and the transformation of Wynwood to our own building project– would simply not be possible without our corporate community’s support.”

Craig Robins’ development company, Dacra, played an integral role in the repositioning and revitalization of Miami’s South Beach through the restoration of Art Deco landmarks and developed mixed-use projects on Lincoln Road and Española Way, and transformed a once abandoned neighborhood – the Miami Design District – into one of the most important global centers for cutting edge design, fashion, food and art. Robins is also a principal of the leading international design show Design Miami/ and Design Miami/ Basel.

MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman Miguel B. ‘Mike’ Fernandez has given to many South Florida institutions. Last December, Fernandez announced a $5 million donation to the capital campaign for Pérez Art Museum Miami to ensure that South Florida children have the opportunity to experience a world-class art museum and art education programming. His community service endeavors have included serving on the boards of the United Way of Miami-Dade County and the University of Miami. Fernandez has been honored frequently in recognition of his business acumen and community service.

The Sixth Annual MAM Corporate Luncheon honorary chair is Craig Robins, president of Dacra, and Luncheon chairs are: Alex Espenkotter, partner, Heller Waldman, P.L.;  Pedro A. Fernandez, principal, Bernstein Global Wealth Management; Sarah Johnson, senior client executive, Aon Private Risk Management; and Daniel Novela, president, Novela Law.  Corporate Luncheon committee members are: David Barkus, Greenberg Traurig; and Jeffrey Gutchess, Bilzin Sumberg.

MAM Corporate Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $2,500 for a half-table to $20,000 for two tables of ten.  Single seats are available for $500. To make reservations online, visit For event and ticket information, contact Nicole Martinez at 305.375.1704 or  

For the third consecutive year, presenting sponsor of the MAM Corporate Luncheon is South Motors Automotive Group. Additional Miami Art Museum Corporate Luncheon supporters include: platinum sponsor Citi Private Bank; gold sponsors Bernstein Global, Bilzin Sumberg, Dacra, Frank Crystal & Co., Greenberg Traurig, Hall, Lamb & Hall, Inktel, J.P. Morgan, John Moriarty & Associates, Podhurst Orseck, P.A., Related Group, and Sabadell Bank & Trust; silver sponsors Cisneros Group, Evensky & Katz, Hunton & Williams, Northern Trust, Novela & Associates, RBC, U.S. Trust / Bank of America, Weiss Serota, and Wells Fargo; and in-kind support is provided by WLRN-FM.

Past Corporate Honors Award recipients are UBS (2008), Carnival Corporation & PLC (2009), Northern Trust (2010), Bank of America (2011) and Target (2012). In accepting MAM’s 2011 Corporate Honors Award, Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions and a mainstay of support in South Florida’s cultural community, announced a $1 million donation to the Museum’s $120 million capital campaign for its new facility, opening December as Pérez Art Museum Miami in downtown Miami’s Museum Park.

About Miami Art Museum
The Miami Art Museum Corporate Luncheon highlights the corporate community’s integral support of the arts throughout the region. Proceeds from the Corporate Luncheon support the Museum’s public programming, including the largest art education program in Miami-Dade County outside the school system itself. Miami Art Museum will reopen as Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in a new, expanded facility in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, now under construction. A dramatic location on Biscayne Bay has been provided by the City of Miami, the voters of Miami-Dade County have approved $100 million in bond funding, and private donors, including many corporations, have committed millions in additional support for the building and institutional endowment. In its new facility, the Museum will more than double the reach of its education program, serving more than 80,000 children and adults every year, including every third grader in Miami-Dade County.  For more information, visit or call 305.375.3000.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Miami Art Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. Miami Art Museum is an accessible facility. For sign language interpretation or assistive listening devices please call Miami Art Museum’s education department 305.375.4073 at least five days in advance. Materials in accessible format may be requested.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami building project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County.