Pérez Art Museum Miami Celebrates Gala Kick-Off and Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Ticket Sales

Pérez Art Museum Miami Celebrates Gala Kick-Off and Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Ticket Sales

Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst
Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst. Photo by World Red Eye.

MIAMI - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 –Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) supporters celebrated the upcoming Premiere PAMM Gala at a Kick-Off event on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Tickets to the Gala, the Museum’s most anticipated event to date, sold out immediately, with only a few sponsorship opportunities remaining. Premiere PAMM Gala co-chairs Constance and Miguel B. ‘Mike’ Fernandez, who recently made a gift of $5 million to PAMM’s capital campaign, hosted the intimate celebration in their private home, attended by Arlene and Harvey Chaplin, Ana Cristina and Edgardo Defortuna, and Susana and Alberto Ibargüen.

More than 700 people are expected to attend the highly-anticipated Premiere PAMM Gala on Saturday, December 7, 2013, honoring Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez, who donated $40 million in cash and art to the Museum. The event celebrates the anticipated opening of the Museum’s new, state-of-the-art facility designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. PAMM Gala guests will enjoy a magical evening, including a private concert by GRAMMY® Award-winning Latin artist Marc Anthony; an exclusive viewing of PAMM’s opening exhibitions; dinner by famed restaurateur Stephen Starr; and gourmet ice cream by Miami’s favorite iced cream company, Azucar, who will create custom artisanal flavors for the evening.

Along with Constance and Mike Fernandez, Gala co-chairs are: Susana and Alberto Ibargüen, Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, Jacquelyn Soffer and Craig Robins, and Ricardo Restrepo and Lee Brian Schrager.

The Premiere PAMM Gala is presented by: Marc Anthony, Maggie and Armando Codina, Itaú, Jade Signature, Stuart Miller, Carol and John Moriarty, and Kara and Stephen Ross. It is sponsored by: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/US Trust, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Mercedes-Benz, Neiman Marcus, Regalia, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and Town & Country.

For remaining opening sponsorship opportunities please contact Lisa Merritt, PAMM director of corporate and foundation relations, at lmerritt@pamm.org or 305 345 5633.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. This mission is reflected in the initial installation of its permanent collection of art from the World War II era to the present, AMERICANA, at the new home of the 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM). Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the facility opening in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013, is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming. The facility features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with sprawling galleries, shaded outdoor verandas, a waterfront restaurant and bar, a museum shop, and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is provided by the City of Miami. Pérez Art Museum Miami is an accessible facility.