He acts! He sings! He dances! And he can charm a crowd like no one’s business! Two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey hit all those marks and then some as the headliner at this year’s gala for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the venue’s eighth annual fundraiser and its most successful to date.
The guest list at the affair put the “P” in philanthropy. Gala chairs Swanee and Paul DiMare were joined by venue namesake and benefactor Adrienne Arsht herself as well as gala leadership committee members Margaret and Mike Eidson, sponsors Margarita and Armando Codina, and Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard.
Much to the delight of the audience, Spacey’s aforementioned performance was specifically created for the evening and based on musical material favored by the actor. Amping up the social aspect of the celebration was the transformation of the Arsht’s Knight Center, the audience portion of which was reconfigured into a dinner club where a multicourse meal catered by Barton G. was served. Once Spacey took his final bow, the stage was turned into a dance floor where the gowned and tuxedo-clad guests showcased their ballroom moves late into the night. –Photography by Manny Hernandez and World Red Eye