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Kravis Center Gala Benefit


Liza Minnelli performed at the Kravis Center Gala Benefit.

Magic was in the air at the Kravis Center's 15th Anniversary Celebration Gala Benefit on February 10 in West Palm Beach, FL. 

This year's Gala performance, Back to Back to Broadway, created especially for the Kravis Center's anniversary celebration, starred Academy Award winners Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, along with Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and Metropolitan Opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell.

The Gala Benefit began with a cocktail reception in the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Founders' Room and ended with a black-tie dinner dance in the Cohen Pavilion's Weiner Banquet Center.

The evening of celebration was dedicated in loving memory of Mr. Julian Cohen, a longtime member of the Kravis Center's Board of Directors and one of the Center's most generous supporters, who died on February 8.

During the Gala, the Kravis Center recognized its “leading ladies” for their efforts and dedicated service over the past 15 years and for their continued support of the mission of the Kravis Center. The members of the Honorary Gala Committee were: Carol Cohen, Patricia Cook, Lore Dodge, Renate Dreyfoos, Elaine Gimelstob, Nicki Harris, Elaine Langone, Hillie Mahoney, Chris Marden, Helen Persson, Janna Rumbough, Mary Schott and Kathryn Vecellio.

During dinner, Kravis Center Chairman Alexander W. Dreyfoos gave special recognition to Amin and Julie Khoury who made a $1 million gift to the Kravis Center's Encore Capital Campaign, the fund-raising effort to pay for the Cohen Pavilion expansion project.


Herbert and Elaine Gimelstob, Harolyn Blackwell, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Renate and Alexander Dreyfoos.


Hillie Mahoney and Patricia Cook.


Julie and Amin Khoury.

J. Ira and Nicki Harris.

John and Lore Dodge.


Bernard and Chris Marden.


Elaine and Kenneth Langone.

Stanley and Janna Rumbough.

Thalia White and Helen Persson.


Kathryn and Leo Vecellio.

Lewis and Mary Schott.


Vic Damone and Harolyn Blackwell.


Robert Osborne, Arlene Dahl and Marc Rosen.

Bertram Fields and Roberta Peters.

Photos: Richard Graulich
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