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The Wolfsonian Gala

Rosa Sugrañes and Michele Oka Doner
FIU Trustee Rosa Sugrañes and
Wolfsonian board member and gala chair, Michele Oka Doner.

Iran Issa Khan and Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.
Gala chair Iran Issa Khan and Wolfsonian founder, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.
More than 600 cultural aficionados from around the world celebrated The Wolfsonian's fifth-annual gala and late-night party under the light of the silvery moon on March 3. This year The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, a museum of design and the decorative arts in Miami Beach, honored five individuals and one corporation for their outstanding contributions to design and design education. The event was part of the museum's signature fundraiser, “A Very Wolfsonian Weekend,” which raised more than $500,000. Funds will be used to support The Wolfsonian's exhibits and educational programs.

The weekend's festivities began on March 2, with a tribute to design legends Florence “Shu” Knoll Bassett, Dan Paul, Michael Graves, Nargis and Nasir Kassamali, and Tupperware Brands Corporation, represented by its chairman and CEO Rick Goings. The Wolfsonian also announced the creation of an annual award, The Florence Knoll Design Award, which will be awarded in 2008.

The following day, more than 600 people attended a gala sit-down dinner in honor of the “Florida Design Legends” at the headquarters of Bacardi USA. The gala was chaired by Wolfsonian Board chair Charles Cowles; artist and Wolfsonian Board member Michele Oka Doner; Bacardi CEO John Esposito, and photographer Iran Issa-Khan.

Rick Goings
Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation, Rick Goings.

Nasir Kassamali
Nasir Kassamali.

Ambra Medda
Design Miami Basel director, Ambra Medda.

Craig Robins and daughter Zoe
DACRA president and Wolfsonian advisory board member, Craig Robins and daughter Zoe.

Carl G. Magnusson, Michele Oka Doner, and Karla Dascal
Industrial designer Carl G. Magnusson, Michele Oka Doner, and Karla Dascal.

Constance Collins and Nancy Herstand
Constance Collins and Nancy Herstand.

Robert Wennett with Rosa Sugrañes
Advisory board member, Robert Wennett with Rosa Sugrañes.

Laurinda and Alison Spear
Laurinda and Alison Spear.

David Webster, Carolina Bilbao, and Larry Kramer
David Webster, Carolina Bilbao, and Larry Kramer.

Jonathan Breene, Ugo Colombo, and Criselda Breene
Jonathan Breene, Ugo Colombo, and Criselda Breene.

Image 3: Sivia Ros for The Wolfsonian-FIU. All others: Gustavo Caballero-Getty Images for The Wolfsonian-FIU
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