Celebrating ‘Oceans of Opportunity’ – Sarasota Herald
November 1, 2016 - accent chair
Last year, a initial line of my story about Mote Marine’s Oceanic Evening was that we had never seen a Ritz-Carlton ballroom demeanour some-more beautiful. That remained loyal until we walked into a ballroom for this year’s event.
Chair Judy Graham took guest underneath a sea, with walls lined with white draperies and murals depicting life underneath a sea, with soft, ocean-blue lighting via a room. The flowers, well, Tiger Lily got those from Hawaii, a ideal accent to a teal tablecloths and linens. It was, simply, breathtaking. Prior to relocating into a ballroom, guest enjoyed a tender bar and reception, finish with a live “mermaid” as a list centerpiece. Also on arrangement during a accepting was a solid coral badge designed and crafted for a arise by Diamond Vault, that was raffled off after in a evening.
Seen during a superb dusk were Jane Hyslop, Nick and Danielle Gladding, Sandy and Vern Buchanan, Ali and LaRue Chokr, Amir Chokr, Rick and Nancy Moskovitz, Mo and Carolyn Cunniffe, Bob and Anne Essner, Elizabeth Moore, Tom and Sherry Koski, Jim Ericson, Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy, Anne Marie Russell, Donal O’Shea, Chuck and Margie Barancik, Jennifer and Robert Rominiecki and Joe Nicholson, among others.
As guest enjoyed dinner, they were welcomed by Mote’s Board Chairman, Lowe Morrison, who called this “a pivotal time” in Mote’s history. He afterwards introduced Mote’s President and CEO Michael Crosby, who remarkable that Oceanic Evening is an dusk where we “bring everybody who is partial of a family together to contend appreciate you.” And this year, there was a lot to be grateful for.
In 2015, Mote embarked on a $50 million “Oceans of Opportunity” debate to concede Mote to secure a destiny and give it a collection to sojourn a tellurian personality in sea scholarship research. “We have met and exceeded that goal,” pronounced Crosby, in announcing that scarcely $52 million had been raised. More than 23,000 supporters contributed to a campaign, and some-more half of those were new donors to Mote. More than 80 percent of a donations came from people and families. “This will assistance to propel a establishment into a new era,” Crosby said, before presenting Legacy Circle members (those who donated $1 million or some-more to a campaign) with solid shark pins, designed by Diamond Vault. Crosby afterwards introduced debate chair Bob Essner, who said, “I am thrilled, of course, though a strenuous tension we am feeling is relief. And tonight we feel gratitude. We knew we couldn’t means to fail,” he said.
Funds will be used to support Mote’s 2020 prophesy and vital plan, that includes recruiting a best and a brightest sea scientists, a ongoing construction of a new general coral investigate and replacement core in a Florida Keys, a expansion of a City Island facility, a sixth campus on a mainland and many more. “We are formulating a new Silicon Valley of sea scholarship and technology,” Crosby said. He afterwards asked all of Mote’s scientists in a room to stand. “This is a destiny of Mote,” he said.
Key Chorale Luncheon
This year’s Key Chorale Luncheon distinguished dual people who have had a extensive impact on song on a Gulf Coast: conductor Joseph Caulkins, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary as Key Chorale’s artistic executive and Lee Dougherty Ross, a really honourable target of this year’s Perfect Pitch Award, given annually to an particular who has done superb contributions to a informative community.
The luncheon began with a opening by a Off Key Chorale – a partnership with Neuro Challenge Foundation in that Parkinson’s patients and their family members perform choral music. Accompanied by Dougherty Ross on piano and conducted by Caulkins, a carol sang “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “Edelweiss,” with guest fasten in on a final chorus. Dougherty Ross was afterwards presented with a Perfect Pitch Award. Lee, and her husband, Jerry Ross, founded a Artist Series Concerts in 1996. Her career as a soprano and pianist has taken her to vital unison halls via a United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, a White House and Kennedy Center and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. “When it comes to giving – of her low-pitched talents and her adore – Lee is unmatched,” pronounced Caulkins. “She is always so giving, though currently it is a spin to give behind to her.”
Following lunch, Richard Storm, together with a Key Chorale Chamber Choir, presented “Ten Years of Inspiration,” a retrospective of some of Key Chorale’s many noted performances.
Attending were titular co-chairs Charlie Huisking and Richard Storm, executive executive Catherine Vernon, Lee Holden, Nola Hietbrink, Robyn Faucy, Judith Bell, Alice Rau, Gerri Aaron, Dolly Jacobs, Ernie Kretzmer, Dorothea Sandland, Peggy Olsen, Margarete and Russ Wiltshire, Jorgen and Gudrun Graugaard.
Mote Oceanic Evening
1. Judy Graham and Michael Crosby.
2. Lowe Morrison and Leiza Fitzgerald.
3. Harry and Jenny Kopelman.
4. Betsy and Rande Ridenour.
5. LaRue and Ali Chokr.
6. Henk and Debbie Mastenbroek.
7. A live “mermaid” combined a overwhelming centerpiece.
8. The Oceanic Evening ballroom.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WENDY DEWHURST-CLARK
Key Chorale Luncheon
9. Ernie Kretzmer and Dorothea Sandland.
10. Barbara Staton and John Fischer.
11. Charlie Huisking and Richard Storm.
12. Lee Dougherty Ross and Jerry Ross.
13. Joseph Caulkins and Janice Landauer.
14. Peggy Olsen and Julie Ciulla.
15. Terri Curry and Judith Bell.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROD MILLINGTON