One of Miami’s most anticipated fundraisers of the year- The Bass Ball – was held on Saturday, December 15th and was attended by more than 250 artists, patrons, and influencers alike. The annual fundraising gala- chaired by Maria Beguiristain, Olga and Alex Blavatnik, Adam and Lisa Heiden Koffler, Diane and Alan Lieberman, Inés Rivero, Alisa and Emilio Romano, Alexa and Adam Wolman- was hosted by CHANEL and provided support for the Bass Museum’s exhibitions and programs.
Guests in attendance were encouraged to dress in this year’s theme, Come As You Art: Fauvism, which is an expressive modern art movement that originated in France at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to a special performance by Amber Mark, guests were treated to music provided by DJ Frank Delour followed by a cocktail hour in Collins Park and a formal dinner.
The guest list included Joyce Green, Executive Vice President of Fashion, CHANEL, Inc., City of Miami Beach Representatives, Mayor Dan Gelber and his wife, Joan Silverstein, Commissioner Michael Góngora, and Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez. Also in attendance were Bass board members Paul and Trudy Cejas, Tatiana and Riccardo Silva, Solomon and Lindsay Genet, Sarah and Austin Harrelson, Michael Comras, Daniela Swaebe, José Ramón González, Christine Ann Soto, Cricket Taplin, Criselda Breene, Eric and Laura Paresky Gould, Clara Bullrich, Josue Lain Velilla, Erik and Ali Scharf-Matlick, and Cathy Vedovi.
Other notable guests included Victoria Rogers, Louis Aguirre, Matt Macdonald, Barbara and Jose Hevia, Carole and Oscar Seikaly, David and Christy Martin, Martina Navratilova, Julia Lemigova, Barbara Becker, Don and Mera Rubell, Karen and Harold Rifas, Andi Potamkin, Danié Gómez-Ortigoza, Nicolas
The evening concluded with remarks from a few illustrious speakers including George Lindemann, President of the Board of Directors of The Bass. He stated, “It was very gratifying to see how much support we received for the work and the mission of The Bass. Our donors understand the important role art and culture play in our community, and their generous contributions make all the difference to our institution”. Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director of The Bass, Tom Murphy, Member of the Board of Directors of The Bass, and Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and John L. Knight Foundation were also some of the night’s speakers.