Biggest Event of the Season for Arts and Culture in The Palm Beaches Dazzled on Thursday Night at the Kravis Center – $250,000 Raised for Arts and Education

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Muse Awards — the glittering awards show and dinner that takes place every two years – attracted an A-list audience on Thursday evening at the Kravis Center, raising $250,000 for arts and education. Co-Chairs of the evening were Roe Green and Christine Stiller. VIPs from society and the arts, regional dignitaries and county officials who gathered to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to arts and culture in The Palm Beaches were treated to the biggest show in Muse Awards history, with the most-ever musical numbers and cast members.

The evening fundraiser began with cocktails followed by dinner and the awards program. This year’s live program was directed and produced by Andrew Kato, who is producing artistic director and chief executive of Maltz Jupiter Theatre and a veteran Tony Awards producer. The theme of the 2016 Muse Awards was “Everything Old is New Again,” celebrating the transition of arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital®, from the 1900s to the present.

VIPs in attendance included event chairpersons Roe Green and Christine Stiller; Cultural Council Board members Mrs. Ethel Williams, Mr. Howard Bregman, Mrs. Jean Sharf, Ms. Suzanne Niedland, Mr. Berton Korman, Mr. Robin Martin, Mrs. Irene Karp, Mrs. Peg Anderson, Ms. Jo Anne Moeller, Mr. Donald Ephraim, Mr. William Parmelee, Mayor Marylou Berger, and Mr. Cressman Bronson; local artists and Muse Award recipients; County officials; heads of cultural organizations; and the best of society from the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Boca Raton. Attendee and performance photos are available for download at

2016 Muse Award Recipients are:

  • Outstanding Civic Leader – Kathi Kretzer-Sayler
  • Outstanding Cultural Leader – Irvin Lippman
  • Outstanding Art or Cultural Program of the Year – Palm Beach Opera, “Enemies, A Love Story”
  • Outstanding Arts & Cultural Organization with a budget under $500,000 – Educational Gallery Group (EG2)
  • Outstanding Arts & Cultural Organization with a budget over $500,000 – Palm Beach Dramaworks
  • Liman Excellence in Arts Education – Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, Inc.
  • Ubertalli Award for Visual Arts – Erin B. Fromkes
  • Council’s Choice Award – Loggerhead MarineLife Center

Sponsors included Grand Benefactor Roe Green; Producing Benefactor Sponsor Christine and Bob Stiller; Premier Benefactor Sponsor PNC Bank; Elite Sponsors Mr. Bruce A. Beal and Mr. Francis V. Cunningham; Edith Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. James S. Karp; Mr. and Mrs. Berton E. Korman; Suzanne L. Niedland; Mr. and Mrs. Frederic A. Sharf; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Vecellio Jr.; Executive Award Sponsors Robin and Jocelyn Martin; Herme De Wyman Miro, president of the International Society of Palm Beach; Northern Trust; Mr. and Mrs. James C. Pizzagalli; Musical Arrangement Benefactor Loggerhead Marina; Supporter Award Sponsors Dina Gustin Baker, and Peter and Julie Cummings; Florida Power & Light Company; Fox Rothschild LLC; Gardens Mall; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Golub; Gil Walsh Interiors; Miami City Ballet; Patron Sponsors Richard and Kathy Derbes; Ms. Priscilla Heublein; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Malasky; Luann and Bill Parmelee; In-kind Sponsors Atlas Party Rentals, Banyan Printing, Boca Raton Historical Society, Boynton Beach Flower Market, The Breakers, Chafin Musicenter, Kathy Daigler – Daigler Designs, Golden Anvil Jewelers, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Frank Navarrete from Green Sky Productions, Raquel Williams, and Tio Fiesta.

Proceeds from the Muse Awards support Cultural Council programs including artist services, advocacy for cultural organizations and cultural field trips for students in underserved communities.


Judith Czelusniak
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