The Vegas Strip is coming to Brickell Avenue and the odds for a great time can’t be beat as Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) presents Vegas Live, its’ 58th Annual Gala on November 2. The city’s oldest and most established black-tie affair, the YPO Gala each year kicks off the Miami social season. Vegas Live gets underway at 7:00 p.m., when the JW Marriott Hotel does a disappearing act becoming Caesars Palace for the evening complete with Elvis impersonators, Vegas showgirls, and Rat Pack crooners.
Miami High rollers and starlets will join gala chair ladies; Patricia Mederos, Kimberly Criser, Leatrice Damus, Connie Danluck, and Gretchen Kirtley, for a fun-filled evening of dining, dancing and wagering at a silent auction with such exciting prizes as a luxurious Chinchilla fur stole, valued at $1800.00, to benefit YPO’s mission of furthering opera education in South Florida. Also in the cards is a special tribute to Past President and Life member, Louise Todaro, who devoted 53 years of service to the organization, helping many of YPO’s education programs, especially the very successful In-School Opera Program.
Founded in l955, YPO is supported by a group of women to advocate educational music programs and the Florida Grand Opera, the gala’s proceeds will fund music and opera educational programs, including a Girl Scout Workshop for more than 500 Girl Scouts and an annual teachers’ workshop which offers continuing education credits for 150Miami-Dade and BrowardCountyteachers on opera education in the classroom. Each year YPO’s dedicated group of volunteers brings professional children’s opera performances to more than 25,000 elementary school students.