Kravis Center Gala Kicks Off With VIP Reception

 A private reception to kick off the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ highly anticipated Gala on March 1, 2019, was held in honor of Gala Chairs, sponsors and committee members.  Christine and Bob Stiller and Irene and Jim Karp, Chairs of the Gala, warmly greeted guests at the Stiller’s Palm Beach home on Tuesday, January 22.

Upon arrival, guests were offered wine and champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres. The party flowed through the Stiller’s home, where guests gathered to hear more about the 2019 Kravis Center Gala.

“Thank you all for being here this evening,” said Mr. Stiller. “Christine and I are honored to be chairing this year’s Gala with Irene and Jim Karp and thrilled to be involved with such an impressive organization. Without your support, we wouldn’t have this nationally and internationally recognized performing arts center. It’s an honor to have the Kravis Center in the community.”

Mr. Stiller then introduced Kravis Center Board Chairman Michael Bracci.

“Thank you, Christine and Bob, for opening up your beautiful home, and for hosting this wonderful party with Irene and Jim Karp,” said Bracci. “In addition, I want to give a special thanks to Monika Preston and Kathryn Vecellio for serving as this year’s Honorary Chairs and for their many years of support as Gala Chairs. To all the sponsors – thank you for your outstanding support of the Gala, most who are here this evening. Your support of the Kravis Center helps us provide the community with a premier world-class performing arts center that offers an outstanding arts education program – something that we know is near and dear to the Stillers and the Karps.”

Mr. Bracci continued by noting the Gala is almost sold out. The entertainment will feature top record producer David Foster and a few surprise guests – for an unforgettable performance entitled An Intimate Evening with David Foster, Hitman Tour, Featuring The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra. Foster, one of the top record producers of all time, has developed hits for artists such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson and more. He created culture-defining soundtracks for The BodyguardUrban Cowboy and St. Elmo’s Fire. The Gala continues with dinner and dancing in the Kravis Center’s Gimelstob Ballroom, located in the Cohen Pavilion.

Gala sponsors include Irene and Jim Karp, Christine and Bob Stiller, Marjorie and Stephen Fiverson, Sharyn and Stuart Frankel, Henni and John Kessler, Dorothy and Sidney Kohl, Sondra and David S. Mack, Jane M. Mitchell,  Monika and John Preston, SBA Communications Corporation, Susan and Dom Telesco, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio; The Breakers Palm Beach, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein; The Miriam and Alec Flamm Charitable Fund, Ingrid and David Kosowsky; Tom and Sherry Barrat, Kay and Peter Bernon, Carol and Mike Cohen, Sherry and Ken Endelson, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Harless & Associates, George and Paula Michel, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Lawrence A. Moens, Eleanor and Frank Pao, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., Jana and John Scarpa and Lois Silverman Yashar and Dr. James Yashar. Special support provided by Tiffany & Co., media support provided by Palm Beach Illustrated.

Gala committee members include Eileen Berman, Michael J. Bracci, Sherry Endelson, Robert L. Fromer, John H. Kessler, Mark F. Levy, David S. Mack, Ted Mandes, William A. Meyer, Ellin D. Miller, Jane M. Mitchell and Laurie S. Silvers.

Tickets for this year’s Gala are $1,000 for Gala Patrons, and $500 for Young Gala Patrons (45 and younger).

The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The Center’s mission is to enhance  the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs – serving approximately 2.5 million students since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. To enhance and elevate the customer experience, the Center has embarked upon a $50 million capital campaign to support a campus redesign and facility expansion that will create a more accessible, comfortable and pedestrian-friendly venue for the community.  Aptly named Kravis 2020: The Future is Now, this campaign is at the heart of the Kravis Center’s vision for the future.

For more information about the Gala, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 561.651.4320.  For more information about the Kravis 2020: The Future is Now project, visit