Happening People: Kravis Center Honors Past Board Chair Jane Mitchell and New Chairman of the Board Michael Bracci

A cocktail reception hosted by the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts was held on November 2nd at Club Colette in Palm Beach to honor Michael Bracci, the new Board Chairman, as well as Jane Mitchell, immediate past Board Chair, who served for the past three years.


It was a perfect fall evening as guests were greeted on the patio with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.  After guests moved into the dining room, Judith Mitchell, the Kravis Center’s Chief Executive Officer addressed the Kravis Center Board and Life Trustees expressing gratitude for their support and commitment to the Kravis Center. A toast was also given by Alexander Dreyfoos, the Kravis Center’s Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors.


“Tonight is a very special evening honoring two very important people,” stated Judith Mitchell. “The Kravis Center and the Board of Directors are grateful for Jane Mitchell’s leadership these past three years as Board Chair and are thankful she will continue to provide her expertise and guidance as Vice Chair over the next year. As the Kravis Center marks its 25th Anniversary, I can’t think of a better person to lead us into this milestone year than Michael Bracci. The future of the Kravis Center has never looked brighter.”


Jane Mitchell and Jeffery Bland (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

Jane Mitchell and Jeffery Bland (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

Jane Mitchell’s involvement with the Kravis Center started in 1993 soon after the Center opened.  Ms. Mitchell chaired its Development Committee and served on the Governance/Nominating Committee.  She began her service on the board in 2006 and in 2010 received the Center’s Alexander Dreyfoos Award given in honor of outstanding volunteer service to the Kravis Center.


Retired from business, she and her family sold their company, Midas Rex, which invented the first powered equipment for surgery, a surgical bone drill, to Medtronic.  She has been a resident of Palm Beach County for 37 years, most currently in North Palm Beach.


“I am thankful and humbled by the support you have shown me over the last three years and for this honor tonight,” stated Jane Mitchell. “Supporting the Kravis Center has been a vital role for me and I look forward to continuing my service alongside Michael Bracci as Vice Chair over the next year.”


Michael and Colleen Bracci(Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

Michael and Colleen Bracci(Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

Mr. Bracci is the fourth Chair in the history of the Kravis Center, following Jane Mitchell, William Meyer and Alexander Dreyfoos. Mr. Bracci served as Vice Chairman of the Board for the past three years, chaired the Governance/Nominating Committee and the Corporate Partners Executive Committee.


A resident of Tequesta, Mr. Bracci has been in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years.  He has been with Northern Trust for more than 20 years and is currently President of the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Region.   Responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s wealth management business, including investment management, trust and fiduciary management, financial planning and private banking, he leads a team of over 120 professionals in six offices stretching from Boca Raton to Vero Beach.


This season, as the Center celebrates its silver anniversary, it renews its commitment to the community to present the gold standard of excellence in the performing arts.


The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose 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, 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.


Fans and friends of the Kravis Center should stay tuned on the Kravis Center’s social channels throughout the 2016 – 2017, 25th anniversary season for fun updates and surprises, including trivia contests, ticket giveaways and more. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.


For general information about the Kravis Center’s 25th anniversary season, please visit kravis.org or call 561-832-7469 (561-832-SHOW).  Follow the Kravis Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.