Broward Performing Arts Foundation Presents Virtual Gala in Support of the Arts

Friends of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts fired up their computers to celebrate the arts and support the Broward Center at a virtual gala. More than 300 guests “attended” the on-line event featuring performances by award-winning artists from New York and South Florida.  The virtual gala was presented by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation in conjunction with a nationwide initiative introduced by Lincoln Center in New York: “Connecting for Culture: A Gala of Virtual Tables Across the USA.” Theaters around the country held similar events inspired by Lincoln Center on the same evening. Of the 19 performers who participated in the Broward event, 11 were Broadway veterans secured by Lincoln Center. Following a virtual cocktail reception, everyone was whisked away into designated Zoom rooms to enjoy private performances and lively Q&As with their assigned artists. The entire audience then came back together for a final performance of “Here Comes the Sun” by an ensemble of local artists singing from their homes and seen in their Zoom squares. To enhance the virtual experience, a real dinner was offered by Broward Center partner Artisan Foods. For more than 30 years, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation has been instrumental in providing support for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Foundation was established in 1985 to deliver the required private funding to build the Center and create an endowment to sustain its operations. The Foundation recently completed a $30 million capital campaign to renovate and restore the iconic Parker Playhouse. Prior to this, it raised $60 million to complete the Encore! capital campaign to renovate, renew and revitalize the Broward Center.