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Annual Gala



Tammy Karp
Donna Koffman
Jules Price
Michelle Senglaub


Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Annual Gala 2019, Vive les Folies Bergère, is the biggest fundraiser of the season and it is our hope that you will join us for this spectacular evening!

The event will begin with a cocktail reception and raffle, followed by a seated dinner, paddle raise, live music and dancing. This year’s theme celebrates the legendary Folies Bergère music hall and variety-entertainment theatre known for its lively and bold acts with extravagant costumes, sets and special effects. It showcased the talents of many great entertainers and became the premiere nightspot in Paris. Our musical entertainment will feature an authentic and captivating Parisian Cabaret Show, along with headliner Tatiana Eva-Marie and her 5-piece Avalon Jazz Band. Tatiana delivers French classics and jazz standards from the 1920s, while the Parisian Cabaret Show will showcase an array of singers and dancers performing choreographed, high-energy dance spectacles.            

All Gala proceeds will support the artists in Asolo Rep’s 2018/19 season and our award-winning Education & Community Engagement programs, which help students develop an appreciation for the arts while gaining empathy and insight into the lives of others through experiencing, discussing and creating live theatre.


Contact Laura Stuart Wood, Special Events Manager, at 941-351-9010 ext. 4712 or [email protected]



Late night party, immediately following the Annual Gala. Party includes complimentary specialty drink, discounted cash bar, light bites, DJ and entertainment.




  • 1 for $150
  • 5 for $500

Enter to win one of three items! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase before and during the Gala. Winners and prizes will be selected at random on the evening of the Gala, March 2, 2019.




Innovative Dining raises the level, standard and originality of food. Owner and CEO, Chef Jeremy Hammond-Chambers offers a memorable evening for 16 people with a French-inspired dinner with wine pairings at Innovative Dining's Private Dining Room.


DONATED BY: Innovative Dining

TERMS & CONDITIONS:Expires December 31, 2019.


Enjoy an ultra-luxurious 8-day cruise for two aboard the Crystal Serenity, sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida, December 14 - 22, 2019. Port visits include: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Gustavia, St. Barts; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Antigua/St. John's, West Indies; Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk, UK; Miami, Florida. Cruise includes one deluxe stateroom with verandah, stateroom and dining staff gratuities, premium non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and other features of Crystal’s ultra-luxe onboard experience.  


Crystal Serenity is an elegant and spacious all-inclusive, chic resort featuring richly appointed staterooms and suites, a full-service fitness facility, a lavish spa adhering to the principles of Feng Shui, expansive decks, first-class entertainment, innovative learning classes, a world class casino, and imaginative cuisine, including the world’s only Nobu Matsuhisa restaurant at sea. Crystal Cruises is voted #1 in the travel industry’s most distinguished hospitality awards and guide book ratings. Readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines have voted Crystal Cruises as the World’s Best more than any other cruise line, resort, and hotel in history.


ESTIMATED VALUE:    $5,680   

SPONSORED BY:  Kim Githler & Crystal Cruises


TERMS & CONDITIONS: Excludes cruise port, security and handling charges, as currently published at www.crystalcruises.com. Excludes round-trip air transportation (which must be booked by the winner or the winner’s travel agent, not through Crystal Cruises), airport transfers, travel insurance, shore excursions, and any on-board expenses not included in the cruise fare (e.g. spa services, boutique purchases, gambling etc.). Crystal Cruises reserves the right to change or deviate from the ship’s advertised itinerary or route, delay, advance or cancel any sailings or ports of call. Upgrade options are subject to further charges and availability. This cruise is not redeemable for cash value or value toward a longer cruise and is non-transferable and non-commissionable.


Enjoy the best of Sarasota and beyond, with assorted items including:

  • 2-night stay in deluxe resort-view accommodations at The Ritz Carlton Sarasota , with dinner at Jack Dusty or Ridley's Porch
  • Weekend stay at The Sarasota Modern - A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
  • 3-Month Honorary Golf Membership at The Founders Club
  • Golf for four at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club
  • Golf for four at TPC Prestancia
  • (4) reserved Grandstand tickets to a Baltimore Orioles home Spring training game on March 23, 2019 vs. The Minnesota Twins, and (4) Baltimore Orioles baseballs hats
  • (8) passes to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
  • $75 to Evelyn & Arthur
  • Item to be announced from Music Compound
  • (2) passes to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • (2) passes to The Ringling
  • (2) tickets to the Sarasota Ballet production of Giselle on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30PM
  • (2) tickets to a 2018/19 Sarasota Orchestra or 2019 Sarasota Music Festival Season Concert
  • (2) tickets to a designated performance at the Stratford Festival (Canada) during the 2019 season
  • $400 to Selva Grill
  • $350 to Summer House Siesta Key
  • $100 to Roessler's Restaurant
  • $75 to Euphemia Haye
  • $50 to Anna Maria Oyster Bar
  • World-famous Key Lime Pie from Floribbean Flo's
  • Handcrafted orchid and epiphyte on driftwood from Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. - Landscape Architects
  • "Beautiful You" portrait session for two, including hair and makeup, and a print credit from Bridget Lopez Photography
  • and more!


TERMS & CONDITIONS: Some restrictions may apply. 



Purchase raffle tickets by February 20, 2019 and be entered in a special Chance Drawing to win VIP transportation to and from the Gala on March 2nd* in a vintage luxury Rolls Royce provided by Revvies Classics. There is nothing that compares to a Rolls-Royce -- the beauty, the luxury, and the prestige! From the moment you step into this Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III, you will be transported back in time to an era where luxury transportation was well understood. This aristocratic, right-hand-drive automobile was quite literally designed for kings and queens, and at Asolo Rep’s Annual Gala, we want you to feel like royalty. A dedicated, private chauffeur will provide you with round-trip, white glove service to and from the gala, as you are treated to the zenith of automotive design and luxury! The winner will be selected at random on February 21, 2019.

DONATED BY: Revvies Classics

*If the winner is not attending the gala, the Rolls Royce transportation package may be used on a different night, based on availability.



Stanley B. Kane


Gary and Elizabeth Butler

Andrew and Judith Economos Charitable Foundation


Tom and Ann Charters/Jeff and Nikki Sedacca/Margaret Wise

Larry and Debbie Haspel

Carolyn Keystone and Jim Meekison


Terry Brackett

Herman and Sharon Frankel

Ron and Rita Greenbaum

Pamela Hughes, Hughes Design Associates/Walton and Deborah Beacham

Arthur S. Karp Family Foundation, Inc.

Donna and David Koffman

John and Elenor Maxheim

Jules Price and Jeremy Hammond-Chambers/Innovative Dining


Aviva/Kerkering, Barberio & Co.





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