Ghost Light Society Hosts Successful Celebration to Save the Stages
Published: Feb 18, 2021
Guests attending the 11th Annual Ghost Light Society Soirée in December were treated to an entertaining and interactive virtual celebration to save the stages. The "Superhero Soirée" was presented by UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) and raised more than $53,000 for the Broward Center for the Performings Arts' Road to Recovery Fund to help ensure the future of vital artistic, educational and enrichment programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since 2009, the Ghost Light Society has raised more than $1 million for the Broward Center’s arts-in-education programs; however, this year they turned their attention to another important challenge – the Broward Center’s Road to Recovery,” said Kelley Shanley, President and CEO of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the performing arts around the world and here at the Broward Center. Currently facing the loss of more than 90% of our revenue, we are dependent on contributions to sustain operations as we prepare for the day we can welcome the public back into our theaters. We are grateful to the Ghost Light Society for its contributions during this extremely challenging time.”
Guests tuned in from home and “table-hopped” in the virtual ballroom, mingling with fellow guests via video chat while donning superhero attire. Highlights of the evening included inspiring musical performances by classical/hip-hop duo and 2021 GRAMMY® Award nominee Black Violin, Broadway actress Syndee Winters and the Broward Center’s student performance group, The Spotlights. The event was emceed by Ghost Light Society Chair Max Dauerman and Vice Chair Andrew Schein.
“Over the past 11 years, the Ghost Light Society has been able to do some amazing things to support arts education and the performing arts in Broward County,” said Dauerman. “This success is a testament to our members and donors, many of whom have been with us since the beginning. Because of their generosity, we are able to continue supporting the Broward Center during these unusual and challenging times and positively impact the lives of so many in our community.”
In addition to UKG, major sponsors of the Superhero Soirée included LaCroix Sparkling Water, Akerman LLP, Broward Health, Merrimac Ventures and Publix.
About Ghost Light Society
The Ghost Light Society was founded in 2009 to engage and inspire a new generation of patrons to take an active role in promoting, celebrating and supporting the performing arts. The organization is composed primarily of community leaders and business professionals between the ages of 25–45 who enjoy a variety of exclusive benefits for members, including access to pre-sale tickets, pre-show cocktail receptions, networking events and behind-the-scenes opportunities throughout the year. All dollars raised by the Ghost Light Society support the Broward Center’s wide variety of arts-in-education programs that serve more than 125,000 students in Broward County each year. For more information, visit ghostlightsociety.org or email [email protected].
About Broward Center’s Road to Recovery Fund
The Broward Center is on the Road to Recovery. While the theaters are dark and staff is at a minimum, the hard work continues. Faced with the loss of 90% of its revenues, the Center depends on contributions to sustain its operations as it prepares for the day when the doors reopen, the curtain rises, and the lights return to the Broward Center stages. Donations to the Road to Recovery Fund can be made at BrowardCenter.org/R2R.