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Young Professionals Enjoy an “Evening at the Casbah” During the Ghost Light Society’s 14th Annual Soirée Presented by UKG

Published: Jan 4, 2024

Young philanthropists and emerging community and business leaders gathered at The Parker recently for the 14th Annual Ghost Light Society Soirée to benefit arts-in-education programs at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by UKG, the “Evening at the Casbah” raised more than $110,000 in a one-of-a-kind, Moroccan-inspired night of dining and entertainment, including a live, intimate performance by Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of ‘90s band Rusted Root.

“The Ghost Light Society’s annual Soirée is always one of the highlights of the year, and this year’s theme combined with the live performance helped make this one of our most memorable yet,” said Soirée chair Jason B. Blank of Haber Blank LLP. “Thanks to our generous sponsors and the Soirée committee, we reached our fundraising goal and are proud to continue supporting arts-in-education at the Broward Center, which has the largest free arts-in-education program in the nation.”

In addition to Presenting Sponsor UKG, the event was supported by Platinum Sponsors Akerman LLP, AutoNation, Crowe LLP, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and MDW Communications; Gold Sponsors Broward Health, CohnReznick, Dutton Real Estate Services LLC, Haber Blank LLP and Catherine Niemeyer’s Allstate Agency; and Silver Sponsors A.J. Belt of Cushman Wakefield, Business Express Insurance Agency, Berkowitz Pollack Brant/Provenance Wealth Advisors, Farlie Turner Gilbert & Co., The Freelance Firm, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Greenspoon Marder, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Lochrie & Chakas P.A., Nelson Mullins, Publix Super Markets, Rosen Injury Law P.A., Daphne Shephard and Joseph Karl, SouthState Bank, Stearns Weaver Miller and Stiles.

Founded in 2009, the Ghost Light Society’s mission is to engage and inspire a new generation of patrons to take an active role in promoting, celebrating and supporting the performing arts.

For additional information about the Ghost Light Society, visit or email

Photo Credit: Downtown Photo


  1. Dirk Miller, George Taylor, Heather Geronemus, Michael Glabicki
  2. Christi Lyn Rice, Kristina Lucia Pumphrey, Jason B. Blank, Sarah Lis, Peter Neirouz
  3. Jarrod Gac, Lauren Fyke, Andrea Becker, Carey Warburton, Stacey Ziegler
  4. Kenny and Lauren Mantuo
  5. Caryn Botknecht and George LeMieux
  6. Sam Eppy, Aaron Rothenberg, Andrew Schein, Tasha Yohan, Solange Ventura, Kelly Eppy, Alexis Rothenberg
  7. Paige and Whitney Dutton
  8. Catherine and Justin Niemeyer
  9. Kara Perkins, Liz Somerstein, Peter Neirouz
  10. Aaron Rothenberg, Priya Parkash, Shaun Taraporewalla, Joseph Gentilucci, Olivia Calabrese