As the first snow of the season was falling on Thanksgiving Day in 2014, our art director Kanan F. Whited IV traded in the bitter cold of Manhattan for the sunny skies of South Florida. Happy to leave his coats behind, one thing that did make the trip was his charitable spirit. An active member on the NYC charity and arts circuit, Kanan wasted no time finding a South Florida cause that combined his two passions—and as luck would have it, the beautiful Perez Art Museum Miami was located only a few blocks away from his new Miami home.
Kanan is on the Steering Committee for the Museum’s Contemporaries group, and is also on the Host Committee for the second annual Corporate Cocktail Event, which supports the museum’s efforts to run the largest arts education program outside of the public school system in Miami Dade County. He’s currently planning the Corporate Cocktail Event on May 15 at the soon-to-open East Hotel at Brickell City Centre in Downtown Miami. The event will treat guests to a private cocktail hour at the pool lounge, followed by dinner at the hotel restaurant overlooking the city and Biscayne Bay.
Every $25 raised will pay for 10 children to participate in the Museum’s Knight School Program and visit the museum; every $150 raised will pay for an entire school bus of 60 children to participate in the program, and every $200 raised will pay for an entire wheelchair-accessible school bus for children with disabilities to participate in the program and visit the museum.
Tickets include a raffle entry for prizes including a Bernhardt sofa, 5-star hotel stays in the Far East, and wine tastings for six in California. Available for purchase by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ($150 for the cocktail hour and $150 for dinner), City Furniture has also sponsored a table in support. Kanan encourages “The PAMM Corporate Cocktail and dinner event brings together a network of professionals who value corporate sponsorship of the arts and it’s a great way to support the children in our community.”