Monte Carlo raises funds for Museum of Contemporary Art


Monte Carlo - the Museum of Contemporary Art’s major fund-raiser - went to Rick’s Place for its “Casablanca” theme this year. The black-tie bash featured a 1940s-style night club and casino inside the museum (where cocktails and champagne were served at “Casablanca’s” famous Blue Parrot Club, of course). The old movie was projected on one wall to add a nostalgic touch to the reception.

Then supporters went outdoors for an elegant dinner and dancing under the stars, and even the dance music took its cues from the ‘40s night club scene. White jackets were all the rage for the men, and the women were dolled up in glamorous gowns and vintage hairdos. As usual, guests went back to the galleries for a lavish dessert and late-night celebration, where they were joined by a new crop of museum supporters.

George and Gail Knox headed the honorary committee and chaired the successful gala. Among the long list of “usual suspects” on the honorary committee were Mitch and Dianne Goldman, Linnea and Frank Arrington, Barbara Bloom, Tanya and Charles Brandes, Robert Caplan and Carol Randolph, Valerie and Harry Cooper, Peter Farrell and Fiona Tudor, Jake and Todd Figi, Judith Harris and Robert Singer, Patsy and David Marino, the Jacobs family, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, Lise Wilson and Steve Strauss and Viviana and Charles Polinsky.

The local guest list also included Derrick and Lauren Cartwright, Patti and Coop Cooprider, Sarah and Shahi Ghanem, Angel and Fred Kleinbub, Jennifer and Richard Greenfield, Jack and Judy White, Lise Wilson and Steve Strauss and Steve and Marilyn Miles.