Celebrity waiters. Photo by Rachel Galvin
By Rachel Galvin
Local dignitaries and community leaders took on a new role as celebrity waiters at The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood’s 25th Annual Cuisine for Art on May 25. The event took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Guests could strike a pose on the red carpet, grab a drink and bid on items for the silent auction while listening to live music by Ilan Tarrab before going into the main ballroom. Inside, they could find their spot at a table of 10 and enjoy the “show,” emceed by Aaron Shapiro while the celebrity waiters helped them to get everything they needed. A three course meal was served. The on-stage presentation was interactive in several ways, including a heads and tails game with guests.
Those in attendance heard a little about the Art & Culture Center, which began in 1975, moving to its current location in 1992. Now, in collaboration with the City of Hollywood, they are adding on a new 5,000 sf arts education wing that will adjoin the current location, the Kagey Home facility, built about 1924. The new wing will expand what they can do, including dancing, theater presentations, artists talks, film screenings, fine art and more. The planned opening of the new facility is next fall.
A special presentation was given by award-winning author and humor columnist Dave Barry, who poked fun at politics and more. He was an honoree in 2019.
This year’s honoree was Misty Weinger, a longtime board member, arts advocate and engaged donor at the center instrumental in contributing funds to determine the feasibility of creating a new Arts Education building on the 1.2-acre campus, which is in the works. She is also the senior partner/ shareholder at Kofsky Weinger, PA and is managing partner for the firm’s tax practice. She also works with special needs children in the community.
After she was honored, the DIVAS Through the Decades took to the stage to sing their hearts out. The waiter who received the most tips, the challenge winner, was also announced.
For more information on the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, visit www.artandculturecenter.org