STARRY NIGHT
An ARTrageous Gala
Photos by Darrylee Cohen of Haute Media

Above, top: An elegant sit-down dinner was served in the lobby of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Bottom, left: left to right; Micheline Etkin, Jordan Rose, Bruce Etkin and Jason Rose. Photo by Bruce Young. Bottom, right: Mark and Stella Saperstein.  

The gala raised $300,000 for Scottsdale Arts, providing funds for programming under the largest arts umbrella in Arizona, including signature events like Canal Convergence and the Scottsdale Arts Festival, as well as the organization’s four branches: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, SMoCA, Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. For more information, visit www.scottsdalearts.org

Above, left: Auctioneer Letitia Frye. Above, right: Micheline Etkin and Madonna Hall Newman. Bottom, left: Gerd Wuestemann, Scottsdale Arts president and CEO. Bottom, right: left to right; Dr. Robert Knight, Will Bruder, Sam Campana, Kathy Hotchner, Stephanie Jacobson, Carolyn Robbins, Randy Schilling, Valerie Vadala Homer and Ellie Ziegler.

Attendees feted SMoCA’s 20th anniversary with the recognition of the luminaries who were instrumental in the museum’s birth, culminating with the debut of the new Herberger Award for the Arts, which was presented to Dr. Robert Knight, SMoCA’s founding director.

Gala chairman Oscar De las salas, along with hosts Carey Peña of Inspired Media 360, Vanessa Ruiz of Cronkite News Borderlands and Javier Soto of Good Morning Arizona, kept the event moving for the 425 attendees. From a champagne toast and live auction to an elegant seated dinner served inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, from entertainment by local performers who have participated in programs facilitated by Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation to an awards ceremony, the evening 

Above, top: Desert Mountain High School dancers perform for the guests. Bottom, left: left to right; Chris Irish, Linda Herold, Sam Campana and Lee Ansel. Bottom, right: AJ Odneal performs for the guests.  

The gala raised $300,000 for Scottsdale Arts, providing funds for programming under the largest arts umbrella in Arizona, including signature events like Canal Convergence and the Scottsdale Arts Festival, as well as the organization’s four branches: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, SMoCA, Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. For more information, visit www.scottsdalearts.org