24TH ANNUAL CUISINE FOR ART
May 20, 2022
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood celebrated its 24th Annual Cuisine for Art fundraiser at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Friday, May 20, 2022 – three years after we last hosted this event in-person. The event surpassed budget projections and raised over $100,000 for the Center’s arts programs.
This year’s honorees were Dara and Jarett Levan. Nearly 300 guests attended this year’s soiree and enjoyed a cocktail reception, followed by a three-course dinner. Attendees bid on auction items such as a three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (Mexico) , JetBlue round-trip tickets, a ride aboard the world-famous Goodyear Blimp, and dinner parties complete with wine catered by Anthony Billisi of Mimi’s Ravioli. The event, which featured Concert Violinist Steven Avi and a Special Performance by Michael Dean as Cher, was highlighted with the Center’s recognition of Dara and Jarett Levan.
“We’re extremely appreciative of all our generous sponsors, Celebrity Waiters, guests, and our extraordinary chairs – Susan Renneisen. Jules Meyer and Anna Smith,” said Joy Satterlee, Executive Director of Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. “This night was one of our most engaging and most successful Cuisine for Art fundraisers to date and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support and dedication to the Center.”
Cuisine for Art features elected officials and community leaders serving as Celebrity Waiters during an exciting and entertaining evening. Cuisine for Art Event Chair was Susan Renneisen. Co-chairs were Jules Meyer and Anna Smith.
Elected Government Officials with Jurisdiction over the City of Hollywood
Hon. Gary Farmer, Florida State Senator
Hon. Joe Geller, Florida State Representative
Hon. Marie Woodson, Florida State Representative
Hon. Beam Furr, Broward County Commissioner
Hon. Josh Levy, City of Hollywood Mayor
Hon. Kevin Biederman, Hollywood City Commissioner
Hon. Adam Gruber, Hollywood City Commissioner
Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser
Anthony Billisi, Pastry Chef, Mimi's Ravioli
Jacey Birch, Local 10 Morning Anchor/Animal Advocate
Tim Curtin, Executive Director-Community Services, Memorial Healthcare System; BrowardEducation Committee Chair; Art and Culture Center Treasurer
Ed Hashek, President, Funding Arts Broward
John Mabry, Portfolio Director/Enterprise Development, AutoNation, Inc.; Immediate PastBoard Chair Art and Culture Center/Hollywood
Jules Meyer, Founder/President, PR Pageant Coaches; Past Board Chair and current LifetimeBoard member, American Cancer Society of Broward County
Melissa Milroy, Senior Marketing Director, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale; Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Board Chair
Jeff Oliverio, Vice President and Financial Advisor for Truist Wealth;Hollywood LGBT Council Treasurer
Henny Shomar, Director, Tripp Scott; Broward Library Foundation Board member;Art and Culture Center Board member
Natacha Yacinthe, Seaport Executive Planning Manager at Port Everglades and President of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
24th Annual Cuisine for Art Honorees Dara and Jarett Levan
Dara and Jarett Levan live and breathe the arts here in Broward County! They have supported and continue to support dozens and dozens of Broward County cultural arts organizations. They serve as icons in this creative, innovative sector.
Dara is a Miami native, writer, and storyteller. She is the founder of “Every Soul Has a Story,” an inclusive podcast where she interviews inspiring guests from around the globe. Her writing has been featured in various publications such as “Moms Don’t Have Time to Write,” “Grown & Flown,” “Thrive Global,” “The Broad Life,” and “Medium.” Dara recently completed her first novel, soon to be published.
She holds a Bachelor's in English from Indiana University and a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nova Southeastern University. Dara decided to transition from speech therapy to focus full-time on writing, creating, and connecting.
Dara is deeply involved in her community and serves on several boards, including the Community Foundation of Broward and the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation/Memorial Hospital Foundation. She is also a member of various organizations, such as the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Women’s National Book Association.
With a passion for making a positive impact, Dara lives her life with integrity and love, one word at a time.
Jarett S. Levan is the President and CEO of BBX Capital, Inc (OTCQX: BBXIA), and serves on the boards of Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation and Bluegreen Vacations Corporation. He is also the CEO of BBX Sweet Holdings, overseeing specialty chocolate and candy companies like Hoffman’s Chocolates, IT’SUGAR, and Las Olas Confections and Snacks.
Jarett is actively involved in various philanthropic endeavors, including the BBX Capital Foundation, which supports arts, education, social welfare, and community development in Florida. He is the founder and Chair Emeritus of Business for the Arts of Broward, an organization promoting the connection between arts, culture, and economic development.
In addition to his corporate and philanthropic roles, Jarett serves on the boards of Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Broward College Foundation, Broward Workshop, and Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Foundation. He is a member of the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood's Honorary Board and a member of the NSU Ambassadors’ Board and Fellows Society. Jarett is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, as well as a degree from the Harvard Business School President’s Program in Leadership.
Special Performance by Michael Dean as Cher
Michael Dean as Cher, an avid Cher fan and an in-demand entertainer, has established himself as a leading Cher impersonator. His love for Cher has allowed him to take center stage at leading charitable and corporate events, dinner shows, expos and pride parades. He has delighted audiences around the country with performances at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida; Lips Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta; W of Fort Lauderdale; the Wanderers Club in Palm Beach and more. Also, he enjoyed a two-year engagement alongside an impressive roster of leading celebrity impersonators at Oscar’s Cabaret in Palm Springs, California. Michael has had the pleasure of meeting Cher twice, but his first encounter was the most memorable, which landed him backstage of the American Music Awards during her first live performance of “Believe.” Needless to say, Michael Dean as Cher brings the magic of Cher to every stage show.
Concert Violinist STEVEN AVI
Steven Avi is a multi-talented young man, a performer with a lot of charism. Avi has traveled many countries, loves to learn about people, cultures and history. He is an LA trained Actor, a concert Violinist, a hyper-Polyglot (someone that speaks many languages) and a College Student. (Last year for his bachelor's degree, active member of the National Honor Society at F.I.U.) Avi plays the violin since the age of 7, but he has another talent: Acting! Steven has a lot of experience in front and behind the cameras, has won Awards in England, Los Angeles and Florida. He has been in Web Series, TV pilots and TV Series, Feature films and Short films, infomercials, Commercials, Music Videos and Print Modeling. Many concerts with the violin as a soloist. Most recent performances at: The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, 211 Broward, Le Diner en blanc, Fashion, TV shows and more. Avi is fluent in 10 languages and sign Language as well (ASL).
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS!
Thank you to all the Auction Item Donors of $250 and over!
Blue Waters Holistic Center
Broward Center of the Performing Arts
Cambria Hotel Boston
Cambria Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach
Daoud's Fine Jewelry
The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood
FLOW Film Festival & Film Market
Fort Lauderdale Food and Wine Festival
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hollywood Beach Marriott
Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach
Lee's Locksmith Bicycle Shop
Margaritaville at Sea
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
PRP Wine International WIne Tasting
Heather and Leo Sarmiento
Shenanigans Sports Pub & Restaurant
Susan Renneisen, Event Chair
Jules Meyer, Event Co-Chair
Anna Smith, Event and Auction Co-Chair
Tracy Lyons Cenami