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CCE Spring Luncheon Guests Painted A Perfect Afternoon


Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography

 Laura Evans and Kenn Karakul

Jane Brown and Gordon Brown

 Laura Evans and Kenn Karakul

Jane and Gordon Brown


Ted and Ruth Baum, and Tom Pilecki

Jamie Gordon and LuLu Gordon

Ted and Ruth Baum, and Tom Pilecki

Jamie and LuLu Gordon

Maria Floyd and Raymond Floyd  Irene Karp and James Karp

Maria and Raymond Floyd

 Irene and James Karp

Kathy Orrico and Colleen Orrico Gina Sabean and Jeff Sabean

Kathy and Colleen Orrico

Gina and Jeff Sabean


(PALM BEACH) – It was a perfect spring day as guests gathered for the Center for Creative Education’s eleventh annual Spring Luncheon held at the home of Ruth and Ted Baum.  Known to bring out the artist in each attendee, the event had the more than 250 guests painting on canvas after enjoying a cocktail reception, seated lunch and a performance by U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School students.   

“The day couldn’t have been better,” said Tom Pilecki, executive director of CCE.  “We are grateful to our honorary chairman, Kenn Karakul, and our hosts Ruth and Ted Baum, who were so gracious to open their magnificent home for the luncheon.  It was a beautiful afternoon and we thank everyone who came to support us – and to learn more about what CCE programming is all about.”

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School students put on a performance based on what they were learning through CCE’s
Project GROW - a comprehensive, curriculum-based wellness program designed to demonstrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for children.  After Pilecki explained the program, luncheon guests participated in one aspect of the program by painting how eating healthy foods makes
them feel.   

  “Our guests always love that this event really shows what CCE is all about,” said Karakul, who also serves as chairman of CCE’s Board of Directors.  “It’s actually more fun to have the guests participate so they experience first hand what CCE artists are teaching students through in- and after-school programs.”



Proceeds from the Luncheon benefit CCE programming. 
CCE is a not-for-profit educational organization that supports partnerships among schools, arts and cultural organizations, artists, community-based organizations, and human service providers in order to integrate the arts into academic curriculum and out-of-school activities in Palm Beach County.

Michael Crimi and Barbara Crimi, and Jim Held


Guests also learned about the recent $800,000 boost to CCE's capital campaign for the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education (CCE) in West Palm Beach’s Northwood Village.  Thanks to funds allocated by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, construction will resume on the Center with hopes of opening its doors before the end of 2010.

Along with Karakul, Spring Luncheon committee members included Beau Breckenridge, Gordon K. Brown II, Paulette Burdick, Maura Ziska-Cristu, Susie Dwinell, Philip Friedly, Jamie Gordon, Vicki Halmos, Dr. Daniel Kapp, Carol Kirchhoff, Margie Larkin, Dianne LaRoe, Helene Lorentzen, Pamela Miller, Michele Vogel and Keith Williams.

Grand corporate sponsor for the luncheon was Frank Crystal & Company and gold sponsor was Deutsche Bank, Gordon K. Brown II.  Luncheon sponsors were Roberta Bogen, C. Orrico, Michael Carr, Barbara Crimi, Laura Evans, Maria & Raymond Floyd, Annette Friedland, Jane and Lizzie Horvitz, Irene & James Karp, Dianne and Mark LaRoe, Vicki & Chris Kellogg, Mario Nievera Design, Inc., Sydelle Meyer, Anita and Sam Michaels, Diana & Michael Perry, Pauline Pitt, E. Burke Ross Jr., Regency Party Rental, Tiffany & Co. Diana and Bill Wister, and media sponsor Palm Beach Society.

For more information on CCE’s programming, naming opportunities for the Center or other upcoming events, please call  (561) 805-9927


Michael and Barbara Crimi, and Jim Held




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