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Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Hosts
4th Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction

Mitchell Rubenstein & Laurie Silvers, Hali Utstein & David Silvers

Mitchell Rubenstein & Laurie Silvers, Hali Utstein & David Silvers.
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Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 

Hosts Fourth Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction


The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts hosted the fourth annual Palm Beach Wine Auction on February 23 at The Breakers, Palm Beach.
More than 160 friends and supporters attended this popular, sold-out event that has, since it was started, generated more than $1 million to support the Kravis Center’s award-winning education programs.

“This year’s Wine Auction was not only spectacular as usual, but it was an evening that none of our attendees will ever forget,” said Palm Beach Wine Auction Chair Ted Mandes, who is also a member of the Kravis Center’s Board of Directors.

The evening began with a glittery cocktail reception in the Tapestry Bar where guests enjoyed the finest champagne and caviar; followed by an elegant five-course dinner served in the magnificent, candle lit Circle Room, which was decorated to resemble a European wine cellar.  The delicious repast included delicacies such as Duck Rillette, Foie Gras French Toast and Wagyu Ribeye, ending on a sweet note with Blackberry White Chocolate Panna Cotta.  As attendees have come to expect, each course was perfectly paired with specially selected wines from around the world.

“Once again, everyone raved about the incomparable food and wine,” said Judy Mitchell, Kravis Center CEO. “The atmosphere and décor were exquisite, and the wine auction was highly charged with many excited bidders.  This is precisely what true wine connoisseurs expect a world-class auction to be. Ted and his committee did an outstanding job.”

The auction of 56 impressive lots was once again under the direction of Michael Troise, the retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine Department and an expert with more than 40 years experience in tasting, buying and brokering wines from vintages dating as far back as the late eighteenth century. 

According to Mandes, the mission of the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction is to “share the cultural wealth” by further advancing and broadening the scope of the educational experience of our youth through targeted programs at the Kravis Center.  “This is not just a another cause for me, it is an ongoing obligation,” he emphasized.

The Premier Grand Cru sponsor for the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction was PNC Wealth Management.

The Premier Cru sponsors were Madeline and Roderic Fink, Chris N. Kritikos, and Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein.

Private Reserve Sponsors included Connie Frankino,
Barbara & Jerome Golden, Laurie J. Raber-Gottlieb & Steven M. Gottlieb, Craig & Rochelle Menin/Menin Development, Inc., Sydelle and Arthur I. Meyer Foundation, Jane M. Mitchell
 and Lewis M. Schott.

Special Support was provided by Tiffany & Co.

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. 

The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in
West Palm Beach, FL.  For more information, please call 
561-832-7469 or visit

For more information about the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction, please visit


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