By Beverly Perkins
It was a sold-out crowd, as many came out to be a “guest” at the Beauty and the Beast Jr. performance at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. The tale as old as time was just one of the organization’s 2017 Summer Arts Camp productions. Although the cast and crew pulled off an amazing show, BBX Capital Foundation was a behind-the-scenes superstar.
This summer BBX Capital Foundation presented a $3,500 check to the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood to support the organization’s 2017 Summer Arts Camp and its Broadway Actors’ production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, Jr.
Lois Marino, Executive Director of BBX Capital Foundation, presented the check to Joy Satterlee, Executive Director of the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, and Susan Rakes, Assistant Director of the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood prior to the campers’ performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
“It is such an honor to support the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s Summer Arts Camp Program which provides such a wonderful opportunity for youth to express their talents,” said Lois Marino, Executive Director of BBX Capital Foundation. “It was so much fun to watch the kids on stage as they presented their performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. to a sold-out crowd.”
The funds will support the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s mission to cultivate creativity and support the arts in their community through education, innovation, and collaboration. Enrollment for the Summer Arts Camps and the production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. included 42 South Florida children and more than 450 people attended this show. Each summer, more than 200 youth, ages 4-18, from Broward and Miami-Dade, participate in the 18 unique sessions in the visual and performing arts area.
“The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is delighted that the BBX Capital Foundation supports the Center’s 2017 Summer Arts Camp. These funds help underwrite the Center’s goals to create high quality art programs for children and families in our community,” said Joy Satterlee, Executive Director of the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. “Having the confidence of BBX Capital Foundation is tremendous for our organization. Our Summer Arts Camp has touched the lives of over 250 children. The campers are not only learning new skills in the arts, but are also being challenged creatively, and they are gaining confidence both socially and artistically that is instrumental in their development.”