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10th Annual Bubbles, Baubles, and Broadway Gala

March 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Event Overview

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Vanderbilt Ballroom at the
Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Chairs: Jane and Dave Wilson

Join us for a roaring good time as we transform The Ritz into a live theatre! With just a knock and a whisper, you’ll be transported into the legendary Starlight Speakeasy where our bootleggers are offering up the best craft cocktails, the live band is swingin’, and the dice are hot at the game tables! Don your best flapper dress, fedora, or pinstripe suit and make sure to reserve your seat for the biggest party in town.

Starring Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti

Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti is a highly celebrated stage and screen actress, who recently ended her critically acclaimed run on Broadway as Eliza Doolittle in Lincoln Center’s revival of “My Fair Lady.” Her television credits include “Younger,” “The Detour,” “Supergirl,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Nashville,” “The Good Wife, “Elementary,” “Nurse Jackie”, “The Big C,” NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” and her heralded turn as First Lady Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”  Other Broadway credits include Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower, Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee), Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner), Into the Woods (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), In the Next Room or The Vibrator PlayThe Wedding Singer, Nine (starring Antonio Banderas). Other distinguished theater performances include Perdita in The Winter’s Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.A. Opera, Eileen in Wonderful Town, and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, both for City Center Encores!

Reserve Your Table

Single Ticket ($600)

(Includes individual seat at the Gala)

Patron Ticket ($1,200)

(Includes an invitation at the Patron Party and individual seat at the Gala)


To secure your seat, purchase online or contact Sarah Owen, Annual Giving and Events Manager, at 239-261-7529 ext. 205.

To become a corporate sponsor, please contact Kent Kyle at 239-261-7529 ext. 204.

Auction Items

Discover why Portugal has become the go-to international destination for savvy world travelers. On this customizable trip, guests will explore Portugal’s two most famous cities—Porto and Lisbon. In Porto, Portugal’s rich wine culture comes to life with private visits to exclusive cellars and a tour of the vineyards of the world-renowned Douro River Valley. Then, in Lisbon, guests have the opportunity to join in one of three select courses—a decadent lesson in Portuguese cuisine, a hands-on tile-making class that examines the history and technique behind Lisbon’s famed azulejos, or a study of fado, the soulful singing whose melancholy notes capture the heart of this spectacular country.

Local Travel Concierge: MAD Travel

* Trip for 2, 5 nights, airfare not included. April-October 2020. 

Among the once-in-a-lifetime experiences this customizable trip includes a private excursion to Highclere Castle, the British chateau famously featured in Downton Abbey. Guests will enjoy a tour of the surrounding English countryside and villages, as well as the dazzling castle itself. Back in London, a Pullman Train straight out of the 1920s awaits guests with a five-course luncheon, fine wine and stunning views. Join in the 1920s-themed murder mystery, or simply take in the scenery. Other perks of this ultra-exclusive journey: a private champagne ride on the London Eye, and a backstage visit to the acclaimed Royal Albert Hall. Top this amazing trip off with Producer’s seats to Hamilton on the West End! 

Local Travel Concierge: MAD Travel

* Trip for 2, 4 nights, airfare not included. April-October 2020.

Strap on a pair of downhill skis for this weeklong stay at the glamorous Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Up to eight people can join in for this exclusive retreat in the hotel’s penthouse suite. With a prime ski-in ski-out location mid-mountain, the hotel is the perfect launchpad for diehard snow lovers. And when you’re ready to take a break from the slopes, the Ritz-Carlton has some of the best après in Tahoe (hint: it involves champagne and a fire pit). For those more interested in relaxation than their downhill vertical, stop by the resort’s top-notch spa.

Donors: Valerie & Nizar Ghoussaini

* Mutually agreed upon dates, airfare not included. 

For the diva at heart! Step out onto the stage during a live Gulfshore Playhouse production. The winning bid will be cast in his or her own role, complete with a custom costume and spoken lines. This package includes an exclusive invitation to the show’s first read and dress rehearsal, as well as a tour of the production shops. 


Host the ultimate dinner party in your home with local celebrity Chef Brian Roland and his culinary team. Chef Brian will design a sumptuous four-course menu tailored to your tastes (and dietary restrictions!), complete with exquisite wine pairings from the world’s finest cellars provided by The Wine Merchant. With a show-stopping culinary performance from one of Naples’ most sought-after chefs, guests will be talking about this exclusive dinner party for months to come.

Donors: Brian & Nicole Roland and The Wine Merchant

*Must be used within one year, mutually agreed upon dates. Not redeemable on Holidays or October 1st – May 1st. 

Step aboard this jaw-dropping 90 foot yacht for a cocktail party cruise. Watch the sun set over the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico as the Crave Culinaire team whip up fabulous hors d’oeuvres and serve succulent wine. This package can accommodate up to 16 people, so invite your friends for an unforgettable affair on the high seas.

Donors: John & Carol Walter & Crave Culinare

*Mutually agreed upon dates

Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

Title Sponsor ($50,000)

  • Reservations for 2 for the Gulfshore Playhouse summer
    New York Theatre Trip (includes tickets for 3 Broadway shows, hotel
    accommodations, and all group tours)
  • Premier white glove wine service at the Gala dinner table
  • Exclusive Reception with Laura Benanti at a private residence
  • Private Guided production shop tour for 4
  • Car service to and from Gala
  • Autographed Laura Benanti CD’s
  • VIP Gala Seating for up to 12
  • Invitation to the Patron Party for up to 12
  • Recognition and thanks from the stage
  • A first-page recognition and full-page ad in the Gala Program

Bubbles Sponsor ($25,000)

  • Exclusive Reception with Laura Benanti at a private residence
  • Premier white glove wine service at the Gala dinner table
  • Private Guided production shop tour for 4
  • Autographed Laura Benanti CD’s
  • Preferred Gala Seating for up to 10
  • Invitation to the Patron Party for up to 10
  • Recognition and thanks from the stage
  • A first-page recognition and half-page ad in the Gala Program

Baubles Sponsor ($10,000)

  • Reserved Gala Seating for up to 10
  • Invitation to the Patron Party for up to 10
  • Recognition and thanks from the stage
  • A first-page recognition and half-page ad in the Gala Program

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Title Sponsorship

Jane and Dave Wilson

Bubbles Sponsorship

Jane and Steve Akin

Baubles Sponsorship

Erika and Peter Aron
Gail Paster and Phil Catapano
Bobbi and David Drobis
Susan L. Regenstein and Barry Frank
Gates Construction, Gilbane Building Co., and H3/Arquitectonica
Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini
Jennifer and Richard Housh


Erika and Peter Aron
Richard and Jane Borchers
Shelley and Steven Einhorn
Christine and Terrance Flynn
George and Barbara Franks
Brooke and Gerard de Gunzburg
Tim Habbershon and Allison Murray
Jim and Elizabeth Jessee
Daniel and Ann Meyer
Sandi and Tom Moran
Ken and Jackie Bennett Murray
Naples Trust Company
Jack and F.E. Nortman
Christine Paddock
 Anthony Petullo
Aaron and Tennille Sevigny
F. Samuel and Karen Smith
Glenda and Richard Struthers
Patricia Sweet and Bill Marsh
Joanne Wyss
Harriet and Donald Young

Entertainment Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Valet Sponsor

Gift Bag Sponsor

In Kind Sponsors

Scenes from the 2019 Havana Nights Gala

Date: March 2, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event CategoryEvents
Venue Name: Ritz-Carlton Naples
Address: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
Naples, FL 34108 United States