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Rising Stars: An Afternoon on the Red Carpet

November 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm




Event Overview


Event Chairs: Dr. Rich and Mrs. Kyla de Asla

Monday, November 15th, 2021
Arthrex One Conference Center
1 Arthrex Way, Naples, FL

Enjoy a dazzling afternoon while raising funds for five key theatre education programs that inspire, transform, and enrich the lives of students of all ages.

Attire: Luncheon Cocktail


Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her countless credits span more than seven decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway and London’s West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows, and has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Moreno recently co-starred in the critically acclaimed Latinx reimagining of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day At A Time. Her documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It”, for American Masters Pictures had its world debut at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film will have a theatrical release and will broadcast later this year on PBS. Moreno also co-stars and is an Executive Producer of the Steven Spielberg remake of West Side Story, scheduled for December 2021 release. Moreno headlines as a guest artist with symphony orchestras as well as performs lectures and speaking engagements around the country.

Recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture, she was also honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She recently served as Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Moreno’s first ever all-Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, was produced by her good friend, Emilio Estefan and she is a New York Times bestselling author with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir published by Celebra Books.

Moreno has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

Special Performance by

Students from the STAR Academy

Buy Your Tickets

Patron Ticket – $1,000

Receive a ticket to the VIP reception in addition to the luncheon, as well as having your name listed on the formal invitation and in print materials as a Patron.

Individual Ticket – $400

Purchase your ticket to attend the Luncheon only.

Become an Event Sponsor

Dazzle Title Sponsorship


Includes 12 seats to Rising Stars Luncheon, 12 tickets to VIP reception, invitation for 6 to exclusive private party with Rita Moreno, 2 full-age ads in the program book, and name on all print materials, website, and e-communications.

Sparkle Sponsorship


Includes 10 tickets to Luncheon and VIP Reception, invitation for 4 to exclusive party with Rita Moreno, 1 full-page ad in program book, and name on all print materials, website and e-communications.

Glamour Sponsorship


Includes (4) Tickets to VIP Reception and (10) Tickets to Luncheon, 2 tickets to private party with Rita Moreno, 1 full-page ad in program book, and name on all print materials, website, and e-communications.

Glitz Sponsorship


Includes 10 tickets to Luncheon and 4 tickets to VIP Reception, 1 half-page ad in program book, and name on all print materials, website, and e-communications.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Sparkle Sponsor

Dr. Rich and Mrs. Kyla de Asla and Jane and Steve Akin

Glamour Sponsors

Erika and Peter Aron

Jenny and Rich Housh

Jane and Dave Wilson







Glitz Sponsors

Susan Regenstein and Barry Frank

VIP Reception Sponsors

Wine Sponsors


Jane Purdy Berger

Adrianne Cady

Ashley Dewji

Bobbi and David Drobis

Nancy and Tom Gallagher

Mary Pat Hussey

Elizabeth and Jim Jessee

Jason Korn

Sandi and Tom Moran

Cindy and Tony Panzica

Chan Poyner Pike

Ann Ratner

Sam and Karen Smith

Glenda and Rich Struthers

Pat Sweet

Cynthia Taft

Patricia Wagner

Nancy White

Van and Myra Williams

To learn more, please contact Sarah Owen at 239-261-7529 ext. 205

Date: November 15
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event CategoryEvents