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The Friends Dinner 2024

June 1, 2024

7:00 pm

7pm • Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music by GARO

8:30pm • Dinner

9:30pm • Spam Allstars, Dance Party!




  • Sesame Chicken Skewers with peanut sauce

  • Spinach and goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

  • Asian Beef Skewers

  • Polenta topped with roasted tomatoes and pearl mozzarella


Shores Garden Salad



  • Mahi-Mahi with Caribbean Salsa

  • Chicken Picatta with Capers

  • Tofu with Grilled Vegetables


Side Dishes

  • Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

  • Asparagus wrapped in carrot ribbon


Event Sponsor

  • Shepard Broad Foundation


Table Hosts

  • Christine, Cameron, Lin, Amy & Dylan

  • Craig DeWald

  • Rebekah Lengel

  • Caren Rabbino

  • Susan & Dennis Richard

  • 102 Live Crew


Host Committee

  • Mary Barzee Flores & Hector Flores

  • Joseph Polito & Lisa Beal

  • Beth Boone

  • Dennis Edwards & Mark Steinberg

  • Ron & Nancy Gelles

  • Rhonda Mitrani & Todd Buchman

  • Benji Power & Lucia Rosado

  • Roberto Saco

  • Christian Ulvert & Carlos Andrade


Edouard Duval-Carrie

L’Arbe Fleuri, 2023

Limited edition prints available

Print 1, Print 2


You’ve gotta have friends.” – Bette Midler


… And I am all alone
There is no one here beside me
And my problems have all gone
There is no one to deride me


… But ya’ got to have friends
The feeling’s oh so strong
Ya’ got to have friends
To make that day last long


… I had some friends, but they’re gone
Somethin’ came and took them away
And from the dusk ’til the dawn
Here is where I’ll stay


… Standing at the end of the road, boys
Waiting for my new friends to come
I don’t care if I’m hungry or poor
I’m gonna get me some of them


… ‘Cause you got to have friends
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, friends
That’s right you, oh you, yeah you
I said you gotta have some friends
I’m talkin’ about friends, that’s right, friends
Friends, friends, friends


… I had some friends, oh, but they’re all gone, gone
Somethin’ came and snatched them away
And from the dusk until the very dawn, you know
Here is where I gotta stay, here is where I gotta stay


… And I’m standing at the end of a real long road
And I’m waiting for my new friends to come at dawn
I don’t care if I’m hungry or freezin’ cold
I’m gonna get me some of them


… ‘Cause you gotta have friends
That’s right, friends, friends
I gotta get my, I gotta get my, I gotta get my
Look around and see all of my friends
Oh, friends, that’s right, friends, friends
Friends, friends, friends, friends, oh
Friends, you gotta have friends




About Miami Light Project

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization, which commissions and presents artists from all over the world and throughout Miami. We support the vanguard in contemporary performance – dance, music, theater and multimedia artists who are internationally recognized for risk-taking innovation, technical virtuosity and thought-provoking content. Our programmatic vision has led the way in establishing Miami as an internationally recognized center for art and culture, with a vibrant locally based artistic community. Miami Light Project’s artistic programs focus on issues of relevance to our community within the context of an evolving global field of art and culture.


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Kristina Villaverde

Special Projects Manager

A native of Miami, Kristina Villaverde became Miami Light Project’s Technical Director in 2014. Kristina is also the director of Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship, a program designed to train emerging theater technicians and prepares them for professional work. A long time staple in the South Florida theater community, Kristina has worked as the Head Electrician at Byron Carlyle Theater, The Colony Theater and the Olympia Theater. Additionally, she has built her theater skills as Light Designer and Stage Manager for numerous productions, and worked for local arts organizations as Young Arts and Miami Lyric Opera. Kristina has been a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 500 and had the opportunity to work as a stagehand for a variety of productions from Broadway, Comedy Central, CBS, Telemundo to Live Nation at a great number of venues in South Florida.
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Terrence Brunn

Marketing & Communications Manager

A native of St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, Terrence Brunn is an arts administrator and designer with a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Miami. Terrence Brunn joined MLP in 2012 as part of the Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship Program inaugural class where he explored all aspects of stagecraft. Now Terrence is the communications manager for Miami Light Project and the program coordinator for Miami Theater Center. Terrence currently resides in Miami and enjoys traveling when not working.
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Regina Moore

Director of Planning & Development

Regina Moore joined Miami Light Project in October 2012. Previously, Regina worked as an independent consultant and grant writer for nonprofits in South Florida. Since 2003, Regina has worked with cultural & arts and community services organizations on projects that have generated more than $4 million in grants. She has 18 years of experience in grant proposal development, strategic planning, building collaborations and program evaluation for small/mid-size nonprofits. Regina holds a master degree in business administration from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) and bachelor’s degree in business from Pontificia Universidade Católica (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A native of Brazil, Regina currently resides in Boca Raton with her husband, John, and two children, Thomas and Emilie.
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Eventz Paul

Technical Director & Facilities Manager

Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.

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Elizabeth Boone

Artistic & Executive Director

Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.