YoungArts Backyard Ball


On Saturday, January 9, 2016, National YoungArts Week culminated with the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, the YoungArts Backyard Ball Performance and Gala, presented by MaxMara. The evening was emceed by Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor, singer and director, and YoungArts Alumnus Billy Porter (1987 Winner in Theater). During the event, YoungArts honored director and actress Rosie Perez and director Robert Wilson with the Arison Award, as well as performer, Tony Award nominee, YoungArts Master Teacher and 1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater Tony Yazbeck with the Arison Alumni Award, for their outstanding contributions and indelible impact on the arts.

Co-chaired by Tracey and Bruce Berkowitz and Armando and Margarita Codina with support from the 35th Anniversary Committee chaired by Sarah Arison, the celebratory evening honored all 2016 YoungArts Winners and included a series of performance vignettes, directed by Yazbeck, featuring YoungArts alumni including Desmond Richardson (1986 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Dave Eggar (1987 Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), India Carney (2011 Winner in Theater, Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Andrew Nemr (1997 Winner in Dance), Jake Goldbas (2007 Winner in Jazz), Pascal Le Boeuf (2004 Winner in Jazz and Music), Riley O’Flynn (2014 Winner in Dance), Anne Malin Ringwalt (2013 Winner in Writing), and Anais Perez (2015 Winner in Visual Arts).

YoungArts thanks the following sponsors for their support: 

We gratefully acknowledge the 2016 YoungArts Backyard Ball sponsors and supporters, including our Committee of Leaders, Anniversary, and Tribute table hosts.
Committee of Leaders
Sarah S. Arison
Armando & Margarita Codina
The Fairholme Foundation
Micky & Madeleine Arison Family Foundation
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Anniversary Table Hosts
Sarah S. Arison 
Carnival Foundation
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Agnes Gund
Harry & Marcia Hersh
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Jeff & Christine Kauffman
Richard & Amy Kohan
Northern Trust Bank
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Tribute Table Hosts
Anthony & Sandra Tamer
Wells Fargo