Boca Raton Museum of Art to Honor Martin B. Stein at Annual Gala

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Abracadabra Gala & After Party Set for January 31, 2015 at the Boca Resort & Club

BOCA RATON, FL – (December 10, 2014) – The Boca Raton Museum of Art will host its annual gala entitled Abracadabra on Saturday, January 31, 2015 and present the Jean Spence Award to Martin B. Stein announced Irvin Lippman, the Museum’s Executive Director along with Gala Co-Chairs Andrea Kline and Michael Budd and Honorary Chairs Joan and Milton Bagley.

“Our gala committee has created an enchanting evening featuring a mesmerizing magic show by world-renowned mentalist and sleight of hand artist Jamy Ian Swiss, a silent auction and after party with dancing, cocktails and more,” says Gala Co-Chair Andrea Kline.

Abracadabra Gala and After Party: A Magical Evening in Support of the Boca Raton Museum of Art at the Boca Raton Resort & Club (501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432) begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 with cocktails and the opening of a silent auction. A three-course gala dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m. in the Camino Room featuring light jazz. Internationally acclaimed master of sleight-of-hand and mind-reader Jamy Ian Swiss will perform in the Grand Hall at 9:00 p.m. where the gala and after party guests will converge.

The After Party, chaired by Leslie and Scott Farber, Mhegan and Andrew Kravit, Kristen Ross Majhess and Michael Majhess, kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auctions. At 9:00 p..m. guests will attend the Magic Show in the Grand Hall. The After Party will resume at 10:00 p.m. in the Smoke & Mirror Lounge where guests will enjoy cocktails and light bites and be entertained by 2 DJs 1 Violin, palm readers and fortunetellers. After Party ticket prices are $150 per person and $500 for host committee sponsorship.

Gala ticket prices are $375 per person and host committee sponsorship prices range from $1,500 to $25,000. Proceeds from the gala help to fund exhibitions, the permanent collection, and the Museum’s outstanding educational and community outreach programming. For information or to purchase tickets visit or call 561.392-2500, extension 208.

The Jean Spence Award is presented annually (since 2003) by the museum’s Board of Trustees in recognition of a donor’s commitment to the Museum, the arts, the community, and unparalleled generosity of time and financial support. Named for the late Jean Spence, the award honors those in the spirit of Ms. Spence who was an extraordinary philanthropist, art collector, and leader in the Boca Raton community.

“We are thrilled to present Martin B. Stein with the 2015 Jean Spence Award for his many years of leadership and financial support of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. His tireless efforts to raise the awareness and profile of the Museum in our community are being acknowledged with this highest honorary award the Museum bestows,” says Abracadabra Co-Chair, Michael Budd.

The 2015 honoree, Martin B. Stein, graduated from Rutgers University and Pace Institute and joined the family business in 1946. During a ten-year tenure at Berg Enterprises, a predecessor of Citigroup, Mr. Stein rose to Executive Vice President. In 1984, he co-founded Enzon Pharmaceuticals and held the tittles of Director and Director Emeritus. He is currently developing a business park in New Jersey and was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee of Pan American Bank. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Museum of Art since 2006, Mr. Stein is on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Temple Emanu-El, the New Jersey Home for the Aged, and Ruth Rales Family Service, scholar in residence programs, Holocaust Memorial Programs, and the Edith and Martin Stein Building of Hope in New Jersey. The Steins have resided in Boca Raton for more than 20 years.

Founded in 1950 by the Art Guild of Boca Raton, the Museum’s collections, innovative exhibitions, and educational programming are international in scope and reflect the creative expression of the Florida region. In 2001, the Boca Raton Museum of Art moved into its new home in the heart of Mizner Park. The Art School, located nearby on West Palmetto Park Road (the Museum’s original location), offers more than 100 weekly classes in a variety of media for adults and children. The Artists’ Guild remains a strong auxiliary of the Museum with more than 350 artist-members who actively exhibit throughout the area and whose work may be seen at the Artists’ Guild Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

Exhibitions concurrently on view through January 11, 2015: Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art; Elliott Erwitt: Photographs from the Collection of Richard Coplan and Martin R. Malinger; Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions, New York Photographs from the Collection; Latin American Artists Depicting The Human Form, and video installations by Shizuka Yokomizo, Cory Arcangel, Janet Biggs, Trine Lise Nedreaas and Robin Rhode (November 11, 2014 - January 11, 2015). Upcoming exhibitions include Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil, Surrealism and Magic (January 26 - April 5, 2015), and Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power (April 21 - July 12, 2015). For additional information please visit the website at

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Editor’s Note: High-res images available upon request.