The ONE WORLD AWARD (OWA) is the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota’s (SCAS) premier international award that honors one remarkable individual and one organization that have enhanced peace, understanding, and respect among citizens of the world through their extraordinary work or volunteer service. This award shines the spotlight on individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their continued ability to create and maintain strong bonds of peace and understanding among the world’s citizens.
HONORARY CHAIR – The Honorable Liz Alpert, Former Mayor of Sarasota
EVENT CO-CHAIRS – Isabelle Eidet, Katherine Benoit and Kenney DeCamp
2020 ONE WORLD INDIVIDUAL & ORGANIZATION AWARD
The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota honors
Maestro Victor DeRenzi
INDIVIDUAL AWARD Maestro Victor DeRenzi
SARASOTA SISTER CITIES Celebrates Maestro Victor DeRenzi and the Sarasota Opera with the ONE WORLD AWARD (OWA)
We salute the Artistic Director and the Principal Conductor of the Sarasota Opera – Maestro Victor DeRenzi, with our ONE WORLD INDIVIDUAL AWARD.
Maestro Victor DeRenzi is honored for enhancing peace, understanding, and respect among citizens of the world through his extraordinary achievements. He is the only conductor ever to have conducted the entire canon of famed Italian Composer, Giuseppe Verdi. The 28-season Verdi Cycle was an important initiative that brought national attention to Sarasota and contributed to music, art, and cultural exchanges.
Through his long devotion to Verdi’s work, Maestro DeRenzi and Sarasota Opera have developed relationships with international scholars and the descendants of Giuseppe Verdi who still live in the composer’s estate, Villa Verdi, near the small city where he grew up, in Busseto, Italy. With the cooperation of SCAS and former Mayor and Honorary OWA Chair, Liz Alpert, Maestro DeRenzi initiated a Sister
City relationship between Busseto and Sarasota. The first stage was to establish a Friendship City Agreement. It was ratified at the municipal level by then-Mayor, Liz Alpert in December 2019. The Mayor of Busseto, Giancarlo Contini signed the agreement on January 27, 2020 – the 119th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s passing.
In recognition of this stellar achievement of the Verdi Cycle in 2016, the government of Italy knighted the Maestro with the title of Cavaliere dell’ordine della Stella d’Italia – Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy for promoting Italian culture abroad. Maestro DeRenzi is also celebrating 50 years as a Musical Conductor.
The SARASOTA OPERA will receive the ONE WORLD ORGANIZATIONAL AWARD. Under the leadership of Maestro Victor DeRenzi and Richard Russell, Sarasota Opera is “Verdi’s American Home,” the only company in the world to have performed all of his works. The City of Sarasota recognized this incredible contribution by naming the street in front of the Opera House – Verdi Place.
Sarasota Sister Cities aims to share exchanges with citizens of Busseto, Italy in arts, culture, education, sports, tourism, and economic development among others. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded Sister Cities International after World War II, he envisioned that such citizen-to-citizen connections would build and promote world peace.
Mr. Richard Russell
Executive Director of the Sarasota Opera
- Photo Credit Matt Holler
ONE WORLD AWARD GALA & FUNDRAISER
Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Michael’s On East |
Entertainment by the Sarasota Youth Opera | Silent Auction | Dinner |
Dress: Cocktail Attire
COCKTAIL RECEPTION AND SILENT AUCTION BASKETS
Bid on items featuring products and themes from our local Donors and
our Sister Cities: Perpignan, France; Vladimir, Russia; Tel Mond, Israel;
Dunfermline, Scotland; Xiamen, China; Mérida, Mexico; and Friendship Cities
of Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, and Busseto, Italy
ONE WORLD AWARD SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES
The OWA event is also our major fundraiser. Become a Sister Cities ONE WORLD AWARD Donor and Sponsor and support our future international exchanges between Sarasota and our Sister Cities with cultural and educational exchanges, and business opportunities.
TABLE SPONSOR $1,500
Preferred Seating includes 8 Complimentary Tickets | Recognition in the OWA Program | Commemorative Pin | SCAS Gift Bag
GOLD SPONSOR $500
Preferred Seating includes 2 Complimentary Tickets | Recognition in the OWA Program | Commemorative Pin | SCAS Gift Bag
ONE WORLD AWARD GALA DINNER MENU
Salad: Deconstructed Salad of fresh Burrata Mozzarella with Sliced Parma Prosciutto, Arugula, Dried Figs, Dry Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Beet greens, Balsamic Reduction & Olive Oil
Please choose an Entrée – A, B, or C
A – Boneless Short Ribs of Beef Braised in Chianti Mirepoix with a Bordelaise Sauce served with Garlic Roasted New Potatoes Sprinkled with Parsley; Balsamic Infused Mixed Grilled Vegetables: Eggplant, Zucchini, Squash, Peppers, Carrots, & Onions
B – Pan-Seared Florida Grouper Topped with Capers, Portobello Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & White Wine with Garlic Roasted New Potatoes Sprinkled with Parsley; Balsamic Infused Mixed Grilled Vegetables: Eggplant, Zucchini, Squash, Peppers, Carrots & Onions
C- Italian Stuffed Roasted Red Pepper, Ground Garden Burger, Rice, Mozzarella Cheese & Spices with Marinara Sauce with Garlic Roasted New Potatoes Sprinkled with Parsley; Balsamic Infused Mixed Grilled Vegetables: Eggplant, Zucchini, Squash, Peppers, Carrots & Onions
Dessert: Opera Cake Layers of Almond Joconde Biscuit, Coffee Butter Cream & Semi-Sweet Chocolate Ganache
All meals include Red or White Wine, Iced Water, Hot Tea and Coffee and Bread Rolls
TICKETS are ON SALE Now!
Early Bird Special from now until March 10, 2020: $125 per Ticket
After March 10, 2020: $150 per Ticket
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