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April 1, 2011
LSGM benefits from Fisher Island concert

With Fisher Island’s Vanderbilt Mansion as his backdrop, Michael Feinstein, the five-time Grammy-nominated songwriter, pianist, and singer, dazzled an exclusive audience in February with the music of Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and more.

Proceeds from the evening, underwritten by Robert Pinkert and The Pinkert Family Foundation, benefited Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., an organization that delivers free legal services to low-income individuals and families in South Florida.

Feinstein’s performance took attendees on a nostalgic trip through musicals from Broadway to Hollywood and to classic jazz standards, as well. Dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Feinstein has also performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, The White House, and Buckingham Palace.

The evening also featured Ana Maria Polo, the Emmy-nominated host of Spanish-language television’s most popular daytime program “Caso Cerrado,” who served as master of ceremonies.

The sold-out crowd was welcomed by Corali Lopez-Castro, of Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton, who serves as co-chair of LSGMI’s Together, We Must Campaign for Justice.

“The current economic downturn has hit South Florida especially hard,” said Lopez-Castro. “The poorest families and individuals in our community are disproportionately affected, placing them at greater risk of losing jobs, housing, and access to healthcare. The need for free legal services has never been greater.”

Marcia K. Cypen, LSGMI executive director, was thrilled to have Feinstein support LSGMI’s mission through his performance. “What a magical evening,” Cypen said. “We are deeply grateful that Michael was willing to help support us through the use of his incredible talents.”

The event was sponsored by The Ira J. Kaufman Family Foundation and Northern Trust Bank, and was co-sponsored by Hunton and Williams, Pepi Bertini, Evensky and Katz, The Bluntzer Group, and Steinway Piano Galleries.

Proceeds from the event help supplement LSGMI’s present budget, which is primarily from federal, state, and local government sources. To learn more, visit www.lsgmi.org or mrabinowitz@lsgmi.org or call Marcia Rabinowitz at (305) 438-2531.

[Revised: 04-20-2014]