Every year Art of the Deal organizers outdo themselves. This year is no exception. The annual fundraising gala for Mount Dora Center for the Arts, consistently voted one of the best cultural and social events in the area, will bring to life the famous turn-of-the-century Parisian cabaret, Moulin Rouge, on November 2.
The semi-formal event is far from a typical fundraising gala. Art of the Deal (AOD) is a festive hybrid party with a lively DJ, dance floor and gaming tables, plus an open bar, edgy entertainment and dinner catered by Pisces Rising. This year’s burlesque atmosphere, where guests are also encouraged to wear costumes, will feature can-can dancers and entertainment by the Queens of Broadway, acclaimed for their shows at Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando.
“Moulin Rouge” means “Red Mill” in French, and one of the focal points of the event’s sights and sounds will be the large red windmill that is featured on the cabaret’s rooftop in Paris. While the entertainment and blackjack keep some guests busy, others flock to the expansive silent auction with items ranging from original artwork from Mount Dora Art Festival artists, gift certificates, artisan jewelry, theme park tickets, merchandise from local shops and gourmet gift baskets.
Before the end of the night, all eyes are fixed on the friendly, yet competitive, live auction that tempts bidders with foreign travel and large works of original art. This year bidders will be competing for an all-inclusive trip to Puerto Vallarta and a Tennessee Whiskey Adventure trip, as well asoriginal ceramic art used for the 2019 Mount Dora Arts Festival poster and other items.
Historically a downtown event, this year the gala will be held at Mount Dora Plaza Live, a new event venue on Old Highway 441 just west of downtown. The new venue provides Art of the Deal with enhanced amenities like a larger stage and dance floor, plus convenient parking and shielding from inclement weather. Proceeds of the night will benefit the Mount Dora Center for the Arts to provide scholarships for children’s summer arts camp and to support youthoutreach programs, educational classes and art exhibits to the community. Art of the Deal will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Catered dinner, open bar, gaming and entertainment are all included with tickets which can be purchased here.Mount Dora Plaza Live is located 2728 W. Old Hwy 441 (in the Mount Dora Plaza shopping center, same as the new post office and Mount Dora Pizza)
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