THE FILM, RECORDING AND ENTERTAINMENT COUNCIL
INVITES YOU TO THE 2009 STAR GALA
(October 6, 2009) Miami, FL — The Film, Recording and Entertainment Council (FREC) is pleased to invite you to its annual Star Gala, to be held Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. As the premier networking industry organization in South Florida, FREC’s Star Gala will honor many of the area’s shining stars from all disciplines and feature a VIP reception for honorees, celebrities and the media.
“From our dynamic hosts, Aubrey Aquino and Trina Robinson, to performances by Natasha Tsakos and EnV, this will be an elegant night full of great energy,” says Miguel Bravo, Executive Director of the Film, Recording and Entertainment Council. “We’re also excited to welcome venerable guests like Michele Pommier, our Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, and our event artist Laurence Panadero.”
Among the guests and honorees are VIPs ranging from regional, national and international industry executives to A-list stars and celebrities. The Star Gala, which is one of BizBash’s Top 100 events in the state, honors South Florida’s best and brightest in the entertainment industry.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree is Michele Pommier. A former world-famous supermodel, she was the very first entrepreneur to see Miami Beach’s potential as a global center for modeling, production and fashion photography. Her eponymous modeling agency opened in 1979 and was instrumental in raising South Florida’s international reputation within the fashion and beauty industry.
The Event Artist for 2009 is Laurence Panadero, a French native who brought her international fine arts training to bear on a unique design for the Star Gala Award. With a rich career whose depth belies the artist’s age, Laurence has circled the globe creating sculptural masterpieces and striking installations for diverse and prominent names such as Cartier, the French Finance Ministry, Dior, Disney, the Cannes Film Festival, numerous international private estates and collections, and many more.
A wonderful group of local and international names will also host and entertain during the Gala. Aubrey Aquino joins Trina Robinson to emcee the evening’s program. Aubrey is a well-known television personality, reporter and author whose entertainment and lifestyle segments have appeared on Deco Drive, ESPN, E! News, Fox Sports Net and AOL.com. Aubrey’s co-host, Trina Robinson, is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist for NBC 6 and the co-host of South Florida Today. From in-depth investigative stories to weather to lifestyle pieces, Trina is one of South Florida’s rising stars.
On hand to entertain Star Gala attendees are Natasha Tsakos, the internationally acclaimed performance artist and director; EnV, a pop-rock group fronted by the Miami-born Crespo sisters, Estefania and Valentina; and DJ Phistmi, one of South Florida’s most original and in-demand DJs.
The 2009 FREC Awards and Star Gala are sponsored by the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Aroundtown Magazine, Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, Tropical Chinese Restaurant, Catering by Lovables, Crepe Maker, HNO Productions, Big Chef, Donut Divas, and Visual Vanguard Media Specialists. Additional sponsorship provided by Saks 5th Ave, Sonnema Vodka Herb, Ron Barcelo, Advanced Prompting Systems, Up Wake, Crest Group Hotels and Plum TV.
About the Star Gala
The FREC Star Gala honors dynamic industry leaders and talent who share a commitment to professional excellence and making a difference in the South Florida community. Honorees are selected by an independent panel of judges and represent those people shaping the future of the industry in South Florida and across the globe. Winners are recognized as a select group of professional who have achieved notable success and demonstrated strong leadership and success in the industry.
The mission of the Film, Recording and Entertainment Council is to promote economic
development for the industry in South Florida and to create a climate that enhances economic vitality for industry businesses. FREC helps to improve the quality of life for all members by providing networking and business opportunities and by positioning South Florida as the premier industry hot-spot. The Council is a membership-driven, not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization.