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Culture, Arts and Society Today (Cast) Party 2024 

Annual Fun, Fan & Fund Raiser For Student Scholarships!

6 pm, Monday, February 19, 2024

Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33486

Join us for an evening of cocktails, fine food, live entertainment and music to dance the night away, as we celebrate Dorothy F. Schmidt’s 30-year legacy of cultivating leadership! Featuring Special Guest and Performance by Renowned Broadway, Film and Television Star and FAU Alum Marc Kudisch.
Emcee for the evening: Jamie Ostroff, WPTV Chief Investigative Reporter


Marc KudischMarc Kudisch

Marc Kudisch has been seen on and off Broadway, Modern Opera, Television and Film for the past 30 years, recently completing a costarring turn in “Girl From The North Country” at The Belasco Theatre, his 15th Broadway show. He has been nominated for the Tony Award three times, as Trevor Graydon in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Baron Bomburst in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Franklin Hart in “9 To 5,” and is a Drama Desk Award winner for his work Off Broadway in “The Wayside Motor Inn” at The Signature Theatre. Opera credits include Carl Magnus in “A Little Night Music” for NYCOpera/LA Opera, The Pirate King in “Pirates Of Penzance” for NYCOpera, Henry Kissinger in “A New Prince” for Dutch National Opera, Joshua Crouch in “Anatomy Theater” for Prototype Festival/ LA Opera and The Older Man in TRADE for Prototype Festival/LA Opera, and the upcoming world premiere of ADORATION for Prototype Festival. Concert/Orchestral credits include The Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Philharmonic, The Ravinia Festival, Utah Symphony and The Jerusalem Symphony. TV/Film credits include Dr Gus on “Billions” (Showtime), Ty Rathbone on THE TICK (Amazon), Billy Kastner on “Late Night” (Amazon), Roger Wade on “Mindhunter” (Netflix). Learn more at


Jamie Ostroff

Jamie Ostroff, Chief Investigative Reporter, WPTV

Jamie Ostroff joined WPTV in January 2024. She came to South Florida from WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. Jamie was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. Her roots in the nation's capital form the foundation of her passion for government and policy, public affairs, culture and justice. That passion has led her through newsrooms in Idaho, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana, where she learned firsthand that a well-told story can ignite compassion, bring a community together and make a real impact. Jamie's reporting has brought change to the communities she's covered, appeared in documentaries such as HBO's "BS High," and earned numerous professional accolades, including an Emmy Award and multiple nominations. A graduate of the University of Miami, Jamie earned her degree in broadcast journalism in 2009. In 2021, she received her master's degree in legal studies from the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law.


Tickets: $300. Sponsorship opportunities available!
For more information about tickets or sponsorship, contact Daniela Andrade at or 561-297-2337. 

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Melanie Cabot  |  Maurice D. Plough, Jr.  |  Beth K. Schwartz

CAST 2024 Honorees

The 30-year Legacy of
Dorothy F. Schmidt

Schmidt Family Foundation
Myrna Gordon Skurnick


Alisa Cohen
Nancy Dershaw
Silvana Halperin

Andrea J. Karsch
Bonnie and Jon Kaye
Deborah L. Kull

Jo-Ann H. Maynard
Linda Satz


CAST Presenting Sponsor:

CAST Party Student Scholarship Fund:


CAST Party Program Sponsor:

Marilyn and Jay Weinberg

CAST Party Cocktail Reception:  

CAST Party Entertainment Sponsor:  
Schmidt Family Foundation


CAST Party Dinner Sponsor:
Marta and Jim Batmasian
Dean’s Community Honor Roll Sponsor:
Barry and Silvana Halperin

 CAST Party Program Sponsor:

Arthur Gutterman

Margie and Maurice D. Plough

Linda & Joe Satz Trustees

Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust 


CAST Party Student Sponsor: 

Melanie Cabot

Beth K. Schwartz

CAST Party Red Carpet Sponsor

Sharon DiPietro

CAST Party Arts & Culture Champions:

Fidelity Investments

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Bonnie and Jon Kaye/Kaye Communications PR & Marketing

Mithun Family Foundation, Marcia and Doug Mithun

CAST Friends of Arts & Letters:  

The Boca Raton

Alisa and Dr. Richard Cohen

Liz and Jason Hagensick

Bonnie Halperin and Family

Sally and Dick O’Loughlin

Linda and Jay Rosenkranz

Myrna Gordon Skurnick

Mark B. Swillinger

Marilyn Wallach  

Judith and Dr. Howard Weiner


CAST Exclusive Media Sponsor

The Boca Raton Observer

* Current as of 2/12/24