As an in-kind sponsor, The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is encouraging the industry to support and attend Shake-A-Leg’s first annual event, the “Art of Sail” on Saturday, October 29. Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM), a nonprofit organization working with individuals in a marine environment who have physical, developmental and economic challenges, is hosting the event to celebrate 25 years of community involvement. Presented by Badia Spices, the event will take place at the former U.S. Coast Guard Seaplane Base (now SALM’s headquarters). This is a nautical-themed event celebrating art, fashion, music, design, and water.
The evening will showcase the designs of European fashion designer Jens Werner. For SALM, Werner has designed creative and exclusive garments for the event from recycled sails adding a unique twist to fashion pieces such as coats, dresses and pants. The models, some disabled sailors and community notables, will wear the garments.
Werner, Robert Lupone and Bernie Telsey, of the Off Broadway Manhattan Class Company Theater, have collaborated to present the story of Shake-A-Leg Miami through fashion and theater, showcasing a runway show in a non-traditional theater format. A play, written by Werner, casted by Telsey and directed by Lupone, will be performed the night of the event as an ode to SALM’s devotion to the community. The evening will also showcase the unique designs of multiple artists that have come together to benefit the cause including mixed media artist and founder of Rise Up Gallery, David McCauley.
Shake-A-Leg Miami’s mission is to provide children and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges the opportunity to use South Florida’s exciting marine environment to improve the health, education and independence of its members in an inclusive community setting. Tickets are $300 and open to the public. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.shakealegmiami.org.