PAMM Corporate Luncheon: Q&A with Christopher Pastor

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We’re just a few weeks away from our PAMM Corporate Luncheon. On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the 11th Annual PAMM Corporate Luncheon, presented by STARR Catering Group, will highlight the intersection of art and fashion in Miami’s growing economy. Join other corporate leaders who understand the importance of the business community’s commitment to the arts. Don’t have your reservations yet? There’s still time to make them here.

We sat down with PAMM Director of Major Gifts Christopher Pastor and chatted about the inspiration behind this year’s theme, the honorees, and what Miami can expect from this year’s luncheon.

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PAMM Director of Major Gifts Christopher Pastor

PAMM: What was the inspiration behind this year’s Corporate Luncheon theme?Pastor: This year’s corporate luncheon program will focus on the intersection of art and fashion. With Miami’s fashion industry experiencing a renaissance, we thought it would be interesting to take a deeper look and unearth what some of the causes of this resurgence might be.

All funds from the luncheon will be donated to the museum’s art and education outreach programs. What does it mean to you to be a part of an organization that is the largest provider of art education outside of Miami-Dade County Schools System?
As a child who grew up in Miami-Dade County, this resonates deeply with me. PAMM is extremely proud to be the largest provider of arts education outside of the public school system. We recognize that art plays a role in child development beyond just the creation of works of art, and that children exposed to arts education benefit in other areas of study as well. It is a honor to help raise funds to ensure that as many children as possible in our city and county have access to arts education.

Talk to us a little bit about this year’s honorees.
Funding Arts Network has been moving the arts forward in our community for several decades. We are major fans of their work and look forward to having the opportunity to honor all of their accomplishments.

Goya has been a major corporation in our community that continuously gives back and supports community partners. They are an example for other multi-national companies on how to be a good corporate entity in city.

Naeem Khan has recently moved his haute couture atelier to Miami and partnered with our local school system to create a school for the fashion industry. This kind of forward-thinking community engagement is exactly the sort of actions that PAMM wishes to highlight and encourage other companies to emulate.

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For those who have never been to a PAMM Corporate Luncheon, what can one expect?
You can expect a gathering of Miami’s corporate leaders and captains of local industries. This is the one big “power lunch” at PAMM that unofficially kicks-off the new social season.

What are you looking forward to the most for this year’s event?
STARR Catering, our presenting sponsor, is preparing an amazing menu, filled with old Florida recipes with new flair. The food is always something that I look forward to at this annual event.

 

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