For immediate release, February 11, 2002

Contact Hal Howland, 295-4369






Monroe County Mayor Charles "Sonny" McCoy, host, and the board members of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts present the annual Mayor's Cocktail Party, honoring business members and donors at the $100 level and above, Thursday, February 21, 6-8 p.m., at the home of Joyce Stahl in Key West.

Musical entertainment will be provided by virtuoso pianist Franko Richmond, winner of the arts council's 2001 Renaissance Award. (Mr. Richmond will premiere his exciting Concerto Latino with the Key West Pops, Vincent Zito, conductor, Sunday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center. For tickets call 296-1520.)

Guest portraiture will be demonstrated at the party by Letty Nowak, the remarkable young creator of the Faces of Key West painting series, sponsored by the Wave Gallery.

The arts council extends special thanks to these sponsors and donors: the Real Estate Company of Key West, Willis & Company, Inc., Coconut Grove Guesthouse, First State Bank, Gemini Printing, the Restaurant Store, Art Behind Bars, Lobo's, Laura Bateman, Joyce Stahl, and Key West Brewery.

For more information, or to become an arts council member, call Andrea Comstock at 852-1469 ext. 4369, 743-0079 ext. 4369, or 295-4369; e-mail; or visit

Photo caption: Sponsors of the 2002 Mayor's Cocktail Party, L to R: Richard Talmadge, the Restaurant Store; Jim Blum, Real Estate Co. of Key West; Mayor Charles "Sonny" McCoy, host; Cathy Talmadge, the Restaurant Store; Dan Lee, First State Bank; Peter Kinsella, Coconut Grove Guesthouse.