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MacDonald Training Center launches annual celebration

MTC artists brought famous artists to life at the inaugural event.
 
Mike Norton as Vincent van Gogh and Angelique Diaz as Frida Kahlo.
Mike Norton as Vincent van Gogh and Angelique Diaz as Frida Kahlo. [ Amy Scherzer ]
Published Feb. 19|Updated Feb. 19

Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo lookalikes welcomed MacDonald Training Center supporters to the inaugural Farm to Table(aux) event, celebrating 70 years of the nonprofit’s innovative services for people with all disabilities.

“Tableaux vivant” created by MTC artists came to life throughout the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, including caricatures by Daniel Ricci, fashions by autistic designer Aarushi Pratap and a musical concert by Jonathan Davis, who is blind and autistic.

Glen Nash with his painting, “Mona Lisa Cat.”
Glen Nash with his painting, “Mona Lisa Cat.” [ Amy Scherzer ]

CEO Karenne Levy led a Champagne toast to founder J. Clifford MacDonald at the arty party Nov. 15, 2023, honoring his commitment since 1953 to widen his son’s opportunities “by saying yes to possibilities and no to the status quo.”

From left, Sean Daly, Karenne Levy, and Barbara and Daniel Ricci.
From left, Sean Daly, Karenne Levy, and Barbara and Daniel Ricci. [ Amy Scherzer ]
From left, Rita Hattab, Cheryl Worsham and Millie Puente.
From left, Rita Hattab, Cheryl Worsham and Millie Puente. [ Amy Scherzer ]
From left, Paige Niehaus, Richard Senker and Suzy Holley.
From left, Paige Niehaus, Richard Senker and Suzy Holley. [ Amy Scherzer ]
From left, Tom Wood, Darrin Quam and Aaron Silberman.
From left, Tom Wood, Darrin Quam and Aaron Silberman. [ Amy Scherzer ]