Rose Miniaci

Rose MiniaciWinston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give!
These words echo the persona of Rose Miniaci.

Rose exudes her love of music by her contributions to World Class Music and the Cultural Arts, and sponsoring educational programs for students of the opera.

Rose’s gifts are legendary. In 1998 she established an endowment fund to support the Broward County Public Schools’ Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS) Program. She established the Rose Miniaci Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward. Her generous donation to Nova Southeastern University contributed to funding the Alfred and Rose Miniaci Performing Arts Center at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center. In 2007 Rose’s endowment gift to the Symphony of the Americas was recognized in a letter from Ron Klein, a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Rose sponsored mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio as a Florida Grand Opera Young Artist. Katherine was a semi-finalist in the Eleanor McCullom Competition with the Houston Grand Opera and was a winner in the Palm Beach Opera and Bel Canto Competitions. She has performed in Cosi fan tutte, Manon Lescaut, The Greater Good, Death in Venice, The Pirates of Penzance, Jenufa, Dido and Aeneas, La Resurrezione, Le nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women, Tartuffe and Requiem. In addition, she performs as a guest artist with numerous, prestigious Opera Companies.  Currently, Rose is the sponsor of Young Artist Studio soprano, Julia Ebner.

Rose’s effect on lives in the musical field is a small illustration of the thousands of lives she has impacted in a multitude of causes including non-profit cultural groups, hospitals, religious and educational organizations and scientific research. Although her causes continually grow, each year hundreds of scholarships are awarded to students to assist them in reaching their potential in the career of their choice. Education and welfare of children is always a priority. Rose’s greatest wish is that recipients of her endowments would create their own humanitarian method of assisting others to obtain a “chance in life.”

A memorable event was a private audience with the Dalai Lama during his visit to the United States. The Dalai Lama found that her dedication to improving the lives of those less fortunate was inspirational.

Rose, humble of heart, thanks God for her position in life. She takes this as a responsibility to return her blessings. It is said that she is “The wind beneath many wings!