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Jon Sonne and Rebecca Lambert

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From a business perspective, Jon Sonne and Rebecca Lambert knew Naples would be a good fit. He’s a facial plastic surgeon, and she is a dermatologist. So in looking for places to open their joint practice, the Woodruff Institute, anywhere in South Florida checked a lot of boxes.

But as a lifetime lover of classical music and a symphony subscriber everywhere he’d lived, Jon wouldn’t come unless there was a serious orchestra. “If there is a good orchestra, then you are going to likely have a good cultural scene,” he says.

From the moment the couple arrived in Naples in 2004, Artis—Naples has been a part of their lives, Rebecca says. “At different stages in our lives it has been different things,” she says. “Before we had children, we went to The Baker Museum a lot more. Then we were taking our kids to Magic Carpet concerts. Now we are starting to take them to museum exhibitions we know they would like.”

After dedicating much of their lives to building up their business, the couple has also begun to have more time for themselves to both enjoy Artis—Naples’ artistic offerings and to get involved in the organization. Recently, Rebecca has joined a group dedicated to cultivating the next generation of leadership.

“We want (Artis—Naples) to continue living on into the future,” she says. “With our peer group, a lot of people are caught up in the day-to-day aspects of work and family. What we are hoping to do is bring a certain awareness to the fact that there’s really something for everybody here.”



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