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Charleston Symphony Orchestra supporters of all ages made their way up the grand staircase at the Charleston Place Hotel for a lavish black-tie gala. Partygoers were greeted with glasses of bubbly - and were invited to keep the champagne flutes - before making their way through the crowd to view the evening’s auction items.

The intimate, formal affair kicked off with an extended cocktail hour, where guests enjoyed cocktails and canapes while rubbing elbows and discussing upcoming symphony events.

The attitude was a festive one, and symphony devotees William Stepanek and Monica Karales-Stepanek had something to celebrate. “Tonight is our anniversary!” Monica Karales-Stepanek laughed, pausing to cheers her husband for the camera. “Five years as of today.”

As the cocktail hour drew to a close, the glamorously dressed crowd made their way into the dining room for a wonderful dinner and auction of some of Charleston’s finest artists.

The gala benefited the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), founded in  1936 by Miss Maude Winthrop Gibbon and Mrs. Martha Laurens Patterson. The CSO aims to enrich the cultural life of South Carolina's Lowcountry with high-quality performances of symphonic and chamber music, and unique and engaging music education opportunities throughout the region.

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