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Sleek sophistication and cool elegance reigned at the Preservation Society’s “Preservation in Profile” soirée and art auction at Memminger Auditorium. 

Guests entered a swank club-like Memminger Auditorium, which was draped in black and accented with dozens of sparkling chandeliers, crystal disco balls, and shimmering decorations hanging from the ceiling. White couches and lounges with silver and black pillows offered seating. “It’s like a New York party,” explained Preservation Society supporter and the event designer Juan Tamarit. “We even have Studio 54 music.”  

Silent auction items ranged from art and photography, food and wine, and fashion, to home and garden, and health and beauty. While guests perused the options and placed bids, they enjoyed drinks from the open bar and nibbled on tasty hors d’oeuvres from Closed for Business, Rice Market, and Hamby Catering.

The event raised $30,000 to benefit the Preservation Society’s 2011 “Seven to Save” program, which funds preservation activities for seven sites and issues in Charleston and the region.

Written by Natalie Miller