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September 18, 2015


The Party: Attendees at the 3rd Annual Bag Lady Luncheon in The Cedar Room enjoyed a delicious meal from Tristan Catering and Events and participated in a silent auction featuring more than 75 new and vintage handbags with suprises inside of each. A live auction and elegant fashion show presented by Finicky Filly rounded out the charitable event benefitting the Charleston Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit organization that provides a place to stay for families with children undergoing extensive medical treatment. 


Highlight: Guests—and even Ronald McDonald himself—took to the catwalk to showcase select items.


Overheard: “Ohh look at her channeling her inner Anastasia Steele—Mr. Grey will see you now!”— the auctioneer in regards to a woman strutting her stuff on the catwalk


Beneficiary: The Ronald McDonald House


September 21, 2015


The Party: Louie’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to help treat childhood obesity, hosted its annual Little Chef, Big Chef event at Four Ninety-Two. Five celebrated local chefs—Jason Stanhope, Jacques Larson, Kevin Johnson, Nate Whiting, and Amanee Neirouz—paired with five area children to create a five-course meal showcasing healthy ingredients. 


Highlight: The little chefs were involved in every aspect of the meal, from plating to serving to bussing. They proudly brought the dish they had created out to each table, lingering to speak with attendees about it’s ingredients and preparation. 


Overheard: “Louis, I think it’s James that is going to change my life.”— FIG chef Jason Stanhope to Louis Yuhasz about his little chef, James Wilson


Beneficiary: Louie’s Kids 

September 13, 2015


The Party: Charleston Wine + Food Festival (CHSWFF) hosted a boozy brunch on the lawn at North Charleston’s Navy Yard Quarters H & I to celebrate the launch of the 2016 CHSWFF ticket season. Attendees donned all white apparel as they enjoyed brunch bites from more than 10 area chefs, brunch cocktails, and live music from the Joe Clarke Quartet.


Highlight: Charleston felt its first hint of crisp fall weather, leading guests to exclaim throughout the day about the cool air—perfect for outdoor picnicking.  


Overheard: “I have been attending the Food and Wine Festival for years now. It is amazing to see how grand Charleston is growing.”




August 21, 2015


The Party: The Halsey Institute hosted an opening reception for American artist and musician Lonnie Holley and his exhibition, “Something To Take My Place.” His first solo museum exhibition since 1994, the gallery showcased 40 of Holley's works since the early 1990s, with an emphasis on his recent work. His work will be on view in the Institute through October 10.

Highlight: Rusted pipes, tattered cloth, and weathered pieces of wood spontaneously assembled formed a collection of beautifully-made, inspiring narrative sculptures.

Overheard: "I like all of it—every piece. His work is so very powerful." 


July 30, 2015

The Party: Guests gathered at local bowling hotspot, The Alley, in support of the fifth annual Gimme Shelter event from the nonprofit organization, Operation Home. Attendees knocked down pins, grooved to the jazzy tunes of the New Breed Brass Band, sampled delicious eats from Home Team BBQ, and bid on silent auction items. 

Highlight: By the end of the night, a conga line had formed on the dance floor, evidence of the community spirit and the energy of the New Orleans-based band. 

Overheard: “I'll slip you a $20 if you publish this!” - a guest joking with the Charleston magazine photographer 

Beneficiary: Operation Home raised $57,000 to help with critical home repairs for low-income area residents. 

July 17, 2015

The party: The Palette and Palate Stroll is a cultural and culinary event highlighting the accomplishments of local artists, art galleries, chefs, and restaurants. In celebration of its 10th year, attendees were invited to stroll Charleston’s historic French Quarter, making stops at eight participating galleries and tasting delightful creations from the local chefs paired with each.

Highlight: Guests watched Robert Lange Studios’ resident artist J.B. Boyd as he painted live and explained the process behind his work.

Overheard: “Wait…are you sure St. Michael’s is on the right side of the street?”—a guest scrutinizing a piece at the Anglin Smith Gallery.

Beneficiary: Local art programs

June 25, 2015

The Party: Holy City Brewing opened their doors and their taps for an art-inspired night of fundraising. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, live music from Justin Osborne of local band Susto, flower crowns, a photo booth, cornhole, and of course, frosty brews. 

Highlight: Dancers Lori DeNicola and Ellis Bradford moved in sync across a large canvas with charcoal, leaving behind an abstract representation of lungs. 

Overheard: “The Overly Friendly IPA is making me, well, overly friendly.” 

Beneficiary: The American Lung Association

June 19, 2015

The Party: Guests gathered amidst the walls of historic tomes and candlelit bookshelves in the Charleston Library Society as the King Street cultural institution hosted its third annual Night in Monte Carlo event. 

Highlights: Partygoers gambled the night away at the many blackjack, roulette, and craps tables—all for a worthy cause. 

Overheard: “Yahtzee! I mean, blackjack! Wait, what game is this again?”

Beneficiary: All proceeds from the event supported the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

June 16, 2015

The Party: Golfers and Charleston Ronald McDonald House supporters gathered for the 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Highlight: Over 300 golfers packed the course and endured the hot temperatures to ensure they did not miss their opportunity to give back to Ronald McDonald House and play one of America’s favorite and most difficult courses, The Ocean Couse. 

Beneficiary: Ronald McDonald House. With this year’s tournament RMH has raised over $1,000,000 in support of families in their time of need. 

Photographs by Adam Collins

June 11, 2015

The Party: Partygoers dressed to impress in Top Gun and ’80s-themed apparel for an evening on the deck of the USS Yorktown complete with live music and dancing, cuisine from Top Shelf Catering, and cocktails from Firefly Moonshine and Sweet Carolina Whiskey Liqueur. 

Highlights: Guests jammed out to nostalgic tunes by ’80s cover band The Spazmatics.

Overheard: “Goodness gracious greatballs of fire! This party is hoppin!”

Beneficiary: A portion of the funds raised supported Tooth Angel, an organization providing cosmetic surgery at an affordable price.



June 7, 2015

The Party: Capping off this annual 17-day celebration of the arts, the Spoleto Festival finale invited guests to Middleton Place for a day of local and regional bands, a beer garden, gourmet picnic fare, and headlining musical act, St. Paul and The Broken Bones.

Highlight: A post-concert fireworks display was an explosive send-off to this festival season. 

Overheard: “I hope you brought your dancing shoes!”

Beneficiary: Spoleto Festival USA

Photographs by Adam Collins

May 24, 2015

The Party: Commemorating the first tea leaf harvest of the season, the Charleston Tea Plantation hosted this ninth annual festival featuring nearly twenty food trucks, kids’ activities, local arts and crafts vendors, and an all-day lineup of musical acts including headliner Sheryl Crow. 

Highlight: After attendees soaked up the sun all day long, Sheryl Crow kept audiences going into the night with a three-song encore featuring her greatest hits.

Overheard: “I cannot believe I forgot to bring my hula hoop.”

May 23, 2015

The Party: Bearded and moustached men—and women—from across the country gathered at the Music Farm for the Sixth Annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships hosted by the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society. Fans of facial hair packed into the hall to view the whiskered participants.

Highlight: Paul Roof, also known as “The Beard Can Professor,” toasted the audience with a Holy City Brewing Chucktown Follicle Brown—the very beer can his image graces.

Overheard: “If this is your first beard and moustache competition—get ready! This is going to be a ride...”

Beneficiary: The Center for Women

May 21, 2015

The Party: Brooklyn-based sculptor Alyson Shotz presented her solo exhibit Force of Nature at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Members of the Halsey enjoyed an hour-long preview party before the reception opened to the public. 

Highlight: Alyson Shotz mingled with guests, happily answering any questions and offering insight into her work.

Overheard: “At first I thought it was nothing, and then I saw the sky moving.”—Guest in awe of the artist’s 27-minute video “The Bedroom, Time Lapse,” a moving recreation of Van Gogh’s The Bedroom.

Beneficiary: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Photographs by Adam Collins

May 18, 2015

The Party: New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe released the third installment of her Lowcountry Summer TrilogyThe Summer’s End, celebrating its launch with a book signing at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Highlight: The Hallmark Network announced plans to adapt Mary Alice Monroe’s 2006 novel, The Beach House, into a film starring Andie MacDowell to be released in 2016.

Overheard: “A delightful event and a great cause. We're turtle ladies!”

Beneficiary: A portion of the book sales from the event were donated to the Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

May 7, 2015

The Party: With all the joie de vivre of La Belle Époque, a period of French history from the 1870’s to World War I characterized by peace, prosperity, and an enthusiasm for the fine arts, The Gibbes Museum hosted its sixth annual street party. Guests gathered in the Charleston Visitors Center Bus Shed for a night of French fare from area chefs, haute couture, signature cocktails, and live music. 

Highlight: Accordian players and guitarists transported guests to the streets of Paris, playing French tunes as cabaret dancers captivated the crowd with their costumes and movements. 

Overheard: “Check out her beret—très French!”

Beneficiary: Gibbes Museum of Art

April 29, 2015

The Party: Friends and family gathered to honor Charles Fox of Fox Music House for his work mentoring Charleston’s young artists and his commitment to Arts Education. Guest enjoyed speakers such as Nella Barkley and Mary Gould, as well as entertainment from "Summer in NYC."

Highlight: Charles Fox was awarded the "Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion."

Overheard: "If I ever run for a campaign, Jim, you're my manager."—Charles Fox in response to James Braunruether's introduction

Beneficiary: "Summer In NYC," a month-long artistic residency at The Juilliard School for lowcountry artists age 13-18

May 2, 2015

The Party: The Charleston Junior League hosted Charleston’s “only Derby Gala” at the Daniel Island Club. Guests donned impressive headwear, sipped Mint Juleps, and participated in both silent and live auctions.

Highlight: All proceeds from the event went towards the Junior League’s partner charities, including Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, and the Lowcountry Food Bank. 

Overheard: “She's over there in the pink hat." 

“Which pink hat?!”

The Beneficiary: Junior League of Charleston

April 29, 2015

The Party: Guests gathered at the Omar Shrine Convention Center for a night of silent and live auctions, music, and signature small dishes from a dozen local chefs.

Highlight: Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page served as auctioneer for the live auction which included numerous vacations and exclusive, one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Overheard: "Let's make this perfectly clear, the $500 is coming to me!" — Cheryl Daniels just before winning the entertaining "Heads or Tails" coin toss game

Beneficiary: East Cooper Meals on Wheels

April 25, 2015

The Party: Memminger Auditorium was the setting for the 8th installment of this funkified local arts and culture festival complete with musicians, dancers, circus performers, visual artists, and a laser light show. 

Highlight: Mix Master Mike of Beastie Boys fame closed out the night, bringing the entire crowd to the dance floor with pulsating beats from his turntables. 

Overheard: "Charleston needs Kulture Klash. I'm so stoked it's back!"

Beneficiary: Lowcountry AIDS Services


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