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December 4, 2014

 

The Party: 103.5 WEZL hosted the 2014 "Girls with Guitars" Jingle Jam featuring Lucy Hale at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.

Highlights: A large crowd surrounded the stage to see Lucy Hale, known for her role as Aria Montgomery from ABC Family's hit television show Pretty Little Liars, perform songs from her debut country music album, "Road Between."

Overheard: "Lucy Hale for president!"

Beneficiary: All proceeds from the event went towards the MUSC Children's Hospital. 

December 6, 2014

The Party:

The South Carolina Aquarium drew supporters of natural and sustainable practices for an evening of heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live entertainment, and a live and silent auction among the glowing sea exhibits to benefit their education and conservation programs.

Highlights:

Indaco, Middleton Place Restaurant, Sesame Burgers, and The Cocktail Club served up sustainable small plates, while fire dancers, break dancers, and drag queens provided the night's entertainment. Brooke Collins dazzled guests with a magnificently-costumed lip-sync performance, followed by a live auction offering big-ticket items such as a vacation in New Orleans and the chance to be a character in a Mary Alice Monroe novel.

Overheard:

"I'm so mad I missed the fire dancers!"

Beneficiary:

The Aquarium Alliance seeks to understand and protect our natural and aquatic world through education and inspiring action in the community.

November 22, 2014

The Party:

Local merchants flaunted their goodies while shoppers grazed on food truck fare and sips from the Lowcountry beer garden.

Highlights:

The Maker Tours offered a behind-the-scenes look at the production facilities of area breweries, furniture makers, and a foldable kayak company.

Overheard:

"Where did all these vendors come from? It's a Localpalooza!"

Beneficiary:

Lowcountry Local First promotes local businesses and goods through advocacy, support, and community initiatives.

 

November 14, 2014

The Party:

The Halsey Institute's 10th annual membership celebration offered members a night of hors d'oeuvres from Whole Foods Market, spirits from ICEBOX, and a chance to revisit current exhibitions with the Halsey community.

Highlights:

The otherworldly shadow puppet theater performances from Geoffrey Cormier and the Halsey's artist-in-residence Jumaadi.

Overheard:

"It's worth the line. The moon shot is a rite of passage for new members!" --A veteran member describing the celebration's mainstay moon portrait to first-time partygoers.

Beneficiaries:

The membership celebration supports the Halsey's mission of bringing meaningful and innovative visual art from around the world to Charleston.

November 9, 2014

The Party:

The 21st Charleston Cup was held under blue skies at Stono Ferry, where about 15,000 attendants took in the race.

 

Highlights:

Jockey Sean McDermott and his horse, "Selection Sunday," won it all, pulling away from Northern Bay down the home stretch.

 

Overheard:

"The world would be a better place if people wore these all the time." —An attendee commenting on the hat contest participants

 

Beneficiary: 

Ticket proceeds benefitted My Sister's House, a charity providing services, programs, and resources to victims of domestic abuse and their children. 

November 20, 2014

The Party: The Art of Creating celebrated 20 years with this family-friendly block party complete with food, live music, local artisans, and carnival games.

Highlights: Musician Seth G. blew the crowd away with his violin playing. 

Overheard: “This chili may be the greatest thing I've ever tasted.”

Beneficiary: The Charleston Basket Brigade provides Thanksgiving meals to families in the Lowcountry. 

October 27, 2014

The Party:

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish organized the third annual Pro-Am Jam, which recruits stars in golf, music, racing, entertainment, and sports to participate in a charity golf experience. A VIP private party, auction, and concert was held the night before the golfing began. 

Highlights:

The superjam at the end of the night featuring Mark Bryan, Darius Rucker, Steve Azar, Johnny Lee, Chris Kirkpatrick, and many more.

Overheard:

"Amazing event with @ProAmJam !!! One of the best charity events I have ever been to. Thank everyone so much for such a great time!" —Tweet from former *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick, @IamCKirkpatrick

Beneficiaries:

The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation, Mark Bryan's Carolina Studios, and the Denny Hamlin Foundation, all of which share the common mission of bettering the lives of children. 

 

November 7, 2014

The Party:

To get folks excited for the Charleston Cup, this black tie gala featured live music, scrumptious eats, and a special race preview. 

 

Highlights:

The dance floor was rollicking throughout the night.

 

Overheard:

"Mandola. Mandola is going to do it on Sunday, mark my words." —A confident man in the midst of effusively praising a certain horse's abilities. Mandola went on to finish third in the Charleston Cup on Sunday.

 

Beneficiary: 

Ticket proceeds benefitted My Sister's House, a charity providing services, programs, and resources to victims of domestic abuse and their children. 

October 28, 2014

The Party:

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish organized the third annual Pro-Am Jam, which recruits stars in golf, music, racing, entertainment, and sports to participate in a charity golf experience.

 

Highlights:

Team Aimee Garcia walked away with the 2014 title despite what was surely heavy competition from team Bill Murray.

 

Overheard:

“Great time at the #proamjam for @dennyhamlin yesterday. Great day of #golf and giving!” —Tweet from @danicapatrick

 

Beneficiaries:

The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation, Mark Bryan’s Carolina Studios, and the Denny Hamlin Foundation, all of which share the common mission of bettering the lives of children. 

 

October 16, 2014

The Party:

Sunset over the harbor set the backdrop for An Evening in Monaco at Alhambra Hall, where students, professors, alumni, and supporters of the College of Charleston came for food, entertainment, and a silent auction to raise money for Possibilities Without Borders.

Highlights: 

While munching and mingling, guests tried their hands at casino games such as roulette and craps. They also had the chance to bid on incredible auction items, from SC Stingrays hockey tickets and Napa winery tours to a Spiderman animation cel signed by Stan Lee.

Overheard:

“We’re here to connect local faces to global places.”

Beneficiary: 

Proceeds from the event will allow Possibilities Without Borders to send College of Charleston students on a service-learning project in Cameroon.

November 7, 2014

The Party:
Guests at Pet Helpers’ masquerade-themed Fur Ball dressed to the nines to bid on luxury auction items at the Charleston Marriott.

Highlights:
The gorgeous masks and gowns were equaled in brilliance by the auction packages, which included everything from an one week stay in Barbados to diamond hoop earrings. So enthused to raise money was ABC News 4 anchor Victoria Hansen that she auctioned the shoes she was wearing for the cause.

Overheard:
“I'm here for my fur babies.”  

Beneficiary:
Proceeds of the auctions benefited Pet Helpers, a nonprofit rescue and adoption center and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic as well as a veterinary center.

October 14, 2014

The Party:

The REDy To Wear Affair took place at the Victor Social Club, where local artists showcased beautiful masks, fans, and wigs for this year’s masquerade-themed Red Party.

Highlights:

Amongst the stunning and creative pieces available for auction, guests were asked to vote for their favorite Signature Cocktail to be featured at the Red Party. 

Overheard:

“Wow! That's huge!” —A guest remarking on one the colorful pastel wigs designed for auction.

Beneficiary:

The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world's architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.

 

October 24, 2014

The Party:

Rowdy revelers headed to The Old Charleston Jail for a night of indulgence and jest at the “Anarchy in Charleston” masquerade ball. A performance by Entropy Ensemble and fare from Twenty Six Divine and Básico, as well as a signature Red Party Cocktail by Zero George, made the night unforgettably fun.

Highlights:

The extravagant décor by Cortney Bishop Design

Overheard:

“Everyone has a crush on Matthew McLaughlin tonight.” (The stylish local had on uber-authentic garb.)

Beneficiary:

American College of the Building Arts programs

October 9, 2014

The Party:

The Avian Conservation Center and Center for Birds of Prey held its annual fundraiser at the historic Memminger Auditorium. When they weren’t busy taking personal photographs with the Center’s collection of hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, and owls, guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while bidding on unique items in live and silent auctions.

Highlights:

Stephen Schabel, along with other educators from the Center, provided a demonstration with eagles and hawks flying around all corners of the auditorium.

Overheard:

“I think I’m going to stand right over here.” —Event host and Channel 4 news anchor Dean Stephens walking towards the corner of the stage after a close brush with a Eurasian eagle owl

Beneficiary:

The funds raised support the Center’s mission to identify and address crucial environmental issues by supplying medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds (the Center treats over 500 injured birds each year), as well as through providing educational, research, and conservation initiatives.

October 12, 2014

The Party:

The eighth annual Lowcountry Wine & Beer Festival took place in Freshfields Village with an abundance of craft beers and wines that were provided by Kiawah Spirits and Wines.

 

Highlights:

While browsing more than 100 auction items, guests were able to sample 37 unique wines, as well as beer selections from Terrapin, Holy City, and Brooklyn breweries.

 

Overheard:

“Oh, my.” —A guest commenting on perhaps the most adventurous auction item offered: a six-night safari in South Africa.

 

Beneficiary:

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic is a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides healthcare services at no cost to eligible individuals who live or work on the Barrier Islands.

October 12, 2014

The Party:

Twenty of Charleston’s most celebrated chefs prepared six multicourse dinners complete with wine pairings at Le Creuset's marketing headquarters on the Ashley River.

 

Highlights:

Guests were able to observe prep and plating techniques at workstations surrounding an opulent dining area punctuated with bursts of Le Creuset's signature “Flame” color.

 

Overheard:

“It's amazing what this organization can do with $500—it can help feed kids 5,000 healthy school breakfasts!”

 

Beneficiary:

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative partners with the Lowcountry Food Bank to end childhood hunger locally.  

October 2, 2014

The Party:

To celebrate its mission of support for women in the culinary and hospitality community, Les Dames D‘Escoffier hosted a magical autumn evening at Lowndes Grove featuring local bites and abundant wine selections. A VIP reception showcased rare Moet-Hennessey wines and spirits.

 

Highlights:

The 48-item silent auction was filled with enticements, such as a dinner for 10 prepared in your home by Chef Jeremiah Bacon.

 

Overheard: “The food’s delicious, and the wine’s not bad either.”

 

Beneficiary:

Proceeds benefit scholarships for women who are pursuing vocations in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries.

 

October 9, 2014

The Party:

Broadway star Barbara Cook performed for guests at the Dock Street Theatre during the annual Charleston Stage Gala, where attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, good company, and a dinner following the performance. 

 

Highlights: 

Cook, an Atlanta native-turned-New Yorker, performed a variety of tunes, including “It Had to Be You”, “I've Got Rhythm”, “Lover Man”, “Makin' Whoopie”, and “Georgia On My Mind.”

 

Beneficiary:

Proceeds from the gala help fund Charleston Stage programs such as New Artistic Horizons, which recruits guest actors and set designers, and the Resident Acting Co., which hires actors to teach classes and perform.

September 18, 2014

 

The Party: During a festive gathering at the beautifully redone Vendue hotel, Gibbes Museum of Art member auxiliary group Society 1858 announced this year's winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.

 

Highlights: Winner Sonya Clark—a Virginia artist who explores contemporary gender and race issues through various mediums—gave a lively speech after accepting her $10,000 prize. Thanking Society 1858 for taking on the difficult job of narrowing down an application pool of 250 regional artists to seven talented finalists, and finally to her, she noted that she'd use her winnings to help support fellow artists. 

 

Overheard: “I’ve learned that you should hug people who hand you big checks!” —Sonya Clark

 

Beneficiary: Society 1858 is a young patrons' group for the Gibbes Museum of Art, helping to raise money to fund local and regional artists in their work. 

 

October 16, 2014

The Party: The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center hosted their 11th annual Oyster Roast & BBQ at the Visitor Center Bus Shed featuring live music from The Midnight City, delactable eats from Food for the Southern Soul, beer, wine, and a silent auction. 

Highlights: Local band The Midnight City played a variety of music ranging from Katy Perry to Elton John, providing a fun atmosphere for all guests. 

Overheard: “These oysters are so fresh!”

Beneficiary: DNLCC is a community-based, nonprofit organization that works to help victims of child abuse and their familes. 

 

 



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