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February 12, 2015

The Party: VIP guests got an exclusive preview of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition at a gala and live auction held at the Belmond Charleston Place. 

Highlights: A Sandhill Crane walked freely amongst patrons as they perused artwork. The live auction featured such lavish items and excursions as a bronze sculpture by award-winning American artist Rod Zullo, the original painting by Grant Hacking from which the SEWE 2015 poster was created, and a hunting trip to Spain. 

Overheard: "I wish the owl was up for auction. I would take him home!"

Beneficiary: The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition's mission is to raise awareness for wildlife and nature conservation and celebrate the natural beauty and fauna of the South.

February 8, 2015

The Party: After 12 fabulous seasons, it was time for PURE Theatre to throw themselves a party to celebrate their achievements. The thespians curated a fun afternoon soiree complete with oyster-shucking, a live auction, and live entertainment. 

Highlights: The event heated up as the members of southern rock band Minimum Wage took the stage and guests grabbed plates of food from The Macintosh head chef Jeremiah Bacon. To keep the fun going, Laura Ball & Friends performed upbeat theatrical tunes.

Overheard: "I can't tell if you're bidding or flirting with me!"

Beneficiary: PURE Theatre

February 8, 2015

The Party: The Gourmet & Grapes Farewell Brunch capped off a weekend of extravagant eating, with one last decadent meal served up by the culinary talent of Kiawah Island Golf Resort at the Sanctuary Hotel's scenic Jasmine Porch restaurant.

Highlights: A sea turtle ice sculpture inspired by the February cover of Charleston magazine, Earl Grey macaroons crafted by French pastry chef Remy Funfrock, and jaw-dropping views of the Atlantic

Overheard: “And that’s how I met the pool boy.”

Beneficiary: The Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina 

February 7, 2015

The Party: Twelve chefs and thirty distilleries from near and far gathered together to celebrate these two decadent and diverse ingredients in support of the Junior League of Charleston.

Highlights: Guests had the chance to purchase samples of rare bourbons, some of which only have a select few bottles left available in the world. Popular culinary concoctions included a "death by pork" lasagna that had bacon infused into almost every layer, as well as a bacon fudge with candied pork belly and pop rocks.

Overheard: “I never thought the words 'candied pork belly' and 'delicious' would be uttered in the same sentence!”

Beneficiary: The Junior League of Charleston is a women's group that champions local causes through fundraising and volunteering.

The Party: Tradd and Weesie Newton, the owners of Fleet Landing, hosted Chart a Course for Children, which raised $240,480 for the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center. The evening consisted of a cocktail party and a silent auction–complete with extravagant trips to Costa Rica and Argentina, bottles of fine wine, jewelry, exclusive golf outings, and more. 

Highlights: A large tub filled with miniature Champagne bottles, each with a number, served as a fun raffle to win a stunning diamond and emerald ring set in gold provided by Croghan's Jewel Box. 

Overheard: "It's getting crowded here and you know what that means? It means these are the hottest things to bid on!"–a guest as he made his way along the silent auction tables.

Beneficiary: The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center

January 30, 2015

The Party: Trident Technical College celebrated their 12th annual fundraiser with a lavish four-course dinner catered by The Culinary Institute of Charleston and five-star live and silent auctions.

Highlights: Among the auction items was a Belmond Charleston Place Experience package and a culinary vacation to Tuscany. After dinner, guests were treated to a chocolate and cordials reception in the lobby, with trays full of gourmet chocolates. 

Overheard: “This room we’re in is actually a classroom, and these Culinary Institute students have been working all month to prepare this dinner.”

Beneficiary: Over 80% of the students at Trident Technical College use some sort of financial aid; $465,870 was raised at the event to help support them.

January 31, 2015

The Party: Guests convened at a Parisian-themed black tie affair at Memminger Auditorium featuring a cocktail hour, live entertainment, catering from local restaurants, and live and silent auctions.

Highlights: American Idol contestant Quiana Parler and the Shiny Disco Ball Band brought down the house with stirring renditions of songs from the past fifty years. The Granary and other local foodie favorites provided tasty hors d’oeuvres while guests bid on auction items that ranged from jewelry to a trip to Disney World.

Overheard: “I am very rare. I ate a two pound lobster from Halls Chophouse when I was nine....and I survived neuroblastoma.” 

Beneficiary: Chase After A Cure, a nonprofit dedicated to children’s cancer research

January 22, 2015

The Party: Charleston’s most fashionable gathered at Spring Street wedding boutique Maddison Row for a cocktail party kicking off New York designer Hilton Hollis’ weekend-long trunk show.

Highlights: Inspired by a recent trip to Puerto Rico, Hollis' spring collection "Nomads" is abundant in eye-catching color mixtures, relaxed silhouettes, and airy fabrics. Models showed off some of the new styles while guests enjoyed champagne cocktails from Ben Arnold Beverage Co. and hors d’oeuvres provided by Maddison Row. 

Overheard: “Southern women appreciate my clothes because they’re feminine and detail-oriented.”

Beneficiary: Proceeds benefitted One80 Place, which provides food, shelter, medical care, education, and more to those in need.

January 22, 2015

The Party: VIP guests mingled among jazz performers and musicians on the William Aiken House’s open porch before strolling to the American Theater, where rich performances brought to life the legacy of jazz music in the Holy City.

Highlights: The red carpet was rolled out in front of the American Theatre with a photographer ready to capture guests upon their arrival, making all feel like a big part of the jazz celebration.

Overheard: “…if the jazz musicians play loud enough, maybe someone will hear, because we live in Charleston.”—An excerpt from the introductory poem to the festival.

Beneficiary: The Jazz Artists of Charleston seeks to cultivate and encourage a vigorous and dynamic jazz culture in the city of Charleston.

January 20, 2015

The Party: Grill 225 hosted an elegant evening featuring a cocktail hour, three-course blind-dining experience, and live auction in support of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Highlights: Before the entrée course, food writer and critic for the Post and Courier Hanna Raskin encouraged attendees to put on their blindfolds and taste with their other four senses.

Overheard: “I can’t find my steak! Did you take it?!”

Beneficiary:  Funds raised by the dinner and live auction supported the ABVI’s programs and services designed to help those living with blindness and visual impairments in the tri-county area.  

January 15, 2015

The Party: Patrons came dressed to the nines in their favorite vintage garb to celebrate the opening of the Charleston Museum’s latest exhibition, Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style that Changed America. Good Food Catering dished out miniature duck pizzettes, fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, and more as guests journeyed through half a century of exquisite American style to the tune of musical throwbacks.

Highlights: Julie Wheat decked out guests in an eclectic array of vintages pieces ranging from hats and sunglasses to fur coats and even a Gucci skirt from her Mount Pleasant boutique, Cavortress.

Overheard: “He just returned from Pearl Harbor. It’s a shame we got bombed,” said a guest, staying true to her early-1940’s attire.

Beneficiary: The Charleston Museum

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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. 

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.


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


"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.


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.



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



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



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



The dance floor was rollicking throughout the night.



"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.



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

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.

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.

“I'm here for my fur babies.”  

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 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. 


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


"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


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. 


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