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The Party: This year's Moon Party was nothing short of stellar. Guests got a sneak peak of the new Susan Klein and Jiha Moon exhibits while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres from Whole Foods, an open bar courtesy of ICEBOX, and music from Bill Carson and White Lightening at the Halsey's 11th annual membership celebration.
The Highlight: Guests posed in front of the signature Moon backdrop for free pictures by Sully Sullivan.
Overheard: "Wine, art, and live music... I couldn't ask for a better evening!"
The Party: Guests enjoyed Charleston's best music, food, drinks, and more at this outdoor party benefitting the Charleston Parks Conservancy at a colorfully bedecked Cannon Park. Neon lights, a dance floor, outdoor bars, and food tents with samples from local favorites like Magnolia's, Grill 225, and Cacao's Artisan Chocolatier set the scene as guests enjoyed live music and browsed a silent auction featuring items like local art, an honorary park bench at the newly rennovated Colonial Lake, and a seven-day vacation in Mexico.
The Highlight: Fire spinners wowed guests with pyrotechnic performances.
Overheard: "It's truly amazing to see how much the people of Charleston care about our beautiful city. We really appreciate everyone's efforts to preserve care our historic parks." --Monty Schwartz, CPC Volunteer
November 5, 2015
The Party: The Charleston Horticultural Society's annual benefit dinner and auction at the Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing was an evening filled with music, celebration, and planning for the future. A live and silent auction help to support educational outreach including lecture series, seasonal worskshops, and the Growing Minds Program, which encourages gardening in schools. Salthouse Catering provided a beautiful charcuterie display during the cocktail hour and silent auction followed by dinner including acorn squash ravioli made-to-order.
The Highlight: The live auction, which feautured such fun packages as an "Escape to the Coast of Ireland," and a Live Taping of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was an exciting way to end the evening and raise money for a great cause.
Overheard: "Wow these nachos with cream corn sauce have totally changed my oinion about pulled pork, they're amazing!"
Beneficiary: Charleston Horticultural Society
October 27, 2015
The Party: Community arts incubator Enough Pie and BoomTown kicked off their five day popup art installation with a preview party Igniting SOUND + LIGHT. Area creative groups including Charleston Character Dance Company and the Charleston Guild of Gentleman Puppeteers performed. Food was provided by The Workshop, Roadside Seafood, Tattooed Moose, Brown's Court, and Lowcountry Creamery.
The Highlight: Craig Colorusso's SOUND + LIGHT installation explores the interplay between the senses in space with his otherworldly light boxes and ambient sounds in this provoking exhibit.
Overheard: "I'm so impressed by the different creative players who came together to put this on!"
The Party: After 40 years of service to the Charleston community, Mayor Joe Riley will be retiring from his position. The city threw him a huge party to celebrate and thank him at the aptly named Thanks Joe! farewell event. To go along with the carnival theme of the event, clowns, jugglers, and acrobats could be found throughout Brittlebank Park. The ferris wheel and fun slide were popular attractions for the guests, especially those with children. Food truck vendors came out to serve the crowd some amazing food as well.
The Highlight: The Mayor mingled with guests who were encouraged to take a selfie with him and of course say, "Thanks Joe!"
Overheard: "Charleston is an amazing city and Joe Riley is the #1 reason for that."
October 15, 2015
The Party: Charleston celebrated its big 4-0, ’70s-style with a swanky soirée at the new Gaillard Center. Guests donned their grooviest garb and enjoyed great food, drinks, entertainment, and a live auction.
The Highlight: Charleston’s own Elise Testone got guests on their feet with a showstopping performance to end the night.
Overheard: “Is that a trapeze artist pouring champagne?”
Beneficiary: The Campaign for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital
September 25, 2015
The Party: James Beard Award-winning chefs Art Smith of Table Fifty-Two in Chicago and Charleston's Mike Lata of FIG design a four-course meal along with dessert by chef Lauren Mitterer of WildFlour Pastry. The event, hosted by Jeremiah Bacon of the Macintosh, also a fellow James Beard Award-winner, featured a reception with select tastings from Charleston chefs such as Craig Deihl of Cypress and Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder. Between the reception and dinner, attendees participated in a silent auction; items up for bid included a Nespresso Machine cookware from Le Creuset, and luxury vehicles from Baker Motors.
Highlight: James Beard Award-winner Nathalie Dupree, author of Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking and host of over 300 international and national cooking shows, attended as a VIP.
Overheard: "Have you tried this fish taco? It'll change your life!"
October 11, 2015
The Party: More than 20 of Charleston’s most renowned chefs teamed up with Share Our Strenth’s No Kid Hungry campaign for a special multi-course dinner with a cause: ending childhood hunger in America. Guests took their seats at tables in the Cedar Room and dined on specialty dishes like cauliflower and truffle flan with lobster, mango, vanilla, and endive from chef Marc Collins of Circa 1886, and veal cannelloni with carrots and coffee crumble from chef Nate Whiting of 492.
Highlight: Chefs Jeremiah Bacon and Michael Perez auctioned off a personally-catered, in-home dinner for 12 people.
Overheard: ”Food insecurity in America is a prevalent problem, but it is also a solveable problem.” —Debbie Shore, Share Our Strength Co-founder
Beneficiary: Share Our Strength
September 27, 2015
The Party: Held at the Daniel Island Club, this glamorous event featured designer shopping from local brands, savory food bites, wine tastings, and a live auction featuring pieces showcased on the runway during the day’s fashion show.
Highlight: More than $60,000 was raised for Florence Crittenton. Some guests even donated up to $2500—enough to pay for a young mother in need to spend a month at the home for unmarried mothers and their babies.
Overheard: “Just driving in here—so beautiful!”
Beneficiary: Florence Crittenton
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.
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