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November 20, 2014

The Party: Out of Hand and Ooh! Events celebrated 20 years with this family-friendly block party complete with food, live music, local artisans, and 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 strives to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in the Lowcountry. 

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 by 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 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 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. 

 

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. 

 

 

September 18, 2014

The Party: McCrady’s Restaurant hosted an elegant evening offering silent and live auctions, live music, dancing, and superb cuisine courtesy of Chef Sean Brock to raise awareness of the critical needs of children in our area.

Highlights: One of CYDC’s kids was honored during the live auction as she stunned attendees in a gorgeous ball gown and spoke of plans for her future.

Overheard: “This dress is made by local designer, Rachel Gordon!”

Beneficiary: Funds raised supported Carolina Youth Development Center’s nine programs, which aid children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or face adversity in the tri-county area.

 

 

Photographs by Katie Fiedler

September 18, 2014

The Party: 
Fashion-loving ladies descended on Mount Pleasant’s Alhambra Hall for good food, a fashion show, and a silent auction of handbags at the Bag Lady Luncheon to support the Ronald MacDonald House.

Highlighs:
As the attendees had lunch, they enjoyed a fashion show of dazzling models in knock-out outfits. The hall was lined with bags of all shapes and sizes, from Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo to one-of-a-kind handmade bags from Indonesia. Party attendees flocked to bid on these sometimes new, sometimes well-loved, but always charming accessories. 

Overheard:
“Fashion fades but style is eternal.”

Beneficiary: 
Proceeds from the event support the Ronald MacDonald House, an organization that provides families a place to stay while their seriously-ill children undergo medical treatment. 

November 7, 2013

The Party:
A Tuscan-decorated Lowndes Grove welcomed guests to Darkness to Light’s annual fundraising gala.

Highlights:
American Idol finalist Elise Testone performed for the assembled guests.

Overheard:
“I want to bid on the puppy!”

Beneficiary:
Thanks to dozens of generous bids, the live auction raised $300,000 for Darkness to Light’s mission to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse.

August 24, 2014

The Party:
The chefs of Kiawah Island Golf Resort prepared dishes such as a swordfish crudo and a house-made porchetta using locally grown ingredients.

Highlights:
After the meal, the chefs came out to receive feedback and discuss their dishes with attendees.

Overheard:
“Bravo, this food is orgasmic!”

Beneficiary:
Proceeds from ticket sales benefitted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.



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