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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


April 24, 2015

The Party: The South Carolina Aquarium honored Jeff Corwin at their 15th Anniversary Conservation Gala, awarding the animal and nature conservationist with the Environmental Stewardship Award. After a seated dinner, guests were invited to an after party where they were given a sneak peak of the aquarium’s new Shark Shallows exhibit.

Highlight: The water bowl performer mesmerized onlookers with her flexibility and fluid movement through the water. Amazing!

Overheard: "Oh my gosh! The carpet is a lady!" - a guest remarked at the entrance "carpet," in fact the tail of a mermaid

Beneficiary: 15th Anniversary Watershed Fund Campaign 

The Party: Over fifteen local chefs and over twenty-five local farmers joined forces to create delicious gourmet food, which they served to 300 hungry and excited guests. Palmetto Brewery, Coast Brewing, Firefly Vodka and Grassroots Wine provided the libations.

Highlight: The auctioneer ramped up the competition during the live auction as guests bid on an evening clamming and roasting with Clammer Dave; “I wanna hear this tent scream!” Clammer Dave jokingly told guests that when they went clamming with him they would experience “lightning, thunder, predators and poachers.”

Overheard: “We have a little head a little heart and a little liver.”—Cypress

Beneficiary: Lowcountry Local First

April 9, 2015

The Party: Krug Champagne hosted a tour of Charleston’s haunted history, stopping at the Wentworth Mansion and Old City Jail, and sipping champagne along the way.

Highlight: Popping bottles of bubbly on the rooftop of the Wentworth Mansion as the sun set over the Charleston skyline

Overheard: “Charleston is older than champagne!”

Beneficiary: American College of the Building Arts

March 21, 2015

The Party: Guests were ferried over to Goat island for a day of all-you-can-eat oysters, fish stew, kids’ activities, a charity auction, and plenty of live music from Marci Shore and Roger Bellow, Southern Flavor Bluegrass, Red Dog Ramblers, and The Distinguished Gentleman. 

Highlight: Once the first batch of oysters were ready, the shucking began, and the party was in full swing. 

Overheard: "Where are all the goats?"

Beneficiary: The Callen-Lacey Center for Children



March 22, 2015

The Party: Rainy weather didn't stop this race as 12 teams gathered at Blackbaud Stadium to show off their masterpieces in the 6th annual Charleston Bed Race. From swings to cradles, this group proved thats beds aren't just for sleeping! Cardboard, mattresses, and wheels went a long way with a bit of creativity. 

Highlight: King of Pops won for the second year in a row after a close call against Dan's Tramp Stamp and the Money Bags Band.

Overheard: "Couldnt have picked a better day," laughed Original Charleston Bedswing team member Preston Stone in response to the cold, wet weather.

Beneficiary: Camp Happy Days 

March 23, 2015

The party: After a long day of golfing in the rain, players and guests met up at the lovely Daniel Island Golf Club for a night of music and fundraising. Party-goers sipped on drinks from several open bars (both inside and on the patio) and snacked on hors d'oeuvres while participating in both a silent and live auction. Musical entertainment was provided by host and longtime Palmetto Medical Intiative supporter NEEDTOBREATHE.


Highlights: Guests braved the drizzle and came out in hordes, on a Monday night, to support PMI. Amanda O'Neal, a PMI international advocate, was blown away by the support. "I was one of the first people to go over to Uganada...and now look where we are." 


Overheard: "It is rare to find an organization that does what they do...what they do is beyond belief."--Tajh Boyd (former Clemson football star and Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie)


Beneficiary: Palmetto Medical Initiative

March 17, 2015

The Party: Dressed in spring style, guests gathered under the main tent in Marion Square for a luncheon from Halls Chophouse, fashion from Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, an auction, and a special runway walk from pint-sized former patients of the MUSC Children’s Hospital, dressed in Vineyard Vines and enormous smiles.

Highlight: The entire room was on its feet, cheering and applauding the heroic doctors and nurses of MUSC Children’s Hospital as they joined their beloved patients in their final walk down the runway.

Overheard: “Have you ever seen a smile that big?!” —Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Helen Hill as Zion Thomas strutted his stuff on the catwalk

Beneficiary: MUSC Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion

March 13, 2015

The Party: Lit by flickering candles surrounded by rose petals, the Charleston Marriot was transformed into an Arabian oasis for a night of dinner, dancing, and auctions.

Highlights: Local celebrities donned glitzy outfits to showcase their routines with professional dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

Overheard: “Is this not the best party!?”

Beneficiary: Over $230,000 was raised for the American Lung Association with a portion of the funds supporting Camp Breathe Easy, a South Carolina camp for asthmatic children and their parents and guardians. 

March 13, 2015

The Party: Guests slid on their designers duds and arrived at the Charleston Marriott ballroom to dine with Hamish Bowles, Vogue's international editor-at-large, for The Women's Council of the Gibbes Museum's annual Art of Design benefit.

Highlights: Hamish Bowles' wit and insight into the fashion world left event-goers giggling and gasping in awe at multiple points throughout his lecture.

Overheard: "The ladies fawned over me like very kind and glamorous aunts . . . I knew that there was no turning back." 

Beneficiary: The Gibbes Museum of Art

March 6, 2015

The party: The Halsey Institute was the setting for this posh peek at Charleston Fashion Week complete with snacks, sips, stilettos, and of course, fashion.

Highlight: Models on pedestals displayed spring looks from Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, while students from The Art Institute of Charleston styled models in their unique designs.

Beneficiary: A Charleston Wine + Food Festival event, the night celebrated Charleston's culinary heritage and funded scholarship programs at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, The Arts Institute of Charleston, and College of Charleston’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

The Party: Festivalgoers convened at the beautiful William Aiken House to feast on one-of-a-kind dishes from local and guest chefs and sip from a diverse selection of wines made from the Pinot grape.

Highlights: The weather! Absolutely every attendee remarked on the gorgeous spring weather that made this spectacular outdoor event all the more memorable. Sunshine and wine? We’ll cheers to that.

Overheard: “What happens in Charleston stays in Charleston!”

Beneficiary: BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a nonprofit organization that celebrates Charleston's culinary heritage and funds scholarship programs at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, The Arts Institute of Charleston, and College of Charleston’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

February 22, 2015

The Party: Partygoers donned their Hollywood best and headed to TRIO for an Oscars party worthy of the stars, complete with a raw bar, hors d’ouevres, and live music.

Highlights: A living golden statute greeted guests after they made their red carpet appearances.

Overheard: “Hey Quiana—pass me the mic!”

Beneficiary: Pet Helpers is a non-profit animal rescue with a spay/neuter clinic. Their mission is to end the euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs and support the humane treatment of animals everywhere.

The Party: Society 1858 threw a fabulous ’60s party celebrating the era of British rock and psychedelics at the Woolfe Street Playhouse to raise money for their annual $10,000 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. 

Highlights: Guests donned their grooviest garb and enjoyed themed bites from Tristan Catering and drinks from Westbrook Brewery, The Wine Shop, and Striped Pig Distillery. Partygoers could enter their names to win pieces from local artists like Charles Ailstock, Kate Long Stevenson, Robert Lange, and Hirona Matsuda. 

Overheard: "I wouldn't miss an opportunity to drag out my mom’s old clothes!'

Beneficiary: About $6,000 was raised for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, which Society 1858 awards annually to an artist that offers a new perspective on art in the South. 

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