Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We Took Their Breath Away!

Our first event as a Young Professionals Board - A Breathtakingly Artistic Event was Friday, October 22, 2010 and was - in one word - FABULOUS! Although the final totals aren't in yet, I believe we raised close to $500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The event was planned and coordinated by Alexis McBrayer in honor of her husband, David, who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis last August.

Working with various members of the YP Board & Véronique Vanblaere from the Naked Art Gallery in Birmingham, AL, we enjoyed some wonderful wine & food (donated by Whole Foods Market), and the opportunity to browse Véro's collection of fun & funky art. Véro was also generous enough to contribute 10% of the night's sales to the Foundation.

The doors opened around 5:30 PM and our first guest showed up shortly thereafter.  I think he might have enjoyed the wine & snacks more than the art, but we certainly didn't mind.  It was just exciting to have people there, showing support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  In all, I would say that we enjoyed seeing between fifty and seventy-five people attend the event.

Throughout the night, people bid on items and enjoyed browsing the store:


Miss H. may have been our youngest customer, but even she found something to buy (thanks, Mom!):

We had to call an end to the bidding wars around 8:00 PM so that we could start announcing winners.  With tickets to upcoming events like the Ray Lamontagne and Levon Helm Show, the ASC Holiday Comedy Show starring Joan Rivers, gift certificates to Silvertron Café and some amazing art by local artists, the auction was a success! 

Thanks to all those involved with putting together a successful first event. Way to go!