ArtsAlive! Gala – Thank you!

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Thank you to everyone that made this year’s ArtsAlive! Gala a success!

RiverArts held our annual ArtsAlive! Gala, sponsored by Byrd Consulting, LLC, on Saturday March 28, 2015, and we are so grateful to everyone that made our “fun”raiser possible! There was a great turn-out for “A Night in the Tropics” was much needed after such a long and blustery winter, and our organizers delivered on a great event!

We would like to thank our ArtsAlive! chairs, Mary Jo McCulloch and Mike Heffron. Their hard work and vision made this event possible. They gave countless hours of their time to coordinate all aspects of the event from the food and venue to decor, auction items, and the band.

We also give our sincere thanks to our committee chairs without whom the event would not have been possible. Zane Carter and William Brockschmidt were responsible for transporting us to the islands with the decor. Beryl Kemp ensured that everyone felt welcome. Connie Metcalf ensured all of the tickets were accounted for. Sue Wright made sure every dollar was counted. Jonathan Chase made sure the drinks were flowing all night long.

We’d also like to recognize everyone that donated to the live and silent auctions. The results aren’t in yet, but the response to our request for auction items was overwhelming and we appreciate it. Here is a list of the generous people and businesses that gave us items to raise money for RiverArts:

Lolli Sheery and Craig Damon – Watercolor by Mitchie Long, One Week Vacation in St. Martin
Jack and Barbara Fancher – Davis Master Mark 15 Sextant Value, Outing to the Barnes Foundation Museum
Ford & Jamie Schumann – Ukelele and Membership in Chestertown Ukelele Club ValueRonnie Edelman – Crystal Vase, Hand Knit Shawl, Asian themed dinner for Six
KidSpot – KidSPOT Birthday Party
National Music Festival – CD “A Night in the Tropics” and National Music Festival Tickets
Steve Quigg- Cooking Class for Eight with Steve Quigg of The Kitchen
Haywire Letterpress – Custom Letter Press Family Tree
Dave and Leslie Lewald and Mary Jo and Champe McCulloch Louisiana Style Seafood Boil for 6 people
Rebecca Linn – Hand fabricated Zuni Style, sterling silver cuff bracelet
Tom McHugh, The Mainstay – 2 Tickets to the Mainstay
Ed and Shelly Minch – Gourmet Cruise on the Chester River for six
Juli Dulmage  – Greg Mort Print “Voyagers” #183 of 900
Historic Inns – Overnight for two at Historic Inns of Annapolis including dinner and brunch
Carla and Al Massoni, Chester River Wine & Cheese and Poor Richards – A selection of Carla Massoni’s Pinot Noir Wine picks accompanied by a selection of cheeses from John and Jenn of Chester River Wine and Cheese Shop and accoutrement from Poor Richards.
William Brockschmidt and Bradley Lake – Getaway to Rehoboth Beach
Three night stay in 3-bedroom in beautiful, modern townhouse in “The Seasons” community, Rehoboth. Available in the off season (anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
JR Alfree – Appetizer/Piano party for 20 people at JR’s
Phyllis Brown, Neice of Gretchen Call Watercolor of Hibiscus by Gretchen Wood Call
Bob Ramsey , The Framing Shop – Framing of Gretchen Call Watercolor
Mary and Charlie Sjoquist and Gaylord National – Overnight Getaway including resort stay and Nationals baseball tickets
Ralph and Lynn Dollinger (Food by the Fanchers) – Mid-Summer Sunset Cruise on the Chesapeake Bay
Bob Basener, Club President – Chester River Yacht and Country Club Round of Golf and Dinner for Two
Jessica Coner – Clay Vase

The gala was sponsored by The Byrd Group, LLC, who helped defray some of our costs. We thank them for their sponsorship.

Last, we’d like to thank everyone that attended “A Night in the Tropics.” We hope everyone had fun! Thank you for buying tickets, playing our wheels of chance, bidding on our auction items, and supporting us! Your support makes it possible for RiverArts to continue to do the great work that we do supporting art and making our community an arts destination.

Thank you!