The event: The third annual “A Night Under the Big Top” at B&A Warehouse.
The scene: The Undergrounders played. Entertainment included a flame-thrower, juggler and other circus performers. A clown created balloon art for guests. Jamie Sellers showed some tricks from his famous magic repertoire. Some guests found luck at roulette and Texas Hold ’em at the casino tables. Other guests bid on their heart’s desire in the silent auction.
The tables were covered in spring-colored cloths with beautiful bright colored gerber daisies in colored glass vases Also on the tables were ticket rolls, popcorn, peanuts and confetti.
A grits station featured collard green pesto, cheddar, Andouille sausage, caramelized onion and sauteed mushroom toppings.
Something new at the third benefit were the big giveaways- a 36″ flat screen TV to Michele Pearson and Geno Pearson and a Nano and a Verizon BlackBerry phone to John Carter and Catherine Robinson.
Spotted: Emily and Andy Davenport, Caroline Nichols, Rebecca Sibley, Holly and Chris Lollar, Chambliss Keith , Kelley and Scott Brown, Harrison and Lisa Howard, Patrick and Debbie Drummond, Kat Drennen, Tracy and David Clark, Ashley Blomeyer, Kristin and Cannon Prickett, Amy and Bo Bailey, Ryan Kelley, Clay and Beth Ryan, John and Ashley Turner, Stephen Parker, Guy and Collins Mitchell, Peter Curtin and Cara Turano, Richard Kohn, Holley Johnson, Jessica Hill, Callie Sullins, Laurence Whatley, Arden Ward and Brett Moore, Charlie Plauche, Sara and Joseph Schilleci, Houston Gillespie, Melissa and Cain Hill, and Vincent Graffeo.
This Junior Board is made up of 21 young professionals. The event raised $55,000 to be used to equip the new Glenwood Arts and Vocational Center with art supplies, furnishings, and supportive equipment. Funds raised will also assist in offsetting the costs of vocational training and arts instruction that is designed for children and adults with autism.