Arts in the ParlorJun 17th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Event
BY JESSICA COOK
THE SECOND ANNUAL Arts in the Parlor fundraising event held on Saturday, April 9 almost doubled in size and in funds raised from last year’s inaugural event. Building from last year’s success, this black-tie optional affair offered various levels of sponsorship opportunities as well as expanded entertainment and culinary options, all to benefit Wesley College scholarships.
President and Mrs. Bill Johnston and the Wesley College Board of Trustees welcomed more than 140 guests to the historic Schwartz Center for the Arts for a unique experience that featured performance artists, musicians, visual artists, wine sampling and culinary art creations. Premier Sponsors of the evening were Bayhealth Medical Center and Aramark Corporation. Finale Sponsors included Wilmington Trust and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware. Several Encore Sponsors, Debut Sponsors and in-kind sponsors also helped to make the evening possible. The event planning committee, composed of Trustee Ann L. Burton, Susan S. Johnston, Trustee Jane Mattern, Ali Stark ’64, Okemah Strickland and Mary Jane Willis, all worked for months putting the details together.
Guests were treated to several main stage performances and entertainment throughout the Schwartz Center while enjoying gourmet food and wine. Performances featuring Wesley College student and faculty musicians and vocalists included the Contemporary Ensemble, Gospel Choir, Madrigal Quartet, Drumline, harpist and guitar duets. In addition, 16 artists from among the Wesley community and local area displayed their work, representing mediums such as flameworked glass, wood turning, mixed media, photography, watercolors, acrylic and oil paintings. The artists were on hand to discuss their creations with guests throughout the evening. More than $26,000 in funds was raised to support scholarships for Wesley College students, compared to $15,000 raised at last year’s event. “We were thrilled to host friends of Wesley at Arts in the Parlor,” said President Johnston. “This event brings the community and College together for a common cause.”