A gala event, including silent and live auctions, dinner, music, and dancing, was built around the theme “Building Community Bridges.” Guests at the cocktail reception encountered a Parisian streetscape, with a working fountain, caricaturists, and wrought-iron cafÃ© tables. A living mannequin, disguised to look like the topiaries in the hotel lobby, burst into song from time to time. A footbridge near the ballroom entrance served as a setting for souvenir photos. A three-piece jazz group played in the silent-auction room.
Inside the ballroom, dining tables held votive candles, LED lights, and linens and centerpieces in a variety of rich colors. A three-course meal was served, and, with an additional two players, the jazz ensemble performed after dinner.
• Joy Devous-Baker, Mintahoe Catering & Events
• Jamie Geyen, Avant Garde Events