Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A wonderful evening for a great cause

Hi friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I had a relaxing, fun weekend and am finally back to the real world!

Today I want to show you pictures of the non-profit event I planned...I provided a few sneak peek pictures a few weeks ago. If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know that I have done several fundraisers for non-profits. This one was especially close to my heart because I work part time for this fabulous organization, Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center! In fact, one year ago, I planned my first big event as an event planner for CSHC and asked them if they had any part time work available. The rest, as they say, is history. I love working for CSHC and was happy to come full circle and plan their May fundraiser as a member of the CSHC staff.

To learn more about CSHC, check out their website HERE! At CSHC, I work for the executive director handling marketing projects, learning the ABC's of non-profit development and of course, planning events. It's a great place to work and is a perfect compliment to my event planning business. Let's see some pictures, shall we?

This was the 3rd year for this event, aptly named The Beauty of Expression, and was again held at the lovely Johnson Mansion in Charlotte. The home is beautiful, as are the kind and generous owners, who host several fundraising events a year at their home. Some details (all photos, with the exception of the very first photo, were taken by Poprock Photography.)

The amazing garden and backyard provided a gorgeous backdrop for our event....thanks to the weather gods for PERFECT weather!

One of the most popular activities was the wine and cheese tasting provided by Adam with Charlotte Premier Butler Service. Adam is the nicest guy and I would love to have just a sliver of his wine knowledge!

Adam set up an aromatherapy table as well to teach folks about different aromas found in wine.


My biggest regret of the night ?? I was too busy to make my way over to the wine/cheese table!

Another unique activity was an art display by acclaimed artist Stefan Duncan. Stefan's art is STUNNING and he also happens to be the sweetest guy ever! He just did a gorgeous, incredibly meaningful painting for my best friend...he gets a million gold stars in my book.

The decorations were simple...with such a beautiful natural backdrop, nothing could really compare! I used brightly colored roses and bud vases along with crisp white tablecloths.


We had a fabulous silent auction table and tried to make the prizes look appealing, as in the "His and Hers" golf package below. A beautiful pearl necklace for her combined with a few rounds of golf for him? Yes, please.

One of my favorite parts of the event was the cupcakes. I knew I wanted to get our logo on the cupcakes, but that can be expensive - we're a non-profit remember! Harris Teeter (upscale southern grocery store aka my 2nd home) came to the rescue. For an EXTREMELY reasonable price, they printed our logo out on edible paper and created these creative and tasty confections! They were the perfect cap to the evening!

Combine wine and cheese, delicious cupcakes and a GREAT cause, and you have a fabulous evening. A special thanks to Tonya at Poprock Photography for taking these beautiful photos. I am so happy to be a part of this organization and can't wait to plan our next fundraising event!


  1. what a great event! awesome job!

  2. Ah...I am so jealous of all of those guests! The wine tasting and aroma bar alone sounds simply amazing...and that artwork is gorgeous! Thanks for the Harris Teeter tip...I don't know if there's one in MD, but I know there are some in VA!

  3. Great job, Jackie! Love that you let the beautiful background shine by not over-complicating the decor.

  4. WOW! Looks fantastic, you did an amazing job.

  5. Looks fabulous Jackie!! Thanks for sharing the photos with us :)


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