Posted: 10-30-2013
The Vintage Event

Written by Chris Pendergast

On Friday, October 25, the Brooklyn Arts Center hosted The Historic Wilmington Foundation’s 3rd annual Vintage Event. It was a fashionable, splendid evening, complete with live music, exquisite cuisine, and fabulous auction items (both live and silent). The Vintage Event was a magnificent success. The money generated by the fundraiser is used to help save the significant and irreplaceable historic buildings of the Port City.

Glenn Saulnier, sales manager at CBS 10 WILM, enjoyed his first night at the BAC. “It’s beautiful and serves as the perfect venue for an important event like this,” he said. Saulnier also contributed to the auction, donating Carolina Hurricanes tickets and autographed scripts from hit TV shows Under The Dome and NCIS.

The Vintage Event commenced in true vintage style—literally—with a vintage costume contest. Winners won a paid boat trip to Masonboro Island. Susan Savia and Savoir Faire lit up the room with their eclectic tunes, and Wilmington’s favorite restaurants provided delicious culinary donations. Chops Deli prepared stellar sandwiches, Dockside donated mini crab cake sliders, and the dessert table included a delectable sea salt pie along with brownies from both Jester’s café and Uprising, to name just a few of the many community eateries that contributed to the cause.

The BAC was transformed into an elegant banquet hall, complete with flowered centerpieces set upon tall cocktail tables covered with red tablecloths. “The whole thing was run by a wonderful committee,” said HWF Executive Director George Edwards. “The BAC is like home to us, and our goal is to keep it that way.” By bidding on auction items, guests helped fund specific HWF programs, and two different raffles were offered to additionally raise more funds. The 50/50 raffle garnered outstanding participation, and one fortunate patron won a lovely $500 wine cellar. There were affordable items available for bidding as well, original art, a vintage mirror from Uptown Market, Audubon prints and rare out-of-print novels, and free coffee drink for a year at Port City Java. The live auction offered excellent excursions at unbeatable value, including an escape to Wrightsville Beach and a dinner cruise for six on Suture Self, a magnificent water vehicle.

The event wound down with the smooth sounds of Nina Repeta, accompanied by Rog and Madafo. Each guest was encouraged to participate in the auction and many left with a unique item as the event ended and the crowd left the BAC.


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