Monday, June 21, 2010

A Smashing Success - the First Annual Gala in the Garden!

On Saturday early evening, sponsors of this first time event made their way to the Portico for a special pre-reception with honored guest Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, overlooking the breathtaking views of the Patuxent River. The heat may have been stifling, but it didn't impact the merry moods at the meet & greet portion of the Gala!

At 5:30 pm the steady stream of over 200 guests, many wearing the encouraged pink and green attire, arrived at the party tent. The Hot Jazz of the Hot Club of DC set the mood for a spicy night, combining the flirtatious American Jazz with the most memorable French songs. The h'ordeuvres by Bailey's were plentiful, scrumptious, and exquisitely presented! Surrounding the multitudes of minglers, were tables overflowing with incredible silent auction items - from artwork to opera tickets to NFL tickets to jewelry! Halfway into the evening, Auctioneer AJ Bussler took the stage begin the LIVE Auction (and if you ever plan an auction, she is, without a doubt, the auctioneer you want!) and the competition was fierce. The stakes were high for a dozen highly sought after prizes, including a one week stay at Mabel Ingalls' "Sjohytta" Sea House on Mt. Desert Island, Maine ... a very hard to come by tour of the White House, all decked out for the holidays ... a tour of Lincoln's Civil War Retreat ... just to name a few.

Historic Sotterley, Inc. extends its thanks to this year’s sponsors: Congressman Steny Hoyer, Senator Ben Cardin, GOLD SPONSORS - Bailey’s Party Rentals, Constellation Energy, The Hilton Garden Inn, MedStar Health, Pepco Holdings, Inc., SILVER SPONSORS – Andrews, Bongar, Starkey & Clagett, P.A., Baldwin & Briscoe, P.A., Cindy Greb, Lockheed Martin, John and Julie McAllister, Raley, Watts & O’Neill, Christine Wray and John Felicitas, Skip and Ellen Zahniser, BRONZE SPONSORS – John and Mary Bohanan, Dave and Erna Brown, Andy and Jill Quinn, Resource Management Concepts, Inc., Sabre Systems, and Michael Whitson and Lynn Erwin.

We are tremendously grateful to the following amazing people and businesses who generously contributed treasures, wares and services to the Live and Silent Auctions:
Bob and Jane Aldridge, Arts Alliance of SMCM, Baldwin and Briscoe Law Firm, Blair’s Jewelers, Jan Briscoe and Sam Baldwin, John Hanson and Bonnie Briscoe, David and Erna Brown, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Tim and Angie Cameron, Clarke’s Landing, The Cosmic Symphony, Crazy for Ewe, Guy Curley, Bettie Currie, Wayne Davis, David Densford, Nancy Easterling, First Cash of Georgetown, Pat and Celeste Furey, Cindy Greb, Bonnie Green, Frank Greenwell, Glenn Guy and Guy Distributing, Sheila Gibbons Hiebert, Hilltop Graphics, The Hilton Garden Inn, Historic Sotterley, Inc., Tom Hodges, Sarah Houde, Marshall and Linda Jones, The Light Opera Company of Southern Maryland, Kumar and Centre Liquors, Barry Landau, Lowe’s, Julia Moe, Peter Neus, Planning Committee for Gala in the Garden, George Rogers, President, Lincoln’s Cottage, The Ruddy Duck, The Sotterley Garden Guild, Michael and Mary Ann Stamm, Robert F. Stamm, Dr. Martin Sullivan of The National Portrait Gallery, Meredith Taylor, Three Notch Veterinary, Top Notch, Traditions of Loveville, Gita S. van Heerden, Sandra van Heerden, The Vintage Source, and Ellen and Skip Zahniser.

Thanks must also be given to a remarkable committee whose creativity and countless hours of hard work have made this event a reality: Ellen Zahniser, Jan Briscoe, Cindy Greb, Sheila Gibbons Hiebert, Mary Ann Stamm, Katherine Stormont, and all of the Sotterley Staff including Kim Husick, Linda Tucker Jones, Eileen Miller, Arleen Strider, and Nancy Easterling (Executive Director).

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