Guests at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser, “Heart of Rock n’ Roll,” helped raise approximately $25,000 for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s performing arts events and educational outreach programs. The event was held July 21 in The Pavilion’s House of Blues Hospitality Tent prior to the Joe Cocker & Huey Lewis and the News concert. Dudes and dudettes enjoyed a social hour with complimentary beer and margaritas, dinner and appetizers provided by Kim Son Café and dessert provided by Kiss the Cook.
“This event was awesome! Guests really enjoyed the rock and roll theme, the venue, food, dessert, photo booth and auction,” said John Robichau, co-chairman of the fundraiser. “We could not have done it without the volunteers, sponsors and guests who came together to raise $25,000 to support the performing arts and educational outreach programs at The Pavilion.”
Dana Tyson, Sunny 99.1 Morning Show host, emceed the live auction. Some of the rad live auction items included meet and greets with Huey Lewis and Joe Cocker, trips to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, and Las Vegas, a barbecue dinner package, a custom-made ring, a golf package and two original art paintings of Cocker and Lewis. The live auction raised approximately $13,000.
The drawings, Classic Rewind and Gotta Wear Shades, offered a unique way for guests to win tubular prizes. Guests could spend the Classic Rewind wheel for $50 to be entered into a drawing for an autographed Beach Boys guitar. Anyone who spun the wheel was awarded a prize ranging from a restaurant gift card, a bottle of wine or concert tickets. For $25, partygoers could purchase a pair of sunglasses and be entered into a drawing to win one of three prizes including front row, center pit tickets to the concert, a trip to Galveston and a $200 gift certificate to Sunglass Hut. Money raised from the two drawings was more than $4,700.
For more information about The Pavilion Partners, visit www.woodlandscenter.org/partners or call 281-364-3010.
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Launched in 1998, The Pavilion Partners is an important part of The Pavilion. Partners supports The Pavilion through fund-raising for the performing arts and educational outreach programs, as well as awarding fine arts scholarships each spring. In addition to their fund-raising efforts, The Pavilion Partners provides event volunteers for performances and programs at The Pavilion throughout the year.