Guests at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser partied “Into the Night” while raising approximately $34,000 for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s performing arts events and educational outreach programs.
The event was held Sept. 10 in The Pavilion’s House of Blues Hospitality Tent prior to the Santana concert. Guests enjoyed a social hour featuring appetizers from Crescent Moon Wine Bar and salsa lessons from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Then guests were treated to dinner, prepared by Pappasito’s Cantina, as well as special reserved seating for the concert, complimentary margaritas and beer and VIP club passes.
“The Pavilion Partners Pre-concert Dinner and Fundraiser is one of the best fundraisers we have all year,” said Christine Scully, development director for The Pavilion. “This event is truly unique because guests are able to enjoy a great party and concert all in one night. The event also is a great way to introduce our educational and performing arts programs to a new audience.”
Guests opened their wallets to bid on some fabulous live auction items including a Meet and Greet with Santana, a Masters flag autographed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, a date night package featuring a night out for 12 months, a wine dinner for eight at Crescent Moon Wine Bar, a backyard grilling package, a 14-karat yellow gold diamond and pearl ring, an autographed guitar by Carlos Santana and more. The live auction raised approximately $18,000.
In addition to the live auction, there were two unique chances to win prizes at the event. Guests could purchase a cascarón (confetti egg) for $50 for a chance to win a genuine ½-karat diamond courtesy of Robichau’s Jewelry, or purchase a fedora for $35 for a chance to win one of four authentic Santana-designed fedoras. Money raised from the eggs and fedoras was more than $6,000.
“This year, the committee worked hard to enhance the event by adding salsa dancing and lessons, two unique opportunities to win prizes, exclusive live auction items and a complimentary tequila tasting,” said John Robichau, co-chair of the fundraiser. “We could not have done it without the volunteers, sponsors and guests and who came together to raise $34,000 to support educational programs at The Pavilion.”
For more information about The Pavilion Partners, visit www.woodlandscenter.org/partners or call 281-364-3010.