Posted by Kelly Hite, Director of Development
Preparations for CST's biggest fundraiser of the year are in full swing this week! This is a crazy time for our staff and volunteers. We have 2 shows in rehearsal--The Graduate and A View from the Bridge--and our usual busy line-up of kids' classes. Last night as we were working on the final line-up for the event on Friday, I was struck by how much more this evening has to offer than blackjack and craps. Everyone knows that there will be gaming, so I thought I'd highlight all the other fun to be had at Friday's party.
MARTINIS and MARTIN BINDER: For several years, CST has been very fortunate to have the support of Martin Binder Jeweler. They've donated a gorgeous necklace valued at $1300 for the event on Friday. By purchasing a Glowing Martini attendees will get a chance to win a designer pendant with forty-six round brilliant cut diamonds. And, new this year, with every glass you also receive a Martin Binder gift certificate for $50 off a $100 purchase. And, the drinks are delicious!
THE SPOTLIGHT LOUNGE: We're stepping up the live entertainment portion of the event with the DJayma Show. DJ Halicky is a songwriter/arranger for the dynamic duo and Jayma Kay Emerson is the DIVA. Together the powerhouse vocal style is best described as VOCAL PYROTECNICS. They are so entertaining! The fun they have on stage is contagious. Here are some of the songs they have planned for Friday: It Had to Be You, Try a Little Tenderness, It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, I'm a Believer, and a "performance piece" of Bohemian Rhapsody that's not to be missed. We've set up a lounge area near the fireplace at Strongbows where guests can enjoy the show.
PHOTO BOOTH: I'm amazed at how much fun guests have at a photo booth... you know the kind you remember from the mall when you were in high-school. People have an absolute blast (more so after a few Martin Binder Martinis). Complete with crazy props and photos to take home as a souvenir.
SILENT AUCTION: We have something for everyone in our silent auction. Where else can you shop with live entertainment in the background and a cocktail in hand! For many guests this is the highlight of the evening. We have Bears tickets, Sox and Cubs tickets, tons of dining certificates, beautiful artwork, Disney passes, Beer and Wine baskets, and so much more.
GREAT FOOD and GOOD CONVERSATION: Strongbows makes the BEST appetizers for us! This year's selections include bruschetta, mini buns with turkey, ham, and roast beef, cheese tortellini alfredo, Swedish meatballs and more! Grab some food and enjoy the entertainment while you chat with friends.
I sincerely believe our guests will have a wonderful time this year whether they hit the gaming tables or not!