Mother Nature decided to cooperate with sunshine and a nice breeze on Saturday, April 30. Perhaps it was because the old gal was attending the White Party Kick-Off hoop-la at Hotel Zaza. Here’s a report from the field about the Wilkinson Center fundraiser:
We started off this event with 2,700 RSVP’s on The White Party Kickoff Facebook page! This Saturday, April 30th event was our big White Party Kickoff event where patrons could buy White Party tickets and Young Friends of Wilkinson Center memberships for a discounted rate and learn more about the Young Friends.
This was our first event of the year to announce our big White Party fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, June 13, at Saint Ann from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Hotel Zaza provided “complimentary strolling bits including Chinese 5 Spice Crispy Calamari with Thai Chile Sauce, Southwestern Egg Roll Bites, Chicken Tomatillo Quesadillas, Strawberry Gazpacho Shooters and Assorted French Macaroons. While there was a cash bar, the hotel offered complimentary “welcome drink/specialty cocktail — Whiskey-based cocktail similar to an Old Fashion but with a twist to lighten it up for spring/summer.
When guests weren’t dining and sipping, they were recording their cuteness at Instaphotobooth that also donated its services.
We also raffled off a VIP White Party table and sold sponsorships for the White Party. We netted $27K plus change the night of the event and Hotel Zaza gave us 10% of all alcohol sales.
If you didn’t make it to the kick-off party, there’s still time to sign up for a spot at The White Party. Then you’ll have a grand excuse to shop for a white frock and schedule that spray tan.
* Photo credit: Lisa Means