Those Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center love to party. And for their seventh annual White Party kick-off on Thursday, April 25, around the Hotel ZaZa pool, there was no need for announcements, event chairs or people making the rounds promoting ticket sales for the fundraiser on Saturday, June 8, at the Empire Room. But then when you have a theme that is “The White Party: Havana Nights,” then you just need a guayabera shirt, a very adorable lightweight cotton dress, a white fedora, sky-high stiletto sandals and/or, perhaps, an Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF. Here’s a report from the field:
The Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center gathered poolside at Hotel ZaZa on Thursday, April 25, from 6 – 10 p.m. to celebrate the group’s seventh annual fundraiser, The White Party.
DJ Jason Wiggz provided a cool vibe as the nearly 275 posh patrons mingled while sipping welcome cocktails, made from Zephyr Gin and Plantation Rum, and nibbling on savory bites, such as compressed watermelon with chili lime and Feta; chipotle chicken with tomatillo salsa; pork carnitas and black bean quesadillas; and crab and shrimp cocktail with Mexican cocktail sauce and avocado.
Young Friends Co-President Alex Flores and the leadership council members encouraged attendees like Kent Sholars, Paola Pacheco, Maurico Cornejo, Taneta Williams, Emily Yandell, Jame Scott, Jason Embra, Stephanie Strickland, Brad Gregoy, Rachel Sargent, Tara Bagen, Amanda Tumey, Elizabeth John, Margot Aliffi, Kristin Miller, Derek Derbigny, Keno Meadows, Henry Masters, Patroba Michieka, Katie Morales, Heather Mitchell, Noble Madu, Chelsey Brawner, Ashley Mahon, Amanda Soule, Kelli Mason, Charis Siau and Clarissa Smith to purchase tickets for The White Party: Havana Nights, which will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. at The Empire Room. Guests, dressed in all white, will enjoy cocktails and light bites, a raffle, tunes by DJ Jason Wiggz, a photo booth, live entertainment and more. Sponsors will receive an exclusive invitation to a VIP reception from 9 – 10 p.m. featuring signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by reserved tables for The White Party.
Tickets for The White Party: Havana Nights are $125 each, with sponsorships beginning at $1,500; both are on sale now, http://whiteparty.info.
If you’ve already got your reservation in, you definitely need to start checking your closet for the perfect white sundress. And, if it isn’t there, great! You’ve got an excellent reason to go shopping. And don’t forget getting that tan perfect.
* Photo credit: Lisa Means