presented by Friends of Clay Center
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Walk the red carpet past the shutter of flashbulbs into the epicenter of New York City nightlife – the fabled Studio 54
. It’s nothing but food, drinks, dancing and endless entertainment at nonstop party at the glitziest night club of all time.
Wear your conservative best or your wildest fantasy – even dress as your favorite star – at the most exciting fundraiser you’ll attend all year!
Buy your ticket now at the Early Bird rate of just $125!
Event proceeds benefit the education programs of the Clay Center and The Charleston Ballet.
presented by Friends of Clay Center
Friday, August 23
$45 per person - Friends of Clay members* get $10 off!
Cash and other great prizes were awarded in the 28th annual McClaugherty Raffle to support the Clay Center and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The list of prizes includes:
$10,000 Grand Prize
$500 cash (three awarded)
Two Fall 2013 Clay Center Presents season tickets
Two Spring 2014 Clay Center Presents season tickets
Two 2013-2014 WVSO Grand Series tickets
Two tickets to Carnaval 2014
Two tickets to the 2013 Symphony Gala
Weekend stay for two at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, includes lift tickets during ski season or a round of golf during the summer months
Overnight stay and breakfast for two at Cafe Cimino
A piece of fine jewelry, courtesy of Scott Petit, Petit Jewelry Designs
Professional photography session, including DVD, with Josh Nibert, courtesy of Josh Nibert Photography
One bouquet of flowers per month for a year, courtesy of Young Floral Co.
One pizza per month for a year, courtesy of Pies & Pints
One ice cream treat per month for a year, courtesy of Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream
Gift certificate, courtesy of Geraniums
Raffle administration is courtesy of Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC.
A fundraising event to benefit the Clay Center and The Charleston Ballet
Saturday, January 19
6:30 p.m. at the Clay Center
Slip through cypress trees and Spanish moss into the revelry of a celebration on Bourbon Street. Discover the mystery of the swamp and the magic of the French Quarter with Cajun cuisine, cocktails, live music and more on a bewitching night in the Big Easy.
Dancing to Grammy-winning funk group Rebirth Brass Band
Performance by “the prince of New Orleans piano” Davell Crawford
Experience “Appalachian Stompgrass personified,” by West Virginia string band The Wild Rumpus
Open bar and authentic Louisiana fare prepared by Embassy Suites
Exclusive live auction items
A Night at the Museum presented by Friends of Clay
Friday, August 17
Guests enjoyed live music from the Fort Hillibillies, dancing, complimentary cocktails and southern fare at a laid-back, adults-only event on the Maier Foundation Performance Hall stage. Attendees sampled Smooth Ambler's signature White Whiskey and Bourbon drinks and visited the art gallery for some friendly rivalry as WVU and Marshall faculty faced off in in the “Gallery Divided” exhibit.
Thank you to everyone who helped make Carnaval Rio an amazing success!
A sell-out crowd of about 500 people packed the Clay Center for Carnaval Rio, a Brazilian-themed fundraising event that raised more than $93,000 for the education programs of the Clay Center and The Charleston Ballet.
Attendees dressed in festive attire and elaborate masks enjoyed exotic food and drink and exciting entertainment throughout the Clay Center, including an intimate performance by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
The Charleston Ballet, fire eater and strolling entertainer Jill Klein Rone, street performer Jude Binder, psychic Jerry Lee, a steel drum ensemble and a Zumba dance troupe also entertained guests. Big Ray and the Kool Kats – a favorite band of past Kennedy Center galas and last year’s inaugural Carnevale – capped off the evening with music and dancing.
Clay Center president and CEO Judy Wellington said the success of the second-year event speaks to the benevolent spirit of the community.
“Our goal was to make this year’s event bigger and better than the last, and we could not have done so without the generous support of so many people,” she said. “We can’t thank everyone enough for helping make Carnaval Rio the hottest ticket in town.”
Carnaval Rio was organized by Friends of Clay Center and was a collaboration between the Clay Center and The Charleston Ballet. The event was made possible by generous contributions from Jackson Kelly PLLC, Energize WV with Natural Gas and many other sponsors.
Friends of Clay Center board member Reenie Keeley said the volunteer group rallied around the cause.
“Our members devoted countless hours to the planning and execution of this event because they knew something important would happen as a result of their efforts,” she said. “Helping children across the region experience the joy and value of art and science education is something we all can support with great enthusiasm.”
Money raised from Carnaval Rio will help students throughout West Virginia and in neighboring states learn about the arts and sciences through school field trips, outreach presentations and distance learning programs.