Fundraising Events


Annual benefit gala and online auction to support the Clay Center and The Charleston Ballet’s educational programming.

GALA February 3, 2018 │7:30 pm – Tickets are on sale now!

Carnaval Unplugged celebrates the synergy of sound waves known as … music. Explore innovation, classic artists and the musical moments that shape generations. Jam out to the latest hits, relive the soundtrack of your life and explore new genres.

At this legendary fundraiser, valets park your car, you dine on delightful bites, whirl around multiple dance floors, bid on fabulous auction items, and are wowed around every corner. Anticipate the unexpected!

ONLINE AUCTION opens January 26. Decorate your home, pamper yourself, or plan your next vacation. Can’t make it to the event? Help us reach our fundraising goal from anywhere with an internet connection by using your phone, desktop or tablet!

Entertainment – Stay tuned for more updates!

  • Our very own, Charleston Ballet
  • Affirmative Groove, 8-piece dance band that’s sure to keep you on your feet!
  • Place your requests at the Capitol Keys Dueling Piano Bar
  • Shivering Timbers – Indie Rock energy, Blues/Punk passion, and Country/Gospel reflection!

Carnaval guests dazzle in classic black tie or creative cocktail attire. View the 2018 Style Look Book for inspiration.


*Tickets are nonrefundable and will be mailed mid-January. If you purchased a ticket on or after January 24, your name will be added to the guest list. No physical ticket will be mailed. Must be 21-years-old to attend.

Carnaval Committee Volunteers
Shelby Paxton, Friends of Clay Center chair & Carnaval co-chair • Amanda Gianola, Carnaval co-chair • Amanda Boustany • Beth Fanning • Bobbie Spry • Brandon Breedlove • Chelsea Kinzinger • Chelsea Ruby • Claire Barth • Cristen Michael • Dee Waters • Elizabeth Amandus • Emma Busse • Jacqueline Stump • Jessica Hall • Jordan Ferrell • Kristin Anderson • Lindsey Fought • Matthew Perno • Michaela Leffler • Rachel Coffman • Rob Bastress • Timothy J. Gibson • Zack Chittum

For sponsorship opportunities that include event tickets and recognition, please contact Corporate Relations Manager, Nichole Koenig. Call 304-561-3532 or email

Having an immediate impact on the creative economy and access to arts education in West Virginia, Carnaval raises funds for Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia and Charleston Ballet, Inc.’s ongoing operations and education programs.