The 7th annual Share to Care Gala took place in the Governor Kerr Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. This gala is held every year to benefit the Transitions Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. This is the seventh Gala that La Cosa Bella Events has planned for Guiding Lights.
This year’s theme was Light of Love, as the gala took place just a few days after Valentine’s Day. Guest enjoyed theme appetizers and desserts based on classic romantic movie titles, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Lady and the Tramp, When Harry Met Sally, etc. Guest also had the option to purchase a sweetheart table for a romantic date night which included a red rose, box of heart shaped chocolate, and a private table. Toward the end of the night, the guests were able to big during the live auction on date night prizes as well as vacations, auctioneered by Mark Roberts.
Lining either side of the room were chef stations from 6 different senior living communities. For the Chef Challenge each chef selected a classic romantic movie for their theme. Each competitor was required to produce 600 pieces of savory appetizers as well as 600 sweet dessert appetizers that were based on their theme. Competitors were also judged on presentation so their theme was factored into their decor. They were definitely creative with their decor and dress.
All of the attendees enjoyed the food until it was time for the formal presentations and announcement of the winners. Whispering Pines Gracious Retirement Living won the Peoples’ Choice Award and Atria Senior Living won the Silver Spoon awarded by professional chef judges.
After the winners were announced, a Live Auction took place.
After 7 years of La Cosa Bella planning and coordinating the Share to Care Gala, it is wonderful to see the growth of the organization as well as the event. The Transitions Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center is an amazing organization that helps many people and we are so glad to have been able to work with them over the years!
Event Planner; Gina Myers, La Cosa Bella Events
Photography: Blake Cissel, Foxtail Photography
Venue: Governor Kerr Scott Building
Lighting: Total Production Services
Rentals: Party Reflections
Video and Sound: SPIN
DJ: Steve Stowe, Bunn DJ Company
Mission Moment Singer: Meredith Matchen
Graphic Poster Design: Jennifer Casey
Catering: Murphy House Catering
Auctioneer: Mark Roberts Enterprises, Inc.
Center Pieces: Fresh Affairs