Art Crush 2014 was a blast! The soirée was sold out and jam-packed. We met our fundraising goal—woot, woot!— looked good doing it, thanks to Paris on Ponce, and had a fabulous time in the process, thanks to emcee Ellisorous Rex, who dazzled us with couture and kept us in stitches with her sassy wit. Creative videos of some of our auction lovelies, produced by Jamie Hawkins-Gaar, were hysterical, as always.
A big BURNAWAY thank you to everyone who bid, silently or loudly. A special shout-out to High Museum curator Michael Rooks, who worked the room like nobody’s business and brought in the evening’s top bid! The lucky winner gets to Hop Scotch with Michael around town (that’s Southern for gallery-hopping with a bottle of booze).
Gros mercis to the bevy of talented artists who donated their time and artwork because they believe in our mission. And merci beaucoup to the members of our host committee for their extra-supportive votes of confidence.
Big thanks to all our sponsors for helping to make Art Crush such a success: Edrington America’s for the social lubricant; Sound Table for the yummy cocktails; and Arogsy, Octopus Bar, Noni’s, the Good Food Truck, and Victory Sandwich Bar for the gourmet finger food.
Last but not least, thanks to our awesome interns Josh, Mimi, Sophie, Maragh, and Jennifer, for their work leading up to the event, and to the host of volunteers who helped pull it all together.
Nous aimons y’all!
Word of Mouth
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