Queen City Gala: Black Tie For Charity Event

The Queen City GalaThe Queen City Gala, a first annual black tie fundraiser benefiting Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Lydia’s Legacy and Samaritan’s Feet was the premier event of the fall in Uptown Charlotte!

The Queen City Gala

The gala was held at the Levine Museum of the New South and featured a shrimp and grits station, Moscow Mule signature drink, and the talented band U-Phonik that got the crowd dancing!

Queen City Gala

The night was full of heart felt sentiment as the hosts explained why the three charities were so personal to them.  Followed by representatives of each charity, who spoke with such passion and moved everyone in the audience.

Queen City Gala

The color scheme was vibrate and represented the colors of the three charities.  We used melon linens for the cocktail tables and teal blue for the seating tables.  Pop of orange, coral, green, pink, and purple provided a great contrast to the table linens.

Queen City Gala

Queen City Gala

Since several of the hosts were involved in their charities in memory of a loved ones, I was especially honored and touched to be a part of this event.

Queen City Gala

Additionally, it was our relationship through the Junior League of Charlotte, which has a rich history of service, that brought us together. All four hosts, the founder of Lydia’s Legacy, Carin Ross Johnson, and myself are all members of the Junior League of Charlotte.

Queen City Gala

Besides the shrimp and grits and the Moscow Mule, the other fun element was the black tie formal attire requested dress code.  Watching people walk in and dance in formal dresses added a festive atmosphere to the night!

Queen City Gala

Queen City Gala

Queen City Gala

Everyone that attended the event went away knowing a little more about these three well established charities in Charlotte and not wanting the night to end after getting down on the dance floor.

Queen City Gala

To learn more about the Queen City Gala, the charities, and hosts please like Queen City Gala on Facebook.

Vendor Credit

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements and Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Venue – The Levine Museum of the New South

Caterer – Best Impressions Caterers

Band – U-Phonik

Linens – Classic Party Rentals

Charities – Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Lydia’s Legacy, and Samaritan’s Feet




Throwing a successful fundraiser: PlayPlay! Theatre

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

I recently had the opportunity to put my fundraising hat on along with my event and styling to headline PlayPlay! Theatre’s first fundraiser in Charlotte.

A husband and wife duo, Mark and Meredith Sutton, who are passionate about children and the arts, started PlayPlay! Theatre, plays geared toward the very young, ages 0-3.

As with any organization planning its first fundraiser, PlayPlay! Theatre needed to build their donor base and find an audience in Charlotte.  We reached out to the arts community and started brainstorming on creative spaces to host a cocktail event.

LaCa Projects, Latin American Contemporary Art, hosted the fundraiser at their gallery.  The gallery not only showcased beautiful art work, but was the perfect, creative space for an evening benefiting theatre for young children. The exposed brick walls and dim-lit gallery set the mood for an evening cocktail event.  The floral arrangements by Sarah Sofia Productions were simple, yet elegant adding a pop of color to the black linens.  The origami pieces were a perfect addition for this artsy affair!

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

Vendor Credits:

Event Design & Style – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Fundraiser – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Venue – LaCa Projects http://lacaprojects.com/

Cocktail tables & black linens – Party Reflections http://www.partyreflections.com/

Candles – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com/

Origami and props – PlayPlay! Theatre http://www.playplaytheatre.org/