September 3, 2012
Collective Spirits Gala in the Highlands
Wine, art and dining to benefit Bascom Visual Arts Center
- Photos by Ross Henderson
This Highlands fling included illustrious American winemakers, some of the best chefs of the Southeast and a luxury auction—all in the name of art (and wine) cultivation
The 6th Annual “Collective Spirits” Gala in the Highlands to benefit the Bascom Visual Arts Center
Co-Chairs Jack Sawyer andBill Torres and Bascom Board Chair Willis Willey
The 3-day event culminated with a grand gala, where guests enjoyed sips from renowned vintner Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards, alongside wines from Anamoly Vineyards, Ramey Wine Cellars, Schu Carneros Estate, Solena Estate and many more. Meanwhile, top chefs, including Joshua Hopkins of STG Trattoria, Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Mike Lata of FIG (Charleston), Scott Crawford of Herons (Cary, NC), Gary Mennie of High Cotton (Greenville, SC) and Aaron Burgau of Patois (New Orleans) created a gourmet feast. Post dinner and luxury auction, guests enjoyed a night of dancing.
Among the festive crowd of mountain weekenders:Carolyn and Rhett Tanner, Bobbie and Jan Golden, Linda and Dick Cravey, Kity and Wayne Davis, Ginger Kennedy, Kevin Naylor, Bob Fisher, Lynn DeVault, Glo Ghegan, Kathleen Rivers, and Anne andClaude Sullivan
Presenting Sponsor: Wilmington Trust. Additional sponsors; J.T Turner Construction, Sysco, Franklin Ford, Moss Robertson Cadillac, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Delta Airlines.
All proceeds benefitted the Bascom Visual Arts Center in the Highlands. Founded 25 years ago, The Bascom was recently reborn on its new $14 million campus of renovated, historic timbered facilities with timbered bridge entrance on 6 acres of pastoral property. For more info: www.thebascom.org