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“Martinis and Me” raise nearly $10K for Colleton County Arts Council

The Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market was alive with fashion and fun this past Thursday night as “Martinis and Me” brought another year of successful fundraising for the Colleton County Arts Council. This women’s only annual fundraiser has continued to grow in leaps and bounds since the first ever event was held at the home of Rachel Kramer many years ago. Many event goers said this was the best year yet.

For the cost of only $30, ticket holders were able to enjoy finger foods prepared by Paula Flowers with Fletchers Cafe and Catering and sip pineapple and cosmo martinis all while enjoying the event. Women were able to enjoy hassle free shopping from local vendors which included East Main Boutique, Rodan & Fields, Lipsense, Colleton Chiropractic, Twig, Lularoe, Colbert Clothing, Limelight, Biker Chiques, Damsel in Defense, Beauty Counter, Young Living Essential Oils and Matilda Jane. The event space was beautifully decorated to match this year’s theme “Casino Boro Royale” by Sparkles Decor and Design. Event goers were able to place bids on over thirty silent auction items ranging from trash collection to a set of braces. Silent auction items were collected by the hostesses and went from $25 to $1,750. The 2018 hostesses were Allyson Griffin, Becki Rhode, Christie Slocum, Sharon Witkin, Mandi Nettles, Rachel Odum, Blue Benton, Leslie Williamson Freke , Rachel Kramer and Terri Tomedolskey.

During the evening, local models took to the runway to show off the local fashions of Colleton County. Ash and T’s consignment, Belk, Colbert Clothing, East Main Boutique and The Peacock brought looks any woman to wear for any occasion and as always the models were beautiful.

Martha Strickland served as the master of ceremonies and did a fabulous job giving descriptions of the models and their outfits.

Kim Bridge, Director of the Colleton County Arts Council, was very pleased with this year’s event. “This is our largest fundraiser every year and to know almost 10K was raised is wonderful. We will use the money to continue our many programs we offer to the community like teaching art at the Veterans Victory House or Colleton Children’s Theatre. From all the ladies who came out to support, to the hostesses to planned and organized, to Dragon Entertainment who kept ladies up on their feet, to Becky Terpstra who captured the moments there are not enough words that can express my gratitude. Sparkles made us look great and the women in the community really brought it in their fashion this year. Each year I think it can’t get better but each year, the hostesses prove me wrong”, said Bridge on the fundraiser. Make sure to follow The Colleton County Arts Council on Facebook to keep up with ongoing classes and events, including next year’s Martinis and Me.


Christie Slocum (538 Posts)