Hundreds Support the Arts

20th Anniversary Wine Dinner and Auction held at The Pavilion Partners

20th Anniversary Wine Dinner and Auction held at The Pavilion PartnersThe Pavilion Partners, the official volunteer organization of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, recently held the 20th Annual Wine Dinner and Auction on The Pavilion’s Main Stage. This year’s exclusive dinner had record-breaking attendance and raised more than $250,000 to fund scholarships for local students pursuing the fine arts in higher education.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, this year’s event honored Wine Dinner Founders Vince Caracio, in memoriam, and Sylvia Caracio. With Vince having the original vision for the Wine Dinner, he and Sylvia were part of the original volunteer group that brought his vision to fruition, and that vision remains 20 years later.

20th Anniversary Wine Dinner and Auction held at The Pavilion Partners In addition to fine food and wine provided by Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Flora Springs Napa Valley Family Estate, the evening included live and bid board auctions featuring an African adventure, custom-made jewelry, wine collections, custom-made cowboy boots and more.  The evening also featured a special performance by Caroline Booth, a past Pavilion Partners scholarship recipient currently working on degree of arts in music for vocal performance at Southern Methodist University.

“This was the best attended Wine Dinner we have ever had and we are grateful to all those who attended and contributed,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. “The impact of this event will have a profound and lasting value in The Pavilion’s efforts
to serve the community through its fine arts scholarship funding.”

The annual Wine Dinner continues a tradition of raising funds for scholarships awarded to local high school students planning to study in the arts in college. In 2017, 250 guests attended the dinner and raised approximately $180,000. Since its inception, Partners has awarded more than $1.2 million in fine arts scholarships and helped to support numerous outreach programs.

COURTESY: Ashley Gravois/The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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