Best Celebrity Appearance: Legendary comedian Lily Tomlin has fun with guest Robert Hawthorne during a meet-and-greet that was a benefit for Time Out Youth held after her performance at Belk Theater.
Cutest Red Carpet Moment: Guests on two and four legs - including the elegant duo of Tom Mounts and his dog Maxx - walked the red carpet during the Humane Society’s Ties & Tails fundraiser, the only black-tie gala in town that you can attend with your canine.
Best Dance Shot: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s new music director, Christopher Warren-Green, dances with Catherine Connor during a gala celebration in his honor that was hosted by the Symphony Guild.
Most Beautiful Gala: Bella Notte (Italian for beautiful night) is Opera Carolina’s annual fundraiser. The most “bella” part of the evening is seeing such a diverse group of our city’s top businesspeople, philanthropists and politicians joining together to support Opera Carolina and its acclaimed productions.
Most Anticipated Gala: The new Mint Museum Uptown held an opening gala that was as spectacular as the museum’s new building and the art collection it houses. This photo from the after-party, held in the museum’s atrium, shows the grandeur of the space.
Philanthropists of the Year: Sandra and Leon Levine – through their Levine Foundation - helped lift others up through a series of incredibly generous donations to healthcare, education, nonprofits and the arts. The couple received a round of applause at a ceremony at the Mint Museum Uptown celebrating the dedication of the Levine Center for the Arts.
Best Party for Young Socials: The annual Derby Days party on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph is the largest fundraiser hosted by the Young Affiliates of the Mint. Held in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby, it’s the place for our city’s future leaders to mix and mingle.
Favorite Fashion Photo: Alexander West, one of the former homeless addicts now in the Harvest Center’s program who modeled during the charity’s annual luncheon, paused after his turn on the runway to show his appreciation to the center’s outreach director and minister, Rosa Marion.
Guests are still talking about the musician who played the Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument, during the Campaign for Cultural Facilities campaign-ending gala at Knight Theatre.
Best Costume Party: Enchanting hostess Barrie Benson welcomes guests to “An Evening of Moroccan EnchantMint,” a culmination of the Room to Bloom fundraisers sponsored by the Mint Museum Auxiliary.
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