Event planner extraordinaire Tony Conway reported that nsoro Foundation’s annual benefit at Atlanta’s St. Regis was not only a gorgeous event (lavishly created by his own Legendary Events) but also a magnificent success! According to Conway, one of the highlights of the evening occurred during the live auction when Valery Voyles (CEO of Ed Voyles Automotive) stood up during the live auction, not to bid on an item but to announce a donation from the Voyles family of $50,000 to the nsoro Foundation. The amazing generosity and spectrum of philanthropic causes that have inspired this close-knit iconic Atlanta family is impressive and heartfelt.
With the theme “Gracious Goodness, A Celebration of Generations,” the 2016 Legendary Party raised a record $1.5 million for Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Program. The elegant evening, held at Flourish, featured cocktails and a sumptuous Southern dinner (collard green salad with fried chicken to shrimp & grits, braised beef and apple cobbler), followed by music and dancing with Rupert’s Orchestra. The venue was beautifully decorated by Tony Conway: the entrance hall transformed into a Savannah square with magnolias, benches and a fountain; the ballroom encircled with peach curtains and a canopy of oak and live moss. –Photos by Ross Henderson, Kim Link and Ben Rose
Celebrating diversity and unity through the arts, over 1,000 Atlantans congregated at Glenn Memorial Auditorium for the Atlanta Music Festival’s Gala Concert. Opera legend Jessye Norman of Augusta, recipient of the country’s highest award in the performing arts, The Kennedy Center Honor, headlined the event. The fall festival featured a week of community programs and musical performances, including a chorus of 500 Atlanta school children who sang at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
The Forward Arts Foundation-Saks Fifth Avenue 24th Annual Fashion Show
The Forward Arts Foundation, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, featured a specially curated collection from Fendi at its annual fashion show. Held at Flourish, the show included haute couture pieces from Fendi’s “Legends & Fairy Tales” summer show at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, as well as its fall Milan show. Proceeds benefitted the visual arts in Atlanta.