What a Journey to Neverland
The 21st Annual Wine & Music event held May 21 at the Stafford Centre was a memorable evening full of faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust. Proceeds from the event will fund the programs and services offered by the Literacy Council.
The event’s success would not have been possible without the support and generosity of our special sponsors for the evening.
The theme of this year’s event was taken from J.M. Barrie’s classic, “Peter Pan.” Guests were invited to “Journey to Neverland.” For the Journey, the Stafford Centre was transformed into various parts of Neverland, such as Pixie Hollow and the Neverwoods as well as spectacles of Neverland such as Captain Hook’s pirate ship, the Lost Boy’s cave, Tiger Lily’s teepee and totem pole and life-size flowers and mushrooms.
In the midst of the guests’ journeys in Neverland, tastings of food and wine from local restaurants and wineries were offered.
There were many opportunities to support the Literacy Council on Saturday, one of them being the 100 for $100 Raffle. The winner of the raffle had the opportunity to choose the Live Auction package of their choice. Jake Messinger, the winner of the raffle chose the trip to Mazatlan for a week-long stay at Pueblo Bonito’s Emerald Bay Resort upon the suggestion of Amy Mitchell. During the night, a tutor at the Literacy Council, Georgia Messemer won a Kindle in our Library Cellar grab bag experience.
The emcee for the evening was Ron Trevino of KHOU 11. Trevino and Commissioner Patterson made a great duo for the live auction, helping to raise more than $30,000 during the live auction. However, our real stars for the evening were our 2011 Literacy Stars. These five individuals consistently provide support and generously give their time and energy to the Literacy Council. The 2011 Literacy Stars are Mary Gayle Brindley, Pamela Logsdon, Ray Salti, Tom Walters and Allison Wen.
After the live auction and the presentation of the 2011 Literacy Stars, BackBeat, the live band, “rocked out” on stage providing dancing music for the guests to boogie to in Neverland. The guests’ travels went smoothly, and all made it home from Neverland safe and sound with a delicious strawberry-filled cupcake from Whole Foods Market.
If you are interested in continuing your Journey to Neverland or want to begin your Journey to Neverland, Wendy’s Pajama Party, an exciting girl’s night out PJ party, will be held on September 9, 2011 at the home of Kristi Bajjali. Tickets are only $40, and they can be bought by calling the Literacy Council at 281.240.8181.
With faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust, it is amazing what can be achieved. Wine & Music is the Literacy Council’s largest fundraising event, and it provides much financial assistance to our program development. Without the community’s support of the Council’s events, the Literacy Council could not provide its much-needed services.
To learn more about the Literacy Council, or how to become involved with Wine & Music, please visit www.ftbendliteracy.org or call 281.240.8181.