Evening Song: A Night to Remember
Last year I joined an organization called Cancer Patient Support. We focus on helping those who have been diagnosed with cancer with their every day struggles. Sometimes this means a cab home from the hospital after treatment, the payment of a heating bill in December, or art therapy. The services range, but the financial support is the same. One of the ways we raise money for this amazing organization is by hosting a gala called Evening Song.
This year, the gala was at the Champlain Valley Exposition in September. I know what you’re thinking, not so glamorous. That’s what I thought too, but believe me when I tell you our team completely transformed the space! In our committee meetings, we wanted to bring the space to life with natural fabrics, trees lining the walls, dim lights, and an open floor plan. We ended up working with Catering By Dale, and amazing catering company out of Shelburne Vermont. Dale is a visionary when it comes to creating an atmosphere. She brought in farm tables to display the food her chefs prepared, and put her staff on risers as they worked. There was up lighting and umbrellas covering the workspace and it brought an entirely new component to the atmosphere. We provided the most impressive raw bar I’ve seen in years, two cocktail bars in the shape of horseshoes that the lovely people at Fluid helped staff, and a comfortable lounge area that surrounded the dance floor courtesy of Vermont tent. Dale decided to make our centerpieces out of tall and short bread sticks, and we provided antipasti as people sat down for the program.
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed our casino, silent auction and live auction. They got teary-eyed listening to some of the stories of the people we have helped, and laughed as they listened to the University of Vermont Tom Cats a cappella performance. That evening, we were all reminded of how lucky we were to be in good health, and surrounded by people we loved. When we sat down to talk about what we wanted Evening Song to be like this year, we wanted it to be a celebration of the lives of the people who have battled cancer. Although their struggles were on our mind, we wanted to invoke the feeling of hope for the patients we are currently helping.
Evening song was another success and as we talk about locations for the coming years gala, I couldn’t be more excited to continue to support the Cancer Patient Support program. We hope you’ll join us for next year’s gala!