[Text by Jen Plaskowitz]
Wow! The Slideluck Global team is still reeling from the outpouring of support and generosity from last week’s Slideluck Annual Fundraiser and Auction at Lightbox. Slideluck is a community-driven organization, and the fundraiser was an amazing embodiment of that.
The night began with an elegant reception for Slideluck’s VIP’s – our board members, closest friends, and biggest supporters. We greeted guests with a selection of Brooklyn Brewery’s finest craft bottles and specialty cocktails featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Perrier, and Dutch Spirit bitters. After imbibing a few drinks and swapping a few stories, everyone found their seats beneath our handcrafted chandelier. Kevin’s Catering set a full table laden with stuffed sole and pork, each paired courses with Souverain Wines.
After a live auction, guests followed the siren song of soprano Katie Raab upstairs to desserts and champagne, and party guests swept into the hall.
The evening was especially memorable for us as we honored Hank Willis Thomas, an artist whose daring work shares so many of Slideluck’s values and aims. Artist Ashley Zelinskie created a beautiful 3-D printed sculpture, which was awarded with touching words by Hank’s mother Deborah Willis.
The night went on with sets by DJ Sweaterbeast and DJ Lexel. As we danced, projections of Slideluck’s best archived works followed along with us. Everywhere you could look was a sea of color, movement and smiling faces.
So let’s raise a glass of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, thank you for an unforgettable night. We are so lucky to have such an amazing and supportive community base. Stay tuned as we continue to expand our mission locally and globally in 2015!