This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director. Our recent silent auction fundraiser, held at the Mardi Gras Ball, was a tremendous success and as an added bonus, was super duper fun!
Last weekend was NCLAC’s annual Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball. Both events this year were outstanding! Both the Ball and Silent Auction Committees approached the evening’s festivities with new ideas and the results were fun, fresh and fabulous. This was the first year for the nonprofits housed in the Dixie Center for the Arts to work together as the Krewe of Allegro: Dixie Center for the Arts, North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston Civic Symphony Society, Ruston Community Theatre and Troupe Dixie. We were pleased to work together for the benefit of our home, the Dixie Center, in order to keep this hub for arts programming thriving in our community.
This is the best year we’ve had in a long time for our auction, and it is due to the generosity of our donors, the diligence of our Committee, and the buyers who placed winning bids. The Silent Auction Committee this year was chaired by Nancy Wallace, with Catherine McVea as Co-Chair. Amanda Simoneaux, a NCLAC intern from Louisiana Tech, worked with Nancy and Catherine, and these ladies did a wonderful job. I must not forget to mention NCLAC Executive Assistant, Laura Hunt Miller, whose brainstorming played a pivotal part in the planning as well.
NCLAC wishes to personally thank each of our donors who made our auction possible:
Dr. and Mrs. John Ferguson, Dr. and Mrs. Linda Griffin, Erma Hudson, Vienna Ironworks, Jean McWeeney and Jeffrey Hankins, Crescent City Coffee, Joey Slaughter, Kelly Moore Bag, Dorene Kordal, Mary Louise Carter, Frank Hamrick, Nicole Duet, Casey Parkinson, Cindy Gibson, Maggie Boudreaux, Makers Union, Father Frank Folino, Megan Davenport, Fine Line Art Supply, Lue Charles and Becky Napper, Dixie Center for the Arts, Kathy Stone, Saul Zalesch, Alexander’s Acorn Creek Shops, Dianne Douglas, Baldwin’s Jewelers, Cleanes of Ruston, Ruston’s Locker Room, Julie Crews, Allen Tuten, Stitchville, Shelly Nealy Edgerton, Grambling State University Theatre, Chartreuse Pear, Rumo’s Barber Shop, The Fabric Shop, Wild Wings Sporting, John and Nancy Wallace, Ruston Country Club, Lewis Boutique, Bill Cox, Chris Turner, Super One Foods, Cathi Cox-Boniol, LA Tech’s Lambright, Rachel Johnston, Renee Hunt, Suzy Berry, Bruce Cowan, Peter Jones, Kent and Libby Follette, House of Flowers and Cake Shoppe, Social Bites of Ruston, Nora’s Flowers, Bebo and Company, Barks and Bows, Susan Roach, Crossfit Ruston, Patton’s Downtown, New Beginning Wellness Center and Spa, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Boomtown Hotel and Casino, Bodie’s Furniture, Hooshang Khorasani, Raising Cane’s, Kit Gilbert, M. Douglas Walton, Linda Snider-Ward, Elizabeth English, Patricia Tait Jones, Catherine McVea, Jonathan Donehoo, Rogers Furniture and Gifts, The Fashion, and Embellishments.
Finally, NCLAC wishes to thank the Ball Committee for their collaboration in giving the Ball a facelift. It was wonderful working with Grace Tirado, Ball Committee Chair, as well as Sandra Hart, Libby English, and John Emory, Jr. NCLAC has such a wonderful home here in the Dixie Center for the Arts, and we are appreciative of the partnership with our sibling nonprofits.