Steeplechase Past Race Directors Luncheon

THE EVENT: The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens Past Race Directors gathered together for their annual luncheon, hosted by Mason Hardaway Lampton. Mason Lampton, Race Chairman, welcomed the current and former directors and took the time to thank each of them, the staff, and volunteers for helping make the past 33 years of Steeplechase one of the most successful fundraising events in the region.

THE RACE: The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens, known as the “event of the season” and always falling on the first Saturday in November, brings family and friends together to watch thoroughbred horses race over timber and brush hurdles.

Columbus Botanical Garden Gala

THE EVENT: The 2017 Garden Gala was held on October 3rd at Green Island Country Club. THE

FEATURED SPEAKER: Preston Bailey was the featured speaker. Recently named one of the best wedding designers in the world by Vogue Magazine, Preston Bailey has been globally celebrated for his unique ability to transform ordinary spaces into lush, theatrical environments. This has helped to establish him as the premier event designer for a client roster that includes celebrities, royal families, CEOs, and athletes.

THE GARDEN: From its founding in 1999, the Columbus Botanical Garden has been a steward of a 20-acre rolling property located about 6 miles northeast of downtown Columbus (the property has now grown to 23 acres).

River Raffle 2017

THE EVENT: The Ninth Annual Historic Columbus River Raffle was held Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the new Mott House Terrace at TSYS.

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Prior to the Terrace activities, a Patrons Reception was held in the TSYS Lobby, which is adjacent to the site of the River Raffle. Food at the River Raffle was provided by local restaurants including Country’s Barbecue, Ezell’s Catfish Cabin, River and Rail, and Kilwins, among others.

THE PURPOSE: The event is a fundraiser for Historic Columbus, and helps the HC continue to fund various projects throughout the community and promote economic development through historic preservation.

CSU's 2017 Spring Swing

THE EVENT: On Saturday April 29th, Columbus State University presented the second annual Spring Swing held in downtown Columbus at Woodruff Park.

THE PURPOSE: The Spring Swing is held annually with proceeds to benefit Columbus State University’s new Minor in Dance program. This program is offered under the CSU Department of Theatre and will enable students in our region to fulfill their hopes and dreams of entering the dance world as performers, choreographers, teachers or arts managers.

THE HIGHLIGHT: Dance lovers from all over the region danced the night away under the stars to the rhythm of The Shimmer Band - a powerhouse show band from Atlanta.  Guests enjoyed the diversity of music that they played from Big Band to Rock & Roll to current Billboard hits.

Groundbreaking of the Rapids at Riverfront Place

THE EVENT: Mat Swift, President and COO, W.C Bradley Co. real Estate, and Marc Olivié, President and CEO, of the W.C Bradley Co. welcome the media, family and friends to the groundbreaking ceremony of The Rapids at Riverfront Place.

THE PROJECT:  The Rapids is a 5-story mixed-use building, which includes 226 luxury apartments and more than 15,000 square feet of retail, shops, and restaurant space. The Rapids will be the first of four planned projects within the masterplanned development by W.C. Bradley Co. named Riverfront Place. Located between 13th and 14th Streets, and constructed on top of a two-story parking podium, The Rapids has been uniquely designed to overlook the Chattahoochee River, the Riverwalk, and Legacy Park.

THE RAPIDS AT A GLANCE:  226 studio, one, and two bedroom homes. 15,000 sq. feet of shops and restaurants. On-site management. Controlled access, covered parking. One-ofa-kind amenities. 24 hour fitness center.

2017 Let There Be Art!

The Columbus Museum kicked off its 2017 annual sale and celebration of art – Let There Be Art! -- with a Premier Party on Thursday, April 6. From April 6-13, the Museum presented the fine art show. The show provided works of art from various artists and featured galleries. It was a wonderful evening of fine art and food in a festive setting.

Serving on the 2017 Let There Be Art! Committee were: Artist Selection - Marleen Olivie and Garry Pound, Sponsorships – Chris Henson and Sallie Martin, Gala Design – Bob Vardaman, and Luncheon Design – Vandy Middleton and Mary Lou Doughton. In addition to the Gala Premier Party, the weekend featured a Free Family Event Second Saturday on April 8, and a Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Rebecca Wood of R. Wood Studios on Thursday, April 13.

Major sponsors of the event were: Diamond Sponsors Aflac; Platinum Sponsors Bob Vardaman Events Management, Friend of the Museum, TSYS, and W.C. Bradley Co.; and Gold Sponsors Georgia Crown Distributing Company.

2017 Wynn House Heritage Ball

THE EVENT: The 2017 Wynn House Heritage Ball was held on Saturday night, May 13, 2017 at The Wynn House. The Wynn House is delighted to continue this Columbus tradition and it is an honor to be able to continue the presentation of the Cotillion Club Debutantes at such an event.

THE PURPOSE:  The event benefits The Wynn House so the Board can continue to preserve, maintain, and restore this historic structure for many years to come.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Serving as master of ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Murphy Garrett Pound IV.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Prior to the presentation of the Debs, Jack Pease Jenkins made a presentation to Mary Dana Knight for her 12 years of service to the Wynn House, and announced the naming of the Mary Dana Knight Bridge Room in her honor.

THE COMMITTEE: Melinda Ward  and her Wynn House Heritage Ball Committee did an outstanding job as did the Wynn House staff for catering the event and getting everything ready. Around 500 attended this fundraiser benefitting the Wynn House.

Photos by Margie Richardson and Southern Exposure Photography