On Friday, September 11th, 350 guests gathered in downtown Winston-Salem at The Millennium Center for the annual Storybook Soiree, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem’s largest annual fundraiser.
This year’s theme was from the well-known Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The venue was creatively decorated with iconic Harry Potter images, including floating candlesticks, Platform 9 ¾ train station, The Three Broomsticks and Leakey Cauldron taverns, and a magical sorting hat to assign guests to their Hogwarts house.
Cate & Jack Lynch and Walker & Mark Jones were Co-Chairs for the event. Henri & Royall Brown and Louise & Harold Pollard served as the Honorary Chairs.
In keeping with the Harry Potter theme, Peppercorn Theatre at the Children’s Museum had four costumed performers from UNCSA dressed as characters from the book series. The actors mingled with guests throughout the evening to add a theatrical flair to the event. Guests also enjoyed cocktails and small plates of delicious cuisine as they perused the silent auction. All proceeds from Storybook Soiree go towards education programming provided by the Children’s Museum to bring literature, storytelling and the arts to life for all children.
The Children’s Museum opened its doors nearly 11 years ago. Elizabeth Dampier, Executive Director at the Children’s Museum, adds, “The last 10 years we have seen a tremendous revitalization in Winston-Salem, and the Children’s Museum has played an integral role in that transformation. We hope that you will consider making your most generous donation possible this year to help this vital organization continue to positively impact the children in our community for many years to come.”
For more information about the Children’s Museum, visit www.childrensmuseumofws.org or call 336.723. 9111.