The gala at the Carolina Club was yesterday evening and TonyP's photo "Fall Flames" was not only purchased during the event but also received the Staff Favorite award!
This year, the emphasis of the gala was less on the artshow and more on the general fundraising for the UNC Children's Hospital cards program and (while our work was competing for attention with a silent auction) I think the turn-out was better this year and the crowd was a lot livelier.
Some even looked at the art! People actually brought their drinks into the hallway to look at the art and someone had the sense to have the waitstaff passing trays of canapes in the vicinity, as well. So, people actually spent time looking at the work - which is a big change from last year!