Hair - Gala - April 8, 2017 

The 2017 Friends of the Arts Gala will be a night to celebrate the Dawning of the Age of the Arts in support of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU. Saturday, April 8th from 5pm-10pm.

Gala2016Paul Busick and Terry Welch enjoying dinner at the 2016 FOA Gala


The invitational gala will begin at 5 p.m. with a complimentary cocktail hour, silent auction & wine cork pull. At 6 p.m. guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner that will include a live auction with auctioneer Matt Holiday. At 8:00 p.m., the curtain will go up on a performance of Hair; the Musical, directed by Terrance Mann and showcasing the talented students from the School of Stage & Screen.

Tickets for the gala are $150 per person and are available by invitation only due to limited seating. An evening in support of scholarships and programming for the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU.

Friends of the Arts holds two events per year – the Spring FOA Gala and a Fall Membership Drive concert. Friends of the Arts offers multiple levels of membership for anyone wishing to provide support throughout the year.


 Please click here to read about the success of the 2017 Gala

  Live Auction Packages (subject to change)- Updated April 5, 2017

"Hamilton And More" 4-productions Chicago Theatre Holiday August 24-28, 2017

Hamilton and More

Treat yourself to four nights of spectacular theatre in the Windy City, including tickets to the Saturday evening performance of "Hamilton" and opening night performance and cast-party of "Still Dance the Stars" with JW Marriott accommodations and economy airfare for two.

This package for TWO persons includes:

• 2 tickets Second City Theatre TBD according to Season Announcements, Thursday, August 24
• 2 tickets "Honeymoon in Vegas"
Friday, August 25
• 2
mezzanine level tickets to "Hamilton" Saturday, August 26
• 2 opening night tickets and invitation to post-performance cast-party of "Still Dance the Stars", written by playwright and WCU faculty, Jayme McGhan, Sunday, August 27
4 night/5 day Executive Level accommodations at the downtown JW Marriott. Includes access to the Executive Lounge and free continental breakfast. Thursday August 24-Monday August 28th 2017.
• Economy, roundtrip airfare (Atlanta/Chicago) for two

Donors: Jan and Al Wilson, Mary and Larry Arbaugh, Jayme McGhan, College of Fine and Performing Arts

Approximate Fair Market Value $3,300

Broadway Brunch with Terrence Mann - back by popular demand!
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Terrence MannBroadway star and WCU faculty member Terrence Mann will join you and your party of 12 for brunch in the beautiful Bardo Arts Center Star Atrium before treating you to a private performance of Broadway favorites by the budding stars of his acclaimed Triple Arts Academy!

This package for TWELVE persons includes:

• Brunch and libations with Broadway star Terrence Mann
• Brunch hosted by Jayme McGhan, Director of the School of Stage & Screen
• Tour of the WCU Fine Arts Museum exhibit "Print Plus One:Beyond the Glass Matrix", a WCU/Asheville Art Museum collaboration
• Private performance of Broadway entertainment by members of the Triple Arts Academy - Terrence Mann's handpicked young talents from the around the world
• Framed commemorative photo of you and your guest with Terrence and company

Donors: Terrence Mann, Triple Arts Academy, Aramark Catering, College of Fine and Performing Arts

Approximate Fair Market Value $3,650


Santa Fe/Native American Art One Week Adventure

Santa feEnjoy the hospitality and expertise of Native American Contemporary Art collectors Lambert Wilson & Jenny Holland as they offer you their private 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Santa Fe, NM for a 5-7 day stay, complete with round trip economy airfare, a week's car rental, and gift cards for dining and shopping.

This package for UP TO SIX persons includes:

• Pre-trip tour of Lambert Wilson's private collection of Native American Art at his home in Bryson City, wine and hors d'oeuvres included
• 5-7 day stay for up to six people in a private 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with kitchen and outdoor living space in Santa Fe, NM
• Airfare reimbursement of up to $800 total for round trip, two-city (no multi-city) flights in and out of Albuquerque, NM
• One week car rental by Enterprise Rent-a-Car, pick up and drop off at Albuquerque airport only
• $150 gift certificate to Coyote Café, Santa Fe
• $150 gift certificate for Southwest Connection Gift Shop, Santa Fe
• $50 gift certificate and 15% off at Four Corners Pottery, Santa Fe
• $150 gift certificate for rental home cleaning

Blackout dates: August 15-30, Oct. 27-Nov 6, and December 10-25, 2017. Must be redeemed by March 31, 2018. Airfare reimbursement and car rental applicable only in conjunction with this Santa Fe stay.

Donors: Lambert Wilson and Jenny Holland, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Kenny Messer

Approximate Fair Market Value $5,250

"Burning Bright": A Fireside Dinner for Eight with Appalachian author, Ron Rash and Chancellor David and Susan Belcher

FOABelchersRonRashYou and your party of eight will join WCU Chancellor David Belcher and his wife Susan for a gourmet, candle-lit dinner before cozying up to a fire to share readings, stories, chuckles and tears with celebrated Appalachian author and salon favorite, Ron Rash – all in the intimacy of the WCU Chancellor's Residence on the WCU campus.

This package for EIGHT persons includes:
• Four course, gourmet dinner created and prepared by WCU head chef, John Robinson
• Wine pairings
• One-on-one conversation with Ron Rash, Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at WCU and best-selling author of "Serena", "Burning Bright" and "The Cove"
• Autographed books by Ron Rash

Must be redeemed by March 31, 2018.

Donors: Ron Rash, Susan and David Belcher, Aramark Catering
Approximate Fair Market Value $3,250

"Wine by Design" – Personalized Wine Labels with "Big Reveal" Evening of Art and Wine, April 2018


Inspired by information gathered from you and your guests detailing your personal tastes, hopes and dreams, WCU student graphic designers will create fanciful, one-of-a-kind wine labels JUST for you and your guests. At the "big reveal" evening of wine and art at the Biltmore Forest home of WCU Board of Trustees chair, Ed Broadwell and his lovely wife, Donna, you will meet the student artists who will share with you the inspiration that guided their creations and present each recipient with a framed and signed original of their wine label.

This package for TWELVE persons includes:

• Original, personalized wine labels – one per household - designed by students of the WCU graphic design program
• Signed and framed, wall mount 8"x 10" original of each personalized wine label
• DVD or thumb drive of each piece of artwork for the recipient's personal use (for printed labels, cards or other)
• "Big Reveal" reception for twelve at home of Ed and Donna Broadwell, Biltmore Forest, Asheville, NC
• "Meet the Artists" – artists will present their wine label creations at the "Big Reveal" evening
• Winning bidder receives personalized invitations created by WCU professor and artist Jon Jicha to mail to your invitees to the "Big Reveal" evening
• Winning bidder receives two porcelain wine chalices created by WCU ceramics artist, Heather Mae Erickson

This package will serve as the basis of a student graphic design classroom project under the tutelage of WCU professor Jon Jicha during spring semester 2018. Due to classroom scheduling, this package may be redeemed between March 18-April 30, 2018.

Donors: Ed and Donna Broadwell, WCU Graphic Design Studio Class, Professors Jon Jicha and Heather Mae Erickson

Approximate Fair Market Value $3,200

"A Night to Remember" - Boutique Student Film Festival at Wade Hampton home of Lynne and Tony Zande, Fall 2017

FilmWho doesn't love movie night? You and your party of twelve will enjoy a private viewing of exceptional, newly minted films from the students and faculty of the WCU Film and Television Production, all in the beautifully appointed Wade Hampton home of Lynne and Tony Zande, your hosts for the evening.

This package for TWELVE persons includes:

• Wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres reception for twelve at home of Lynne and Tony Zande, Wade Hampton, Cashiers, NC
• Private viewing of celebrated shorts, documentaries, animated films and senior "launch" projects made by talented WCU filmmakers
• "Behind the Scenes" one-on-one Q&A with the dynamic WCU film artists who created the films
• Take-home DVD of the student films you viewed

Package must be redeemed in Fall, 2017, dates TBD in conjunction with hosts and WCU Film and Television Production program.

Donors: Lynne and Tony Zande, WCU Film and Television Production, Josh Russell

Approximate Fair Market Value $2,850

Relaxing Four-day Beach Get-away in Beautiful Isle of Palms, South Carolina

FOABeachHead to gorgeous Isle of Palms, SC and check into a 3-bedroom condominium or house for your very own 4 day, 3 night get-away. Long walks on the beach, free moped rental, local dining gift certificates, passes to area sites and grocery and gas gift cards make your stay care free!

This package for UP TO SIX persons includes:

• 4 day/3 night accommodations at Island Realty condominium or house on Isle of Palms, SC
• 4 half-day Port City Moped rentals
• $100 gift certificate to Acme Lowcountry Kitchen Restaurant, Isle of Palms
• $50 gift certificate to Circle K/BP for gas
• $30 gift certificate to Harris Teeter for groceries
• $25 gift Certificate to Seabiscuit Breakfast Restaurant, Isle of Palms
• 2 tickets to Patriots Point/USS Yorktown at foot of Cooper River Bridge

Winner gets to choose one of the most beautiful and least crowded times of the year on the Isle: Fall OR Early Spring. Available Fall dates are: Sept. 19 - Dec. 17, 2017. Early Spring dates are: Jan. 2 - March 15, 2018. Further details available for the winner of this terrific Isle of Palms Get-Away.

Donors: Island Realty, Port City Moped, Patriots Point, Acme Lowcountry Kitchen, Seabiscuit Café, Harris Teeter, Circle K BP

Approximate Fair Market Value $3,500

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