Guests bid silently on auction items that ran the gamut from jewelry to gift certificates to sculpture.
The big items—three works of art, a week at a beach house, and diamond earrings—went up for live bid.
And lively it was, with bidding sailing into the three and four-digit range. Isti Kaldor’s painting, Bluebird, went for $1,400, setting a record price for the evening.
There were canapés and cupcakes, balloons and bonhomie.
The room reverberated with conversation and the dance-inducing rhythms of the Soul Central Band and Jaybird.
But those who wanted a quiet moment managed to find a place to themselves.
One couple bought a guitar signed by Los Lonely Boys as a surprise gift for their daughter, who wants to learn to play.
By the end of the evening, everybody went home with something—whether an irresistible auction item or the memory of a night well-spent for a worthy cause.