The women donned fancy hats and the men their colorful jackets at Wine & Run for the Roses, a benefit event for the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary.
Over 300 attended the inaugural event, which took place on Derby Day (May 7, 2011) and began with a reception of the finest Virginia wines, showcasing a range of labels from across the Commonwealth.
The grounds of the Muscarelle were tented and outfitted with large screen televisions for viewing the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. Guests were greeted by a tower of wine barrels created by The Williamsburg Winery and a stunning horseshoe-shaped floral display of red roses as they entered the tents. The opening reception featured twelve Virginia wines – a red and white from six Virginia wineries – and was followed by a silent auction and a live auction. Tables were decked in black toile tablecloths and accented with silver julep cups filled with red roses.
“We are delighted to have created a new tradition that helps us continue to bring world-class art programs for the community to enjoy,” said Aaron De Groft, Director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. “We are grateful to our sponsors and to our wine committee –both of whom were instrumental in helping present this magnificent event.”
The live auction featured forty-two lots that included Petrus 1971, Screaming Eagle 2003, Chateau Lafleur Pomerol 1979, a custom designed jewelry piece, and a weekend in Napa Valley. A donated African safari was doubled by the donor during the auction, allowing two separate bidders to win this unparalled prize.
Another surprise donation was from William & Mary President Taylor Reveley and his wife, who offered dinner at their home as a special auction item. Other popular items included a trip to Bermuda with unlimited golf, a meal for eight prepared by renowned Chef David Everett of Williamsburg’s Blue Talon (which was combined with scotches and fine wines from the cellar of Tom & Cindy Gillman at Harp & Thistle Inn), as well as “A Tour of Bordeaux” – a lot of wines donated from the collection of Tim and Anne Sullivan. For the full catalog of lots auctioned at the event, visit www.wm.edu/muscarelle/wine auction.
Proceeds directly benefit the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The event was organized by Muscarelle Museum of Art Board of Directors with the guidance and assistance of Wine Committee Chair Patrick Duffeler II, Vice-President/Manager of Planning at The Williamsburg Winery.For additional information on this event, visit www.wm.edu/muscarelle or call the Museum at 804-221-2700.