According to museum director Debbie Roland, the Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center gala “was a huge success.”
The crowd numbered more than 350 people present. Roland said each guest was greeted by valet parking and a gift bag was placed in their car.
She said tickets were sold out the first part of January and people came from Washington, DC, Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, Hartsville and Calhoun, Orangeburg and Dorchester counties.
There were breathtaking flower arrangements throughout the museum. Shannon Pinckney performed a wide variety of romantic and Broadway tunes on piano and Johnny Roland accompanied her on trumpet.
Brief comments were made by Roland and John McLaughlin, county administrator, followed by the lighting of candles and everyone singing “God Bless America”.
Jack Brantley, owner of Aberdeen Catery, received the Calhoun County Key for his many years of dedication to the museum.
A minute of silence was observed for our service members, those no longer with us and those suffering from COVID-19.
The courtyard was beautiful, with a beautiful ice sculpture on a table of oysters on the half shell and shrimp.
Music was provided by the Band of Oz, and it was enjoyed by all ages and people danced the night away.
When asked how the gala went, Roland replied, “It was full of magical moments.
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