Enjoy an evening out to support the arts in Wilson

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The Arts Council of Wilson and its Board of Directors are very excited about Friday’s annual fundraiser, now called Banking on the Arts. The arts are a fabulous investment in our community —and the Arts Council provides a wide variety of cultural opportunities for people of all ages and socioeconomic levels throughout Wilson and Wilson County.

The funds raised at this event will support facilities and programming for both the Wilson Arts Center and the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, and allow us to provide visual and performing art classes, rehearsal and performance space, and gallery shows featuring regional, local and visiting artists. A ticket to Banking on the Arts will also support the Visual Arts Academy for middle and high school students, the Creative Kids program for elementary school students, and the ACT for Youth program — the only drama education program available for all children in Wilson County.

Tracy Wellington, Arts Council board and Executive Committee member, is co-chairing this event with fellow board member Carole Perez-Navarro. Together, they have worked diligently with our local banking community and several local vendors to plan an unforgettable night of great food, amazing music and raffle prizes that are absolutely spectacular!

Kathy, Bill, Tripp and Annabelle Vaughan from Vaughan’s Jewelers have donated a show-stopping Vahan blue topaz, diamond and pearl necklace as one of our raffle prizes, and Tre Turner of Hubert Vester Toyota is offering the chance to participate in a match game to win a stunning topaz blue 2018 Toyota Camry LE as the second raffle prize. The drawings and match game will take place during the event at 10:30 p.m. Friday the 13th will forevermore be the luckiest day for our winners!

Our co-chairs and their committee of bankers and board members have been working closely with George Solan, Todd Wilkinson and Tony Tilley at Barton to ensure that the venue is ready for this special night. Tony Tilley and Aramark Catering at Barton College will provide our delicious main dining offerings, with Carolina Cheese Company providing fabulous hors d’oeuvres early and throughout the evening.

Mable Whitley of Jarman House is well known for her decadent chocolates and desserts, and will make sure everyone’s sweet tooth is satisfied. Traditional and craft beer choices will be provided by Morkos Youssef from Brewmasters, a delicious assortment of wines have been donated by the individual owners of Grapenuts Wine, and Harris Teeter has donated the mixers and other non-alcoholic beverages for the cocktail bar. The Band Punch will entertain guests throughout the evening with a broad variety of listening and dancing music.

Tickets for the event are $65 each ($75 at the door), and are available at the Arts Council of Wilson or from any of our board members or sponsoring banks (including BB&T, Cornerstone, First Citizens Bank, First South Bank, KS Bank, PNC, Select Bank and Trust, Southern Bank and Wells Fargo).

Please call the Arts Council at 252-291-4329 for more information. We look forward to seeing you there in your finest cocktail attire!

Barry Page


The writer is interim executive director of the Arts Council of Wilson.