Annual Gala a Great Success!


Red Carpet Welcome to Gala

It was St. John’s “Gala of Gala’s” and people are still talking about the legendary good time they had while supporting a great cause:  Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.  “Amazing home!”  “Best gala ever!”  “Great food all night!”  “Superb wine!”  “Great music!” – are all comments that continue to echo the island.  The event net $60,000 to support protection, preservation and education programs and projects which Friends has provided for more than 25 years.      TO SEE PICTURES CLICK HERE


On February 1st, about 225 Friends supporters took a champagne shuttle from Trunk Bay to Presidio Del Mar in Peter Bay, home of Steven & Pamela Deckoff, nearly selling out the event and filling the home with friendship and laughter.  The guests were served by more than 30 volunteers and the professional staff of Marcellin Private Chefs.  All agreed that Chef Andy Marcellin really made the event special with spectacular epicurean delights from the moment guests walked in until the last guest left. 

The Friend’s gala signature of red carpet and white roses welcomed guests to the “National Treasures Gala” as the event kicked off with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, carving and seafood stations and even gourmet pastry chef offerings later that evening.  The wine and champagne was top notch and impressed even the most discriminating conoisseurs.  The In the Sand Band had people dancing before it even got dark.  Kim Holland offered her famous “Taste of History” aged rum bar where she dramitically smoked and served rums older than some of the guests.  Her special bar also offered fine cigars and homemade truffles, accompanied by the smooth jazz music of Harvey Werbel. A costumed and talented magician, Lisa Menna, entertained guests and made donations magically appear!

Always a highlight of the event, this years’ raffle and silent auction were no exception.  Lucky winners took home artwork, jewelry, dining packages, lodging and lots of other great prizes, including a week at the Ritz-Carlton in Vail, Colorado.  Kylin Gillem was the lucky winner of the special jewelry raffle for a historic 1752 Spanish coin and 18K gold necklace valued at $3,295, donated by R&I PATTON goldsmithing.  She wasn’t at the gala but was thrilled when she got an email telling her that she won!

Friends of VI National Park thanks all those who helped create and celerate this 10th Annual Gala!  Friends owes this success to the many volunteers that kept overhead low and service high, to auction and raffle donors and to guests who came to support the cause.

Friends would like to say thank you to all those who made it a night to remember!  Sponsors and partners include Premier Wine & Spirits, deSIGNS, In the Sand Band, Josephine’s Greens, Marcellin Private Chefs, Queen of Tarts, Dionysus, Bellows/West Indies, St. John Brewing, Caribbean Food Service and St. John Ice.  With more than 60 businesses and individuals who donated items to the raffle, it was truly a community effort!

Pictures will be posted under Yelena Rogers Photography on Facebook - click HERE!



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