Friends Gala February 7, 2015


Red Carpet Welcome to Gala

St. John’s “Gala of Gala’s” will again be held on February 7, 2015 at beautiful Presidio Del Mar, home of Steve & Pamela Deckoff.  The gala is a chance to celebrate our park and thank our supporters at one of the most prestigious locations in the Virgin Islands.  Come join us in supporting protection, preservation and education programs and projects which Friends has provided for more than 25 years.   WONDERING WHAT TO WEAR? TO SEE PICTURES FROM LAST YEAR'S GALA, CLICK HERE

Invitations will be mailed to past gala attendees, however, you don't need an invitation to hold your ticket for this much-anticipated event.  Call 340-779-4940 to reserve gala tickets and/or raffle tickets for the abundant, famous raffle table.  Tickets are $250 per person and typically sell out well before the gala.  Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100 and can be purchased without gala attendance.  There are usually more than 60 valuable raffle items given away.  There is also a high-end silent auction held the night of the gala, which requires attendance to bid on.

So pick up the phone to hold your tickets and save the date:  Saturday, February 7th, 2015!

Here is the story from last year's gala:

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!



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