Mannequin Ball Benefits Museum of N.C. History
Building on the $25,000 contributed to benefit the N.C. Museum of History from the first Mannequin Ball, Elizabeth F. Buford, director, N.C. Museum of History and Division of State History Museums, says the second Mannequin Ball, set for Friday, Jan. 19, will contribute even more to the museum's Textiles and Costume Fund.
Already slated as the event's special guest is Emily Procter, star of "CSI: Miami," the most-watched television program in the world. WRAL-TV's David Crabtree will serve as master of ceremonies.
"Celebrating fashion, art and history, the Mannequin Ball has been called the most exciting and stylish fundraiser in state history," says Buford. "Last time, the museum was transformed into 'Paris After Dark.' This year's theme is 'Midnight in Milan,' and once again we have attracted people of all ages and famous North Carolinians from Hollywood and New York."
The Mannequin Ball kicks off with a red-carpet entrance at 7 p.m., followed by heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and dancing to the music of the world-famous DJ Angola from New York City. Catering is by Raleigh's Vivace Italian restaurant.
Founder of the Mannequin Ball, Katie Reeves, vice-president of marketing and sales for Raleigh's Metro Magazine -- a presenting sponsor with Saks Fifth Avenue and American Airlines -- says, "We are spotlighting the Raleigh and Research Triangle region as a leader in fashion and, at the same time, recognizing the wonderful offerings at the N.C. Museum of History and its textile and costume collection."
"It's a community event," says Buford. "Retail sponsors will present dressed mannequins at the ball. Ten area artists will display their work at area store locations, and the pieces will be available to purchase during a silent auction at the ball. And we have valuable raffle prizes -- including two first-class tickets to Milan and an Italian Vespa motorcycle -- to be auctioned with other glamorous items."
"I am most grateful to Katie Reeves for founding and supporting this fabulous event,." adds Buford. "Some of the proceeds from the event will provide much-needed dollars for the museum's Textile and Costume Fund."
The Mannequin Ball also supports the museum's current exhibition on fashion, "What We Wore in North Carolina."
Tickets for the second Mannequin Ball are available at www.themannequinball.com or by calling 919-831-0999.
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