January 2013

With great pleasure and enthusiasm we invite you to join us as a Patron for the 60th Anniversary of the Room to Bloom Celebration. Since its inception six decades ago, this fundraiser has helped the Auxiliary to contribute over $12,000,000 towards The Mint Museum including funds and acquisitions. This year's festivities will commence on Wednesday, April 17 and continue through Friday, May 17. 

Funds raised this spring will support a year-long art program targeting a Project L.I.F.T school that serves students in an economically challenged Charlotte community. It will also finance a grade level of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students touring the museum's blockbuster exhibition, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs 1851-1939, opening in September 2013. 

Your patronage is vitally important as it not only allows the Auxiliary to fund these critical educational initiatives, but also sponsor ongoing educational programs for the community and acquisitions on behalf of The Mint Museum.  Room to Bloom Patrons are guaranteed access to the spring season's most exciting, elegant and well-attended events.In addition to the events listed below, all patrons will receive a free membership to The Mint Museum if confirmation is received by February 6, 2013. 

We invite you to support The Mint Museum through the Room to Bloom Celebration at the Patron level of $1,200 per couple ($600 is tax-deductible) or $650 per individual ($325 is tax-deductible). The Patrons'

Program includes: 

The Symposium: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Kimbrel Morris and Mary Bradley Thigpen are chairing the symposium, reception, and luncheon held at Charlotte Country Club. This perennially sold-out event caters to more than 500 guests and features a silent auction and book signing. The keynote speaker is Award winning Los Angeles-based designer Mary McDonald.  She is one of today's most sought-after taste makers. Mary is consistently ranked as one of House Beautiful's "Top 100 Designers." She is also the recipient of the "Stars of Design" Award and was honored as one of the Top 25 Designers by Veranda last year. McDonald's gorgeous interiors have captivated the design community and are featured in major national publications including Town & CountryVerandaHouse BeautifulThe Wall Street JournalThe New York Times and International Vogue(Couple and Individual: One ticket valued at $125) 

The CommenceMINT: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Morrocroft Mews home of Windy and Blake O'Connor will be the perfect setting for this cocktail buffet honoring Symposium speaker Mary McDonald, Room to Bloom Sponsors, and Patrons. One of Charlotte's true architectural gems, this home was previously a carriage house to the historic estate of Governor Morrison that was designed by H.T. Lindeberg in the 1920s. The home recently underwent a timeless renovation by Ruard Veltman Architecture that incorporated a modernistic approach while still maintaining the structure's historic charm.  Enjoy an intimate evening in one of Charlotte's most spectacular homes with one of the country's most celebrated interior designers. (Couple: Two tickets valued at $300, Individual: One ticket valued at $150) 

Modern MoveMINT:  Saturday April 20, 2013
With a nod to the sophisticated and the modern, this unprecedented "Art Happening" melds a surprise venue with a high-octane party concept including artistic performances, live entertainment and more. Paige Johnston, Aida Saul and Jackie Wells are chairing this a spectacular evening during which the Auxiliary's latest acquisitions will be unveiled.***Patrons and Sponsors will also have access to an exclusive VIP Lounge during the evening. 
(Couple: Two tickets valued at $550. Individual: One ticket valued at $275)

Eat, Drink and Be MerriMINT: Friday, May 17, 2013
The Auxiliary wraps up Room to Bloom with an evening of New Orleans-style "MerriMINT" at the Myers Park home of Katharine and Billy Thomas.  The residence was renovated by Matt Benson of Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson with interiors by Holly Phillips of The English Room.  It serves as a fitting backdrop for the owners' refined collection of contemporary art and modern furniture. This popular evening features live entertainment by Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, Cajun cuisine and cocktails in a casual outdoor setting.(Couple: Two tickets valued at $200. Individual: One ticket valued at $100) 
Please support the Auxiliary by joining us as a Patron for the 60th Anniversary of the Room to Bloom Celebration by emailing by February 6, 2013. Please note that you can pay now or pledge your support and pay in March, 2013. 

Thank you for your consideration! 


Cathy Austin
Auxiliary President