Special Events


Hosted by the highly acclaimed and award-winning actor and playwright, Denis O’Hare, the Opening Gala will kick off the season in high style with cocktails, a seated dinner, live auction, and exclusive performances by some of this year’s extraordinary artists.

2024 Opening Gala Co-Chairs

Robyn Coles
Nicole Rubin
Charles Tolbert

To purchase a ticket, or receive additional information, please contact Special Events at [email protected] or call the events team at 843-724-1188.

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Thank you to our supporters!

As of May 22, 2024

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Mrs. Robyn Coles and Dr. N. Anthony Coles
The Wayne and Alicia Gregory Family Foundation


Nicole and Amir Dan Rubin
M. Edward Sellers
Charles Tolbert
Beemok Hospitality Collection (BHC)
Rebecca Darwin | Garden & Gun
Susan and Gary DiCamillo
Explore Charleston
Harry and Susan Frampton
John Mills and Jill Keefer
Karyn Lee and Bill Hewitt
Deborah Kennedy Kennard and William Kennard
Seafields at Kiawah Island
SouthState Bank
United Bank


Anne and Scott Perper
Jan Serr & John Shannon


Richard and Jill Almeida
Whitney and Steven Balzer
Judith Nell Batty
Dr. Christopher Randolph and Sarah Beardsley
John Dunnan
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos E. Evans
Judith Green and Dr. Michael Fritz
John B. Hagerty and Susan W. Simons
Russell Holliday and Hal Cottingham
Mr. Barry Lapidus
Susanne and Bill McGuire
Martha and Charley McLendon
Margie Morse
Mr. Phillip Smith and Ms. Lesley Burke
Elizabeth and Charles Sullivan
Ann and Michael Tarwater


Lee Bell and Fotios Pantazis
Mark Billinghurst and Marzy Bedford-Billinghurst
Bob and Kathleen Carroll
Rick and Marsha Chisholm
Rachel Coker and Nigel Parry
Croghan’s Jewel Box
Jonathan Green, Ambassador of the Arts for the City of Charleston
Sean Holleran
Elaine and Steve Krameisen
Ted Legasey
Sven and Kristin Lindblad
Jane and Mike McLain
Ronda Muir
Kathleen Parramore and Tom Taft
The Peninsula of Charleston
Susu Ravenel and Bob Kirby
E. Tyler Rollins III
David Savard and Helen Savard
Annie and Graham Stone
Steven and Andrea Strawn
Donald R. Tomlin, Jr.
André and Curry Uflacker
Sharon and Mike Wallace
John Wrangle and Hart Hagerty-Wrangle


Mr. and Mrs. Charlton deSaussure, Jr.


Caroline’s Cakes
The Fifth Avenue Club Charleston
Hampton Water
Hotel Bennett
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Auction Donors

Robyn Coles and N. Anthony Coles
Croghan’s Jewel Box
Explore Charleston
The Fifth Avenue Club of Charleston
Grassroots Wine
Alicia and Wayne Gregory
Leone Hinzman, LLC
Kiawah Partners
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Lindblad Expeditions
Lowland Tavern
DotDash Meredith
Old Crow Medicine Show
The Ordinary
Alexandre Proia
Save Venice Inc.
Thomas Schumacher, Chief Creative Officer of Disney Theatrical Group
Ed Sellers
Spoleto Festival USA
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Loren and Mindelle Ziff

Hotel Bennett, 404 King St., Charleston, SC