Press release from Asheville Affiliates:
Ashevillians are encouraged to put on their platform shoes and leisure suits to celebrate milestone anniversaries for two iconic organizations that have served the area for decades.
The Asheville Affiliates’ first “party with a purpose” of the group’s twentieth season takes on a 1970s theme and benefits Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), celebrating 40 years as the collective voice for the arts in Buncombe County. The benefit party, Studio 207: Disco Inferno, takes place on Thursday, June 13, from 6:00-9:00 in the evening at the AAAC’s creators’ space on 207 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, The Refinery.
“It started as an idea to ‘party with a purpose’ in 1999. 20 years later, the Asheville Affiliates is a community network of over 3,000 members who’ve raised more than $500,000 for local nonprofits,” said Chad Pauley, President of the Asheville Affiliates.
“Many iconic annual fundraisers – including Asheville Greenworks’ Root Ball and Asheville Museum of Science’s Under the Stars – started as Asheville Affiliates parties. We’re excited to open this season with the Asheville Area Arts Council and highlight 40 years of amazing work with a party that harkens back to the organization’s founding in 1979.”
Studio 207: Disco Inferno will feature chart-topping hits from the ‘70s by Dan the Milkman, beer and wine, light bites from local restaurants, and raffles featuring jewelry, vacation getaways, theatre tickets, and much more. Highlights include a two-night stay at Bliss Farm & Retreat, tickets to ride The Brew Tub, a private wine tasting for eight people at Metro Wines, VIP passes to all Downtown After 5 concerts, and a Hickory Nut Gorge getaway with overnight accommodations, lunch, kayaking, and admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.
Catawba Brewing Company has provided beer since the inception of the Asheville Affiliates and returns again this year. A selection of white and red wines will come from Tryon Distributing. Devil’s Foot Beverage Company will supply cans of their craft ginger beers, lemonades, and limeades. Food selections include offerings from Strada Italiano, The Rustic Grape, Isa’s Bistro, Mellow Mushroom, The Hop Ice Cream Café, Roots Hummus, Earth Fare, Publix, Trader Joe’s, and Chick-fil-A.
Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the event) and are on sale now at www.ashevilleaffiliates.com. Everything is included except for raffle tickets, which can be purchased for $5 each or five for $20. 1970s costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Other Asheville Affiliates parties for 2019 are scheduled to benefit Mountain BizWorks at Ambrose West on August 22 and The SPARC Foundation at Smoky Park Supper Club’s The Boat House on October 3. Season sponsors include 103.3 Asheville FM, Catawba Brewing Company, Classic Event Rental, FASTSIGNS, Star 104.3, Rotanz Design, Symmetry Financial Group, The Hop Ice Cream Café, WNC magazine, Another Broken Egg Café, Asheville Outlets, Asheville Downtown Association, Asheville Sport & Social Club, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Devil’s Foot Beverage Company, Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Poseidon Spa, Sunshine Window Cleaning, and The Rustic Grape.
About the Asheville Affiliates: Founded in 1999 as a social group for young professionals to benefit area non-profits, each year the Asheville Affiliates Board of Directors selects three to four non-profit partners from several applicants and helps host a fundraising party for each one. The Affiliates board assists in every step of the event planning process including budgeting, venue selection, securing sponsorships, and marketing. All proceeds from fundraising events go directly to the non-profit partner with the goal to provide an affordable opportunity to support local non-profits, have fun, and network. All events are open to the public and membership is free.
About the Asheville Area Arts Council: The Asheville Area Arts Council, one of the oldest in the country, is the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by delivering resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community. The organization envisions the Asheville area as a region where the arts inspire our innovative spirit, celebrate our rich cultural diversity, recognize our valuable history, and encourage our individual and community involvement.