Some causes are sure to tug at the heartstrings of even the most hardened hearts, and The Art of Music Gala benefited just such a cause: children's needs.
The second annual event boasted 225 guests at the Southside Ballroom, and raised $100,000 for the Warren Center to help support children impacted by developmental delays and disabilities.
Black-tie optional, the Art of Music had a "Wonderland" theme that added a fantastical element to the evening. A large stacked-teacup art installation, full-costumed Wonderland characters, and tea party-themed details made the event whimsical with a child-like charm.
Fashion choices included bow ties, black ties, cocktail dresses, and formal gowns — most notably the stunning blue one worn by co-chair Jordan Roberts. Creative director and co-chair David Call appropriately donned a charming Mad Hatter-style hat.
Guests mixed, mingled, and participated in a silent auction — which continued through the night — before sitting down for a three-course meal.
The gala included a headlining performance by rhythm and blues star Vivian Green, plus appearances from talent director Jamar Jones, Ryan Berg, and KC King. Four of the area's talented visual artists — Abel Garcia, Christina Yielding, Milessa Murphy Stewart, and Jonathan Ramirez — created art pieces with the evening's Wonderland theme, which were auctioned off during the event.
The celebration continued at the after-party presented by The Jordan Kahn Orchestra.
Art of Music was presented by Melody and Rick Rogers and the Moglia Family foundation on behalf of Amy Heuerman and Joseph Moglia.
The Warren Center aims to advocate, serve, and empower the children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. It helps more than 900 children and their families each week. Services and programs include speech, occupational, and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition.