On Oct. 20, the Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) and the Chestnut Hill Community Fund (CHCF) hosted the Sixth Annual Black & White Gala and Silent Auction.
This year’s event took place on the grounds of the presenting sponsor, the Chestnut Hill Hospital. All proceeds from the event benefited the CHCA and the CHCF.
The evening started off with hors d’oeuvres and sweets. Paula Johns and the John Clarke Big Band provided some swing music. And it wasn’t long before the dance floor was filled with smiling faces, some of them through masks.
This year’s theme was a masquerade ball.
A silent auction consisting of items contributed by area businesses and residents was the evening’s main attraction. Sixty-six gifts ranging in price from $80 to $4,000 were displayed around the room on tables. Each gift had an accompanying bid sheet for interested parties. At the end of the night, the totals were tallied up and the winners were announced.
In addition to the silent auction, there were 100 black velvet pouches provided by sponsor Randolph’s Jewelry. A $25 donation got you a numbered glass of champagne along with a pouch, all but one of which contained a cubic zirconia. The remaining pouch contained a real diamond.
This year’s Honorable Chair was Dawn Timmeney from NBC 10 Philadelphia.
Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass and City Councilman at-large David Oh were also in attendance. They brought with them a gift from City Council that recognized Chestnut Hill for being selected as one of the nation’s top ten cities to live.