The 45th Annual Lafayette Soiree will be held in the spectacular riverside garden of Scott Sonoc and Marsha Williams gracious home, The George Moss Stoney House (circa 1823) at 500 Port Republic St. which is located on The Old Point in downtown Beaufort. They have also donated a fireworks display to mark the 190th anniversary of Lafayette’s visit to Beaufort in 1825 as a bonus to this wonderful evening. Sip champagne in the beautiful French garden, eat delicious hors d’ oeuvres from seven of our area’s best restaurants, and bid on wonderful Silent Auction items. Then dance under a full moon with Atlanta’s best dance band, The CEO Band, back again by popular demand from last year!
Money raised from this event will go to not only save endangered historic buildings in Beaufort, but also help rehabilitate the historic Verdier House Museum, on whose porch, the Major General Marquis de Lafayette spoke during his visit in 1825.
This year’s Chairs are the dynamic Melanie McCaffree and her husband, Brian. Joining them are Co-Chairs Laura Dukes, Lanier Laney, Terry Sweeney, and Paula Verity rounding out the event team. Irvine Gaskin of Spring Island is coordinating the food from seven of the area’s top restaurants and the talented Melea Everidge of Grayco is the Design Director for the event. They all agree you should come dance under the stars at what’s been called “One of the South’s greatest parties.”
Historic Beaufort Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary this year of supporting the preservation, protection and presentation of sites and artifacts of historic, architectural and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County. In other words, during the past 50 years HBF has been instrumental in not only restoring, hands-on and financially, scores of historic buildings, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s they were behind the National Park Service designation of 300 acres of Beaufort’s downtown and 500 sites as a National Historic Landmark District. Thus, today Beaufort retains three centuries of historic architecture.
Please join the fun by ordering your tax deductible tickets today of $125 (group tickets with sponsorship opportunities also available) at www.historicbeaufort.org or call HBF at 843.379.3331. Ticket sales are limited to just 350 attendees this year so please reserve yours early as they will sell out.