Past Events: Brighten the Night 2012

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Our first annual Brighten the Night Wine Tasting and Live Auction was held on September 6, 2012 at the Historic Flour Mill in downtown McKinney.  Almost 150 supporters gathered to enjoy an evening filled with music, wine, and good times.

The Historic Flour Mill in downtown McKinney.


Upon arrival, guests were serenaded by guitarist Shayne Greene as they enjoyed champagne cocktails.

Guests were entertained throughout the evening by illustrator Benjamin Vincent who created personalized sketches of each guest to commemorate the evening.

Emcee JP Gregoriew welcomed guests, and Kimberly Richardson, President of Carson’s Crusaders Foundation, shared her story and the vision of the foundation.

Karen Bragg-Matthews, sommelier, led the tasting portion of the evening which included a variety of wines paired with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.

Upon completion of the tasting, guests were served beautiful chocolate cake truffles from Sweet Art Bakery in McKinney.

The inspiring and touching “Be the Spark” video created by Jeremy West Video (which you can view by clicking here) opened the auction portion of the evening.

Auctioneer Clay Potter led a spirited and entertaining live auction.  The event raised over $40,000 to fund the Transportation and Sibling Programs.

Thank you to our sponsors: Darling Homes, ENT Associates of Texas, Ebby Halliday Realtors (McKinney Office), First Eye Care, Dr. Lori Bourque Wimbish, Russell and Carolyn Freeman, Bob and Pam Hatch, and Gary and Deborah Jones.

Special thanks to Holly Viles Events & Décor for helping to make the evening beautiful, and to Brian Prescott of Simply Music for his help with video, sound, and lighting.

Photography courtesy of Dyan Kethley Photography. Please click here to see a full gallery of photos from the event.

Coming soon a short video of the evening created by Maverick Social Media.