To our sponsors, those who donated or purchased auction items, those who purchased seats, and our wonderful staff and volunteers –

Thank you for a very successful event!

Gala Benefit Reservations

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street Charleston, South Carolina

Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres & Small Plate Selections

Live & Silent Auctions

Seats are extremely limited, so please don’t delay!

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Presenting Sponsor

Mr. Cartter Lupton

Invitation & Program Sponsor

Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Charitable Foundation

Major Sponsor

Alderman-Laney-O’Brien-Holt Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

PR & Advertising Sponsors

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cox
Mrs. Roger Parke Hanahan

Auctioneer Sponsor

The Wells Gallery

Supporting Sponsors

Carolina Antique Maps & Prints
Mrs. Benjamin Hill
Mrs. Patti Manigault
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Metz
Professor and Mrs. John H. Rashford
Colonel and Mrs. J. G. Richards Roddey



The Curious Mister Catesby

In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.


About the Book

“This book is an absorbing blend of early colonial history in the American Southeast and the Bahamas with the rich fauna and flora the settlers freshly contained. Catesby emerges as one of the first true naturalists of the New World.”

– Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Harvard University



"We inspire respect for early naturalist explorers and ensure conservation of their work, as well the plants animals and habitat they studied, through education and research."


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