Diner en Blanc Shows It’s For The People With New Charity Auction!
For those wanting to support a great cause, Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia launches its first charity auction starting tomorrow (July 7th).
Every year since the first Le Diner en Blanc – Philadelphia in 2012, co-hosts have donated event registrations to various organizations which were used to auction at their own benefits and galas throughout the year. The co-hosts have also supported local causes through other programs, such as the recent auction of a piece of art made on-location by a local artist.
“Each year we donate event tickets to various organizations which they auction at their own benefits and galas throughout the year,” said DiBona. “Through our agreement with Diner en Blanc International, we are not allowed to officially partner the entire event with a charity, so this method allows us to reach a variety of organizations ranging from the American Red Cross and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. We also conduct special auctions that relate to the space or the event in particular, for instance recently auctioning a painting that was done by a PAFA student, Nicole Parker, at last year’s event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The proceeds raised went directly to PAFA.”
For 2017, the co-hosts will continue to support charitable events and causes around the region through similar donations, but they will also launch a new online charity auction series starting July 7th.
The public is invited to bid on three sets of registrations for six people each, along with tables, chairs and linens to the main event. The first auction link will be posted tomorrow at 2pm and will be shared on the Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The second auction will begin the day of Phase 2 on July 13th and the third auction will begin the day of Phase 3 on July 18th.
One hundred percent of proceeds from the auctions will be donated to the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
“This year we are also auctioning a few spots to the event that will benefit the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that partners with the city of Philadelphia to preserve and improve Philadelphia parks,” added DiBona. “We have worked very closely with the City’s Parks and Recreation department throughout the years as we have planned Diner en Blanc, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to support their work by raising funds for their key partner, Fairmount Park Conservancy. We strongly believe in their mission to champion open and green spaces, and to enhance the quality of life and stimulate economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region.”
For more about the Fairmount Park Conservancy, visit http://myphillypark.org
WHAT TO BRING
In order to maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc, as well as staying true to the long-standing traditions, guests must observe the following:
** Guests must dress from all in elegant and stylish white.
** Table settings must be white.
** Guests meet at their assigned departure location and are escorted to the final destination by Dîner en Blanc volunteers.
** Guests should be prepared to attend the event rain or shine.
** All guests must leave the event location and neighorbood as clean as when they arrived. Guests are required to leave with their belongings, including leftovers and litter.
Guests must bring:
** A table, two white chairs, a white tablecloth, stemware and dinnerware.
** A picnic basket with fine food and drink. Food should be brought in reusable and/or recycled containers.
** Champagne or wine (optional).
NEW CULINARY PARTNERS
A catered gourmet picnic option, which can be picked up at the site, will be also available for those who do not wish to prepare their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through Dîner en Blanc e-store during registration. This year’s official culinary partners include Feast Your Eyes Catering, Collective Creamery and 1732 Meats. Full menus and more information will be shared in mid-July, along with photos of selections for this year.
Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia greatly acknowledges Evian Badoit as the national partner of the 2017 US Le Dîner en Blanc Series.