Howdy pioneer folk! We’re getting SO excited for our Wild Wild Woolly Spring Benefit this Saturday at the Fairmont Hotel! For our last blog post, we decided to give you some information about your hosts for the evening and some of the entertainment that you’ll see there.
We’re so thankful to have ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 as our Media Sponsor for the event, and they’re sending over reporter and anchor Autria Godfrey to be our emcee during the dinner program. A native Texan, Autria has an impressive career, from her start in Charlotesville, VA where she served as reporter, weekend anchor, and finally morning anchor of Good Morning Charlottesville where she covered stories such as the Virginia Tech shootings, the death of Reverend Jerry Fallwell, and the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to historic Williamsburg, VA. During the past couple of years, Autria’s covered exciting events such as the rescue of the Chilean miners, presidential and vice-presidential debates, and even braving the frigid temperatures of Inauguration Day on the National Mall in 2009.
We’re excited to introduce you to our auctioneer for the evening: Taline N. Aynilian. Taline has served as a popular charity auctioneer for several non-profit organizations and regularly gives lectures on collecting and investing in art. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Lead Tin Yellow, a private art consultancy company, and prior to establishing this firm, Taline held the title of Assistant Vice President 19th Century European Paintings at Christies, New York; and Head of Department in Orientalist Paintings and Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern works of art at Bonhams, New York and Dubai. Her knowledge of the art business is backed by her extensive education, both in the US at Barnard College and abroad in London, Paris, and Florence, where she worked at the famed Museo degli Uffizi.
If you are anything like many of the Woolly staff members, you LOVE going to Woolly’s neighbor Hill Country BBQ for some happy hour specials and delicious food! And it wouldn’t be a Wild West party without some great music so the Wil Gravatt Band is taking a break from their Hill Country gig to come hang with us for the evening! Some call it honky tonk, some call it traditional country. Call it what you will, it’s real music that people can’t seem to get enough of. With a lineup of excellent DC-area musicians, Wil has crafted a driving roots sound that has made them one-of-a-kind in their respective genre.
And last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to announce that the DC Cowboys will be performing for us as part of their Farewell Tour! Performing since 1994, the DC Cowboys is an all-male performing arts organization for gay men in the Washington, DC-metropolitan area. The group garnered international fame through appearances on NBC’s America’s Got Talent season 3, the Closing Ceremonies of the Gay Games VII at Wrigley Field in Chicago, at the Sziget Festival’s Magic Mirror venue in Budapest; shows in Dublin Ireland; and on RSVP’s Caribbean Fantasy cruise. Metro Weekly magazine has described the Cowboys’ style as a “trademark combo of Broadway-caliber verve, sizzling sex appeal and rugged good looks.”
We hope to see you all there on Saturday! For all you social media fans I’ll be posting some live updates throughout the night, make sure you follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #WildWoolly!
~ Brooke Miller, Press and Digital Content Manager