Cultural Development Corporation Gala

Mitzi Hale and Melissa Costa

Mitzi Hale and Melissa Costa

Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center

WL SPONSOREDPhotos by Luke Christopher

A DECADE OF CULTURE: The Cultural Development Corporation celebrated its 10th birthday with a decidedly different bash on H Street. After admiring the  modern Marie Antoinette-inspired décor with candy-colored chandeliers and bubblegum pink candelabras handpicked by gala co-chairman Chris Boutlier, artists and arts patrons dined on smoked salmon, Champagne, and cotton candy spun on site. Between tap and dance performances, including the crowd-pleasing Step Afrika!, paddles waved during an art auction curated by Pinkline Project’s Philippa Hughes and CuDC Visual Arts manager Karyn Miller. ART CONNOISSEURS: Sam Sweet, Michael Abrams, Sandi Stewart, J. Brooks Martin, Lessie Powell-Evans, Don and Olwen Pongrace, and Cara Pomponio.

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