Photos by Daniel Coston Photography

Opera Carolina’s Bella Notte Gala is always one of Charlotte’s most enchanting evenings. This year’s fundraiser for our region’s premiere opera company was held amid the scenery for the season opening production of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment. Gala Chairs Angela and Jesse Cureton joined the guests for an elegant evening that included a cocktail hour with models wearing fantastic designs made from recycled opera programs. The seated dinner featured exquisite decor by John Lupton Events. Opera stars performed for guests before everyone ending the evening on the dance floor.

GREAT GATSBY GALA

Daniel Coston Photography

Guests at the 30th annual Great Gatsby Gala were transported back to the Roaring 20s during the benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. Held at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, it featured a live orchestra, swing dancing, a costume contest judged by Dressed owner Bernadette Maulion, a silent auction, and heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.