2017 North Carolina Symphony Gala

400 Block, Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

We invite you to join us for a magical black-tie evening under twinkling lights in the heart of downtown Raleigh, where City Plaza will be transformed with sparkling chandeliers seeming to hang from the sky under a translucent canopy. At beautifully adorned tables running along Fayetteville Street, arts lovers of our community will come together to enjoy a meal envisioned by James Beard Award-winner Vivian Howard—co-owner of Kinston, North Carolina’s much-raved-about Chef and the Farmer restaurant, star of PBS’s A Chef’s Life, and author of the new book Deep Run Roots. (Read the News & Observer's recent feature on Chef Howard).

Don't miss this opportunity to experience Chef Howard's famous Southern cuisine in the heart of the Triangle! Guests will enjoy cocktails and a delicious dinner in her tradition of local, farm-to-table ingredients. Musical vignettes will delight guests at key moments throughout the evening. The Gala supports the North Carolina Symphony in our mission to bring inspiring classical music performances and invaluable music education to the entire state of North Carolina.a.

Become a Sponsor

By sponsoring the North Carolina Symphony's 2017 Gala, your company demonstrates commitment to the arts in North Carolina while building brand awareness. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.


For more information, please contact Pam Bash, Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving, at 919.789.5482 or


Buy Your Ticket Today

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 7!


Individual tickets are $500 and may be purchased online or by contacting Christin Danchi, Philanthropy Assistant, at

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2017 Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Chef Sponsor

Specialty Sponsors

First Citizens Bank
PFB Connect, Patty Briguglio
RGA Investments
Towne Insurance

Table Sponsors
George and Debbie Aiken
Chip and Judy Anderson
Catharine Arrowood
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Boericke
Mr. Don K. Davis and Ms. Peggy L. Wilks
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Marsha Ferree and Michael Gering
Dr. Mary Susan K. Fulghum
Robert Graham and Cheryl Peterson
Mr. William F. Hamlin, Jr.
Dr. Bennett A. and Elaine Bryant Hayes
Highwoods Properties
Mark and Linda Leithe
The News & Observer
Parker Poe
Professor James L. and Mrs. Florence Peacock
Mrs. Frances P. Rollins
Mr. David Sontag
Ms. Sandra L. Sully
UNC REX Healthcare
Mr. and Mrs. Edward O. Woolner

Catering Partners
Rocky Top Hospitality
18 Restaurant Group
Chef & the Farmer
Queen Of Wines

Trade Partners
Jerry’s Printing Service
North Raleigh Florist


2017 Gala Committee

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Honorary Chair
Patty Briguglio, Co-Chair
Rebecca Quinn-Wolf, Co-Chair

Catharine Arrowood
Jennifer Bailey
Steve Burriss
Emma Catarino
Claude Demby
Rick Gardner
Kathy Higgins
Alan Hughes
James Morgan
Donna Naylor
Debra Perry
‎J.R. Shearin
Hillary Simpson
William Simpson
Samantha Wojenski