The Invitation Only Cocktail Affair, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation and the opening of their first ever office in Seattle, promised a glamorous evening of champagne, cocktails, fashion, and elegant fun on a private manor near Seattle, and the event delivered on its promise.
The exclusive soirée by KS Champagne Parties Global was held mid-August, with thousands on the waitlist to attend, and brought together 150 local influencers including Mimi Luk, who lives in Vancouver and works for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, was there as well. She is the Senior Specialist of Patient Education & Engagement for the BC & Yukon branch of the Foundation.
Known for his ability to connect fantastically interesting individuals through innovative luxury events, Kent Schmor (founder of KS Champagne Parties Global) and his support staff successfully helped guests escape their ordinary lives for one night, using champagne as the catalyst. This was also his first mansion event since his infamous James Bond soirée at Peter North’s private residence in Newport Coast back in September 2015.
The mansion affair was second part of a Seattle event series, which began earlier with an invitation only yacht event on July 23. That yacht party was the very first fundraiser for the Pacific Northwest division of the National Kidney Foundation and the launch of their Seattle office, with Randall S MacDonald (Vancouver/Edmonton television personality) and his partner Darcy Kaser, Steven Petersen (founding partner of Ambassador Estate Vineyards and host of Seattle’s Soiree en Blanc), and many other local influencers in attendance. The event featured a three hour cruise, with hors d’oeuvres, hand crafted cocktails (crafted by Rita Hall Savoie who was a finalist for bartender of the year at the 2015 Seattle Nightlife Awards), along with bottles de Venoge princess level Rosé (part of the Louis XIV champagne collection) and Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial.
The mansion event was highlighted by a fashion show, showcasing beautiful evening wear designs by Gustavo Apiti couture, Charity Rosalind, and Feathers of Artemis, brought together by Ryan Muller of Active Entertainment. Designers were worn by a lineup of locally selected models including Emily Adams and Juliet Dang (Chance Fashion’s 2015 and 2013 Models of the Year).
Guests were also treated to a spectacular dance performance by Vanessa Villalobos (founder of Balorico) and Eduardo Aguirre (World Latin Dance Champion); Balinoff and Cosair inspired cocktails crafted by Rita Hall Savoie; passed hors d’eouvres featuring chilled shrimp cocktails and bruschetta; gourmet chocolates by Franz Chocolates; and of course several cases of carefully selected champagne. The mood for the evening was set with trance 2.0 house sets by noted DJ Holic.
The two events raised over $6k, which will help propel the National Kidney Foundation into their first ever office in Seattle. Additionally, Gary Renville (head of the Foundation’s new Seattle office) reports that several key board members were identified through these two events, and that a number of others signed up to become new organ donors. With these new resources, the Foundation will be able to help prevent and treat those in the greater Seattle area who are suffering from kidney and urinary tract diseases, as well as improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease, and increase the availability of organs for transplantation.
Champagne Fashion Show
The event also featured an after party on the rooftop patio at Frolik, overlooking downtown Seattle, to take in the full sturgeon moon that night. There was also word of an after-after party at an undisclosed hotel suite nearby.
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