ALEXANDRIA, Va. --
Philanthropy, food, and fashion were all combined on Thursday evening, as Give Back Alexandria
held its signature ‘Bubbles & Bluegrass’ event on the outdoor patio of the historic Carlyle House
Now in its fifth year, the sold-out benefit stayed true to its parent organization’s mission to give back to the local community “in ways that encourage social networking, activism, volunteerism, and philanthropy” by encouraging guests to either bid on a special “Everybody Wins Auction” or try their luck at a drawing for a real champagne diamond.
The designated grantee beneficiary partners for 2012 are ALIVE!
and Higher Achievement
, with Give Back Alexandria having raised tens of thousands of dollars since it was first founded.
Rooted in a desire to rekindle the spirit of classic Southern hospitality and charm, Bubbles & Bluegrass attracted a crowd of dapper attendees who weren’t afraid to get creative with the liberal dress code of “black tie and blue jeans or anything in between.”
Indeed, the tent outside of the Carlyle House soon found itself awash in a sea of tuxedo jackets, denim, and gingham on the guys and colorful summer and cocktail dresses on the girls. And, of course, cowboy boots were a de facto staple for anyone who stood a chance at the evening’s playful best dressed competition.
The soundtrack for the night came courtesy of locally-based Over Under Down Yonder
, a bluegrass, folk, and rockabilly band boasting the requisite banjo, mandolin, and guitars needed to get a country party going.
Bless their heart!