Last Thursday on the upper floor of Moore Brothers Wine Company, we proved together that wine always tastes better when it is consumed in the company of good friends and good literature. For the second time this summer, our Young Executive Board has put together a fabulous fundraising event.
The evening began with some major chit-chatting and wine sipping as guests arrived and either found old friends, or met new ones. There were delicious cheeses and fruit provided, and the cute bartender served up vineyard stories and delectable wine samples at a side table.
Soon, our guest of honor Alex Gilvarry arrived, every bit as charming – and fashion savy! – as his book promised. After Jo and YEB member Aisha spoke briefly of BtheB’s mission, Alex performed a beautiful reading of his novel: From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant is an unlikely story of an up-and-coming Filipino fashion designer, trying to make it on the runways of New York, who accidentally ends up in Guantanamo. Afterwards, we all swarmed to the book signing table, caught hook line and sinker by his snappy style and the sheer quirkiness of the premise.
The night ended with an exciting raffle, which included fabulous prizes such as a brownie tin voucher from The Midnight Chef, great books, and gift cards.
We would like to give a special thanks to everyone who came out in support of Behind the Book. It was all of you who made the evening special, and you guys make it possible for us to do the work we do. Thank you also to Alex for a wonderful reading, and of course our lovely sponsors, the Moore Brothers Wine Company (which is so cool it only donates this event space to non-profits for fundraising events) and The Midnight Chef, for the great prizes, drinks, and space. Cheers!