Barns of Rose Hill Gala Raises $30K for Arts Center

Supporters of the arts gathered last Saturday night for a gala to support Clarke County’s nearly completed Barns of Rose Hill. The 150 attendees enjoyed an evening of excellent music, fine food and an auction that generated $30,000  for the organization.

Pete Dunning was auctioneer at the 2011 Barns of Rose Hill Gala - Photo courtesy Alice Irvan

“We are heartened by the continued outpouring of support by the entire community for The Barns of Rose Hill” said Elaine Dennison, Board Member and Former Auction Chair.  “This event was our best ever – more guests, good weather, idyllic location. We are grateful to all who had a part in it –  our generous donors – artists and others –  who provided the auction items, sponsors, business owners who allowed us to display paintings in their storefronts,  volunteers of all kinds – auctioneer, GK Trio, sound, muscle people,  bartenders, tabulators, monitors, etc.”

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This year’s auction was co-chaired by Paula Hite Le Duigou   and Joyce Beymer Allenby. The funding raised at this year’s auction will go toward operating expenses for the Barn of Rose.

With grand opening of the Barns of Rose Hill scheduled for September 6th much still needs to be accomplished prior to the inaugural use of the facility. The furnishings campaign is ongoing with only chairs purchased to date. The Barns of Rose Hill still need tables, a portable stage, storage shelving, and other items. Barns of Rose Hill staff say that donations are still being gratefully accepted.

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For patrons that would like to make their contribution to the Barns of Rose Hill a bit more permanent, Rose Hill “barn bricks” are still available for purchase, however, the price of a barn brick increases to $100 per brick as of June 30th.

Barn bricks san be purchased on line at or by  picking up an order  form  at McKay’s Flooring and Interiors on Church Street in Berryville. Bricks can also be purchased by mailing a check with desired inscription to The Barns of Rose Hill, PO Box 738, Berryville,  VA 11611, or by leaving a phone order at  955-2004.

The Barn of Rose Hill Six-Day Grand Opening Celebration is September 6th – 11th, 2011.   For more information at or call 540.955.2004

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  1. My 2 Cents says:

    Glad to see that the Good Ole Boys all got together to raise some money for the Barns!!! Sarcasm off….. So good to see Pete Dunning doing something other than saying NO!