The Summer Fête, a new event for the CSOL, proved to be a great celebration of a successful year during a challenging period. 100 members and friends gathered at the beautiful Charleston Yacht Club on a balmy summer day to enjoy charcuterie, wine, and a full program. Maura Hogan, Arts Editor of the Post and Courier, spoke about the role of the arts in the history of Charleston. Yuriy Bekker followed with a preview of the Charleston Symphony 2021-2022 concert season. The celebration was completed with the presentation of a donation of $58,000 from the CSOL to the Charleston Symphony. Music was provided by musicians of Charleston Symphony and the Youth Symphony.


A further donation of $37,000 on June 30 raised the total annual contribution of the CSOL to the Charleston Symphony to $210,000.



Second row, from left to right: Ava Whitener and Callie Williams of the Charleston Youth Symphony, Maura Hogan, and CSOL Co-Presidents Carol Cronk and Marty Penkus.

Bottom row, left to right: Event Chair Jaimie Flack; Fund the Need Auctioneer David Savard; Michael Smith, Executive Director of the Charleston Symphony, receives check for $37,000.