Tahitian Party Benefits Brucemore
Party Hardy at Cedar Rapids' Historic Residence
by Tara Richards
Proceeds from this year's Tahitian Party at Brucemore Mansion will fund some much-needed repairs in the Garden House.
Revel poolside amid flickering tiki torches and listen to the beat of steel drums with a cool beverage in hand during the fourth annual Tahitian Party on Friday, June 22, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Throw on a hula skirt and or Hawaiian shirt and relish the atmosphere of Tahiti in Cedar Rapids, thanks to Howard Hall’s famous Tahitian Room in the basement of the Brucemore mansion.
Enjoy roast suckling pig, noshes, and Polynesian drinks. Bid on exclusive Brucemore experiences in the silent auction such as special floral packages from the Brucemore Cutting Gardens Flower Shop, VIP ticket packages for Brucemore events, and exclusive group experiences on the estate. Food and drinks will be provided by Benz, Braise, First Avenue Wine House, Ruzicka’s, Wright Touch Bake Shoppe and Catering, and Zins Restaurant.
All proceeds will benefit the rehabilitation of the Garden House. This is an event you will not want to miss.
“The Tahitian Party is one of the events I look forward to most each year," says Sarah Olson, member of the Tahitian Party Steering Committe. "Relaxing poolside with friends, soaking up the historic charm of the Brucemore mansion and estate, and enjoying exotic beverages and foods is the perfect way to spend a summer night out in Iowa.”
The Garden House has had many tenants and uses over the past 100 years. Mold, mildew, crumbling plaster, and rotten wood have caused the building to become uninhabitable. This summer, Brucemore will repoint the chimneys, replace the roof, repair the recessed gutters, consolidate the rotten wood, and paint the building.
Tickets for the Tahitian Party are $60 per person. Please call (319) 362-7375 to make reservations by Wednesday, June 13. Sponsorship levels are also available beginning at $100 and offering additional benefits. Tahitian Star Title Sponsors include Kathleen and Tom Aller; Bradley and Riley PC; Brenda Duello; Klingler Painting and Decorating; Paulson Electric Co.; Rinderknecht Associates, Inc.; Shuttleworth and Ingersoll PLC; Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC; and Wells Fargo. Mercy Medical Center is the Printing Sponsor.
Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.
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