On Thursday, September 23rd, our sister magazine, Forsyth Woman, celebrated the 16th anniversary of being in publication. Friends, team members, family and supporters all gathered at The Barn at Reynolda Village to help Forsyth Woman celebrate this special milestone. All proceeds from the evening’s event went to help the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter. This organization is dear to publisher Brooke Eagle and her mom, editor Keela Johnson, who lost their papaw and dad to this heartbreaking disease.
The crisp white Barn was adorned with beautiful pink and green floral arrangements by Twin City Floral and festive balloons by Hip Hip Hooray Balloon Art, as specks of gold shimmered throughout the venue—even down to the hosts stunning gowns.
Eclectic food, almost too picturesque to eat, by Twisted Pine Catering, was enjoyed by guests, as well as an oversized Charcuterie Board by the Board Babe. On Target DJ entertained guests while they mingled and enjoyed food and delicious desserts by Creamed, The Confectionary.
Along with beer, wine, and lemonade, there were signature cocktails all in keeping with the 16th anniversary theme—Six-Tini, The KeeKee and The Forsyth Woman. These were all by Thirsty Buffalo Beverage Catering, Foothills Brewing, and Old Nick Williams Company Farm & Distillery. A photo booth was set up by It’s A Photo Booth Life to help commemorate the occasion. There were FW16 Marquee letters that lit up by AlphaLit that drew guests as they snapped memorable photos in front of them. A silent auction that advertisers generously donated to was also enjoyed by guests, all to help support the Alzheimer’s Association.
Brooke and Keela thanked everyone in attendance for their continued support of Forsyth Woman and included a special tribute to their dad and papaw, who was an active supporter, delivering magazines for many years until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They also wanted to give a special thank-you to the evening’s presenting sponsor, Marzano Capital Group, for helping make such a memorable night. Brooke adds, “Putting together this event was so much fun. Celebrations are even sweeter when you are raising money for a cause that you care deeply about. It was an evening that we’ll never forget, and I know we made Papaw proud.” Keela says, “Our 16th Celebration exceeded my expectations in every way! Brooke knocked this one out of the park…I couldn’t be prouder! No doubt, Papaw is running around (literally) in heaven showing off his girls.”
To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alz.org