Out of Hand benefit raises funds for the Society for Contemporary Craft


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There was something on hand for just about everyone at the Society for Contemporary Craft's "Out of Hand" annual benefit.

Pouring rain Saturday night didn't deter about 300 people from dropping by the nonprofit's home in the Strip District, where they were treated to two floors of festivities, including pearl-stringing demonstrations with Jenny Butterfield, puppet making with Tom Sarver and Kristen Barca and wood turning with Turners Anonymous. At one station, material from last summer's Knit the Bridge installation was being repurposed for a coming exhibit at Future Tenant, Downtown. In between downpours, Amanda Peck showed off her fire dancing skills outdoors with a flaming hula hoop.

As guests browsed silent auction items, a pair of giant puppets paraded through the crowd. Taking in the sights -- and the sounds of the Blue Redshift band -- were executive director Janet McCall, board chair David Blair with Marianne Bokan-Blair, Judy Kelly, Kathe and Jim Patrinos, Judy and Michael Cheteyan, Tori Mistick, Josh Goodman, Lisa Fitting, Elsa Limbach and Cathy Raphael. The event was chaired by Dorie Taylor, Seth Hufford, Lara Washington and Ken Spruill.

For the first year, a "Just Desserts" ticket geared toward young professionals was available, welcoming a fresh wave of faces after 9:30 p.m. that kept the party going into the night.


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