Setting makes Evening of Elegance a night to remember


Holy Trinity will host is annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser on March 10. Co-chair Hope Chanda, left, master of ceremonies Bino Campanini, Holy Trinity president Katherine Cobb and co-chair Michelle Shoultz discuss the event.



Through the years, Holy Trinity’s Evening of Elegance has proven to be a night people remember for a long time.

This year should be no different.

In fact, if you loved the location of last year’s event, you won’t be disappointed this time around, either. That’s because the 26 annual Evening of Elegance will take place March 10, once again at the South Tropical Trail property of Ed and Cheryl Scott.

The theme of this year’s event, which celebrates the 60-year anniversary of the school, is “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow’ and will feature gourmet food catered by Florida Tech as well as the return of the South Florida-based band, Wonderama.

“Last year’s event was just so beautiful and went so well,” said Colleen Middlebrooks, Holy Trinity’s Director of Advancement, who was a co-chair last year.

“The property is such a draw that the board and others involved in planning thought for the 60th anniversary of the school, we would bring it back there one more time.”

In addition to a live auction with prizes ranging from having a seat on the bench for a varsity basketball or soccer game, or front row seats to graduation up for bid.

There also will be an event known as Wine & Dine, where participants pick a cork that has a number on it corresponding to a bottle of wine and a restaurant
gift card.

Michelle Shoultz, who co-chaired last year’s event, is back to co-chair again, this time with Hope Chanda. Bino Campanini will again serve as master of ceremonies.

Although she has attended countless Evening of Elegance events in the past, it will be the first time Katherine Cobb will do so as president of Holy Trinity.

“I’m so very excited about that,” Cobb said.

There also is a chance for local businesses to get involved.

“We are still looking for sponsorships at various levels and it would be a very good opportunity for area businesses to market their business in front of our Holy Trinity families,” Cobb said.

Anyone interested in a sponsorship opportunity, or wanting to purchase individual tickets ($250 each) can visit

“We were pretty much sold out last year,” Middlebrooks said. “There was a lot of community support. I think it was such a talked-about event, a lot of photos on Facebook and different places … a lot of people are anticipating attending again, or attending when they weren’t able to last year.”

One of the main draws will be the location provided by the Scott family, who are well known for their philanthropic endeavors, including donations to fund the Scott Center for Worship & the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity’s Upper School.

“To me, one of the things that makes the setting so unique is that they chose to get a clear tent,” Cobb said. “The setting is so beautiful with the river and the trees and then you have the stars above. They hung beautiful flowers from chandeliers. It’s so Florida elegant. It really is a sight to behold.”