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Guild plans Jazz It Up fundraiser for Sept. 14

By Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

This article was published August 28, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.


The Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild will sponsor Jazz It Up on Sept. 14 at the Centennial Valley Event Center in Conway. Displaying a variety of auction items for the upcoming fundraiser are, front row, from left, Margaret Palmer, CSO Guild board president; Bev Freiley, guild board vice president; and Pam Strassle, Jazz It Up Committee chairwoman. In the back row are Sarah Morse, guild board treasurer, and Mary Mosley, guild board past president. Proceeds will benefit musical and educational activities of the Conway Symphony Orchestra.

CONWAY — Working continually to fulfill its mission to help “Keep the Music Playing,” the Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild will present Jazz It Up on Sept. 14. The guild will host the fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. at Centennial Valley Event Center, 1600 Centennial Club Drive in Conway.

Tickets are $45 per person in advance or $50 at the door. For tickets, contact Pam Strassle, event chairwoman, at (501) 827-2638 or, or Margaret Palmer, CSO Guild president, at (501) 626-5931 or

Proceeds from the event will help support the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s musical and educational activities.

“The CSO guild is an indispensable part of our symphony family here in Conway,” said Israel Getzov, conductor and music director. “They provide critical financial support for our work, and they expand our audience by tirelessly singing our praises, … plus they throw the hippest shindigs in town.”

Strassle said Jazz It Up will feature a wide array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by the Shannon Boshears Band of Little Rock, and silent and live auctions. Darrin Webb of Bee Branch will serve as the auctioneer for the live auction.

Bev Freiley, guild vice president, said that among the auction items for the live auction are a Konstantino necklace from Francis M. Jewelers, a Steven Dweck necklace from Fletcher

Smith Jewelers, a grill party for 25 from First Service Bank, a painting by New York artist Walter Mosley, a dinner for 10 at the First Security Bank condo in the River Market in Little Rock, one semester tuition to the Tom Chandler School of Interior Design, a weekend stay at the condo of Bo and Melanie Conner at Holiday Hills Resort in Branson, Missouri, and a Stock the Bar package — liquors and liqueurs — donated by CSO board members, plus two hammered cooper tubs and a round copper tray donated by Bryce Tyson, manager of Belk.

Other items to be auctioned include a gold necklace from Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry; gift certificates from Brooks Fine Jewelers; a studio tour and sunset cruise for eight at the Lake Beaverfork home of Barbara Satterfield and Jim Volkert; a Simmons First Trust financial and retirement plan by Richard Clark; a set of four new tires from Smith Ford; Tagine cookware by Emile Henry from Tipton Kitchen Equipment Co.; paintings by local artists Sheila Parsons, Suzann Waggoner, Virginia Potter, Coe Wilson and Bob Kain; a pet portrait by Janice Crummer; various gift cards to local restaurants and other businesses; health and beauty products; and entertainment and sports items.

Palmer said the Guild’s fundraisers for the past several years have included not only Jazz It Up, but also a designer-house event.

“Jazz It Up and Designer House are biannual events,” she said. “They provide us with necessary funds for outreach to the community through children’s activities, music education and an annual gift to the symphony in the form of a check. This year’s Jazz It Up will be fantastic, with over $13,000 in auction items.”

Sponsors of Jazz It Up include The Homes of Stone Brook Cove, Charles and Charlotte Nabholz, Arvest Bank, Vinebrook Gallery, Centennial Bank, Mary H. Mosley, Yours Truly, Moix RV and First Service Bank.

For more information on the Conway Symphony Guild, visit the Conway Symphony Guild’s Facebook page.


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