CCHS Ties It All Together with Its Autumn Benefit

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Rob Lukens, Ph.D.
Chester County Women's Journal
Release Date: 
September 1, 2013

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FALL IS A BUSY TIME in Chester County. School begins, summer vacations end and the fall fundraising season starts in full force in September. This fall, one event promises to stand out from the crowd. On Friday, November 22, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) will host its autumn benefit with the theme, “An Evening of Elegance and Fashion.”

Tying the event to CCHS’s mission through highlighting history and collections was a natural fit. The event will showcase beautiful, original clothing from the 19th century as it coincides with the opening of the exhibit, “Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s,” sponsored by the Coby Foundation, Ltd.

The event will also feature a variety of unique auction items, great food by CCHS’s exclusive caterer Jimmy Duffy’s, cocktails and festive music. Bringing these components together will create a memorable night for people attending the event and supporting the organization’s mission to preserve and share the remarkable story of Chester County and its people.

Meet the Benefit’s Chairperson

Artist and interior design consultant Rebecca Lukens, who is also my wife, understands firsthand the importance of leadership and community involvement for success. She believes in CCHS’s mission and stepped up to the plate to take on the important role of chairperson of the autumn benefit. “This is a great opportunity to get involved in a strong organization that plays a key role in the community,” says Rebecca.

Under Rebecca’s direction, the evening will hold several unique features and exciting opportunities. One auction item is the opportunity for you and three friends to be immortalized in a painting by Adrian Martinez. While dressed in period costume, the winning bidder and accompanying friends will enjoy a special tasting and wine pairing at the Marshalton Inn. Martinez will capture the moment in a painting, which will include historical figures including Jeremiah Dixon, Charles Mason, and Humphry Marshall along with the bidder’s party. The painting will be featured in CCHS’s 2015 exhibition, “The Great and Strange of Pennsylvania.” The winning bidder will also receive two signed prints of the painting.

Added excitement for the evening will come from a special arrangement with local students studying fashion design. Working closely with CCHS’s Director of Collections/Curator Ellen Endslow and Collections Manager Heather Hansen, select students will create modern fashion pieces that draw inspiration from the historical clothing collection on exhibit. CCHS will showcase those modern creations throughout the evening on November 22.

Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s

Supported by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., this is the first full exhibition of nineteenth-century Chester County clothing. Stories of the clothes and the people who wore them will be told in CCHS’s largest gallery space. The exhibit will include one-of-a-kind examples of CCHS’s nationally recognized clothing collection, featuring outerwear worn by women, men and children that will show the evolution of clothing in the nineteenth century.

Sponsorship opportunities for the autumn benefit event and the exhibit are available. For more information, contact David Reinfeld at 610.692.4800 x267 or .