The Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Room to Bloom Fundraiser Celebrates the Arts with Katie Ridder

Events scheduled for April 23 and 26

Raise your glass to Katie Ridder, internationally acclaimed interior designer and enjoy live music by the Blue Dogs during this year’s Room to Bloomfundraisers for The Mint Museum. There are four unique opportunities to support and deepen your relationship with The Mint Museum that you
won’t want to miss.

On Wednesday, April 23, the Symposium lecture and lunch sponsored by PNC Bank will feature an insightful talk by Katie Ridder. Katie’s work has been published in The New York Times, Elle Decor, Town and Country, House & Garden, Domino and House Beautiful. She published her first book, Rooms, with Vendome Press in 2011 and created her own wallpaper and fabric line represented by Holland & Sherry showrooms. Following the Symposium, Katie will appear at Circa Interiors & Antiques to sign copies of her book, Rooms.

A CommenceMint cocktail dinner honoring Katie Ridder, Room to Bloom patrons, and sponsors will take place in a newly renovated Eastover home on Colville Road designed by Frank Smith Residential Design and built by Gerrard Builders. Sponsors include: Celebration Sponsor PNC Bank; Presenting Sponsors Capitala Finance Corp., Circa Interiors & Antiques, Triad Foundation, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Private Bank; and Corporate Sponsors Arcadia Custom Home & Renovations, Dickens Mitchener, Don Duffy Architecture, Dowd Foundation, Doyle New York, Gerrard Builders, King & Spalding, Rinehart Wealth Management, Salins Group, Sona MedSpa, and Summit Park, LLC.

On Saturday, April 26, the final Room to Bloom event, Splendor in the Grass, will treat Charlotte’s freshest crowd to an evening of cocktails, delicious food and fabulous music by the Blue Dogs under the stars. Guests will enjoy an elegant southern supper on the property of an outstanding Eastover home on Hempstead Place that recently underwent a classically inspired renovation by Don Duffy Architecture.

“We are thrilled about this year’s events and feel confident these experiences will strengthen the community’s relationship to the Mint offering new and engaging ways to support the Museum. With two fabulous facilities filled with art from around the world, we are most excited about the Auxiliary’s role in supporting the Contemporary Architecture + Design series, and the newly opened Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment exhibition. Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities
to be inspired this spring,” said Leslie Culbertson, Mint Auxiliary President.

The funds raised from the Room to Bloom events will support community outreach, education, acquisitions for the permanent collection, the Contemporary Architecture + Design series, and the Women of Vision exhibition.

Media Availability:

Wednesday, April 23

The Symposium at Charlotte Country Club – 2465 Mecklenburg Ave.
• Registration, Coffee, Book Signing at 9 a.m.
• Katie Ridder Lecture and Q&A at 10 a.m.
• Luncheon at 11 a.m.
Circa Interiors & Antiques Katie Ridder Book Signing – 2321 Crescent Ave.
•   Book signing and photo ops 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Splendor in the Grass – 435 Hempstead Place
•   Elegant outdoor southern supper and music by the Blue Dogs from Charleston, S.C.

For media opportunities contact Reid Simons at 919-523-1662 or
For Room to Bloomevents information and purchase tickets visit