January 18, 2014
The Jefferson School City Center celebrated its first birthday Saturday night with a formal gala. Attended by some of Charlottesville's notable political figures and power players.
The Carver Recreation Center was packed with people ready to dig deep for a cause.
The gala featured a silent auction where experiences with some of Charlottesville's public figures were auctioned off.
In a 21st century twist, bidders were able to use their cell phones to bid on the auction items throughout the night.
"Tonight we are describing to our supporters our friends those who don't know about us exactly what has happened here over the course of the last year. We have brought together 9 tenants to provide services to a community," said Andrea Douglas, Executive Director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
A short list of some of those partners; the YMCA, Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Center and Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The purpose behind these partnerships is to ensure the City Center acts as an anchor for the Charlottesville community..
The evening was also marked by the presentation of the City Center Reflector Award to Teresa Jackson Walker-Price for her service to the City Center and the community.