It wasn’t quite a white-tie gala on Swan Lawn, but guests attending the springtime cocktail party to kick off the Swan Ball Auction festivities were just as jubilant as if they were attending the main event. The Friday evening gathering in the Cheekwood Beer Garden was also one of the first in-person events after the citywide mask mandate was lifted, eliciting shouts of glee from attendees as they spotted the full faces of friends. Who knew chins could be a cause for such celebration?
The centerpiece of the event was the tiny house constructed by Huseby Homes. Designed by Noble Johnson Architects, the 264-square-foot home was meticulously crafted for the Swan Ball Auction, a truly unique lot in the midst of so many fabulous one-of-a-kind experiences and items. Outfitted with a loft bed, a cozy seating area, a marble bathroom and a gourmet kitchen, the tiny house was a hit with the crowd, who took time to tour it and pose for selfies inside of it. Nichole and Craig Huseby were on hand to answer questions and give guests tours of the stunning space, which they were thrilled to donate to their beloved Cheekwood.
When guests weren’t busy admiring the structure, they were nibbling on light bites from Kristen Winston and enjoying refreshing libations from the bar. And, of course, everyone was eager to visit with Swan Ball co-chairs Mary Catherine McClellan and Janette Smith and Swan Ball Auction chairs Tracy Frazier, Shea Ghertner and Betsy Wills.
The tiny house stayed on display at Cheekwood for two weeks following the event, but it was auctioned off during the virtual Swan Ball Auction party in mid-May and was quite a hot-ticket item. In fact, at a selling price of $155,000, it was the single largest lot in Swan Ball Auction history, a truly remarkable feat given the impressive history of the event. Even without the traditional Swan Ball taking place, these hardworking volunteers and donors have shown that nothing will keep the community from showing their support to Cheekwood.