February 01, 2014 The folks behind Spoleto Festival USA got a jump-start on festivities this year with its 35th annual auction on Friday at the Memminger Auditorium. The event featured a tapas-style dinner, dancing to the sounds of The Charleston Latin Jazz Collective featuring Gino Castillo and a live auction that offered folk once-in-a-lifetime events, private dinners and travel packages to global destinations. Complementing the live auction at the event is an online auction that runs through Feb. 9; go to spoletousa.org for details. All proceeds benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Festival’s signature orchestra in residence. The 38th season of Spoleto Festival USA will run May 23-June 8.
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