ST. PETERSBURG , Fla. – The Morean Arts Center’s major fundraiser, Eat Rich, Play Dirty, was a great success last year, both in raising funds for the non-profit, but also in general reviews from attendees. The 2nd Annual Eat Rich, Play Dirty is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at the Train Station Center for Clay.
This year’s event is relatively similar in concept, however additional restaurants have joined in to support the Morean Arts Center as well as a variety of local breweries. The party will include incredible silent auction items, rich food from some of the area’s best restaurants, professional artists conducting interactive demonstrations and live music in the Historic Train Station.
“Eat Rich, Play Dirty is a unique event, high-end offerings yet a casual atmosphere where anyone can get their hands dirty”, stated Morean Executive Director Wayne Atherholt. “This event showcases exactly what the Morean is all about – creativity, fun and a place to play” Atherholt continued.
The silent auction will include incredible one-week vacation homes such as Key West; Abaco, Bahamas; Cabo, Mexico and Telluride, Colorado as well as stunning artwork and jewelry, and packages from some of the Bay Area’s top resorts and hotels.
One hugely successful component of the event last year, which will be repeated this year, was a raffle for local artwork by the Morean’s artist instructors, each winning came with a free 6-week class with that artist. “The Morean has an amazing staff of talented and dynamic instructors who are the life-blood of the Morean Arts Center, this fundraiser helps to raise money to fund the educational programs and department as a whole,” stated Event Chair Beth Morean.
The food will be “delicious and rich,” according to Food Committee Chair Susan Reiter, who states that there will be everything from Mediterranean fare to rich chocolate treats and “there is sure to be something to please everyone’s palate.” Participating restaurants include: 1001 Café/ Creative Catering, St. Pete Brasserie, CA Café, O’ Bistro, Salt Rock Grill, Café Alma and many, many more.
Sponsors include: WEDU, Smith & Associates, Destination Tampa Bay, West Coast Graphics, Barbara Sansone and Tampa Bay Magazine.
Proceeds will benefit the Morean’s educational programs. Annually, the Morean offers over 200 classes in a wide variety of mediums to all ages of students including children’s camps.
The Train Station Center for Clay is located at 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg.
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.