Celebrating 30 years in 2015, the “STAIR Affair” raised $90,000 to support its commitment to improving the reading skills and self-esteem of lower public elementary school students by providing tutors at no cost. This year’s gala theme was based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, Around The World in Eighty Days. Jim Henderson was the Honoree Chair for the event.

The food reflected the theme, highlighting the cities explored in the novel including Hong Kong, Calcutta, San Francisco, New York and London. Food was provided by Mint, Nirvana, Pei Wei, P. F. Chang's, Baker Maid, Dat Dog, French Truck Coffee, Humble Bagel, Olive Blue Catering by Sodexo, and Ye Old College Inn/Rock 'n' Bowl. The event hosts, Michael Murphy and Brent Becnel, provided Turkish delights. William Grant Distilleries, Southern Eagle, E.&J. Gallo Winery and Barefoot Wines generously provided spirits.

Approximately 300 guests were in attendance, and entertainment included belly dancing by Fleur de Tease and Hank Nusloch on bagpipes. Zen Crook and Julie Jules kept the international ambience ongoing. The silent auction featured Wellington & Co. Fine Jewelry as well as Karla Katz antiques.


What: “STAIR Affair,” benefiting STAIR
When: Thursday, November 12
Where: Home of Michael Murphy and Brent Becnel