It was an incredible night to remember at the Clipper Mill Pool last Saturday! Over 200 people rallied to support Shine’s founding partner Melissa Kirby in her on-going stroke recovery at ILLUMINATE LOVE + LIGHT FOR MELISSA. Through the collective hands of countless volunteers, sponsors, friends and family we raised nearly $25,000 in ticket sales and silent auction! It was truly a night full of love, light and beauty.

LoveandLightforMissy-004 Stephanie Bradshaw‘s team of event planners, designers and craft people brought this year’s event to new heights (literally, we have the photos of her BF on top of the stone wall to prove it) with dozens and dozens of handcrafted dreamcatchers hung everywhere. Her team spent nights and weekends making each one by hand and much of the fabric came from Melissa’s remnant fabric and Shine Collective. There is a bit of her in each one. To add to their incredible contribution, Stephanie’s team sold all of the dreamcatchers to attendees and are donating proceeds to Melissa’s recovery fund.


Special thanks goes to all of our food and drink vendors: Woodberry Kitchen, The Local Oyster w/True Chesapeake Oyster Co., Birroteca, Waterfront Kitchen, Cunningham’s Cafe + Bakery, The Charmery, Tapas Teatro and Flying Dog Brewery. The food, drink, music by DJ Impulse, candles, dreamcatchers, flowers from Flowers & Fancies made for the most magical night! On behalf of Melissa and her family, we are incredibly grateful for the support and love from all. Thank you!

If you couldn’t make this one, not to worry! There will be an ILLUMINATE DC on September 27th at Redwood Restaurant + Bar in Bethesda. If you can’t go, but want to donate to Melissa’s recovery, please go to her Crowdrise site.

All of the stunning photography is by Laura Ferrara.