On May 3rd Bentley Homes, builder of the new homes in Kennett Square, along with a number of local partners hosted a fundraiser for the Garage Community & Youth Center at their newly opened Stonehouse community. With 150 guests in attendance, the “Art, Bourbon, and Chocolate” event showcased the new model home and boasted the support of Marché boutique owner Deanna Johnson, the Whiskey Whisperer himself Mike Jasinski, and the expertise of chocolate sommelier Estelle Tracy.
Additionally, the Garage Community & Youth Center fundraiser at Stonehouse new homes in Kennett Square included local clothing designer David Ferron, and also featured artwork by fine artist and creator of textiles Ellen Catanzaro and multimedia painter Katee Boyle. Between 10 and 20 percent of the proceeds from the purchases of Ferron’s, Catanzaro’s, and Boyle’s work at the event was donated to the Garage Community & Youth Center.
A member of the Chester County community for over four decades, Bentley Homes is renowned for building the highest quality homes. From fine custom homes to townhomes, this Main Line home builder is dedicated to the finest craftsmanship, attention to detail, uncompromising quality, and capturing each homeowner’s personality and sense of style. Additionally, Bentley Homes, who is currently building new homes in Kennett Squarein three locations, has worked tirelessly to assist the local community through philanthropic efforts.
Since 2001, Garage Community & Youth Center has offered after-school programs to middle and high school students in the Kennett Square and West Grove areas. Every year, more than 500 students work at the two centers operated by the nonprofit organization, many of whom come from low-income households and will be the first in their families to graduate from high school.
As an integral business in the Chester County community, Bentley Homes was proud to host a fundraiser for such a worthy cause. Working with local businesses to raise money for Garage Community & Youth Center, the Art, Bourbon, and Chocolate fundraiser was a huge success.
Deanna Johnson’s lifestyle goods boutique, Marché, has been a staple in Kennett Square since 2011. Curating the finest in home furnishings, apparel, and more, Johnson’s work has been highlighted in numerous national and regional publications. Guests were thrilled to see her pop-up boutique in the model home and perused the many items available for purchase with glee, which also contributed to the overall donation made to the Garage Community & Youth Center that evening.
Alongside Johnson was Whiskey Whisperer Mike Jasinski, a man with a collection of more than 700 bourbons, ryes, scotches, and other whiskeys dating from as far back are pre-Prohibition era. Using his refined palette, Jasinski along with chocolate sommelier Estelle Tracy coordinated an evening of delicious treats. Jasinski and Tracy paired five samples tastings for guests of the fundraiser and provided additional information for interested parties.
“Vendors like this help give us a community vibe that says that the Garage is not an independent entity, but a partner who works with businesses and other organizations,” said Aaron Smith of the Garage to the Chester County Press. “We just had our youth give back day, which partners our students with organizations in the community.”
This was also an opportunity to showcase Bentley Homes’ craftsmanship and exquisite home design along with Deanna Johnson’s interior design work on the Annapolis model home in the Stonehouse neighborhood. Johnson crafted her interior designs to catch the eyes of buyers interested in the Annapolis model with original art, furniture, and family heirlooms. Event attendees were escorted on personal tours of the model home by Bentley Home representatives through this sensational new home in Kennett Square.