Gervais Street Bridge Dinner held in perfect weather

Anna Huffman photo.

There was rain earlier in the day Sunday, but the clouds broke and the sun came out in the afternoon for the annual Gervais Street Bridge Dinner. The weather was perfect.

The Gervais Street Bridge Dinner is an annual seated sunset Sunday supper on the Columbia region’s most iconic landmark, featuring live music, vibrant artists, and a three-course dinner with cocktails, beer, and wine.

Brought to you by Soda City Friends this was the fifth year. the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner has become a marquee celebration of the Columbia region. The 1,000-person event continues to draw much-needed attention to the Congaree River and its vital importance to our area’s ecosystem.

In its first four years, the bridge dinner raised over $180,000 for local charities with particular focus on those organizations working to improve the health and wealth of our protected rivers.

Soda City Gallery photo.

2019 Beneficiaries: The River Alliance, West Columbia Beautification Foundation, Canoeing for Kids, Harvest Hope Food Bank – Columbia, South Carolina, Serve & Connect

2019 Sponsors: Southern Way Catering, Republic National Distributing Company, My Carolina Alumni Association, Capgemini, Ally & Eloise Bakeshop, Professional Printers, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Hotel Trundle, Burr Forman McNair, Samuels Law Firm, Performance Foodservice, Motor Supply, Bliss Massage Therapy LLC, KW Beverage Columbia (Steel Hands Brewing and Columbia Craft Brewing Company), BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Indah Coffee, Mast General Store, Dominion Energy, Nexsen Pruet, Teri Leigh Teed – Healing Spirit Art, and Gardener’s Outpost.

The COMET provided shuttles from the parking areas (located in Columbia & West Columbia) to the entrance tents.

This year’s entertainment was provided by Flat Out Strangers & Station Seven Band, with the help of ACS Sound and Lighting!

Special thanks to AOS Specialty Contractors, Inc., sculpture artist Andy White, and Fern Studio Floral & Event Design!

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