Alert the record books: we have a $44,700 puppy living in our midst! On Thursday, Fleet Landing hosted its second annual benefit dinner and auction for the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center. Throughout the night, dozens of guests swooned over a sweet-natured yellow Labrador Retriever pup that snuggled against every outstretched arm it could find. When the puppy went on the block, as the last lot of the live auction, a bidding war ensued. But unlike most bidders who desperately want to “win” the item in question, several creative guests placed bids “not to take the dog home” — to the tune of $10,000 a bid! Fortunately, the puppy has found a wonderful home with Anna and Harrison Murray.

Hundreds of Spoleto Festival USA patrons gathered under a massive tent in the Patriots Point parking lot (kudos on the creative venue) Friday night to toast La Dolce Vita. The highlight of the night came during the live auction, when Charles Wadsworth, artistic director for chamber music, took to the stage to encourage bids on a private concert. Spirited and downright hilarious, Mr. Wadsworth proved why we cherish every moment spent under his spell when he exclaimed, “Any woman! You may be fascinated to be with a 76-year-old man!” Laughter exploded throughout the tent and bidding ensued. Bang! Two smashing benefit auctions and the social season is off and running. Have a tip for The Scene? Email us at chas_nightlife@yahoo.com.

1. Jennifer Harris and Meredith Siemens
2. Lisa and Joe Rice
3. Denise Barto and Lou Hammond
4. Crabcakes!
5. Elizabeth Sinkler purchases kayak chances from Sonya Selander
6. All smiles after the live auction
7. George Read, auctioneer from Sotheby’s, puts a giant John Carroll Doyle painting on the block at the Spoleto auction
8. Georgia Darby and Greer Huthmaker
9. Rachel Graham and Rachel Greene
10. Elise Brown admires the $44,700 puppy

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