Festival Rodin Draws To A Close

Festival Rodin Draws To A Close

Since April 16, crowds from all over the world have poured into the North Carolina Museum of Art to see the works of Auguste Rodin, breaking records for Museum attendance. With a 34-hour marathon beginning Saturday, August 12 at 9:00am, the Festival will come to a close.

The Paris Combo, a retro-cabaret quintet, will be on hand for a free concert to help cap the event on the final

Saturday evening at 8:00pm.

The closing of the Museum doors on “Rodin: Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Canter Collection” and additional works on Sunday, August 13 at 7:00pm, will mark the end of a four month celebration of the creative arts in the Triangle area.

Fireworks and a laser light show in Museum Park will follow the Combo performance. Guests will be able to


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purchase refreshments before and during the concert, and The Museum Restaurant will be open for dinner Saturday from 5:30 to 9:00 pm, and brunch on Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Museum coffee shop, L’express, will remain open throughout the round-the-clock festivities.

CBC Employees Help Make Festival Rodin a Success:

A variety of CBC employees contributed to making the Rodin Festival a reality. Under the direction of Jim Goodmon, President & CEO, CBC provided funding for the event and hired Jeannie Mellinger to coordinate the Festival. When asked about the CBC employees who helped with the Rodin Festival, Mellinger was full of praise. She said that Tom McGuire, Director of the AJ Fletcher Foundation, joined in the early stages with Goodmon and continued throughout to make sure the Museum had the support it needed. Both Goodmon & McGuire believed in the importance of making this a Triangle-wide event early on, thus turning the Rodin exhibit into a Festival celebrating the many arts opportunities in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Senior VP of Broadcasting Tom Allen also helped in getting the ball rolling on the project.

Human Resources director Jan Sharp, along with her staff, arranged the two corporate nights the CBC had at the exhibit, and Katy Sloan had handled the sale and promotion of Rodin Super Passes to CBC employees. VP of Administration Ben Waters also helped arrange these two evening events. Mellinger stated that Waters “has been a wise adviser and great resource in fundraising.” Jamie Leutze at WRAL-Online helped with getting the Festival on the website and creating an e-commerce site for Festival Rodin merchandise. Loretta Harper at WRAL-TV has kept the Rodin Festival current on the community calendar, and Todd Cohen at NonprofitXpress has featured the Festival in articles on the Xpress website.

As for sales, Chrissy Swerfeger, Laura Stilman, Joyce Falchi, Marian Bell, Pam Chavous, Michelle Coats and others at TV worked with Mellinger on selling ads for Festival Rodin. When asked to list employees with whom she worked on the project, Mellinger said, “This was hard—I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone—CBC is an amazing organization—I have never worked with so many creative, dedicated people who were willing to lend their expertise and their enthusiasm to a project. Kudos all around.”

Local production shot hours of footage for promotional, as well as historical, purposes. The list goes on and on of the CBC’ers who helped make this Festival a success.

This list shows what CBC employees are able to achieve in the community with their hard work and dedication. Festival Rodin is something of which we can be proud.


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