Westover Lawn Party

29th Annual Westover Lawn Party

June 1, 2019, 2 to 6 pm.

The Annual Westover Lawn Party is a signature event held each summer at Westover Plantation in Charles City, VA. This event, our largest fundraiser, centers on family and educational activities, live entertainment, great food and both a silent and live auction. Sponsorship is available at all levels with proceeds from the event going to support the James River Association.

Westover Lawn Party Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:


Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Colonial Pipeline
Dominion Due Diligence

Estes Express Lines
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Spherient Advisors
Smithfield Foods
Union Bank & Trust

Thanks to the following table sponsors:

AdvanSix, Inc. • Cindy & Bill Barnett • Jim & Susan Buzzard • Capital Results • Michael Chapman and friends • Davenport and Company • Rob & Andrea Erda • Fred & Muschi Fisher • Rich & Danna Flaherty • George & Louise Freeman • Granville, LLC • Lawrence & Freddie Gray • Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C • Honeywell • J. W. Enochs, Inc. • Gaylon and Melissa Layfield • Roger & Louise Kirby • Alastair Macdonald • Ty & Wanda Murray • Party Perfect • ReMax Commonwealth • Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate • SunTrust Bank • Everett Taylor & Jenny Andrews • Troutman Sanders • John & Tommy Thompson • Mark and Liz Ughetta

Thanks also to:

Commonwealth Event Company • Copy Cat Printing • Wilson Enochs
J & W Seafood, Inc. • Little Fish Designs • Bob Oller

Westover Lawn Party Committee

Jenny Andrews • Wilson Enochs • Andrea Erda • Muschi Fisher
Danna Flaherty • Sydney Gottwald • Jeanine Hinson • Anne Innes
Sterling Nichols • Ian Patrick • Sarah Ruffin

Westover 2018 Booklet(PDF)

Photos from the 2018 event by Marv Sowers and Amy Bram-Sowers. If you are interested in purchasing prints from the event, contact Amy at pearsaab@yahoo.com.

A Selection of 2018 Live Auction Items

Spring Gobbler Hunting for 2

Anyone who has not enjoyed a plantation breakfast put on by Randy Boyd is certainly missing something. The fact that this package also includes the gobbler hunt of a lifetime for an individual or pair makes this auction item a must-have.

Dates are subject to availability in the spring of 2019 and by mutual consent of the donor and the bidder.

Donated by Randy Boyd

Picnic Supper on Dover Lake

Bring your swim trunks and up to 30 friends to enjoy a summer’s eve on Dover Lake. The Dover Lake house is a community amenity for the residents of Sabot Hill in Manakin-Sabot. It can be yours for the evening, courtesy of Anna and Scott Reed. Beer, wine, burgers and other grill fare provided. Canoeing, fishing, swimming and other activities available for the adventurous. Available for all ages who can swim.

Donated by Anna and Scott Reed

Set Sail

Twelve people will enjoy a fabulous evening aboard the S.S. Synovia for a 5 hour Plantation sightseeing tour with an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The trip will leave from the Richmond Yacht Basin. Trip may be scheduled on a Sunday – Thursday upon mutual consent between the donor and the bidder.

Donated by David Napier, White House Catering

Sherwood Forest Dinner for 12

Take a step back in time as you and your guests drive into Sherwood Forest, the former home of President John Tyler, built c. 1720. Sherwood Forest is considered one of the most complete plantation yards left in America, dating from c. 1680. Imagine having cocktails in the beautiful drawing room, followed by a fabulous candlelit dinner in the historic dining room. Your four course dinner will be prepared by William and Kay Tyler and members of JRA’s staff. You will leave with wonderful memories of a very special occasion. Subject to availability.

Donated by the Tyler Family

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Tasting and Tour for 14

Brewery in Richmond for a tour and tasting of their latest craft beer with the brewery’s founders. Hardywood produces a range of traditional European ales and lagers, as well as a host of innovative new styles with American, Virginian, and specifically, Richmond, influences. They work hard to serve as a steward in environmental preservation – 100% of the brewery’s electricity comes from sustainable energy sources (solar, bio-mass and wind power) via the Dominion Green Power program. The evening will also include delicious hors d’oeuvres courtesy of White House Catering.

Donated by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and White House Catering

Cocktails on the James

Enjoy a one of a kind experience with 20 of your closest friends as you set sail from Jordan Point Yacht Haven on the James River Association’s 40-foot pontoon boat and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while aboard.

Enjoy a river cruise, then set your sights on Westover Plantation where you and your party will disembark to tour the house and grounds.

Donated by the James River Association, Rob and Andrea Erda and White House Catering

Farm to Table

Win this package or split it with friends, and take home an astonishing whole side of beef (minus bones) from a happy, grass-fed and finished Black Angus steer raised on Beechwood Farms pasture in Goochland County, VA. This will be custom processed for you by Buffalo Creek.

Donated by Matt Gottwald

Week Stay in Costa Rica

Make plans for a special getaway with this one week Saturday to Saturday stay in Guanacoste, Costa Rica. Enjoy your stay in a two bedroom condo with king size beds. Condo has a full kitchen, internet, washing machine and dryer and is located 500 yards from the Pacific Ocean. Two pools are on property and there are many restaurants and activities, including horseback riding, fishing and zip lining all within a short drive. Trip is good for one year from the date of the auction. You will need to fly to Liberia, Costa Rica, rent a car and the resort is about 1 1/2 hours away.

Donated by Paul Kessler

Stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch

Nestled peacefully in the Chinati Mountains, a true West Texas experience awaits at Cíbolo Creek Ranch. Established in 1857, this Big Bend property is equal parts resort lodging and remote getaway. Trip valid from June 3, 2018 to June 3, 2019 (Sunday – Thursday) upon mutual consent between the donor and the bidder.

It may be only a short drive from the nearby cities of Marfa, Alpine, Marathon and more, but we think you’ll agree – it feels worlds away.

Donated by John Poindexter

Game Dinner for 12 on the Banks of the James

Ever imagine how those pheasants at Downton Abbey would taste? How about quail, ducks or dove? How about that perfect cut of venison?

From cocktails on the banks of the James River, a candlelight dinner in the Boyd’s beautiful home and wines skillfully paired to each course, you and your friends have all the ingredients for a perfect evening.

Donated by Julie & Randy Boyd, Anne & Tom Innes, Total Wine & More

Candlelight Dinner For 10 at Dogham

You and your guests will meet at Dogham Farm in Charles City County where hosts will prepare and serve a 5-course dinner featuring game and produce from the fields and forests of Westover, Dogham, and other local plantations.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by the fire in the library; or stroll the formal garden while the sun sets. Either way, you will experience an elegant candlelight dinner in a colonial setting that has been enjoyed by guests for over 300 years.

Donated by the Fisher, Mitchell and Archer families

Wine and Oysters: A Match Made in Heaven

A fantastic opportunity to learn more about the oysters we love to eat and the wine we love to drink. Up to 20 individuals will enjoy a feast of a variety of oysters from the Chesapeake Region and the East Coast as well as a wine tasting featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle wines. JRA’s very own CEO Bill Street will be on hand to serve the wine and oysters.

Donated by James River Association

Evening to Remeber

You and a friend will enjoy this special evening on a cruise for two on this beautiful vintage 1962 cruiser. This trip will include cocktails, followed by dinner at the Club House. Date of trip subject to mutual consent between the donors and the bidders.

Donated by Jenny Andrews and Everett Taylor

Treat Someone Special

Bid on this beautiful 14K white gold cultured freshwater pearl and diamond necklace earring and ring set. The set features 13-14 mm cultured freshwater pearls and round brilliant diamonds. Make that special someone in your life happy by taking this beautiful set home today.

Donated by Cowardin’s Jewelers

WhoDunit? A Murder Mystery Dinner

10 friends will spend a delightful evening at historic Westover Plantation, enjoying the mysterious aura of this 18th century home and trying to determine Whodunit?!

Costumes optional, but highly recommended. A delicious seated dinner will be prepared by White House Catering, complete with wonderful dinner wine.

Donated by Andrea and Rob Erda, Lawrence and Freddie Gray and White House Catering

Sturgeon Watching Trip

Keep your eyes peeled on this exciting adventure to track and find the legendary and mysterious sturgeon that plie the James River! Join Jamie Brunkow, James RIVERKEEPER®, aboard the James RIVERKEEPER® skiff as he uses sturgeon tracking sonar to locate the “Fish that Saved Jamestown.” During the trip, Jamie will share the history and lore of sturgeon on the James as well as the current science and restoration efforts to bring this remarkable fish back to prominence on the river. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Trip best taken from August 1 – October 1

Donated by James River Association

Overnight camping and Paddle

Are you ready for the overnight camping trip of your life? Join Nat Draper, JRA’s Education Manager, for this fun and exciting trip. The float will start north of Scottsville, VA. On day 1, we will paddle 4 to 6 miles to Horseshoe Flats Campground, eat dinner and camp out under the stars. Day 2 we will paddle another 5 to 7 miles. It’s a great trip for families and friends. All food, tents and canoes are included and you may bring your fishing poles. You may invite up to 10 of your friends on this voyage.

Donated by James River Association

Bike Excursion and Picnic

Grab 5-7 of your friends and go out for a wonderful guided bike trip with Basket and Bike. During your trip, you will stop by beautiful Evelynton Plantation for a special picnic. Date of trip subject to mutual consent between the donors and bidders.

Donated by Anne Poarch, Basket and Bike, and John and Jeanine Hinson.

Silent Auction Donors

If you are interested in donating an item for the Westover Lawn Party’s Live or Silent auction please contact Sherrie Tribble at stribble@jrava.org.

Thank you to our 2018 Silent Auction Donors:

Carlton Abbott • Kate Ackerly • Altria • Amir Rugs Exchange • Andrew Carney Photography • Lynn Barbini • Basket & Bike • bbgb tales for kids • Berkeley Plantation • Bonefish Grill • Bookbinders • Bottoms Up Pizza • Bartholomew and Spencer Broadbent • California Pizza Kitchen • Chadwick and Sons Orchids • Children’s Museum of Richmond • Jon Clair • The Club at Viniterra • Color Me Mine • Compass Home Solutions • Conch Republic • Craddock Terry Hotel • Cul’s Courthouse Grille • Edgewood Plantation • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill • Fred & Muschi Fisher • Glenna Jean • Hondos Only Prime • Hoskins Creek Furniture Company • Howler Brothers • Hundley’s Horse Drawn Carriage • Indian Fields Tavern • Tom & Anne Innes • J. McLaughlin • James River Association Board of Directors • Kathy Corbet Interiors • Kendra Scott • Alison Kent • Holly Kidwell Interiors • Kuba Kuba Dos • Kuba Kuba • L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools • Legend Brewing Company • Lily Pulitzer • Lily Rain • Mango Salon • Michael Skin Care • Mongrel • John Morgan • Dr. Joseph Niamtu III • Dianne Nordt • Orvis • Passages Adventure Camp • Penelope • Dr. Baxter Perkinson • Gardner Phillips • Richmond Flying • Squirrels • The Richmond Symphony • Ronnie’s BBQ • RVA Paddlesports • SAB Art Studio • Shirley Plantation • Smithfield Station • Smithfield Foods • Swedish Match • The Cheesecake Factory • The Galley • Total Wine & More • Tweed • Two Rivers Country Club
The Tyler Family • Upper Shirley Vineyards • Virginia Fishing Adventures • Virginia Opera • Walkabout Outfitter • Waterstone • Marsden Williams

Event Photos

Sponsorship and Donation Opportunities

Please join us as a sponsor!

Tent Sponsor: $5,000 (4 opportunities)

  • Signage on large tent
  • One Corporate Table: 10 tickets with JRA party favors and table signage
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book, including ½ page advertisement
  • Name mentioned on all JRA publications and website highlighting the Westover Lawn Party
  • Special recognition gift honoring sponsorship

Sturgeon Sponsor:  $2,500 (multiple opportunities)

  • Signage in prominent place at event
  • One Corporate Table: 10 tickets with JRA party favors and table signage
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book, including 1/4 page advertisement
  • Name mentioned on all JRA publications and website highlighting the Westover Lawn Party

Bid Sheet Sponsor (1 opportunity): $1,000

  • Name listed very visibly on JRA bid cards which will be given out as people enter the event
    and then used to bid at the live auction and on silent auction items
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book and name listed on the JRA website
  • 6 tickets

Table Sponsor: $1,000 (multiple opportunities)

  • Corporate or family table, including 10 tickets
  • JRA party favors and table signage
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book

Eagle Sponsor: $500 (multiple opportunities)

  • Signage at the event
  • 4 tickets
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book

Advertising Sponsor: $250

  • ¼ page ad in Auction Booklet

For more information or questions concerning sponsorship opportunities please contact Sherrie Tribble at stribble@jrava.org.