Les and Ken were there in honor of the late Sami Johns, who originally got them involved. It was nice to hear Sami's name again. I had kind of forgotten about her, though I don't know how I could. She was a vivacious red head, with a heart as big as the over-sized glasses she wore. She was a dear and it was so nice to remember her.
One thing I must say, the group had this event organized. I don't think I have ever seen the Ritz ball room with everyone seated and quiet in such a quick and orderly manner! The luncheon chair was Luisa Goldman and the fashion show chair was Dori Zingmond. Mary Kenealy-Barbetta lent her skills to the event planning, also. The fashions were from a variety of eras. The show started with a cute segment culled from Dirty Dancing. The music made me want to get up and dance!
One really interesting thing they did, which I think other events held at the Ritz might want to replicate, is that they wrote your table number down on a raffle ticket when you checked in and then at the end, they called off three of the numbers and the winners got to have their cars retrieved first from the valet - genius! Whoever thought of that idea gets a big gold star in creativity.
Attendees were able to arrive at 10 AM and shop from various vendors, including some Treasure Chest items. I saw lots of people taking advantage of the terrific buys.
This was the 25th anniversary for the luncheon - a critical and important fundraiser for SPARCC. Some of the key facts about the organization for 2010-11 are: They provided over 7,400 shelter nights to 191 women and 187 children; they provided 1472 victims with free and confidential services; they provided 6,097 hotline callers with safety planning and crisis counseling; and the staggering statistics go on and on. Such a valuable community service.
With 660 in attendance, there were tons of people there. In addition to those photographed below, some others there were: Jean Gay, Scotty Hamilton, Marilyn Billib, Sandy Strom, Tracy Seider, Erin Duggan, Deborah Bill, Lisa Walsh, Sue Jacobson, Roxie Jerde, Martha Honey, Sandra Lindqvist, and the list goes on forever!
|SPARCC's Executive Director, Olivia Thomas and Stephanie Grosskreutz|
|Luncheon chair Luisa Goldman|
|Tish Fitzgerald and Sara Bagley|
|Marie Monsky, Lenora Jost, and Vivian Kouvant|
|Anita Holec and Cornelia Matson|
|Heather Dunhill and Renee Hamad|
|Katie Moulton and Graci McGillicuddy|
|Charlotte Hedge and Julie Riddell|
|Jane Kiebitz and Gina Clamage|
|Gayle Guynup, Renee Eppard, and Kristine Nickel|
|Jacqueline Morton and Beathe Elden|
|Stephanie Hannum and birthday girl, Emily Walsh|
|Veronica Brandon Miller and Stephania Feltz|
|The orchid centerpiece|
|The chocolate mousse cone with caramel center - yum!|