The main entertainment of the evening went with the theme - A Madcap Evening - You Bet Your Life...and Then Some - basically built around Groucho Marx and his You Bet Your Life TV show, with a few other Marx details thrown in. The event chair was Harold Ronson and he was a delightful first contestant on the "show" with Groucho, along with his "partner" Margo Zaryzcka. The second group of contestants were Jackie LeClaire and Becky Taylor. There was even an opera interlude with studio singers from the Sarasota Opera. They were terrific!
Michael Klauber did a very short auction - one item and SFC President and CEO, Bob Carter spoke movingly about the mission.
The crowd was very chatty and it was hard to get them to sit down. After asking folks to take their seats several times, Brent Greeno who was, of course, working the A/V, said over the microphone that if people didn't sit down, he was going to call them out by name. Believe me, all the "names" in town scurried to their seats!
The menu was one of the most interesting parts. It was served family style at each table! I don't think I have ever been to an event where food was delivered that way, especially from Michael's On East, but that was the request. MOE captain, Tracey Mccammack, told me the recipes were all Molly Schechter's. We had braised brisket of beef, duck a l'Orange, green beans, rice pilaf, and an apricot jello mold. It was finished off by duck-shaped sugar cookies and a yummy strawberry shortcake. A very different, but interesting dinner.
Others who attended, but not pictured below were Honorary co-chairs Gerri Aaron and Marv Albert and Harry and Victoria Leopold, along with Lois and Bill Cohodas, Jocelyn Stevens, Gloria Moss, Ernie Garcia, Emily Walsh, Carol Maher, Doris Kaplan, and many more.
|Mike and Jewel Ash|
|Dennis Stover and Erin McLeod|
|Lois Schulman, Jane Smiley, and Bob Plunket|
|Sally Schule, Bruce and India Lesser|
|Bunny and Mort Skirboll with Joan and Mike Cohen|
|Veronica Brady and Howard Phillips|
|Gayle Guynup, Loren Mayo, and Molly Schechter|
|Betty Schoenbaum and Tana Sandefur|
|Jan Chester and Monica and Dr. Richard Buskirk|
|Julie and Phil Delaney|
|George Augustin and Pam Daniel|
|Matt and Margaret Callihan|
|Phil King and Ronelle Ashby|
|Susanne and Erika Wise Borland|
|Margaret Wise and Monee Arpin|
|Angela Smith Harrison, Nancy Blackburn, and Martha Smith Allen|
|Nikki and Jim Nilon|
|Peggy Abt and me|
|Chuck Sidlow as Groucho Marx|
|The cute centerpiece with Groucho glasses and nose|
|The salad, but what I really want you to see is - look on the napkin in the glass - a little yellow duck - so darling!|
|The "ducky" sugar cookies|
|The delish strawberry shortcake|