Steel Magnolias raises $ 75,000 to support children with disabilities – Press Telegram


A sold-out crowd of over 250 braved the scorching heat to go “Cruisin ‘” with the Steel Magnolias.

The group’s August 15 event, which wowed guests with the private collection’s huge collection of classic cars and memorabilia, raised over $ 75,000.

There were around 120 beautiful vintage cars, a mind-boggling collection that included brands and models ranging from crowd mobiles to muscle cars. The memories of Americana were also spectacular. It included a multitude of items from bygone eras: radios, clocks, early tiny screen televisions, beautiful art deco pieces, vintage radio furniture, most of which were only seen in old-time movies.

It was a memorable experience.

In keeping with the medium, the event also featured waitresses on roller skates, dressed in 1940s dresses and hairstyles.

As guests browsed the silent auction items, skaters passed platters of delicious appetizers and drinks and were ready throughout the evening. The ice cream stand was very popular as was the drink bar. A delicious ‘vintage’ menu was delicious and was served on checkered tablecloths with car motif centers (created by the members). The menu choice was meatloaf or fried chicken, with a peach dessert. Delicious music kept the energy flowing.

Anne Emigh with her granddaughter Madi, the cuddly puppy “Maggie” (named after the Steel Magnolias). Anne had the highest bid in the live auction for the adorable nine-week-old Golden Doodle mic. (Courtesy of Steel Magnolias)

Stramski Center Medical Director Dr Gary Feldman expressed appreciation to the audience and spoke about the extraordinary needs of children with developmental delays, behavioral and learning issues, and other special needs. He stressed the importance of the support of the Steel Magnolias.

Dynamic Randy Gordon, meanwhile, raised over $ 34,000 from the exuberant crowd as an auctioneer.

Susan Hill was determined to win the offer for a weekend getaway to Monterrey. Linda and Allen Rahn had the highest bid for the Acura Grand Prix Long Beach package. Judy and Don Black, as well as Barbara and Ned Gaylord, will share a fabulous party at Keesal Young & Logan. Tickets for the USC vs UCLA sports competitions were purchased by John and Liz Krummell and Katherine Bowser.

Some would say Randy saved the best for last: an adorable 9-week-old Micro Golden Doodle named Maggie (for Steel Magnolias) returned home with Anne Emigh and her granddaughter Madi, who made the winning bid for the Maggie’s heart during the very lively auction competition.

Highlights of the silent auction, meanwhile, included “Driving the Coast,” an original painting created by Dr. Pal of the Stramski Center, going to event chair Bobbie Fesler, and the Magnolia Golf Tournament package ( October 25) grabbed Craig Vansickle.

Seen on site: President Denise Dahlhausen, Bobbie Fesler, Hilda Sanchez, Joan Venditozzi, Anthony Gagliardi, Gary Lee Wolf and Carl Lee, Sue De Rosa, Marianne Gastelum, Claire and Mark Guillen, Pam Luckey, Loree Scarborough and Dennis McConkey, Joan Knight, Marlene Temple, Janis and Michael Krantz, Bob and Mary Alice Braly, Cookie Braude and Greg Perrault, Clyde and Susan Kendzierski, Paul Diego, Stephanie Davis, Lynn and Jack Gesner, Richard Brown and Katherine Keesal, Dane and Neale Hickerson, Suzanne and Doyle Powell, Cathy and Tom Wieder, Jorene and Jim Hankla, Fay Abed, Diana and David Eastman, Theresa and Al Brunella, Carmen and David Bubar, Larry Poe and Patty Godber, Paul and Shannon Treichel, Glenna and Peter Nabuda, Terry and Donna Evans, Carolyn and John Faber, Lorie Merrill, Shari and Larry Nemirow, Karen and Rob Owens, Elaine Goodnoe, Surina Godfrey, Bob and Betsy Metcalfe, Al Israel, Bonnie Scott, Norma Marter.

Long Beach Foundation Community Hospital – Las Damas de La Plaza

After a visit to the Long Beach Community Hospital, Sandy French, President of Las Damas de La Plaza, welcomed members to the first breakfast meeting in a year.

Earlier, Matthew Faulkner, Executive Director of the CHLB Foundation, led the tour of the newly redesigned Emergency Department Lobby, Laboratory, Main Lobby and Fountain Square at the main entrance to CHLB.

At the meeting, Virg Narbutas, CEO of CHLB, gave an overview of all the many actions taken in the three years leading up to the reopening on May 27. He cited the number of licenses that had to be renewed, area upgrades and how far they have come. to reinstate doctors and rehire staff. He also spoke about the number of patients served since the reopening and what is planned for the future.

Narbutas also thanked the community and members of Las Damascus for all the support provided.

Commission reports on various aspects of what Las Damascus members did during the coronavirus pandemic and plans for the future were also presented. Information:

Seen on stage: Sandy French, Janine Ransom, Christy Roeber, Terry Marté-Greco, Linda Loseke, Mary Pat Sabol, Sharon Civalleri, Nancy Fuller, Patty Williams, Nancy Eilers, Lorie Merrill, Fran Bylund, Linda Taylor, Marlene Temple, Mari Hooper, Anne Cramer and Marie Cady Drummond.

Allied Dramatic Arts Guild

At last year’s Dramatic Allied Arts Guild fundraiser, a cooking demo and dinner were offered by Chef Shelly Barbre, President of the Assistance League of Long Beach. The event took place on July 14 at the beautiful home of Leslie Herbst. Leslie, Lynn Danielson and Lynette Sewell were the hostesses.

The Dramatic Allied Arts Guild fundraiser attendees are: (L to R) Rita Valentine, Lynn Danielson, Patsy Tracy, Kay Bailey, Deborah Smith, Leslie Herbst, Debbi Lorbeer, Conductor Shelly Barbre, Jan Foster, Lynette Sewell, Kay Berg, Jane Thomas. (Courtesy of the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild)

The evening began with a tasting of bruschetta and cold starters of poached shrimp, accompanied by glasses of champagne. Dinner highlights included chicken and Moroccan-style vegetables cooked in a tagine and served with couscous. The dessert was a fabulous almond cake with a strawberry coulis.

Seen on site: Rita Valentine, Kay Berg, Jane Thomas, Deborah Smith, Jan Foster, Patsy Tracy, Kay Bailey and Debbi Lorbeer.

Seen during a previous event: President Penny Wilds was installed at a previous DAAG luncheon at the Grand Events Center. Wendi Vodhanel, Nina Rattner, Cathy Crane, Marisa Autrey, Lorrie Hutton, Beverly Butters were also installed. Kaylee Brubaker, who performed two musical numbers, was honored as a scholarship recipient.

News of charitable social events can be sent to Shirley Wild at [email protected] or by fax to 562-594-9468. Please include a contact phone number. Send high resolution jpeg photos, as an attachment, to [email protected] and include the group name and individual IDs from the left. Call Shirley at 562-594-9468 for more information.

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