2020 Gala Event

Many thanks to our 2020 Gala
Silver Sponsor

A Night at the Copacabana was a thrilling event.  We entered a tropical Brazilian paradise created by Patty Nixa and her talented decorating committee.  The overhead streamers were breathtaking and the colorful atmosphere set the mood for a wonderful evening.  Alfred’s catering came through once again with a delicious pork loin and Brazilian themed side dishes, not to mention a yummy cake for dessert.  Renee Jones came back to us again this year, and ran a fast-paced and exciting Live Auction.  Sandra Faske, the Silent Auction chair, presented an abundance of lovely donated items that brought generous bids and fun to our evening.  The Prodigy Music Group entertained us with their selection of “oldies” that brought us to our feet dancing the night away.   Oh, what a night!
   I hardly know where to begin in thanking the multitude of individuals who make an event like this possible.  First, I want to thank Anna Johndrow, Marilyn Hamblin, Donna Nash, Carol Watson, and Trisha Upchurch for stepping up to help while I dealt with a difficult family medical crisis the three weeks prior to the Gala.  I cannot express how much I appreciate the women of this amazing club.
   A star-studded thank you goes to Kari Monahan for her coordination of the Pick A Star game.  She ran all over this town and collected gift cards from businesses and members.  Once again, this was a terrific addition to the gala.  Rose Melican and Nancy Meierhoff gathered 60 bottles of wine for our well-received Wine Pull, this popular table offered a wide variety of excellent wines for a $20 donation per bottle.  Janet Cason further aided our thirsty members with a well-stocked and run wine bar, we also thank her group of handsome bartenders who took care of us throughout the event.
   A special thanks to the ladies who monitored the game tables:  Beth Berault, Jane Russel, Lynn Tannehill, Laura Alcorta, Trish Aikman, Lindi Pollock, Bonnie Rupprecht, Carol Watson, Laura Stewart, and Paula Fisher.   The bean-counting drawing, the Lotto basket and our Heads & Tails game all added even more fun to an already enjoyable time.  Thanks to Christina Lucero and Trisha Upchurch for their documentation skills during the Live Auction and Paddles Up portion of the night.  A big thank you also to the cashiers and data entry experts who made our invoices come out quickly and accurately – thank you to Larry and Liz Hagler, Marilyn Hamblin, Susan Hashem, Jan Broxterman, Don Johndrow, and Judy Eagle.  Some Epsom salts and a footbath should be coming to our runners Patty Nixa, Laura Carr, Ro Cass and Joy Modawell, who got the invoices out to the multitudes of guests. 
   Further, I want to thank the entire Gala Committee who met for months before the event, planning and coordinating so many details:  Anna Johndrow, Marilyn Hamblin, Carolyn Baranowski-Risi, Patty Nixa, Kari Monahan, Paula Riddle, Dee Phipps, Judy Eagle, Melony Kemp, Janet Cason, Lorri Fish, Beth Breault, Trish Aikman, Carol Watson, Patti Johnson, and Klee Lee.
   It was a magical night, you should all be proud of the organization and its tremendous contribution to the Lago Vista community.  Once again – we thank all of you for your generous support and making “A Night at the Copacabana” a rousing success.

Ruth Lloyd
3rd Vice President
Ways and Means
Gala Chair
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