Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hooray for Hollywood….A Metamorphosis

I have mentioned that for the last year, and very intensely for the last couple of months, I have been working on a silent auction, fashion show, and luncheon for an organization I belong to. Hooray! It’s over! It was a success! It will make a difference!


Of all the gin joints, in all the world over 500 people walked into ours.


We set fifty three tables with black cloths and silver and gold toppers. Popcorn boxes held favors. The centerpieces were fresh flowers, “Hollywood wine” and fresh flowers on movie reels.


The grand ballroom of the Hilton was transformed with Oscar replicas and a lighted red carpet runway for the models.


Of course, there were special guests…Bogey dropped in.


But you know Dorothy and Toto were my favorites.


But Annie and Alice in Wonderland were cute too. Who could resist that smile?


The silent auction was taking place right outside the ballroom with over 250 items. We’ve been collecting items, logging them in and making baskets for months. There was something for everyone.


A wonderful children’s section


Iron pieces filled with macro hydrangeas for the gardeners.


Entire vignettes created by designers


This necklace made by a local artist was a favorite. It is made of sterling, jade, and vintage time pieces.


Even a basket for tablescapers :). We raised a lot of money and had a lot of fun. It was a giant undertaking accomplished by many talented and dedicated women. But I told you this is about making a difference…a metamorphosis. What does all this get you besides aching feet and a neglected hungry husband???


The money raised will provide interest-free loans and scholarships for deserving students. Many of the recipients are men and women returning to the academic world after a leaving to raise families or for financial reasons. Some are seniors in high school starting out for the very first time. Lots of them are nursing students. I like to think that we provide more than money….we provide hope and a plan. My aching feet and husband will get over it :)

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  1. Looks like a great event and so charitable of you.

  2. I can tell that this auction would be one that I would want to attend. It looks excellent to the last detail. And the cause? SO worthy.

    Well done.

    And very cute little girls too!

  3. Susan, it all looks beautiful! (I think you and I are sisters, right??). Looks like a lot of fun. laurie

  4. LOL Your opening line was very clever! One of my favorite movies too ;).

    The tablescape basket is a beauty. Congrats on all your hard work. The room looks super.

    Come by and see what Allison scored snooping around the antique shops!

    Jane t.

  5. Congratulations on a job well done!! Everything looks great and sounds like it was a very successful event! Put your feet up, take a deep breath, get a good nights rest! You did good!! :D
    Have a great week.

  6. What a wonderful event - all of you should be congratulated for such a great success. I'm sure the recipients will be so grateful for such a wonderful opportunity.

  7. That was hard work for sure. I have attended many gala events like that for charities. I have bid and won many items like those in the silent auction. Those tables look fabulous and those girls are adorable.

    Enjoyed seeing everything at your gala.
    Looked so neat and the items nice.
    I liked the watch necklace!

  9. Susan, it looks like you all did a fabulous job! And I love where the money is going. Kudos to you!
    xoxo Pattie

  10. Oh well done Susan for all your hard work.
    Looks beautiful and glad that it was such a success.
    I know how much work goes into those events having done both a Kindergarten casino a few years and also a Hospice Garden party. There is a lot of work.

    Happy week

  11. It all looks wonderful. The timepiece necklace is a great idea. xx

  12. Wow! Looks like it was a fantastic evening. I'm so glad that your fundraiser was a huge success.
    Thanks for posting some great photos. :)

  13. How fun!! Everything looks fabulous, and I think it's great that you did all of this for such a good cause.

  14. What a wonderful event. I would have liked to have been there.

  15. What a fun fundraiser! Thanks for stopping by AtticMag and leaving your nice comment.

  16. We all know "everybody comes to Rick's"! Glad your fundraiser was a success.

  17. What a great event Susan, and for a great cause!...Christine

  18. Hi Susan, wish I could have been there for the festivities! I know I would have put a bid on something looks like lots of great stuff! I loved that little Annie, she is adorable.

    I just read the post about that dress and the three generations that wore it. That is a wonderful story and I love the picture.

    Have a great week, Bonnie

  19. I can't imagine how much work went into an event like that. What an accomplishment! Those kids are adorable too.

  20. Oh this looks like a wonderful evening. What a great cause. I'm hoping that our daughter returning to nursing school this fall will be able to get a good scholarship -- I'm sure that your recepients are most grateful!

  21. What darling children! Looks like there were some wonderful auction items! Linda

  22. Looks like you had a fabulous success here. I wish I could have been there. What fun.

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