The art teachers in Sarasota County schools are phenomenal. They guide and encourage these high school students throughout the year to produce their best work. There were over 200 submissions and the top 25 were selected to be spotlighted at this event, after being judged by a panel of several art experts.
Co-chairs Chris Cremer and Meg Mahoney did a nice job pulling the event together with over 400 attendees (They were both seen walking around the room during the auction with bottles of wine, eagerly pouring the ever flowing vino. I think we all know that the more liquored up you are, the more you'll bid!). The centerpieces were really interesting - kind of like soaring paper airplanes (photo below). They were designed by Victoria Blooms who said "artists start with a common core, an education that strengthens their own skills and allows their creativity to to take flight in infinite directions". A very cute idea.
This was new Ed Foundation Executive Director Susan Scott's first Evening of Excellence. Her grace, friendly personality, and strength were shining through all night. They are really lucky to have such a wonderful leader taking them to the next level.
Like always, the food at Michael's On East was top-notch, with a fantastic rich, but light dessert - a pecan topped chocolate mousse kind of thing with extra toffee sauce for good measure. I must admit, the person sitting beside me had to leave early and left her dessert. It starred at me throughout the entire auction and at one point, when no one was looking, I ate hers too! Sssh, now don't tell anyone!
Others attending not photographed below were: Mike Bryant, Gayle Guynup, Shelley McDaniel, Peg McKinley, Tim Hensey, Rick Fawley, Jon and Janey Swift, George McGonagill, CJ Fishman, Al Weis, Lem Sharpe, Dr. Larry Thompson, and many more.
|Co-chairs Chris Cremer and Meg Mahoney|
|Susan and John Scott|
|Elizabeth Rose and Kristin Benedict Calandra - yes, my daughter|
|Sue and Phil Hammersley|
|Victoria Leopold and Felice Schulaner|
|Julie Pinkerton and Tracy Knight|
|Mike and Marie Pender ready to bid!|
|School Superintendent Lori White|
|Nancy and Michael Longworth|
|Renee Phinney and Rebecca Blitz|
|Paige Dettman with Chris and Ken Pfahler|
|Fran and John LaCivita|
|Constance White Davis and Peggy Wiggins|
|Taylor and Stevan Collins|
|Teri and Fred Derr|
|Michael and Caroline Zucker|
|The unique centerpiece|
|That yummy dessert|