Whispers October 5th, 2005
By Margo Schwab
and "All That Jazz" Re-Joyce'!
Army held quite the fancy fund raising
affair themed "All That Jazz"
last Saturday at the Ray and Joan
Kroc Corps Community Center in East
County. In keeping with the Center's
mission statement of "encouraging
positive life-changing experiences,"
the evening started simply with a
cocktail reception of bubbly water
and cider served with scrumptious
mini-sandwiches and other appetizers
by the Hyatt.
And then the
evening started to rev up, in a big
way too. The Salvation Army's inspiring
chorus performed. Then it was legend
time. Chita Rivera, the legend in
fact. Chita, the triple threat, that's
entertainment lingo for actor, singer
and dancer, sizzled in a performance
synopsis of "All That Jazz".
Legends aren't born everyday, nor
are great events.
evening happened due to the amazing
skills of Chairperson Joyce Glazer
and Event Planner Clinton Walters.
Joyce was dazzling in her Kathleen
Wise gown, but nothing could camouflage
Joyce's superb organizational skills.
The evening was flawless.
for the evening, aside from making
lots of money for Salvation Army's
community programs of course, was
to treat gala supporters to an evening
of a lifetime. And that it did.
Grand Hyatt Hotel was the post-show
venue for dinner and dancing. And
grand it was. Clinton Walters created
an elegant 40's night club scene replete
with red, black and white as the theme.
Tables were covered in black, accented
by red napkins. Each table was lit
by a large red cylinder lamp. The
dance floor was white with the "All
that Jazz" logo lighting it.
Palm trees dotted the room and red
roses were everywhere. So many red
roses one guest joked the florist
shops must have sold every last one
to this event!
Emeril Lagasse worthy. A salad of
Boston Bibb Lettuce with grilled shrimp,
baby asparagus, avocado and lemon
thyme dressing was soon followed by
a grilled filet of beef topped with
foie gras drizzled with black truffle
sauce …. There was oven baked
sea bass too, an asparagus risotto
and a decadent dessert. A chocolate
music box filled with White and Dark
Chocolate Mousse, Chantilly Cream
and fresh berries.
entertainment was provided by the
smooth tunes of the Tom Blair Quintet.
Cute songsters Suzy Spafford of Suzy's
Zoo and Kimberly Layton of The Chargers
chimed in with favorite songs of the
late and legendary Bobby. An image
of Bobby Short and his Dalmatian Chilli
were displayed as backdrop.
Among the many
there were Toni and John Bloomberg,
Jan and Jim Fitzpatrick, Linda and
Mel Katz, Zandra Rhodes, fresh back
from Milan, Italy where she showed
her couture clothing collection, Salah
Hassanein, Elaine Lipinsky and Dave
Feller, Lt. Cols. Joyce and Ed Loomis,
Gilbert Meza, Patricia and Pat O'Conner,
Brad Ballard of the Old Globe, and
Raffa and Dr. Mouner Saliman.
There too was
Emma Zuckerman in a fully beaded Bob
Mackie gown with her husband Leo,
a young 95 year old Bill Gibbs, Majors
Jan and Doug Williams, Sandra Schafer
in a brilliant blue sequined gown
with her husband Dr. Jeff Schafer,
Judith Harris and Dr. Robert Singer,
Captains Nancy and Stephen Ball, Brenda
Marsh Rebelo and John Rebelo, Majors
Cindy and Tim Foley, Lee Maturo, Deborah
Westover and Bob Bradley, and Sook
and Ron Hansen.
at Chairperson Joyce Glazer's table
was Joyce's handsome husband Ed Glazer
of course, Chita Rivera and her daughter
Lisa, as well as Chita's brother and
manager Armando del Rivero, Lt. Cols.
Diane and Doug O'Brien, Bobby Short's
good friend Robert Nahas and Audrey
Geisel with Alex Butterfield.
at the party were John Parker and
his posse of pretty's. Nine pretty's
in fact. Among the friends joining
John for the evening were Julia Parker
(no relation), Pat Brown of KNSD,
Mary Quigley, Kris Goldstein, Shelly
Stuart of the San Diego Humane Society,
Nancy Boyce, Alexandra Squires, Pamela
Taylor and Stephany Parker his grand-daughter.
John is the former owner of KYXY radio
station and present owner of Parker
is the estimated $200,000 plus that
was raised to help fund the many Salvation
Army programs in San Diego. Re-Joyce!
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