Friday, Oct 21, 2016
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Barbara Hendel

Girl Scout cookies sweetened gala at museum

Bright toy flamingos were a hit at the annual Girl Scout Gala last Sunday evening at the Toledo Museum of Art. The cuddly stuffed creatures were brought in for a cash raffle - Margaret Beck was the winner. Also a hit was the fabulous food, including desserts created from Girl Scout cookies by chefs Cecilio Balmoria of the Arrowhead Brewing Co., William Whitehead of Gladieux/Ladyfingers, Tracy Russell of Navy Bistro, Dennis Lange of Pumpernickel's Deli and Cafe, and Rob Schnitkey of Saba's Charcoal House.

Guests mingled as the Ottawa Hills Flute Choir and pianists Nick Gamso and Joey Sferra played background music.

Circulating among the guests were honorary chairmen Roger and Rhoda Berkowitz; chairman Virginia Keller, and new executive director Gayle Campbell. They're still tallying but the guestimated net is nearly $30,000.

LEBANESE FOOD and Syrian pastries fueled guests as they bid on creative items at Gateway School's Children's Art Auction and Dinner last Sunday evening at the Beirut restaurant. The silent auction included objects made by children who attend the school. Among the 120 guests were chairwomen Dolli Darah and Michelle Joseph. School owner Heidi Quinn reports an estimated net of $6,200.

FRIENDS OF Becky and Dave Henderly gathered last Saturday evening at River View Yacht Club for dinner and a silent auction in the Henderlys' honor - Mr. Henderly has been ill. Everything was donated for the evening, including the roast beef dinner, so it was an all-profit night, and donations are still pouring in with good wishes for Mr. Henderly's recovery. Some vacationers called from Florida to contribute.

IT WAS A Barbie-to-the-max weekend at the Toledo Ski Club Lodge at Boyne Mountain, presented by three Barbies - Baird, Chiappetta, and Hunter. Everything was thematic: the Barbiemobile, Barbie Lodge, Ken's Hut, and a Barbie hair and wig salon. Wannabes paraded about all weekend in clothes inspired by the dolls.

Barbara Hendel is The Blade's society writer.

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