White tulips in black boxes topped long buffet tables at Saturday night's Black & White Ball of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Some 620 partygoers filled the Mansion View Conference & Event Center on Collingwood Boulevard, spilling out into white tents in the backyard. It was the first major event held at Mansion View since the Old West End Association took over operation of the historic house.
The “Outside the Box” theme showed up in black and white decorated boxes throughout the mansion, during the silent auction with a jack on a long spring outside his box, and in guests' creative attire.
Condessa Croninger, who owns about 150 hats, made her own for this event. Balanced high atop her head was a black-and-white hatbox, complete with tissue paper, a black rooster feather, and a hat pin peeking out. Jan Luft sported a zebra-striped coat - borrowed from her childhood friend, Nancy Schultz, who was with her - and black and white boxing gloves.
About 20 area restaurants, including Matthew's Creative Cuisine and The Restaurant, filled the food tables.
When 1 a.m. arrived - the scheduled ending time - the dance floor was still hopping and about half the crowd was having so much fun that one patron offered to pay the disc jockey to stay on. Earlier, the Mighty Meaty Swing Kings performed.
Co-chairs were Sue Hague-Rogers and Robert Zollweg.
Among the artists at the ball who had donated works for the silent auction were Karen Koester, Ellen Loeffler-Kalinoski, Mark Moffett, Annette Moriarty, Janine Ody, Matthew Paskiet, Carl Porreca, and Pam Zweifel.
- JANE SCHMUCKER
Some decorators looked to their own heritage for a theme.
Elizabeth Ference whose husband, Charles, is half Hungarian, had florist Keith Brooks fashion flowers into “Hungarian tortes.” Napkin rings resembled wreaths that Hungarian girls wear in their hair. Guests at that table included Irene Poletes, Joyce and Don Hade, and Marilyn Compton.
Mary Ann Dionyssiou used a Greek flag and dolls and blue and white flowers representing Greece's national colors at the table where her husband, Harry, brother-in-law, Andreas, and his wife, Joan, sat. Table favors were Greek ceramic coasters.
Guests dined on beef tenderloin with shiitake mushrooms and scallion confit, and fontina-encrusted breast of chicken. Hep Cat Revival played for dancing.
The event drew about 250 people and was expected to raise $30,000 for maternity equipment.
General chairman was Teri Fork. Co-chairmen were Marge Day and Diane Dooley, who is also president of the hospital auxiliary.
Special guest was Jessie Wagner, of Kalamazoo. Mich. - a young patient at St. Jude who attends college and has started a fund-raiser, “Up Until Dawn,” at school to benefit other St. Jude patients.
Spotted in the crowd were the hospital's national executive director, Richard Shaydac; Ohio labor liaison Ted Brown; and Les and Birdie Singer, who started the event eight years ago. Mr. Singer is international vice president and president of the Ohio Conference. Co-chairmen with the Singers were Teamsters Local 20 president Bill Lichtenwald and his wife, Dayle.
About 100 guests sipped wine and nibbled elegant edibles in the McMaster Hall foyer as harp music filled the air. They then toured the building, which is under renovation. Schmoozers included league president Jan Baker and president-elect Shelly Conyngham, Jen and Joseph Marra, April Sanderson, Edwin and Ann Nazar, and Judy Barnard.
Barbara Hendel is The Blade's society editor. E-mail her at email@example.com.