A forest of trees, butterflies, a harpist, and strolling violinists and flutists set a tranquil scene for The 2004 Sapphire Ball A Magical Musical Movement, presented by the Toledo Opera Board of Trustees Saturday night at The Pinnacle.
Ladies in gowns and gentlemen in tuxedos meandered about the dreamy garden setting, stopping to admire the live butterflies fluttering about in a netted cage. Guests sipped their favorite potions and nibbled tasty tidbits from stations that moved with the crowd. Guests were not seeing things: The tables moved ever so slightly a foot here and a foot there.
Meanwhile, fairies young ladies from St. Ursula Academy and Central Catholic High School sold tickets for the grand raffle prize: a Ford Thunderbird donated by Mathews Ford. The dashing Allan Kaz-maier was the winner.
Chatting were Marv Robon and Karen Elder, in a sexy black number, while spouses, Nancy, also looking fabulous, and Greg, looking dapper, joked. Bob and Leslie Sterling were having fun as were Rob and Dana Loeb, Doug and Kathy Andrews, Wayne and Linda Milewski, Rob Frederick and Cindy Skaff, Richard and Evelyn Wilkins, Mayor Jack Ford and his wife, Cynthia, and Mary Ann and Joe Colturi, who were celebrating their 55th anniversary.
Guests sat at white-linen covered tables set with silver and gold charger plates and candles, and centered with towering silver vases topped with greenery. Each table had favors of a George Carruth sculpture and a CD compilation of operatic favorites.
The dinner was in keeping with the garden theme: chilled acorn squash soup in a squash bowl, a zucchini ribbon bowl with baby greens, and filet of beef, monk fish, or roasted eggplant entrees with autumn root vegetables. A baked apple puff pastry with caramel, whipped cream, and chocolate twigs topped the meal. At dinner, the Queens of Harmony sang and Annie Radcliffe wowed the audience with operatic arias.
Afterward, the live auction cranked up. How about a stay in Lynn Kordash s Palm Desert, Calif. condo? Or a week in Arcachon, France, at Ann Sanford s vacation spot? How about Vail, Colo., at Scott and Julie Savage s place? Or a week in Brussels at board chairman Peter Garforth s apartment, from which his wife, Valerie, returned just in time to attend.
Guests whirled and twirled to HepCat Revival. Shaking a leg or cozying up to their sweeties were Mary Ann and Carroll Cannon, Sue Snyder and Lou Tartaglia, whose spouses were near, Bob and Linda Helmer, Cathy and John Nelson, and new Toledoans Susan and Keith Burwell, formerly of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Among the well-dressed crowd were Terese and Ned Coyle, Sam and Susan Botek, Paula and Tom Tuschman, Tim and Michelle Guitteau, Tom and Kathy Wright, Elizabeth and John Gorski, Rick and Mary Anderson, Patrice and Lyman Spitzer, Linda and Bob Bunda, Alyce and Jeff Juby, and Melissa and Dick Marcus.
Also in the group of nearly 350 were Jim and Kay Murray, Barbara and Dick Baker, Denise and Tom Colturi, Kathy and John McCarty, Lynn and Frank Jacobs, Peter and Claudia Handwork, Don and Mary Decker, Marty and Jan Connors, and Becky Fuhrman and Don Leary.
Bravissimi to chairmen, committee, sponsors, and guests who all contributed to the evening. The event netted more than $125,000, said chairmen Boo Hensien and Cynthia Taylor. Mrs. Hensien chaired the event in memory of her late mother, Mary Kay Anderson, who was a ball chairman in 1973.
Orange you glad you are a BGSU fan? The Falcons won their homecoming game Saturday against Ball State, and while the tailbacks made plays, the tailgaters had a game plan: Score lots of fun.
The weather was brisk and windy but several die-hard tailgaters were already there when parking attendants arrived at 10 a.m. As the 4 p.m. kickoff neared, the rest of the revelers poured in. Denny Laub and Bill Houle, roommates back in 1966 and whose children attended BGSU at one time or another, brought their family clans.
Meijer Tailgate Park throbbed with excitement as fans headed to their favorite tent, including everything from corporate city to college town to fraternity row and the Air Force. For those so inclined, a flag-football field was next door, or, one could browse through the yearbooks on display from 1918 to present.
In the BGSU Alumni Tent the bright orange-and-white striped one more than 650 fans gathered for burgers, dogs, and barbecue amid orange-and-brown balloons, mums, pom pons, and more. Those with a knack for details participated in the Falcon Feud game.
Fred Frisbie, the class president of 1954, was there with his wife, Carol, a BGSU alumna, who was with fellow alums Bob Lloyd and Joyce Ridenour. Earlier, the group attended a breakfast for more than 100 alums. There, those with the necessary qualifications, were inducted into the Pioneer Club, an honor bestowed on those who have been alumni for 50 years and up.
Mr. Frisbie, better known in those days as the 2nd Freddie Falcon, said he wore a papier-mache hat, white buck shoes painted orange, and brown PJs with feathers sewn on the arms for wings.
Also at the breakfast was Margaret Cosner Lewis, from the class of 1934, celebrating her 70th reunion!
A special treat in the alumni tent was the BGSU Men s Chorus: America s Finest Singing Machine s performance, which quieted the rowdy group down.
While strong winds whipped umbrellas inside out and hardy fans hid under ponchos as they braved the inclement weather, spectators in the suites were warm and cozy and full of food and beverage.
In the Falcon Club, several alums celebrated the club s 40th anniversary. Jim Hof, who started the FC, was there, as were Betty Perry, Dick and Lu Marsh, Bill and Sha Sha Lloyd, Jim and Margarita Lessig, and Julia Bradshaw and her husband, Bill, a hall-of-famer.
The Presidential Suite was packed with hobnobbers from all over the country who enjoyed the laid-back setting. Seen were Tom and Mary Trimboli, George Mylander, Bill Steuk, and former Toledoans Ron and Sue Whitehouse of Harbor Springs, Mich. Also there in the suite scene was alum Hiroko Nakamoto, a famous interior designer, who lives in Tokyo.
In other suites were Mike Wilcox, John and Marilyn Bureau, Linda and Ed Reiter, Dave Preston, who played for BGSU then the Denver Broncos, Mike and Mary Bureau, Teresa Frick, and Wayne and Mary Ann Eiler.
At halftime, the band gave an extra surprise to special fans Bob and Karen Sebo of Salem, Ohio, who just that day had announced at a special luncheon a $4.4 million gift to BGSU.
Mr. Sebo, a former BGSU marching band member from the Class of 1958, was touched when he saw the band write his name on the field. Then, all the guests in the suite gathered for a special champagne toast to the Sebos, who said the funds will go towards the Athletic Center, the College of Music, the new Entrepreneural Lecture Series that started last year, and WBGU Broadcasting.
Maryann and Tom McCormick were in town recently and visited Kitsie and Jim Valiton.
They grew up here and moved to Pinehurst, N.C, about nine years ago. After Mr. McCormick retired from Owens Corning, they opted for greener pastures, so to speak.
Mrs. McCormick is the society editor for Pinehurst Magazine, where her column is called Sandhills Sightings. Parties, golf outings, fund-raisers, and just plain fun, she covers the gamut.