This year’s “Moonlight on the River Gala” was the most successful to date. The generosity of donors and attendees made possible the expansion of the Magnolia Community Services’ art program to include the addition of computers, projectors, another kiln, adaptive brushes and other tools, as well as a wonderful supply of raw materials and media from which participants can choose to create works of art, buy new art books and take field trips to museums. More than 550 people attended the event, which raised over $145,000.
During the event three employees, Stacy Bell, Shernita Thomas and Joan Vincent, were recognized with the Outstanding Employee Award. Event chairs included Jeanne Gallo, Marion Eagan and Karen Oertling. James Lamantia was honored as he bequeathed a portion of his estate to Magnolia Community Services, Inc., in memory of his brother Daniel, the funds from which will be used to construct two new homes for residents and will be named in honor of Lamantia.
Eighteen local restaurants provided food, desserts and beverages for the event. Dawnbusters Kiwanis Club members volunteered their time, serving as bartenders for the evening.
Mike Weldon served as Master of Ceremonies. The Wiseguys played festive tunes throughout the event, and the Pussyfooters gave a special performance. Local artist Uncle Wayne Daigrepont created whimsical caricatures.
Key auction items included Zurich Classic tickets, Pelicans tickets, a football signed by Drew Brees, a Drew Brees Blue Dog print by George Rodrigue, a Mignon Faget freshwater pearl necklace and one-week trips to the Sonoma County Wine Country and the Mountain Club of Cashiers, North Carolina.
Founded in 1935 by pediatrician Dr. Charles J. Bloom, Magnolia Community Services, Inc. currently serves over 250 individuals in vocational and residential programs, including supported employment, day habilitation, community homes and supported living.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Moonlight on the River Gala: Celebrating the Arts” benefiting Magnolia Community Services, Inc.
When: Friday, November 7
Where: Magnolia Community Services, Inc.