Kingsley House hosted its ninth annual “Friendraising Luncheon,” which also served as an opportunity to invite friends, supporters and new guests to Kingsley House to directly see what the organization does and how it makes a daily impact strengthening families and building community through early learning, adult day health and community service programs.
Inspired by Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the stage backdrop featured scenes and characters from the Disney film by the same name, created by artist and Kingsley House Preschool teacher Karen Hansell. Kinglsey House Preschool children welcomed guests by singing the song “Be Our Guest” and handing out roses. Three hundred fifty patrons attended the luncheon.
Chef Donald Link and chef Stephen Stryjewski provided a delicious lunch of smothered beef short ribs, rice, glazed carrots, green salad and lemon pie for dessert. Tables were adorned with Tiffany blue linens, gold cherub candelabras with red roses and clear glass domes with a single rose, true to the movie, designed by Urban Earth Studios.
WGNO’s LBJ Served as Master of Ceremonies. Event Chairs were LaVerne Toombs and Arnel Cosey, Ph.D. Zwila Martinez, a Kingsley House parent, and Marques Celestine, whose father attended their Adult Day Healthcare program, spoke about the impact Kingsley House has had on their families.
Event at a Glance
What: Ninth annual “Friendraising Luncheon,” benefiting Kingsley House
When: Thursday, April 12
Where: Kingsley House Historic Gymnasium
Chimene Grant Saloy and Rev. Kit McLean
Bill Hammack, Jamice Parmele and Pam and Barry Kirk