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Park Avenue Fashion Week Tent Show: The Main Event!

Saturday evening culminated Park Avenue’s Fashion Week with a tent show, which was quite an event.  I attended with several friends, including Katie Murray, major fashionista, Carol Kostick, Rollins alumna, Suzanne Lemons, who sits on the City of Winter Park’s Park and Recreation Board, and Susan Leonard of Tommy’s Island and Shore Brand clothing.

Katie Murray, Susan Leonard, and Top 5 editor Bess Auer

Susan, who has been in the fashion industry for years and has attended a zillion fashion shows across the nation, was complimentary of how professionally the fashion show was presented. We had fun watching the models strut across the catwalk and people watching in the crowd.  Mayor Ken Bradley was seated on the front row opposite title sponsor Harriett Lake. (Ms. Lake leads quite the social life… I had just seen her the night before at the Orlando Ballet. I hope I have such good fortune when I am 88 years old!)

The tent was packed; in fact, we had trouble finding seats despite paying $125 for VIP seating! However, the models were young and beautiful and the fashions were fun. The music was loud and rocking and the crowd seemed to love the evening.  They especially appreciated the Go Red for Women heart survivors, which was a nice tie in. Enjoy this short video from the event:



Filed under Fashion, Fun, Politics, Uniquely Florida, winter park

Orlando Shakespeare Theater: A Night to Remember!

When the Top 5 was invited to the Season Opening Gala at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, I knew we couldn’t resist. Great food, fun entertainment, hobnobbing with big wigs, and all supporting a great cause…what more could I ask for?!

Season Opening Gala

When we arrived, they had the red carpet rolled out to receive guests, and so we made our way into the lobby where elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen were already chatting it up over tasty hors d oeuvres and an open bar.

The Food

There were several stations set about, serving everything from pasta and lamb chops to crab salad and sushi. The displays were breathtaking and the food was even yummier!

One of the beautiful food stations!

Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ.

Desserts from Seasons 52.

The Silent Auction

Inside the big domed room, there seemed to be at least one hundred items up for silent auction. Packages ran from opening bids of $25 (restaurant gift certificates) up to $4000 (sapphire necklace).  The room was packed with excited bidders, but I just couldn’t talk my hubby into anything!

The silent auction.

Some of the fun silent auction packages.

Sapphire necklace, opening bid of $4000.

The Big Wigs

Orlando Shakes was certainly the place to “see and be seen” as some of city’s biggest movers and shakers turned out for the night:

  • Philanthropist Harriett Lake
  • UCF’s President Dr. John Hitt and Provost Dr. Tony Waldrop
  • Chairman of the Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center Jim Pugh
  • Chairman and chief executive of Massey Services Harvey Massey
  • Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal
  • Orlando Sentinel‘s Scott Maxwell
  • Trinity Preparatory School’s headmaster Craig Maughan
  • The Analog Artist Thomas Thorspecken
  • And, of course, Central Florida Top 5 editor Bess Auer

Harriett Lake being welcomed by this year’s Gala Chair, Patti Strasberg.

Thomas Thorspecken busy sketching.

Top 5 editor Bess Auer and hubby Joe.

The Live Auction

After a welcome by Daniel McIntosh, the President of the Board of Directors at Orlando Shakes, the live auction got underway under the keen eye and sharp wit of Orlando Shakes’ Jim Helsinger and Tom Yochum of Lowndes, Drosdick, Kantor and Reed law firm who sponsored the event.  The highlight of the live auction had to be a bracelet donated by Harriet Lake. The replacement value of the piece was estimated at $32,000!  (It went for a steal at $12,000…Nice!)

Artistic director Jim Helsinger.

One of the live auction packages as presented by Anne Hering.

The Entertainment

Gala goers got a sneak peek at the theater’s upcoming The 39 Steps, which seems to be a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python… yep, it looks like it will be simply amazing! I can’t wait to go back and see the actual play… opens September 15!

Top 5 editor Bess Auer - Check out our seats!

A sneak peek...can't wait to see it!

Special thanks to Orlando Shakes’ Melissa Mason, who graciously provided us tickets to tonight’s gala. It was definitely a night to remember!


Filed under Charity, The Arts, UCF