Boys & Girls Club Rosecliff 2011 Gala Honors its Original Mission: Helping Children

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
~ W. B. Yeats


Cheryl Mrozowski & husband, Barbara Bohan & Debbie Grant

The Boys and Girls Club of Newport has a history of whimsical, creative costume themes for its annual summer gala, held at Rosecliff mansion. Previous years' themes have included "Heroes & Villains", "Saturday Night Live", and "Las Vegas".  Guests arranged themselves by tables, and then each table was a unique expression of the theme, guests  arriving in elaborate costumes.


This year, event planners went back to the basic mission of the organization, choosing "A Celebration of Children" as 2011's gala theme. It seems highly apropos; the Club's mission is, after all, "To inspire and enable all young people--especially those who need us most--to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."


Barbara Bohan & Kristen Reed putting finishing touches on the party

Perhaps less flamboyant (read rowdy and hilarious) than in prior years, the sold-out party created an elegant, lovely atmosphere, spilling into a second room for the seated dinner. Co-chairs Diane Beaver, Barbara Bohan, and Kristin Reed were responsible for the event's success. Other attendees included Jay Page, a party from Ruth Buchanan's home that included David Thalmann, Leith Adams, and Jane Smith. Having fun were Debbie and David Grant, Pieter Taselaar, and Bobbi Carpenter, Newport Seen also caught up with the lovely Cerise Jacobs whose opera, "Madame White Snake," won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music.


Puppets like Muppets showed the goals

Clustered dolls, toys, and wagons under decorated trees lent a youthful touch to the night. As guests enjoyed a seated dinner of seared filet mignon, rosemary-skewered vegetables, and potato galette, several speakers addressed the crowd, including Brittany Hullinger and, poignantly, a young gentleman graduate of the program, Tre-quan Baker, who shared his gratitude for the all the assistance that the Boys and Girls Club had provided to him. All three co-chairs were thanked, as were event honorees Ruth Buchanan, Carol and Les Ballard, Robert Grace, and Mr. and Mrs. John Grace.


Amanda Johnson & Samantha Winter, of Sequin


Lively dancing to Bob Hardwick's orchestra followed dinner and preceded dessert: we spotted David Ford, Rod O'Hanley and KSN on the dance floor. Rather than a traditional auction, guests could opt to donate to a "Wish List" of items that would go to the various programs and camps run by the organization, providing items such as computers, art supplies, scholarships, and kayaks. Guests were also invited to bid on a live-auction 5-night stay for two at glamorous Half Moon Resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica. Afterwards, the Orchestra kept the dance floor hopping late into the night.


                                                                 -- Amanda M. Grosvenor


(Editor's note:  This event was the most successful ever, raising nearly $150,00 for the work of the Boys & Girls Club.)



Rosecliff at the ready

Checking in guests

Linda Kempenaar, Mary Koziara & Dori Palmer


Hugh & Annette Raisky with Kristen Reed & husband

John Rayall & Coco Blaffer

Annette & Hugh Raisky with Susan Killebrew

Jason Mills, Stacie Mills, Sharon & Ray Caine

Brenda Wilson, Richard Bohan & Robin Carreiro

David & Leslie Reed with Elijah Duckworth-Schachter

Marilyn Brockway, Wayne Bainton & Ken Brockway

Nicole Carlin in Pucci

Scott & Betsy Akers, in from Atlanta

Hattie Gruber, Mary Steuart, John Higgins MacDonald &

Amanda Grosvenor of Newport Seen


Harriet Higgins & son Peter MacDonald

Rick Grosvenor, Elizabeth Clark, Terry Grosvenor & George Clark

The cocktail party crowd awaiting Jane Smith & Ruth Buchanan


David Thalmann with Ruth Buchanan, friends & Jane Smith

The entire entourage from mrs. Buchanan's pre-party

Bob Hardwick's orchestra delighted guests

Richard Crisson, lovely couple, and Rod O'Hanley

Pieter Taselaar, Isabella Walker, Richard Burnham & friend

Robin Reardon Ronald Lee Fleming & Vicki, the tennis pro from the

Everglades Club, Palm Beach, in discussion at dinner

Martha Honeywell & Rod O'Hanley cutting a rug

Young lady with David Ford

The singer delighted!


Tyson Reed & Tom Hagerty


Stacie & Jason Mills


Mingling guests

Tom Eberhardt & Cerise Jacobs

Sydnor & Noelle Settle, friend, and Jane Grace

Beth Mitchell, Janet & Jim Lanzillo, Kimberly Tegarden

David & Debbie Grant

John & Michaela Carlin

John & Jae French, Ernst & Nancy Rothe, George Clark

Peggie Richmond, Jay Page, Kim Herrlingher

Muppet-like display

Kristin & Tyson Reed, Diane Beaver

Bill Leatherman, Robert Manice, Bill Wilson

Brittany Hullinger speaks

Rosecliff's ballroom

Tre-quan Baker speaks

Tre-quan Baker speaks

Co-Chairs Kristin Reed, Diana Beaver and Barbara Bohan were honored

by Board President Bill O"Hanley and Executive Director Joanne Hoops


Ken Brockway. Diane Beaver and guest

Guests had a wonderful time

Diane Beaver speaks

Mary Louise Fazzano & Bettie Pardee

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