Lago Vista Women's Club 
Come Fly with Me-2018 Gala Event
Saturday, January 27, 2018
6:00 pm
​Live Auction Team: Mike and Sherri Hanley of Hanley Charity Auctioneers 

The Most Exciting Event of the Year! 

What a glorious evening for the Lago Vista Women’s Club!  The “Come Fly With Me” Gala was a night filled with excitement as the attendees socialized, dined  and danced.  K Oaks was a sky full of beautiful hot air balloons, birds and bees, fairy gardens, and outer space!   Alfred’s Catering provided the guests with a delicious meal of a fall salad, roasted beef medallions, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and winter vegetables, topped off with chocolate cake that got rave reviews.  The Big Night Quintet played a wide assortment of jazz and blues, leading with “Come Fly With Me” to begin the entertainment.  Our auctioneers, Mike and Sherri Hanley, provided buzz of excitement with the live auction items and paddles up bidding.  The Wine Pull and Pick A Star were a huge success.

The achievements of this magnificent event would not have been possible without a team of ladies who worked tirelessly and never wavered in their commitment to the gala.  Elyse Ernst, Auction Chair as well as Gala Co-Chair, provided tremendous support; Elyse spent countless hours and traveled literally hundreds of miles to procure donations from businesses locally and all around the Austin area and beyond, as well as insuring the quality of our live auction items.   Sheryl Speckmann led the silent auction team of Gina Williams and Diane Voth, whose time and creativity in putting together dozens of offerings made for a lovely presentation.  Gina’s home was “remodeled” into a storage space for several months!  Donna Nash led the Decorating Committee, with all the Gala Gals spending long hours over many months creating the decorations that filled K Oaks.  What those ladies can do is amazing!  Mindy Hensen pulled double duty on the Gala Committee, working with Alfred to arrange a beautiful meal, as well as coordinating the cashier processes, with help from Judy Devore who assumed responsibility of the cashier database, helping our cash out process go smoothly.  I cannot adequately describe the creativity of Anna Johndrow, who filled so many critical parts of the gala process, from designing the tickets and program, creating the slide show presentation for our auction items, and a myriad of other details.  Anna worked along with Kay Schneider to develop our very own gala Facebook page!  Their constant monitoring and updating of the page provided viewers details of the gala as well as the items presented for auction.

Many others worked diligently on the committee:  Wine Pull, Rose Melican and Judy Guthrie; Pick A Star, Elyse, Kari Monahan and Marilyn Hamblin; Ticket Sales, Melony Kempf and Sandra Schaffner; Publicity, Kay Schneider, Wine Bar, Annette Stokes; Entertainment and Hostesses, Jan Thompson-Harnett; Photography, Patti Johnson; Travel Bag Drawing, Nancy Meierhoff; and Elaine Hughes, who helped in receiving items at the Chamber of Commerce. As club President, Trisha Upchurch provided leadership and constant support of the Gala, always on call and generously giving of her time.  I thank each one of you for contributing your time, your ideas and your incredible attention to every detail of the gala.  You are a remarkable group of women and I’m honored to have worked alongside you.

There are so many others who volunteered all along the way to help make the gala successful, from many of you who assisted the committee chairs in whatever they asked you to do, to those of you who volunteered your time on gala evening to help with an auction table or other activity, to those who worked as a cashier, hostess, bartender, or jumped in as needed to help with last minute details.  The army of ladies who came to K Oaks on Friday before gala day to help transform the room into a sky of beauty and to make sure everything looked perfect made the day so much fun.  So to each and every one of you, thank you for your support, your time and your dedication to the success of the gala.
The evening was a whirlwind of fun and socializing, but the generous participation in the live and silent auctions, paddles up, the wine pull, pick a star and the travel bag drawing stole the show!   The final amount raised is still being calculated, but we know that our goal of granting scholarships to local high school young women and awarding grants to local philanthropic organizations will once again be soundly achieved.  Thank you to those who bid on auction items and participated in the other offerings, and to all of you who donated time, money and items for the gala.  

I marvel at what we as a club are able to accomplish.  Each of you should take great pride in your efforts, not just for the gala but throughout the year, toward the achievement of our goal of helping others in our community. 

Vicki Perrin
Gala Chair
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