St. Francis High School held its Imagine 2011 dinner and art auction at The Gillespie last weekend.
Beverly Cooley and Daniel Kalif were chairmen of the successful evening. The art and the bars were on the balconies – smart planning! Downstairs on the main floor were the dinner tables and the silent auction tables of jewelry. It looked spectacular. There was even one necklace called the “Freedom Necklace” that included a piece of the Berlin Wall in it! Amy Vallmer was in charge of that part of the evening.
The art auction did well. Michael Hoskins, Rick Jenkins and Virgil Vaughn did vignettes to show what could be done with the art. A portrait of a student from Somalia, Noor Ambure, by art teacher Gayla Irwin brought the highest price of the evening: $2,700. The winning bidders then gave the portrait to the student. What a wonderful thing to do.
This child had seen the “pirates” hack some of his family to pieces. He is one of 15 children in his family, and only five survived. Somehow he and his mother got out and came here. She works in a hotel. He is talented and smart, and the education he is getting at St. Francis will certainly help him.
CHEFS FOR HOPE
Down the street at Park Place, Anoosh Shariat opened the restaurant for the benefit of the Culinary Training Program at the Salvation Army., He called on his buddies in the business, and they all responded.
Chairman of the advisory board, Hunter Wilson, welcomed the guests as they arrived. Guests included: Betty and Larry Leis; Susan Rostov with Peggy and Rod Henderson; Marilyn Markwell and her husband, Carl; Pat and David Peterson; Laura Frazier and Harry Dennery; Charlsey and Bill Loudenback; Sherrie and Walt Freeman and lots more.
Cindy and Ray Carcione were there with Cindy doing just about everything. She got the evening going and her boundless enthusiasm kept everyone’s spirit up.
The tickets for the seven-course dinner were $250 each. All of that money went to the Salvation Army for its groundbreaking program teaching culinary and restaurant skills to residents who have no education, job skills or a home of their own.
This program is being talked about and copied around the nation. But it couldn’t be done without the best chefs that Louisville has to offer. Think about their generosity in taking off on the busiest night of the week to lend a helping hand.
Dean Corbett, Kathy Cary, Daniel Stage, Peng Looi, Anoosh Shariat, Jim Gerhardt and Josh Arnold gave it their best and were aided by Creation Gardens, Fox Hollow Farm, Gordon Food Service, Sysco Louisville, Universal Linens and US Foods.
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