Sheri Morton, chairman of the event, said she got her inspiration for the party theme after attending a California chapter of Save Venice (Italy) extravaganza.
Assisting her with the many details of the party were Jody Platisa, Jane Rosell, Alma Tycer, Thursday Club President Judy Cooper, Bev Albright, Gracella Gibbs, Mary Hennessey, Karen Poindexter, Val Burgess, Abha Goel, Joanie Bartoli-Porto and Jacky Hollingsworth.
Guests sipped sparkling Prosecco wine, which comes from the Veneto region of Italy. I was first introduced to this delightful wine in the old section of the small town of Asolo, about an hour away from Venice.
To accompany the bubbly Prosecco, guests nibbled on delicious prosciutto-wrapped date appetizers that were donated by Anthony’s Fine Wine and Food. Other delicious hors d’oeuvres were spread out on a table in the lovely newly finished patio of the club.
Dave MacPhearson, Dave Moffitt and Gerry Tutt were the official bartenders of the evening.
The big attractions of the evening were the casino-like gaming tables, where everyone could test the whims of Lady Luck. While some people were gaming, others were bidding on an array of tempting silent-auction prizes.
In between the auction bids and wagers at the game tables, La Cañada High School Concert Choir members Matt Fung, Jeffrey Goldberg and Austin Lee performed Italian arias. They were accompanied on the piano by Eric Engler. The young singers are under the direction of LCHS’s Jeff Brookey.
Later on in the evening, guests again gathered in the patio to dine on an Italian menu featuring pasta Bolognese, Alfredo with chicken and vegetable primavera. Caesar salad and garlic bread complemented the meal. Caterer Gail Connell prepared the dinner.
At the evening’s end, game players counted up their winning tickets to claim prizes of all sorts. I went home with a bottle of single-malt Scotch whisky and two fine cigars. I kept the hootch and gave the stogies to two club members’ husbands who are cigar aficionados.
I think everyone who attended the party agreed that it was a truly fun evening.
JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada social scene. She can be reached at email@example.com.