Thanks to All Who Made Gala 33 a Success!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 16, 2015

Jim Knoll arrested me at our 33rd Anniversary Gala — handcuffs and all. He is the kind of police officer who gives all who serve the law a good and solid reputation. For years, Officer Knoll has given of his time to oversee the street during our al fresco dining events. The arrest, thank heavens, was a joke to heighten my introduction of Sammy Stuard.

Sammy Stuard, President and CEO of F&M Bank, is a cultural treasure. Besides being a solid businessman and banker, he practices the high art of auctioneering and has done so for us for as long as I can remember.

I know everyone was pleased with the food. Chef Lewis Graham makes it a point to sign on for any Roxy event. His expertise with food preparation and service is phenomenal.

Many thanks go to the following who helped make our Gala a success: F&M Bank, Legends Bank, Sango Village Florist, Total Package Events, Beachaven Winery, MB Roland Distillery, the Roxy Regional Board of Directors and, of course, our patrons.

Thanks also go to the artists and others who donated auction items, helping us raise over $40,000 for our 33rd season: Peggy Bonnington, Stuart Bonnington, Joseph & Nancye Britton, Olen Bryant, Susan Bryant, John & LuAnnette Butler, Couture Crush, Customs House Museum, Dan Post Boots, Jim Diehr, Leah Foote, Bob Gandy, Alan Goldstein, Donald Groves, Jim Hancock, Miranda Herrick, Richard Hogan, Heidi Hopkins, Horsefeathers, H.N. James, Lisa Kemmer, Paige & Darren King, Frank Lott, Larry Martin, Nicoletta’s Catering, Beverly Parker, Billy Renkl, David E. Smith, Ray Szczepaniak, Ronnie Thornton, Lou Toth, Steven M. Walker and Amber Wallace.

I want to thank all the artists and artisans who participated in Frolic on Franklin: 4His Glory Photography, A Stitch Or Two, Art By Ola, Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Carolyn Rogers, David Magers, Donald Groves, Downtown Artists Co-Op, Frank Lott, Friends of Photography, Horsefeathers, Kelly Goldsmith, Lisa Kemmer, LNM Creations, Mishmash, Nanotime Photography, David E. Smith, The Cut Above Woodworking, Thornton Pottery, Tuckessee Woodturners, Twisted Creations, Village Arts, Westchester Falls Candle Company, and Wooden Things. I think most of them did well, or at least well enough to commit to next year’s event.

Kenwood High School JROTC instructor Mitchell Ketchens’ students — Dalen Warwick, Rachel Joyce, Billy Payran, Jose Cruz, Jessica Kinley, Brennen Eaton, Jillian Owen and Boluwatife Raufu — not only performed their step routines, but many helped with setting up, taking down and storing tents in our balcony, work truly for the young and strong. Sadly, I am neither — but what I lack in the aforementioned, I make up for in wisdom.

Much praise and kudos must go to Ryan Bowie and Melissa Schaffner for pulling off an all-day event, starting at 5:00am and ending near midnight, making for a long, but glorious one.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde opens for pay-what-you-can tonight (Friday), playing this Saturday at 8:00pm and Saturday, October 24 and 31, at 2:00pm. Our perennial favorite Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show begins its limited run next Friday, October 23, at 8:00pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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