Holiday Cabaret 12/6/2017

Holiday Jazz Cabaret Raised Over $10,000

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club’s held its Annual Holiday Fundraiser at the LWR Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, December 6, featuring a Cabaret Show performed by Jeffery Kin, Artist Director of the Players Centre for Performing Arts. Dinner and dancing to music provided by JB Baxter from More than Music added to the festivities.

Jeffery wowed the audience as the Cabaret the EMCEE and talented Player’s singers/performers, Amanda Heisey and Kathryn Parks were outstanding. A very successful silent auction and a giving tree contributed to the fundraising success and all proceeds will benefit the LWRWC ‘s three adopted 501(c)3) charities, HOPE Family Services, SOLVE Maternity Homes and SMART Riding Therapy!

LWRWC partners with SMART, SOLVE and HOPE

Photo taken by Pam Eubanks, East County Observer


Pictured L-R Eileen Buzzard, LWRWC VP and Event Co-Chair, Nick Drizos, Smart Board Member, Dana Cornell, SMART Admin Assistant, Brandi Ezell, Executive Director, SMART, Peggy Kerwin, Executive Director of SOLVE, Laurel Lynch, Executive Director of HOPE, Monika Templeman, LWRWC President and Event Chair and Patti Wrobel, LWRWC Past President and Board Member HOPE.

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club sincerely thanks all our Sponsors & Donors for helping to make our Holiday Jazz Supper Club Cabaret Charity Fundraiser a spectacular success! With the help of our wonderful Lakewood Ranch Business Community, the Holiday Jazz Supper Club Cabaret raised over $10,000 to help our adopted charities with their most critical needs.

Artist and President of the LWR Art Club, Mary Ellen Slenker, donated her coveted services as a Pet Portrait Silent Auction Item and will do a custom framed oil painting of the winners’ precious pet.

The lucky winners were Trish Newman and her husband Bobby. Trish was named Woman of the Year 2017 and was presented with an award for her outstanding contributions to the Women’s Club in her many roles [Program Chair, Event Chair. Recording Secretary, and Past President.]

Lakewood Ranch ART Club ladies were Mary Ellen Slenker’s cheering section at the Holiday Jazz Supper Club Cabaret Charity Fundraiser


Thanks to Sponsors and Donors

Our generous Sponsors included: Adamchak, Bordes & Franz Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch; Lakewood Ranch Communities, SMR; Cool Today Plumbing; Dr. Emily Arsenault of Arsenault Dermatology; Patricia McMillan of Berkshire & Hathaway; ComCenter, Lakewood Ranch; Clarit Realty, LTD; IREM Solutions, Inc.; Helen and Robert J. Low of Perron & Low, Linda and Ozzie Patzmann, MaryLee and Paul Danahy and Patti and Bob Wrobel.

Our generous Silent Auction Donors included: Players Centre for Performing Arts, Ritz Carlton Members Club, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Nick Drizos’ SMART Chefs, Che Bella Aveda Salon & Spa, LWR, Local Artist Mary Ellen Slenker, Dr. Emily Arsenault of Arsenault Dermatology, Four Pillars, LWR, Wish On Main, Vanessa Fine Jewelry, Sarasota Orchestra, The Ringling, Brandi Enzell, Executive Director SMART, Laurel Lynch and Norm Hale, ComCenter, Lakewood Ranch, Jeanne Storeim, Gemz Fine Jewelry, Cheers to Wine, Elaine Vaughn of Elaine’s Designs, Diane Nelson, – Beach House, Mar Vita & Sandbar Restaurants, Seasons 52, UTC Sarasota, Luxury Nails, Clarit Realty, LTD, Stonewood Grill, Robert J. Low, Perron & Low, Carmel Café, Gecko’s Hospitality Group, Jeanne Storeim of Artistic Entertainment, and First Watch, LWR, Lilly Chaddha, Patti Wrobel, Eileen Buzzard, Monika and Jim Templeman, LWRWC Board and LWRWC Blankets 4 Babies Committee.

L-R, Jan Hasler, Ann Sledz, and MaryLee Danahy

A special thank you to Registration Chair, MaryLee Danahy, Silent Auction Chair and event photographer, Helen Low, Decoration Chairs Elaine Vaughn and Diane Nelson and the rest our amazing Holiday Jazz Supper Club Planning Committee, including Patti Wrobel, Ann Sledz, Lilly Chaddha, Linda Sutton, and Shirley Taradash! Kudos to our event photographers Helen Low and her husband Robert Low, our treasurer, Kathleen Cleveland Linda Sutton and Jan Hasler for agreeing to handle the Silent Auction purchases. And a double thanks to Jan for helping MaryLee with registration. Also, sincere thanks to our Greeter ambassadors, Ann Sledz, Lilly Chaddha, Diane Wagner.