Music of the Night
The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club’s (LWRWC) held its annual holiday fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the LWR Golf and Country Club. Attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner, music and dancing provided by JB Baxter from More than Music. This year’s event which featured the theme “Music of the Night” raised over $15,000 to help the club’s charities with their most critical needs.
A musical show was performed by Jeffery Kin, Artist Director, and cast members from the Players Centre for Performing Arts. Jeffery was superb in his role as EMCEE, and Player’s singers/performers, Jennifer Baker, Kenneth Basque & AJ Cali, wowed the audience with their magnificent vocal talents. The show featured a breathtaking rendition of “Music of the Night” and outstanding performances of favorite holiday songs.
A silent auction and a giving tree contributed to the fundraising success. All proceeds will benefit LWRWC ‘s three adopted 501(c)(3) charities: HOPE Family Services, helping victims of domestic violence; SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy) dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional, and cognitive growth of children and adults with special needs; SOLVE Maternity Homes, helping pregnant women in need and their babies for over 40 years.
In their opening remarks, LWRWC President and Event Co-Chair, Eileen Buzzard and Event Co-Chair, Monika Templeman thanked all the members of the Music of the Night Committee for their support, with kudos to Registration Chair, MaryLee Danahy, for her extraordinary dedication.
They expressed appreciation to all the sponsors and donors, with special thanks to Joseph Adamchak, from Adamchak, Bordes & Associates Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch. Monika concluded with a shout-out to the newest philanthropic committee, Blankets 4 Babies, for donating a beautiful handmade quilt and afghan and to her fellow artists from the LWR Art League for their continued support of the LWRWC fundraisers.
After the musical performance, Monika and Eileen presented Jeffery Kin with a donation on behalf of LWRWC for the Players Centre for Performing Arts. Eileen then surprised Monika with an “Above and Beyond Award” on behalf of LWRWC for Co-Chairing four major fundraiser in a row (the Holiday Jazz Supper Club Cabaret in 2017 and all three major fundraisers in 2018, while serving as the ongoing Publicity Chair).