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Around Town/Children Score Big at Oscars Event

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Mar 04,2010
Filed Under News , Community, Entertainment , Local Style,
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Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Police Chief Earl Cook and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille at the Alexandria’s Children Oscar Night Gala.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Police Chief Earl Cook and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille at the
Alexandria’s Children Oscar Night Gala.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - This past week, the Center for Alexandria’s Children won big with their first Oscar Night Gala to Benefit the Center for Alexandria’s Children.

Held at Belle Haven Country Club, the event attracted over 225 people and raised over $75,000 - more than double the budgeted amount.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Bonnie Christ, Tom Curcio and Joe Viar visit during the Gala.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Bonnie Christ, Tom Curcio and Joe
Viar visit during the Gala.

While fundraising galas are frequent this time of year, CAC coordinators did things just a little bit differently. Instead of holding it on a weekend, it was held on a Thursday evening. It was a four-hour event and there was no band or dancing.

The Oscar theme was carried throughout, with guests being photographed by the ‘paparazzi’ as they walked down the red carpet. Instead of labels, guests were given official looking VIP badges.

"Trophies" with numbers were sold as part of a raffle. Table centerpieces consisted of top hats with director boards and gold stars.

Nigel Morris, CAC Board Chair, emceed the event, and Gisella Pelaez, CEO, The Center for Alexandria's Children, welcomed and thanked the supporters and volunteers.

The speeches for the "Celebrity Awards" were long because there was so much to say about each recipient. However, unlike many events where presenters can hardly hear themselves speak, in this case they had everybody’s attention.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Nigel Morris emcees the Oscar Night Gala.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Nigel Morris emcees the Oscar Night Gala.

This was a committed crowd. Yet, there was plenty of time to mix and mingle, bid on silent auction items, have a few drinks and enjoy the ample buffet provided by Belle Haven.

Recipients of the three awards were Retired District Court Judge Stephen W. Rideout; Laurie Meyer, LCSW, Community Services Board Team Member; and Peyton Jones, Youth Services Coordinator, Alexandria Police Department.

Speaking on their behalf were, respectively, Carri Stolz, Mile Gilmore and Chief Earl Cook.

Pelaez is thrilled at the success of  CAC’s Inaugural Oscar Night Event. “The number of community members who joined us to celebrate the children in our community and the individuals who work with them was amazing," she said. "I believe that the event served as a great introduction to many of the attendees on the work that we do within the community to protect children and strengthen families; and more importantly why each Alexandria resident should get more deeply involved going forward.  

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Gisella Pelaez thanks supporters and volunteers for their hard work during the Oscar Night Gala.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Gisella Pelaez thanks supporters and
volunteers for their hard work during
the Oscar Night Gala.

“The stars of the evening shone brightest when the Center's Board of Directors presented the first ever Champion for Children Award to Judge Stephen W. Rideout (retired District Court judge); the first Outstanding Dedication to Alexandria's Children Award(s) to Laurie Meyer (Alexandria Community Services Board's Team Leader) and Peyton Jones (Alexandria Police Department's Youth Services Coordinator).

Event co-chairs, Lori Morris and Lauren Garcia said:  We are celebrating the wonderful cross section of people that was there.  City employees, companies, private citizens, nonprofit people and even the press. We can't remember another event that drew so many people together, with such spirit around one cause. Fantastic.”

Tucked away in a townhouse off King Street is an Old Town treasure – Vander Zee Gallery. It’s behind the children’s store, Why Not?, and you may have noticed the bright blue door and the colorful sign.

While you may have walked past the bright blue door that leads to the gallery before, take the time this Saturday and open that door.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Amanda Chandler and Bonnie Rideout check out Judge Stephen Rideout’s Celebrity Award.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Amanda Chandler and Bonnie Rideout
check out Judge Stephen Rideout’s
Celebrity Award.

You will find not only a warm and inviting gallery but also talented artist Rob Vander Zee. Plus, this weekend is a great chance to walk out of there with a great piece of artwork at a very reasonable price.

Vander Zee Gallery presents the 5th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 6:30-9 p.m. Auction proceeds benefit the Vander Zee Foundation which supports the painting students at the Vander Zee Gallery as well as other students of the arts.  

Rob Vander Zee said that there will be at least 35 different styles from 20-25 local artists. Gary Bowers studies with Vander Zee and is one of the artists who will contribute his artwork.

“You can get a really good piece of art for a couple of hundred dollars,” said Vander Zee. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

After Hours with the Chamber
 
On Feb. 18, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held their monthly Business After Hours at Union Street Public House. A large crowd attended the event that was held in the Regatta Room at Union Street.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Rep. Jim Moran, at the center.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Rep. Jim Moran, at the center.

Several different appetizers were served during the two-hour networking event, including Union Street’s popular crab and lobster cakes. David Eskay, general manager, Amanda King, and Robert J. Test, managing partner, were on hand to mix with the crowd.

King spoke to guests about holding private parties and special events at the restaurant, while Eskay highlighted the menu and some of their special events that are coming up.
 
For more information about Vander Zee Gallery, call 703-683-1814 or visit www.vanderzeegallery.com. Visit http://shaunaleelange.com/2009/03/15/silent-auction-adventures-vander-zee-gallery/ for photos from last year’s auction.

For more information about the Center for Alexandria’s Children, call 703-746-6008 or visit www.centerforalexandriaschildren.org.


For more information about Union Street Public House, call 703-548-1785 or visit www.unionstreetpublichouse.com.

For more information about Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, call 703-549-1000 or visit www.alexchamber.org.



Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Table centerpieces completed the theme of Oscar night.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Table centerpieces completed the
theme of Oscar night.



Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Pam and Carlos Cornelio
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Pam and Carlos Cornelio



Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Elected officials and CAC staff members join celebrity award winners.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Elected officials and CAC staff members
join celebrity award winners.



Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Staff at Union Street Public House makes last minute preparations.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Staff at Union Street Public House
makes last minute preparations.



Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Robert J. Test and his wife, Jan, enjoy a moment before the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Robert J. Test and his wife, Jan, enjoy a
moment before the Alexandria Chamber of
Commerce Business After Hours event.



Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Jay Palermino, Lynn Hampton and David Eskay visit.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Jay Palermino, Lynn Hampton and David
Eskay visit.



Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Tina Leone, Joe Shumard and David Eskay welcome guests at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Tina Leone, Joe Shumard and David Eskay
welcome guests at the Alexandria Chamber
of Commerce Business After Hours event.



Photo by Gary Bowers<br /> <br />An illlustration of the type of artwork that will be included in the 5th Annual Art Auction at Vander Zee Gallery:
Photo by Gary Bowers
An illlustration of the type of artwork that
will be included in the 5th Annual Art
Auction at Vander Zee Gallery:
"California Hillside."



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