Color me stupid.
Every time I buy tickets for a Chinese auction, I get distracted and put both sets of tickets - you know, including the "Keep this ticket" ones in case your number is called - in the bags for the prizes I'm interested in.
Theresa Metcalf, event chairperson, and John Balzano, master of ceremonies
-- Janice R. Kiaski
But that certainly didn't ruin my evening out with Better Half at the Italian American Cultural Club's second-annual "Festa del Vino" wine, beer and food tasting, although I would have been an even happier woman had I won some of those delightful prizes. Ditto for the silent auction that featured a great array of items.
Close to 300 people turned out Friday night for the fundraiser held at St. Florian Hall to generate money to fund scholarships named in memory of the late Rev. Edmondo Stabene.
Thanks to what event chairman Theresa Metcalf termed a successful event, there should be enough money to fund five $1,000 scholarships if not more.
"Everything went well," said Metcalf. "I had a great committee - the kind of committee every chairperson dreams of. That's why it was a success. I only had to direct and worry," she said with a chuckle.
The committee included Nick and Deena Riley, Carm Gentile, Elida Petrella, Mariella Pittera, Billy Petrella, Mary Jo Rinaldi, Cheryl Adams, Lou and Carol Almonte, Teresa Laman, and Patty and Bob Ryan.
Musical entertainment throughout the evening came courtesy of accordionist Rick Pastre and vocalist Joel Smith. Club member John Balzano served as master of ceremonies.
Better Half got to reconnect with some Catholic Central classmates, including Judy Icuss who recently moved back to the area.
And in chatting with Tammy and Mike Zinno, it's always a pleasure to reminisce about Mike's great uncle, the late "Uncle Louie" Faccinto, who was my neighbor, a great guy.
What a party! Remember to check out some video footage from this event at our website - www.heraldstaronline.com under the "community" heading.