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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 2
Hobnobbing With Helen
BY HELEN ANN THOMAS
The Big Event of the month of March was the long-awaited (for a whole year) St. Joseph High School 27th annual BASH.
This chic soiree took place Saturday evening, March 9, in St. Joe’s all-purpose gymnasium. Transformed from a jock shop into a glamorous venue, the gym proved its versatility.
Laura Badenall, decorations chairperson, and her committee, saw to it that BASH-goers felt like they were on a cruise ship with stops in Africa, the Caribbean, and Antarctica.
For Event Coordinator Stacy Verbryke, this year’s BASH was bittersweet. After 13 years of being an integral part of the fundraiser’s planning and execution, the energetic brunette is retiring.
BASH co-directors Laurie Gonzalez and Elizabeth Vega are sad to see all that experience leave the committee, but they know they can call her in a pinch.
Committee member Eleanor Byars is also saying adios to BASH, but Jennifer Strickland will be one of those staying on.
This was actually a BASH weekend, with informal, casual dress code on Friday night, March 8, when there were gobs of silent auctions items. Attendees were able to buy gourmet pizza and salads, as well as drinks, after paying a modest entrance fee.
But it was on the following night, Saturday, that the BASH ladies strutted their stuff in long gowns and fancy dresses.
Father Ed, development director at St. Joe’s, was pleased that the turnout this year was up by about 10 percent from last year. More than 200 tickets were sold for this Night of Knights.
Guests began trickling in at 5:30 to pick up bidders’ paddles and table assignments, and to start perusing six tables chock-a-block-full of silent auction items that included really great necklaces, flats of strawberries, art, a vacuum cleaner, and terrific wines, among other things.
Later in the evening, there was also a live auction that offered a week in France, fishing in Morro Bay, skydiving in Pismo Beach, and two front-row, field box seats at a 49’ers game, with all-you-can-eat-and-drink elite black tie service.
If you didn’t like football before winning this auction item, you surely will love it afterward!
The $125 BASH ticket included non-stop champagne, a full-service hosted bar, and dinner prepared by Testa Catering.
After incredible hors d’oeuvres (halibut crostini, chicken empanadas, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and Latin stuffed mushrooms), guests enjoyed a menu geared toward an around-the-world theme. Thai tom yum goong soup, South American quinoa salad, African pork tenderloin, and New Zealand pavlova were served by St. Joe parents doing duty as waiters.
Among the crowd were Dr. Mark Ziemba, Jim and Ann Rigali, and Dr. Joe and Chris Slaughter. This is the first time Hobnobbing has seen Ms. Slaughter since she was appointed to serve on the Santa Barbara Foundation board. Way to go, Chris!
At my table, hosted by Dr. Norman and Mary Louise Hoffman, I enjoyed the company of Ed and Jenny Hawkes. Ed was one of the crew that hoisted the huge, voluminous material, secured by a “crystal” chandelier, that disguised the gym ceiling.
Jeff and Ann Barnes, Gene Martinez and Deborah Whitford, Rob and Sandy Buchanan, and David Baskett also enjoyed the festivities.
Herb Bolton, you charmer, it warmed Hobnobbing’s heart that you bought wrist corsages for your wife and her friend. What a great guy you are!
If you want to hobnob with Helen, you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.