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The following article was posted on April 3rd, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 4 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 4

Hobnobbing With Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Is it my imagination, or are the regular monthly Chamber of Commerce mixers getting to be more fun? The level of networking and business buzz seem to be on the upswing as more people come to eat, drink, and be merry.


Rooney's Pub comes to mixer:
Mary Hernandez and Tim Rooney attended the Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer on March 21. Hernandez and her husband, Ed, were the event hosts.
PHOTOS BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Chamber members Mary and Ed Hernandez were hosts for the March 21 mixer at their offices in one of the city’s industrial sections, near Blosser and McCoy.

These are two interesting, delightful entrepreneurs.

Ed runs Mission City Fumigation, while Mary oversees the part of the enterprise that sews custom tarps for properties that need odd-sized—we are talking humongous—tents for fumigation. Mary also creates and sells industrial-strength totes and purses in her Super Sak line.

D.J. Tony Gonzalez and Ed Carcarey of MEGA 97.1 have become staples at these mixers, offering their services in providing music and taking charge of raffle items. Their motto is “Have amplifier. Will travel.”


Briefing on bugs:
Jim Colegrover (left) and Kyle Rizzoli (right) were engrossed as Ed Hernandez (center) expounded on fumigating for termites and friends.
PHOTOS BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Raffle prizes were noteworthy. Eight hours of a painter’s time and dinner for four at Trattoria Uliveto were two of the coveted items. Raffle entry is free with the deposit of your business card in a jar.

I guesstimated the headcount to be around 200. The crowd was bolstered by Mary’s pals from the Women’s Network who showed up to support her: Christine Gerber, Michelle Shipman, Krista (real estate lady who doesn’t use last name), and Amy Curti, who gave me the skinny on an upcoming event (see below).

Chef Alphonse Curti catered the food: Eye-talian meatballs, risotto, ravioli, and artichoke soup. Miz Hernandez was up all night baking half a dozen huge cakes for the dessert table.

A cute and toothsome twist on mixer buffets was the Carol and Carol Candy Buffet. Small bags were provided for guests to fill with lemon sourballs, chocolate-covered pretzels, caramel corn, and peanuts.


Maneuvering at the mixer:
Early arrivals schmoozed at the Chamber of Commerce March Mixer at Mission City Fumigation on Thompson Way.

Steven and Hollie Funkhouser (or is it McFunkhouser?) of Allan Hancock’s Starry Sky Coffee Co. provided their wonderful coffee and popular Italian sodas.

Tim Rooney of Rooney’s Pub was Mr. Congeniality as he cheerfully manned the portable beer dispenser that served up Rooney’s refreshing blonde ale.

Altrusa at Old Orcutt Library

Melinda Aguirre, president of the noontime Altrusa Club, let me know that the club celebrated World Poetry Month on Thursday, March 21, at the new library on South Broadway in Old Orcutt.

Former county supervisor Joni Gray showed up to read a poem aloud for the crowd that included Mary Housel, city librarian.

Altrusa members wore vintage hats provided by Laura Dias, from the collection of her mother, Mary Tognazzini.

OCAF Annual Gala

The annual OCAF gala, the major fundraiser for the Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation, is getting a new date, a new look, and a new venue.

The glittery gala will be held on Saturday evening, April 27, at the Santa Maria Country Club. For the past several years, the gala has been held in February at the Radisson Hotel.

Board president Amy Curti told me that this year there will be four entrée choices (as opposed to the traditional three). Amy’s husband Chef Alphonse Curti of Trattoria Uliveto will do hors d’oeuvres and dessert.

Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased online. If you have an auction item to donate, call Executive Director Hannah Rubalcava at 938-8966.

If you want to hobnob with Helen, you may contact her at helenthom232@yahoo.com.