[Photographs by Ted Smith, Governors Village Communication Committee Photographer]
Led by Diane Talley and Dominique Gignac, the Social Committee put on a great party Saturday for the Governors Village community. Residents streamed in for this end-of-the-summer tradition and were greeted upon arrival by Mary Shaver and Linda Krieter.
Food and cash donations were accepted at the door and raffle tickets were sold to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina. Prizes for the raffle were an assortment of fabulous donated items that had been collected and assembled into luxury gift baskets. The baskets were on display near the entry and residents lined up to dream a little before placing their tickets.
Next it was time to grab a table and get some swim time in before dinner.
DJ Jeff Taylor entertained during the event with a variety of fun music, inspiring some to get up and dance and others to imagine themselves at the controls in a few years.
When it was time to eat the Nana Taco “make your own taco” buffet drew large crowds and garnered many rave reviews.
Our young volunteers worked hard helping with setup and serving dinner. Thanks to Andrew and Caroline Conte, Isabel Dummer, Noah Talley, and Emma Taylor. Additional thanks to Ethan Taylor for sharing his talents in designing our pool party flyer.
Neighbors filled the desserts table with yummy temptations.
After dinner it was time for the raffle. First there were several announcements. Arnie “Tokyo” Rosenthal reminded residents of the upcoming Music Festival September 20, 2015 in Meadow Park.
Dressed in chain mail Andrew Dummer gave a glimpse of Boo Fest, scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Before moving on to the raffle, Amy Gamber reported excellent news for Governors Village’s support of the Food Bank. Residents donated an estimated 1,000 pounds of food and contributed $1163. A match by an anonymous donor of an additional $1163 raised the donation total to $2326. This is double our previous best year!
Many of our residents donated items to the raffle, which helped us generate money for the food bank. Thanks Scott Leslie, Stephan Mole, Amy Gamber, Joanie Hicks, and Debbi Nichols.
And the winners are…
Sam Shaver, Andrew Dummer, Chris Gamber, and Trent Leonard provided much help with set up and cleanup.
Social Committee member Diane Talley was tireless in organizing this event and these members made valuable contributions: Dominique Gignac coordinated the dinner and helped collect items for the raffle; Linda Kreiter enthusiastically ran errands to make sure we had everything we needed for the event; Shannon Leslie helped collect items for the raffle; Mary Roederer, Mary Shaver, Lisa Marie Taylor and Angela Romatzick were also involved in planning and execution.
Diane stressed it is not just hard work that made this event a success, it is the love of community that each volunteer shares in giving time to this committee.
More pictures… [Click on one to begin a full-size slideshow.]
Questions: Dominique Gignac, dgignac at earthlink.net
Raffle Ideas or Donations: Diane Talley, di at netalley.net
Food Bank or the food drive: Amy Gamber, momenttospare at yahoo.com
Sponsored by the Governors Village Social Committee