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Hopewell Summer Solstice

Stacy Hunter, Erin Hobey and Jenny Vitale
(Summer Solstice)

K.K. Sullivan, Clara Rankin and Joe Sullivan
(Summer Solstice)

John Makley and Mort Epstein admire the table John made (Summer Solstice)

Peg Gift, Melissa Block and Georgia Murray
(Summer Solstice)

“Summer Solstice”

        Friends and supporters of Hopewell, the residential therapeutic community on a 300-acre farm in Geauga County, gathered at Clara Rankin’s lovely Hunting Valley estate.
    This year’s party lured 460 people on a perfect summer night to mix and mingle between two barns where one of the best silent auctions anywhere is always placed and to dine on Sammy’s delicious food in a huge tent open to the soft air.
    In keeping with what seems to be a trend, this was a party by committee with Mrs. Rankin, along with Bobbie Brown and the Ingalls Foundation as honorary chairs; Erin Hobey and Stacy Hunter, auction chairs, and Kathy Mahovlic decorations chair.
    Auction bidders had a BidPal to work with which resulted in a lot of people walking around with their heads down watching their bids. I thought they were giving us cell phones. Enterprising Les Jacobs, via BlackBerry, was even sending photographs of bid items home to his wife Lee, who gave up her seat for a client. Listen, if even I can figure out how to work the techno marvel, you can too.
    The party raised about $180,000 including a whopping $27,250 from the live auction, to “help a war veteran heal.” There was much cheering for that one. STORY BY MARTHA TOWNS/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROB WETZLER

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