Monday, May 29th, 2017

Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital “Island Christmas in July”

Patti DiPompei, Dr. John Letterio and Sharon Klonowski

Patti DiPompei, Dr. John Letterio and Sharon Klonowski

Jan and Jack Borkey

Jan and Jack Borkey

Ryan Cross, Donna Bloom Schwartz and Dr. Michael Konstan

Ryan Cross, Donna Bloom Schwartz and Dr. Michael Konstan

Kimberly and Joe Diemert

Kimberly and Joe Diemert

Guests were greeted at the Club door by Christmas elves (Linda Musarra and her minions!). Inside, Santa (Jeff Frantz) was available for photos, while violinist, Anna Oliver, played Christmas melodies. Outside, drinks and appetizers were served, and a great selection of wines was available, courtesy of World Wines & Liquor in Mentor. Ultralight hang gliders soared by overhead, spearheaded by Jack Venaleck and his crew of off-duty patrolmen. Fun dance music by the The Pop Tarts further enhanced the festivities!

Consolo Holdings, LLC was the generous presenting sponsor. Jerrod Borkey, owner of BMA Media Group, donated the sound and staging, and Steve Novak, owner of NOW, donated his professional valet services.

With 320 guests, the event raised more than $150,000, said Sharon Klonowski, director of Circle of Friends. Proceeds benefit The Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAROLINE R. MERK

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