The Crosswinds Restaurant at Mill Bay Casino, was the perfect venue for the Manson’s Night to Remember, that was held on Oct. 11, 2017. It was a night to gather and celebrate the community of Manson as they recognized and honored various outstanding community members. There were awards, a dinner, a silent auction and dessert dash to round out the evening.
“We thank Tom Fitzpatrick and his great crew at Crosswinds for making the night so special,” Norm Manly said. “The wait staff was attentive to our needs and the chef provided an amazing choice of prime rib or salmon for the main course.”
People started arriving at 6 p.m. and were greeted by the check-in team consisting of Sandy Day, Leslie Guimond, Kathy Stocker and Tiffany Schnelle. Individuals received a number to use for bidding on the many silent auction items and a table assignment.
The room was filled with over 100 guests. Prior to dinner, the Master of Ceremonies Jeff Conwell welcomed everyone and directed their attention to the auction tables with 50 gifts they could bid on.
It was hard not to take a look at the dessert table full of culinary delights and then try to figure out which one they hoped to secure during the “Dessert Dash” scheduled for later in the evening. Of course folks caught up with old friends and made new ones.
The award presentations followed dinner, with a total of eight awards presented by the Manson School District, the Manson Kiwanis and the Manson Chamber of Commerce.
Manson School District Superintendent Matt Charlton helped present Kayla Helleson with Teacher of the Year. Maria Verduzco was honored as Classified Employee of the Year, and Analexis Manjares was presented with Student of the Year. She could not be present, but she sent the community a video message of thanks. Kelly Kronbauer was on hand to accept Analexis’ award on her behalf.
Lynda Cotter representing the Manson Kiwanis Club presented Norm Manly with the Citizen of the Year. Jeff Conwell presented Ron Trickett with Volunteer of the Year. Kelsey Harding-Chavez received the Most Inspirational of the Year, and Rootwood Cider received the Business of the Year Award. Manson Kiwanis Club was awarded with Special Recognition for all they do in the Manson community.
It was time for dessert and the ‘Dessert Dash’ that was developed by Phyllis Coleman and the Dessert Dash Committee Chair Judy Dai. Every table collected money, which was placed into an envelope. The table with the highest dollar amount was first to run for the dessert they wanted. Every ten seconds another table was notified, and the dash for a dessert was in full swing. It was a lot of fun and managed to raise close to $2,000!
Before the night ended the individual with highest bid for each auction item picked up and paid for their prize. The auction brought in a total of $3,164, “We thank all the businesses that provided prizes for the auction,” Manly said. “In total, the Chamber raised close to $6,000, and those monies will be used to help promote our special community to the world.”
“A night like this is a huge undertaking, and A Night to Remember was successfully and professionally put together with only volunteers,” Manson Chamber Board President Judy Dai said. “We thank each and every one! I couldn’t be more proud. It was an amazing night!”
Thanks goes out to all of these volunteers:
- Event Coordinator – Debbie Conwell
- MC and Video – Jeff Conwell
- Ticket Sales – Judy Dai, Debbie Conwell
- Awards and Venue Procurement – Kelsey Harding-Chavez
- Check In – Leslie Guimond, Sandy Day, Kathy Stocker and Tiffany Schnelle
- Auction – Sandy Day, Leslie Guimond
- Dessert Dash – Committee Chair -Phyllis Coleman and Judy Dai
- Decorations – Debbie Conwell, Phyllis Coleman, Sally Coleman
(By Norm Manly, edited by Christine Eagar)