In Style at "Cinderella's Fairy Tale Ball" 


The St. Thomas Episcopal Church annual gala dinner and auction, to benefit the church's outreach programs, has become one of Ginter Park's most eagerly anticipated and dressiest community and social occasions. Saturday evening, Feb. 19, "Cinderella's Fairy Tale Ball" was this year's theme as patrons entered the church's transformed parish house on Hawthorne Avenue.

Cinder-block hallway walls, usually covered in children's artwork, had been covered in solid blue paper adorned with metallic stars to suggest a magical night sky. The church dining room was given the look of a medieval castle.

Members of the church, under the overall direction of co-chairs Kate Parthemos, Ann Fuqua and Jeanne Loving, had been in the kitchen for days preparing a sit-down meal. Guests dined on salad of mixed greens, marinated artichoke hearts and shrimp and mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin with port wine sauce and spicy pear salsa. But it was the auction — both silent and live — that kept attendees on their toes. There were antiques, tempting trips to East Coast golf resorts, jewelry and even a handcrafted wrought-iron arbor created by Wayne Fuqua.

In addition to many parishioners and folks with close ties to St. Thomas, spotted among the revelers were former Richmond City Councilman Wayland Rennie, artist Ann Newbold Perkins and community leader Betty Loving.

Of course the Rev. Bill Reeves, the church's interim minister, was into the spirit of the occasion. In his pre-dinner blessing, he invoked the spirit of whimsy and closed his prayer with the appropriate words, "Going, going, gone."

And where were you?

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