PAWS BENEFIT AT THE ICE PALACE, CHERRY GROVE June 2, 2012
and text by Jeannie
Always a fun evening I cant think of a better way to
raise money – and for such a noble and necessary cause: the care and feeding,
protection and health of our feral animals…and abandoned pets (yes, shocking)
year featured a combined effort of PAWS, Pines Animal Welfare Society, organized
by the Grove’s Valerie Perez and Lee Frey in the Pines, with Long Island’s
Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc.
the veterans Sal Piro and with DJ Chuck McTague at the helm the evening
proceeded as smoothly as these shows go – with minimal rehearsal and reliance
on the “pro” performers to deliver. ..and they did!
Palace was literally going to the dogs:
& Jack with Scarlet O’Hara who clearly does not want to share the shot
That’s better! Scarlet O'Hara wants her own moment in the spotlight!
She was adopted from a foster dog group last year, a subsidiary of PAWS, "For Pete's Sake" rescue.
this pup had show openers Lavinia Draper & Kenny Holcomb genuflecting,
opening number, appropriately “Lady is a Tramp”.
delivered their medley to “Love” with mixed results, Draper even throwing in
some vigorous tap dancing in her quest -
so good for Lavinia who’s gotta “Find Somebody to Love.”
look so successful…
it’s Bella Time!
the ever glam MC opened with a typically subtle song “Push The Button” which garnered
an ecstatic response form the women in the house
New Homecoming Queen Robin Kradles delivered “I’m Gonna Live until I Die,” in
her own voice and glistening gown
always posh Demi Tasse outdid herself in a ruffled extravaganza
her audience with just a glimpse of the gorgeous creation underneath as she
“sang” “Diamonds Are Forever.”
all the way from California” In a surprise gender bender Linda Dickerman and
Barbara Hirsch swapped sides as
Rogers and Dolly Parton, in with “Islands in the Stream,” prompting Bella to
remark she never saw the usually macho Linda in heels.
short lived endeavor
writer Bruce Michael Gelbert, sure voiced (and sure footed), delivered a solid
“Moon River”. He was thrilled when “all my friends sang along with me”.
remarkable contrast the manic Logan Hardcore did cartwheels,
from the rafters and
a split as she “sang” “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “Ring My Bell,” “Hot Stuff,”
and “Funky Town.”. Wow!
a welcome move back to elegance the famous Tommy Femia ,resurrected the beloved
Judy Garland with “Rockabye Your Baby,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Chicago.”.
Broadway End of the Rainbow’s Tracey Bennett should share the Tony she
is bound to win with Tommy.
typical Grove pairing
Joyce changed her pose
and Philomena opened with a crack about Romney “Always a Bride, Never a
Bridesmaid” as they glitzed through Coffee in a Cardboard Cup,”
into singing/dancing waitresses
watch Panzi –or her apron -
new a career move she demonstrated that she can strip
gone – on the floor - and no hands!!!
Scalpa delivered a Sinatra medley. Look for him in a piano bar.
Piranha tackled a difficult “I love the Cinema Italiano.” From Nine punctuated
with some choreographic emphasis. You go, girl.
Levine got through “I’m still Here” without benefit of accompaniment
deprived the evening of its usual drama – Panzi & Philomena remarked they
“knew everything about the song except when it would end”
Miss Fire Island 1968, took a break from “working” the bar “where I grew up”, belted
and bumped her way through “Hard-Hearted Hannah.”
and Philomena tried to out do each other in bad jokes, then offered a prize for
the most recent knee replacement in the audience,
it was up to Porsche to bring it all home with a barrage of her best songs:
Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog,” (keeping in theme), “Everybody Loves a Lover”
and her signature Janis Joplin “Summertime,” and more
me, but aren’t those hairpieces as cuffs?)
members of the audience rushed the stage to stuff or throw money at her – all
donated to the cause for PAWS
delicious dessert extravaganza was the audience’s reward!
note from Valerie:
Although we didn't have as many people in the audience as previous
years. The PAWS/ALMOST HOME Benefit
raised $ 4322.00... $ 3010.00 was the result of our 50-50 cash drawing.
The winner Anita Auricchio donated half of her $1500 winning's back.
We are hopeful that this new partnership between PAWS/ALMOST HOME will
keep PAWS alive...