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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sold! To the highest bidder

You should have seen it.

Edna Marie Allen, Mary Frances Querbes, Jim Montgomery and Ashley Sugar Bates raising their hands to help nab auction items for Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center "Las Vegas Nite."

At times, steering committee members even vied for the opportunity to call upon businesses as center chief David Hylan called off items from the last auction.

That is how this A-list group feels about the center — very special.

Namesake Betty Phillips was front and center Tuesday at Bella Fresca for the kickoff luncheon.

An owner John Cariere, who shares benefit co-hosting duties with Barbara Sugar, was in the kitchen preparing pork chops, sweet potatoes and sweet potatoes.

The lunch bunch also enjoyed a fab salad. Choice of desserts — which many weight watchers turned down — was coconut creme pie or creme brulee.

The every-other-year black-tie optional fundraiser will be held Dec. 1 at Cambridge Club. Admission: $125 a person.

More faces in the crowd of diners: Sandi Kallenberg, Linda Goldsberry, Electra Churchhill, Maryann Valiulis, Randolph and Tina Kallenberg, Dr. Rebecca Thomas, Tika Wooley, Dr. Ryan Wicker, Mary Jo Hicks, Michelle White Lafitte, Sean O’Con.


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