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The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra hosted its “Couture in Concert” fundraiser with James Hogan at the DeSoto Hilton Savannah on March 6.

When more than 200 of Savannah’s most passionate fashion and music lovers join the most gracious designer in Savannah to watch local fashionistas strut down a catwalk with thousands of dollars of Harkleroad jewels, you better grab a front-row seat quick!

Greeting me and posing for a group pic are lovely volunteers Cynthia Heil, Venessa Lott, Katie Davis and slow-to-smile Phyllis Albertson. Fast food restaurants near me now Rushing the ladies because of a previous shoot for Meg Albertson Pace, I zoom into a room filled with four serving stations, a SPO trio and double open bar.

Bypassing Adam Turoni’s couture chocolate being served on a silver tray, I make a beeline over to United Community Bank’s petite beauty Gaye Reese and ask for a Champagne toast of her with Joan McKenzie and legendary Susan Mason.

After teasing the culinary queen on Greg Parker’s whereabouts and when their next Pink House lunch will be, I am waved over for a pic of gorgeous Lisa Pinyan and her husband Danny, the reigning “best-looking builder in Savannah” with event chair Tiffany Hughes and her husband John.


Tiffany’s co-chair Carolyn Brown wants a photo of her husband Darryl with Nina and Ron Eidell, jeweler to the stars Caleb Harkleroad pulls in blonde beauties Rachel Wilson and Kacey Kennickell Ray while world travelers Howard and Pat Hackney pose with Dorothea and Tim Coy.

Every time the Hackneys travel, Howard posts hundreds of epic pics and I end up with a new location to visit! Recently in Thailand and headed to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for a photo class, I have so much envy for this talented photographer and his jet-setting life!

Another person I have always admired is the incomparable Lois Wooten. Fast food restaurants near me that deliver Savannah’s leading lady introduces me to her friend, Kentucky native Tammy Jo Long, and poses with fellow fan Justin Hart — all while making sure I know about all the Bamboo Farm’s upcoming events.

Glancing around the room, I see ever-stylish Kelly Parker and Terri Kennickell, local fashionista Kim Smith and Anne Lytle, the Grand Dame of the DeSoto. Food restaurants near me that deliver I attempt to pause SPO Director of Development Terri O’Neil, but the spirited blonde is in the midst of last-minute event details, so I let her pass.

My next ready-to-pose person is London’s gift to the South — the dynamic Lesley Francis. Fast food restaurants open now In her eight-year history, the 5 foot, 2 inch speed reader has built her public relations firm into one of the biggest in the area. Fast food restaurants open today She is one of my favorite people, not because she is literally brilliant — she and husband Carl are Mensa members — but because of her passionate personality.

Who knew that SPO Vice Chairman Samir Nikocevic is a classically trained pianist? I had no idea I would have yet another reason to admire this good-looking fashion model! Another GQ qualifier is the poster child of southern real estate, Austin Hill. Fast food restaurants open late There cannot be a better example of realty royalty, and I am always stoked to see this guy.

Knowing that Austin is hitting the catwalk soon, I pose him with SPO Executive Director Mitchell Krieger and Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Shannon before meeting four vivacious ladies from Optim Orthopedics — Morgan Williams, Jan Cochrane, Rhonda Davis and Laura Ladwig.

Eternally youthful Jackie Rabinowitz and fellow beauties Vicki Young and Monica Beadleston flank dapper-dressed Stephen Rabinowitz while the entire DeSoto catering department decides a group pic should include every person walking by.

With time running out, I see models running back to dressing rooms, so I head to the ballroom and have a quick chat with SPO Operations Director Chris Merkle. Fast food restaurants open on easter Looking entirely too young for such a big job, I tease the 29-year-old Pennsylvania native about his age and compliment the obvious fashion lover on his attire.

It’s show time! The lights dim, music is cued and 16 models strut their stuff. Restaurants american fork I see local model Maureen Smith, the ever-elegant Brice Cooper, beloved Dolly Chisholm and the classy Robin Allen followed by sharply dressed men Austin, Samir and Peter.

Watching Spotted photographer Tom Reimer click pic after pic, I make a detour to the runway lineup and end up with one of the best pics of the night as model Ashley Borders runs over to designer James Hogan and squeezes him in a hug of obvious love. Restaurants american fork utah If any of you know James, you understand that this is a true reflection of how we all see him. Restaurants fast food near me It’s a perfect last pic of another perfect night in our blessed city.

Walking out, I think how the Savannah Philharmonic has been Savannah’s world-class orchestra, performing concerts from classical to pop, for the past eight years. American food restaurants near me The organization’s work ranges from vital education outreach to regional schools and integrative medicine programs at local hospitals to more than 15 concert performances each season, including the always iconic Picnic in the Park. Restaurants and fast food near me Take time to listen to the talent we have in our own backyard!

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