May 3, 2006 - Red Hats and Shriners Gather in Blairsville, Georgia
Members of the Red Hat Society recently gathered together at NGTC in Blairsville, Georgia to help raise money for the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. It was a good cause and a fun day.
Ed and Betty Turner were looking good. Union County Commissioner Paris was all decked out in a black Tuxedo. Stan Gunter was all smiles and Richard Nichols and Wayne Smith were as handsome as ever. Walter Kissel, as Waldo the Clown, was a big hit with the ladies. All of the gentlemen, acting as ushers for the event, made the Red Hat ladies feel like a million dollars.
The Red Hat Ladies came from all over Georgia and North Carolina. Groups with names like the Flaming Hussies and the Dixie Bells were colorful in their party dresses and of course, their red hats.
JoAnne Leone entertained everyone and did a great job as Mistress of Ceremonies. Eddie Eskew, from the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta, touched everyone's hearts with his video about young patients treated at the Shriner's Hospitals.
Many things happened during the gathering. Everyone was treated to a fun fashion show sponsored by Noelle's and Lady J's Boutique of Blairsville, Georgia. Lunch was excellent with delicious dishes catered by Joan Drake of Cobbs Mill, also of Blairsville, Georgia. A silent auction was held with many nice items up for bid. A cruise was on the auction block during the live auction.
Last, but not least, Ronda Rich, best selling author and one of the first women sport's writers, humored everyone with her quick, southern wit. She told stories about going to New York to meet with her publishers and about being interviewed by Barbara Walters. After her time at the mike, Ronda held a book signing for her fans in Blairsville, Georgia.
The recent Red Hat Gathering is just another way that these middle-aged ladies share their bonds of affection. With a belief that silliness is the comedy relief of life, the Red Hat ladies celebrate life with genuine enthusiasm.