Host Eddie Mannis with his friends Sherry Jenkins, left, and Renee Repka on the lawn of his Kingston Pike home.
The Summer Swing party held this past Saturday on the front lawn at Eddie Mannis’ house certainly was aptly named. At least the “summer” part. The temperature at the event was HOT! But that didn’t stop attendees from at least attempting to “swing.” And judge a cocktail contest. And make use of a cigar bar. And participate in a live auction. Whew!
The event was a benefit for Positively Living, an organization dedicated to assisting those in our community dealing with HIV/AIDS.
Several hundred folks attended. Music was by one of my favorite bands, The Old City Buskers. A beautiful buffet was provided by Nancy Kendrick’s Creative Catering of Knoxville. Gay Lyons, Positively Living’s director of development, was in charge (as much as anyone could be!).
The party was moved from Eddie’s terraced back-yard garden to the front yard so tents could be set up due to the threat of rain. But we all agreed we liked this arrangement better because the flat surface allowed for more mingling. That’s volunteer Karyn Holbrook in the orange dress. Fortunately, the rain held off until the party was just ending.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was there with his wife, Kelly.
Tony and Sharon Spezia. He’s CEO emeritus of Covenant Health.
Gay and Bill Lyons.
Kent and Kim Lauth.
Chris Sneed, left, and Will Smith.
From left, Chris McKenry, Ricky Kennedy and Jim Harness.
Valerie Coleman and Municipal Judge John Rosson.
Megan Venable, left, and Helen Harb.
Lee Ann Rogers and David Butler, executive director of the Knoxville Museum of Art.
City Councilman Finbarr Saunders and Nora Robinson.
Here’s Janet Testerman, one of the contestants in the creative cocktail contest, offering her entry, Blueberry Basilito. It was delicious!
From left, Chris Davis, Rene Yanes and Alan Carmichael.
Perhaps because of the humidity, all of our name tags kept falling off our clothes. So Frank Munger came up with a clever solution.
Dino Cartwright of WVLT-TV, Channel 8, was one of the emcees. He’s with Shaun Fulco of Moxley Carmichael.
Bedford Waters and Laura Mansfield.
Amber and Dean Littleton. He’s general manager of WATE-TV, Channel 6.
Erin Donovan, another cocktail contest entrant, offers her creation: Peachy Darin Erin. Yum!
Summertime and the mingling is easy!
Julia and Gary Bentley with Mickey Mallonee, at right.
Angie Wilson, left, with Shanna Browning.
Lauren Davis, left, of WVLT-TV, Channel 8, was an emcee. She’s with Sam Maynard and Janice Mitchell.
Mariane Whittemore, left, and Holly Hambright.
Dusty Brock, a cocktail contestant, had the best name for his drink, in my opinion: I Got 99 Problems but a Peach Ain’t One of Them!
Positively Living’s board chair, Mary Thom Adams, announces that Bedford Waters has made a significant donation to the organization. Yay!
From left, Ben Prijatel, Bill Mynatt and Jesse Volpe.
Sisters Ellen, left, and Nora Robinson.
Two of my favorite husbands: Alan Carmichael, left, who is mine, and Joey Creswell, who is married to my friend Janet Testerman.
Brian Pittman with Lori Campbell, left, and Michelle Smith.
Rene Yanes was the winner of the cocktail contest with his drink called The Nicholas, named after the historic building where he lives. Congrats! I have to say that all four of the contest cocktails, created with ingredients from Sugarlands Shine, were great!
Dan and Pamela Chips.
Jim Landreth, left, and Bart Weaver.
Troy Lowrie, left, with Steve Walling.
The buffet was a hit. Here’s Will Smith making his selections. (Photo by Judson Hall Photography)
The Old City Buskers played on. (Photo by Judson Hall Photography)
The stifling heat did not stifle the dancing instincts of Lee Ann Rogers and Steve Drevik. (Photo by Judson Hall Photography)
Then it was auction time as Dino Cartwright and Lauren Davis took to the microphones.
Gay helped out by holding up the offerings. In this case, an original Brian Pittman drawing of a cathedral.
As everyone headed to their cars, it started to rain. As I said, “Whew!”