Hollywood in Margaritaville: Orlando's Margarita Society pours margaritas
in plastic cups, invites about 4,000 uptown friends -- and donates thousands of toys to underprivileged
At the fifth Margarita Society Ball Saturday, bright red fire trucks, train sets, bikes, dolls and stuffed bears
were stacked ceiling high in the grand ballroom of the Peabody Orlando. Attorney Lawrence Watson, one
of the 25 businessmen and lawyers who make up the Margarita Society, estimated the guests gave 6,000
toys as their tickets for admission to the party. The toys will be distributed to area youngsters through civic
groups, child abuse shelters and day care centers.
The guests looked like Hollywood East: A galaxy of twinkling bugle beads, bow ties, sequins, silks, tuxes
and tails all having a great time. Lots of bare shoulders, poufed cocktail skirts and long legs packed the
Distinctive in the throng were the Margarita men themselves, bedecked in margarita-colored bow ties and
carrying silver drinking flagons. Some Margarita Society members are Frank Blackard, Larry Mattingly, Bill
Fray, Nolan Carter and John Overchuck.
Take a snow check: Snow cut short Friday's Central Florida Zoo benefit concert at the Sabal Point
Country Club, but it didn't chill the $50-per- person patron party. About 400 zoo patrons danced and
partied until well past midnight to overcome their disappointment that concert headliners The Four Tops
were snowbound in Detroit. Singer Ben E. King was instrumental in warming spirits, singing an extra 20
minutes onstage and at the apres-concert patron party.
Accountant Kitty Wrenn, landscape architect Glenn Herbert and wife Sharon, FSO manager George
Alexsovich, architect Norman Stoehr and wife Catherine, and plastic surgeon Tom Trevisani and wife
Susan were among those blistering their palms in Kingly appreciation.
No word yet on the funds raised. Organizer John Smith Jr. said dollars won't be counted until after the
Four Tops concert is rescheduled. Ticket- holders can call the zoo for information.
No umbrellas necessary: A torrential downpour leaking through the festive party tent Thursday didn't
wash out the preview party for the second Winter Park Antique Show. Gallery owner Malcolm Reeves,
who helped mastermind the party and the three-day antique show that ended Sunday, simply moved
party, food, spirits and guests to the front portal. Some patrons who attended the small but choice sale
were dentist Ted Schwartz and wife Leslie, Rollins professor Pearson Hunt and wife Edna and
cardiologist Robert Boswell and wife Cathy.
Proceeds go to the Winter Park Educational Foundation that funds scholarships for talented Winter Park
kids. On hand were this year's winners, Donna Adams and Que-Tram Nguyen.
Fruit of the vine: La Amistad, a Maitland program for disturbed youths, poured about $2,800 into its
coffers on Saturday with a wine tasting and wine auction. In the deliciously avant-garde center designed
by African architect Vaughan Burns, about 70 wine lovers swirled and sniffed and bid on French and
California wines. Most wines were donated by Central Florida's serious oenophiles, including investor
Philip Kobrin and wife Andrea, and wine merchant Dexter Richardson.
After frenzied bidding, Martin Marietta administrator James Conrad and wife Jeri emerged as the big
spenders: $406 on wines. Other wine lovers were computer rep Romie Littrell, real estate agent Marcia
Benjamin, attorney Joe Piazza and his fiancee, accountant Donna Watts, and one of only four certified
women sommelieres in Florida, Judy Bateman.