by John Stratton
The beautiful evening in Greenhaven, Pawcatuck, on July 21 saw some 600 elegant “celebrities” gather at the home of Tom and Kathie Roy to support the National Brain Tumor Society and the Paul D. Lynch Memorial Fund.
The “Dress to Impress” costume party raised $5,200 for the two funds, which reflected the recent loss of Bob Hamilton, Kathie’s brother; Ray Cherenzia, of Cherenzia engineering; and Paul Lynch of Wescon and the Granite Theater. Bob and Ray succumbed to a rare form of brain cancer. Several other attendees had experienced losses of family members, so the event was a tribute to others as well.
Guests strolled the grounds attired as, for example, Marilyn Monroe, the Blues Brothers, Steve Martin, Madonna, John and Jackie Kennedy, and many others while rockin’ sounds and activities like rides in a 1956 Alouette II helicopter offered great views of the area. Misquamicut resident Don Krivitsky of Coastal Copters was at the controls.
Familiar faces could be glimpsed beneath the costumery. First selectman Ed Haberek of Stonington was fashionable in Bermudas, Tom Roy and friend Kevin Horrigan made a Blues Brothers team, Kathie Roy was Marilyn Monroe, Sandy MacKay was Steve Martin, Alexis Ann was country-cowgirl-comedienne June Carter Cash.
“Everybody in town was there,” said Bruce Morrow, who was squiring his wife, Jean, each dressed as themselves. “It was like a big, family party.”
This was the fifth “Summer Blast” sponsored by the Roy family. Last year, event contributions helped raise more that $100 per mile for research in multiple sclerosis at the MS Challenge Walk. What will next year bring!?
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