| Fundraiser for Head Injury Survivors|
I attended a fund-raiser for Alabama Head
Injury Foundation last evening and admired a segment of what-makes
America-great, that I had not seen before.
If I can use the term, it was an upper-society event with "cocktail-dress"
code (I didn't know what that was, but guessed correctly), exotic food (catered
by Culinard), and a lot of peer
networking. We met CEOs and CFOs who control Birmingham's economy, the attorneys
and FBI agents who prosecute them, and then run for public office, and the
lawyers who defend them. We met surgeons, administrators, ex-sports stars, and
many other rich people. The dinner itself was held in a castle-like house --
imagine a house where two hundred people can sit and have formal dinner, and
where the guests had to be driven to the house in a taxi from the lawns.
I know that many people would frown upon partying in the name of
charity. In fact my own upbringing taught me to treat charity as a duty and a
sacrifice, rather than as merriment. But my new opinion is that having a grand
party for worthy cause is wonderful. Because I feel that complex problems are
not merely solved by money, but by meeting of leading minds.
A Hilarious Side Story
Apparently, this fund-raiser is an yearly event and this year there had been
a change of the venue. A donor at the party told us that she assumed that
it was in the same castle-like house where it had always been and went there.
There was yet another fundraiser going on there for Miss Alabama Pageant, also a
formal-wear, rich people's event. Of course, she didn't know that and was
welcomed to the party. Soon she realized that she couldn't find any of her
friends and called a friend on the cell-phone (these houses are that big, you
really need cell-phones to talk to others in the same house) to mingle, and
realized that she was in the wrong location when there was "no kissing
frogs sculpture at the swimming pool".
So, got a black tie? You can party with the wealthy. Apparently it is very simple. Just show up!
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Sunday, May 4, 2003|
Last Modified: 5/4/2003