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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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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

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