Carnevale La Vie Parisienne!

Penn, Shari, Patrecia and T.K. Broecker at the Carnevale.

Penn, Shari, Patrecia and T.K. Broecker at the Carnevale.

Kentucky Opera’s black tie gala, Carnevale … La Vie Parisienne, was last Saturday evening at the Marriott Ballroom and David Roth, the general director, was a happy camper.

The event began with wine and spirits tasting and an enormous silent auction focusing on wine and wine related items. This was followed by dinner and entertainment by Kentucky Opera Studio Artists. These young vocal artists were enchanting and the arias chosen for them had the audience in the palm of their hands. Noel Bouley was particularly commanding and held the audience enthralled. Luis Prada and Ruth Adkins sponsored the artists for the evening entertainment.

Doris Abdallah and Christy Kramer were the co-chairs of the Carnevale Committee which consisted of Wendy Anzalone, Bridget Bush, Shannon Budnick, Henry Eng, Frank Hil, Nancy Schrsder and Leslie Buddeke Smart. Thomas O’Brien III is the president of the Board of Directors.

Judge Paul and Penny Gold at Carnevale.

Judge Paul and Penny Gold at Carnevale.

There was a live auction featuring rare wines and luxury items and the evening finished up with dancing at Chez Maxim’s Lounge in the ballroom.

The 1905 Paris theme, La Vie Parisienne was inspired by the Opera’s final production of the Brown-Forman 2011/12 Season, The Merry Widow. The ballroom had a turn-of-the-century flavor of Art Nouveau in Paris. The opera set designer did a fabulous job.

The Opera’s Studio Artists sang arias and ensembles from Franz Lehar’s romantic comedy with other musical delights. Charmed by the entertainment were Sarah and Jim Haynes, Peggy and Louis Heuser, Lee and Angela Leet, Sam and Mary Michael Corbett, Paul Gabel, Libby and Jim Voyles, and Bonita and Frank Philpot.

Partygoers had the opportunity to bid on fun and festive silent auction items. It had something for everybody including a $5,000 total body makeover donated by Louisville Dermatology Clinic. (I think it would take more than that for most of the crowd!)

After a delicious dinner there was a live auction of dinners in private homes, trips and hard-to-find wines.

Barbara Sexton-Smith, Kentucky Opera General Director David Roth and Angela Leet.

Barbara Sexton-Smith, Kentucky Opera General Director David Roth and Angela Leet.

Sponsors of the evening were Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Blue Grass Motorsport, Brown-Forman, Kindred Healthcare, Hilliard Lyons, YUM, Riverpoint Capital Management, GE, US Bank, Thomas Nance Photography, First capital Bank of Kentucky, In Bloom Again, The Event Company, LG&E, Fifth Third Bank, Welch Printing Company and Underwired Magazine.

New this year was a raffle for a one-week stay at Maison Rose, the most beautiful house in the prettiest village (St. Jean) of Dordogne, France, for 6. Second prize was a wonderful dinner for 8 with French food and drink at the beautiful Cherokee Triangle home of Tanja Eikenboom and Rick Albrink. Tanja is Dutch but spent much of her youth on her grandfather’s plantation in Indonesia. She is a superb cook.

The Opera printed just 30 $500 raffle tickets and at last count, all of them were sold for a tidy $15,000 benefitting Kentucky Opera.

The next opera is Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m and Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Brown Theater.


For those friends of the late Ronnie Doggett, owner of Tin Horse Antiques, there is news of an auction of his treasures.

Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio will be selling the inventory and private collection of Ronnie on February 3-4. You may contact them for a catalog or email

Art Gala

St. Francis High School has announced that Gaela Erwin, famed Louisville painter and the school’s Artist-in-Residence, will again create a special work of art for the school’s scholarship fundraiser and art gala on February 3, at the Henry Clay.

Funds from the event’s Live and Silent Auctions go to the independent, private school’s scholarship fund, including its New American and Talented Minority Youth scholarships. 40 percent of St. Francis High school students receive financial aid scholarships.

This year Erwin is creating a pastel portrait of St. Francis sophomore, Kinsey Morrison. Kinsey has gained recognition as a motivational speaker after surviving three life-threatening illnesses, including cancer and heart failure. Today, Kinsey excels at school, plays forward on the St. Francis field hockey team and is active in community service.

Last year Erwin painted another of her students, Noor Ambure, a refugee from Somalia. The portrait raised $3,000 for the school’s scholarship fund. Noor is a recipient of one of St. Francis’ “New American” scholarships which seek to make an excellent college preparatory education accessible to immigrants.

Imagine 2012 will showcase art and jewelry in many forms, including works from well-known and popular artists both here in Louisville and around the world. WAVE 3’s Kevin Harned and Cox Radio personality Vicki Rogers will emcee the event.

The live auction will feature such big ticket items as overseas trips and use of a Porsche for a weekend. Guests have the choice of two ways to attend the evening. They can arrive at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a seated dinner and participate in both the Imagine 2012 Live and Silent Auctions, or come later at 8:30 p.m. for the silent Auction and Dessert Reception.

Tickets for Live and Silent Auction Dinner are $150 per person. Dessert Reception tickets are $75 per person. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with the Dessert Reception following at 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the school’s reservation line at 502.736.1044 or by emailing

Valentine Dinner Dance

The Kentucky and S. Indiana Stroke Association is hosting The Heartstrings Valentine Dinner/Dance on Feb. 10 at the Louisville Boat Club.

Mrs. Billy Duncan Williams (Lou Ellen) and Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Pittman are chairing the evening in support of the Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association.

There will be short program in honor and memory of the late Betty Sprigg who was a volunteer for the stroke Association.

Tickets are $75. VIP Tables of 8 at $1,500 include preferred seating and table favors.

Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. with complimentary drinks provided by Absolut Vodka, Four Roses bourbon and Lovers Leap Winery. Dinner is at 7 p.m. There will be dancing to the music of THE REMEDY.

For added fun there will be complimentary sweetheart photos provided by Fun Time Photo Booth.

For reservations call 502.499.5757.