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Flower Power yields BlossomWomens committee raises $36,000 for Cleveland Orchestra

Cecil Giltz Published: March 16, 2003 12:00 AM

By Cecil Giltz

Kent LifeTimes editor

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The final tally from the Hudson Blossom Womens Committee annual mid-winter Silver Ball is in, benefiting the Blossom Music Center with proceeds totaling $36,000. The creative black-tie gala, with Harriet Brenner as chairman, was themed Flower Power in celebration of the 1968 opening of the center. Brenner stated that the proceeds exceeded their expectations. The event was recently held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, decorated in bright oranges, pinks and yellows, contrasting the stark white snows of the Ohio winter.

Nearly 230 guests enjoyed reminiscing about the 1960s, dressing the part, and dancing to the band, Special Event, which played an assortment of 60s songs throughout the evening.

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The Wilcox Ballroom was an explosion of color with deep pink and hot orange tablecloths accented with sunshine yellow napkins. Centerpieces of varying sizes and heights of clear glass bud vases holding brightly colored Gerber daisies were set on mirrors with votive candles creating a shimmering effect.

Tierney Kimmerle, committee chairman, also served as co-chairman on the decorating committee. She credited Ada Cooper Miller, floral designer, as the source for the floral decorations. The bud vases also served as the table favors for the guests.

Huge weather balloons lit with black lights from below created a psychedelic effect for dining and dancing in the ballroom.

Giant daisy trees flanked the entrance to the silent auction area featuring more than 100 items, including hotel stays nationwide, a Blossom concert ticket followed by a private reception with Maestro Jahja Ling, a three-hour plane ride over Northeastern Ohio, and sports, spa and entertainment packages.

The event also offered a variety of raffles ranging from a jewelry raffle of a 14-karat white gold flower-shaped pendant with diamonds and a pearl center valued at $1,800, donated by Jewelry Art of Hudson to a silver raffle of an 11-inch Waterford crystal vase, valued at $300, donated by Jan and David Leshner of Hudson. The 50/50 raffle was valued at $700.

Among the special guests celebrating the Blossom benefit were Jerry Smith, Cleveland Orchestra manager of foundation and government relations; Sue Starrett, Cleveland Orchestra development communications manager; Arch and Emily (Blossom) McCartney; Judith and Clifford Isroff, chairman of the Blossom board of overseers of the Musical Arts Association; Bobbi and Peter van Dijk, Blossom architect; and State Sen. Kevin Coughlin and his wife, Ann.

One of the featured events celebrating the 35th birthday of the committee and Blossom, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, will be the Grand Reopening Night Concert and Rededication July 5.

3x-silverblossom: Helping the Hudson Blossom Womens Committee celebrate the 35th year of the existence of the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls with its annual benefit Silver Ball, themed Flower Power, are, from left, Clifford Isroff, chairman of the Blossom board of overseers of the Musical Arts Association; Emily (Blossom) McCartney; Harriet Brenner, event chairman; Jerry Smith, Cleveland Orchestra manager of foundation and government relations; Peter van Dijk, Blossom architect; and Tierney Kimmerle, Hudson Blossom Womens Committee chairman.

2x-Seibertblossom: Darrel Jr. and Laura Seibert of Hudson remember his fathers firms acquisition, Seibert Development Corp., of the options on the parcels of land which became home for the Blossom Music Center.

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