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Saturday Night Alive…The Musical
Our 2016 Signature Event
Local star power lit up the sky when Steel Magnolias held its signature fundraising event at the Hotel Maya’s Lagunita on August 27, 2016. The wattage was provided by a dozen Long Beach leaders, who set aside their day jobs to sing, dance and prance their way through Saturday Night Alive – The Musical!
The hilarious musical revue featured celebrity impersonations by local luminaries, but the real show-stoppers were a group of talented youngsters whose performance of We Are the Champions was a tribute to the patients at the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center that underscored the importance of the evening.
Saturday Night Alive raised more than $110,000 — and so far this year, Steel Magnolias has raised almost $180,000 — to help children with developmental delays, behavioral and learning challenges, and other conditions.
The festivities began with a reception on the Lagunita patio overlooking the Long Beach skyline. Guests placed silent-auction bids on fine wines, vacations and imaginative party experiences.
When it was time to gather for the gourmet dinner, the audience of more than 200 was greeted by Tom Jones (Stramski Center medical director Dr. Gary Feldman) and Dolly Parton (Steel Magnolias member Anne Emigh). Laughter soon filled the air and the merriment continued throughout the fun-filled evening as the community stars took the stage: Lucy Daggett (as Ethel Merman), Michele Dobson (Aretha Franklin), Mike DuRee (Cher), Rick DuRee (Sonny), Jay Dysart (Elvis Presley), Nancy Ackerman Gaines (Janis Joplin), Steve Kuykendall (John Denver), Bob Murrin (Rod Stewart), Felton Williams (David Ruffin of The Temptations) and Jeff Williams (Freddie Mercury).
During the show’s intermission, auctioneer extraordinaire Randy Gordon, president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, led some spirited bidding on a number of impressive auction prizes.
Major sponsors for Saturday Night Alive were the Evalyn Bauer Foundation, Julie and Supervisor Don Knabe, the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation, Jean and Mohammad Raghib, and Marlene Temple.