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A Night at the (Auto) Museum

Saturday night The Zoe Foundation hosted A Night at the (auto) Museum at the Armacost Museum in luxurious, industrial Grandview, MO.  The night was, in a word, phenomenal.  The venue was the best kept secret in Grandview (until Saturday night).    It’s hard to exaggerate how great this place is, especially when you realize you’ve driven by it forty times this year and never knew what sat just inside the big steel double doors.

The whole night rocked, but here are a few high points along with some photos by the fabu Shelley Paulson.

1)  Sal, the out of work lounge singer turned image consultant.

Very early in the program, I was joined on stage by Sal, who look very much as if the essential ingredients of Luis Cataldo had been poured into a yellow tuxedo and shaken until settled.

Sal pontificated, Sal meandered, Sal harassed, but Sal would not leave.  Eventually, he wandered off to strains of Sinatra’s “Chicago”.

My favorite line of Sal’s – “I love yous people from the heart of my bottom.” For those of you who are wondering, no…this was not Luis’ first appearance as Sal.  Trust us, if that yellow tux could talk, it would have a lot to say. 

2) Mash-tinis!

We have a crazy-creative Board of Directors, and none more amazing than Kelly MacTiernan and Becky Jackman.  Some weeks before the event, they proposed the idea of the mash-tini – a mashed potato bar with the goods served in heavy martini glasses.

Admittedly, I stared at them for a while, but I kept my doubting to myself, because they’ve proven themselves and if I were to protest, I knew they’d ask me what my bright idea was.  I had none, so I had a mash-tini.

Peoples reactions went from “Huh?” to “Uh, this is cool…” to “Pass the ‘tators.”

3) Content is King, baby!

As fun as Sal, the cars, and the mash-tini’s were, at some point, you’ve gotta deliver the meat to go with the potatos.  As usual, Kelsey dropped some bombs in talking about the prophetic implications of adopting.   In both presentations, she nailed it.  I followed up with some practical expressions of what the foundation was about.

Check out the hot rod just to the right of the stage – there was another off the other side.  I’m telling you, it’s hard to imagine how great this venue is without having been there.

It should be noted that we also had copies of The Spirit of Adoption: Winning the Battle for the Children on hand for purchase.

Pictured here is the iconic Tracey Bickle, who, in my opinion, appears to be swooning over the book.

Yes, she’s swooning folks.  You saw it here first.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to see The Zoe Foundation’s evening come together.  The Board, volunteer director Tricia Henson, table hosts, people who donated goods for the auction, attendees and others worked together for a night of fun and to net well over $20,000 for the adoption movement!

Special thanks to Shelley for the photos, which captured so much fun that I wanted to add a few more here.

Oh, and because we’ve been asked incessantly since Saturday night, yes….we will be back at the Armacost for an encore event in the first half of 2011.

You don’t want to miss it!


2 Responses

  1. It was a lovely way to end our Adoption Story (travels)…so glad to have finally met the people behind the voices on my Ipod:)
    Denny, Mindy and Liran Justice

    Loving the book!!!

  2. Wow. And here I thought Sal had died back in Charlottesville years ago. Glad to know he lives on. Who wouldn’ve thought 5 years ago he’d be resurrected for an adoption benefit night in Kansas City, MO?! Wild.

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