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May 23, 2006 - Blacktie South Florida Launches to Philanthropists

What: Blacktie South Florida Official Launch Cocktail Party

Where: Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

When: May 23, 2006

Time: 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Ticket Prices: Complimentary, Invitaion Only

Host(s): Ginny Miller, Carolyn Lee, Ed Hirschberg, Ann Clark, Caeli Mathews, Carla Coleman, Kenton Kuhn, Ginny Fujino, Sandy Pierce

Presenting Sponsor(s): Riverside Hotel

President(s): Kenton Kuhn, Founder and CEO Blacktie, LLC

Co-President(s): Sandy Pierce & Ginny Fujino, Blacktie South Florida Partners

Introductions: Sandy Pierce

Speaker: Kenton Kuhn

Libations: Call brand cocktails and wine

Catering: Riverside Hotel

Attendance: 110

Attire: Business

Special Thanks: Carol Manley, Blacktie Houston

Florist: Ann's Florist

Blacktie Photos by: Carrie

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:


 Pam Masters and Anne Ahrens
Pam Masters and Anne Ahrens

Many of South Florida’s most prominent personages gathered to celebrate the launch of Blacktie South Florida at the Riverside Hotel on Las Ollas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Blacktie South Florida is a new web based business that services non-profit organizations and the people who support them. The cocktail party was hosted by of Ginny Miller of Miller Construction, Ann Clark of Coldwell Banker, Carolyn Lee of Northern Trust, Caeli Mathews CM Mathews & Company, Carla Coleman of Women’s Way, Kenton Kuhn of Blacktie LLC, Ginny Fujino , Partners of Blacktie Colorado and the Riverside Hotel. Ed Hirschberg, Chairman of London Witte and Company , was unable to attend due to trial preparation as a forensic accountant for a court appearance the next day. Besides the illustrious hosts, some of the attendees included Gale Butler, Doulas Weber, Ann Ahrens, Billie Sue & Tom Engel, Jane LeGette, Renee LaBonte, Rich Rappaport, Sherry Schofiield, Peg McPherson, Stella Siegel, Pam Masters, John Biondo, Becky Irwin, Bill Howard, Dorothy Klein, Chris Madsen, Traci Miller Martineau, Dina McDermott, Carol Nugent, Dina McDermott, Lisa Verbit, Doug Weber, Mary Reidel, Randy Rogers, Mary Wood and Dr. Suzie King . The evening began with guests being greeted by Kenton Kuhn and Carol Manley of representing the contingents from Colorado and Houston, respectively. After being welcome, they enjoyed cocktails appetizers and visiting with their peers. At around 6:45, Sandy Pierce welcomed the crowd on behalf of herself and her partner, Ginny Fujino , and thanked the hosts and Riverside Hotel. Kenton Kuhn spoke briefly about the Blacktie concept and how it would be a central scheduling venue for all non-profit organizations in South Florida. Kenton also mentioned some of the services that would be of benefit to non-profits and would ease their big load. His comments were greeted enthusiastically. Riverside Hotel served scrumptious delicacies such as sauté chicken, baked Brie puffs and crab cakes, which were served butler style. The terrace was open and some of the guests took the opportunity to enjoy the views and the lovely sunset colors. The Staff of the Riverside Hotel were phenomenal in making sure that everyone was well taken care of. Both Mark Semple, Food and Beverage Director and Peter Schmidt , VP of Food and Beverage, came to see that all were satisfied. Some of the other attendees on hand to celebrate the Blacktie South Florida launch included Jane Katterhenry, Richard Rosser, Joe Hess, Claudette Pagano, Helen Kulp, Randee Reed, Becky Irwin, Andrea & Scott Surridge, Cheryl Potter, Sonia Pena and Dan Pacella. It was an exciting evening for Kenton Kuhn, Founder of Blacktie, and for Sandy Pierce and Ginny Fujino, Blacktie South Florida launchers. The host committee and guests all enjoyed a wonderful evening of great company and the excitement of a new business venture serving the non-profit organizations of South Florida. To learn more about Blacktie South Florida services, visit the About Us Section of this website or the Why Join Blacktie? Section.

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